Sep 19, 10:09 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By AFP News 09/19/19 AT 9:49 AM The United States on Thursday accused Afghanistan's government of failing to fight corruption and cut more than $160 million in direct funding, little over a week before the country's elections."We stand against those who exploit their positions of power and influence to deprive the Afghan people of the benefits of foreign assistance and a more prosperous future," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.Pompeo said that the United States was suspending work with the Afghan body in charge of monitoring corruption as it is "incapable of being a partner.""We expect the Afghan government to demonstrate a clear commitment to fight corruption, to serve the Afghan people and to maintain their trust," he said."Afghan leaders who fail to meet this standard should be held accountable."Pompeo said the United States was taking back … [Read more...] about US Accuses Afghan Govt Of Not Fighting Corruption, Cuts Aid
Fight against corruption
On October 23, 2014, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice, Leslie Caldwell, described the fight against corruption as “a necessary enforcement action to protect our own national security interests and the ability of our U.S. companies to compete on a global scale.” These comments not only apply to the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) but also highlight the long recognized notion that corruption can threaten peace and security. Today, the threat posed by corruption to security is especially relevant to Africa and the Middle East.Transparency International cites corruption as undermining the development of state authorities and institutions, which can make it easier for insurgents and terrorists to operate and grow. Corruption is a particular concern for post-conflict countries, as TI cites a constant correlation between corruption and conflict.Consider the numbers. Out … [Read more...] about Fighting Corruption to Achieve Security
On 29 July 2015, the German government introduced a legislative initiative with the aim of fighting corruption in the healthcare sector. On 4 June 2016, the German Act on Fighting Corruption in the Healthcare Sector (Gesetz zur Bekämpfung der Korruption im Gesundheitswesen – Act) entered into effect under which the criminal offences of taking and giving bribes in the healthcare sector were incorporated into the German Criminal Code (StGB) as sections 299a and 299b. These new regulations could have a substantial impact on companies, as giving bribes to self-employed healthcare professionals is now considered a criminal corruption offence.To read the full alert, click here. … [Read more...] about The Act on Fighting Corruption in the Healthcare Sector
Back in 2014, during her unsuccessful Democratic primary challenge to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Zephyr R. Teachout — one of four Democrats vying for state attorney general on Thursday — seemed to eerily and accurately predict the future. Teachout at that time raised questions in an op-ed article for The Buffalo News about Cuomo's Buffalo Billion economic development program that eventually resulted in federal convictions for developers accused of bid rigging in the RiverBend solar factory project. "Critically, the state's pervasive culture of corruption and 'pay to play' must not drive the choices we make to boost Buffalo," the Fordham Law professor wrote. "The Buffalo Billion must be allocated without favoritism, and the selection process should be transparent." Four years later, Teachout refrains from any outright "I told you so's," but puts fighting official corruption at the top of her priority list should she prevail in Thursday's primary election. "It shows I have a … [Read more...] about Teachout emphasizes fighting corruption in AG bid
By: Prof. (Dr.) Madabhushi Sridhar 17 Feb 2019 3:32 AM GMT From the example of Sanjiv Chaturvedi IFS The Supreme Court has recently admonished the Government for being vindictive against an officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi. A minister in Union Government assessed Mr Sanjiv Chaturvedi, an IFS officer, who won Raman Magasaysay Award for boldly exposing the corruption in public office at higher levels, as 'zero" though he was rated as excellent consecutively for five preceding years and after 2015-16. A zero can cause serious problems for an officer in his career and block his progression. Its his right to serve as an officer. Thus, he is compelled to move Tribunals and judicial institutions for routine promotions and postings. Even if he won up to High Court level, the Government is taking him to Supreme Court. How honest and sincere officers can defend themselves from victimizing Governments and fight in the courts of law where the access to justice is time-consuming and involves huge … [Read more...] about If you fight Corruption, Government will fight you!