Articles on corruption are everywhere. It only takes a short search of Google and you are inundated with statistics, stories, news and various examples of attitudes towards corruption worldwide. When researching corruption it becomes apparent that corruption touches every nation on earth and therefore invariably touches every person on earth in one form or another.
Currently, 2011, the 10 least corrupt countries on earth according to Transparency International (transparency.org) are:
1. New Zealand
The ten most corrupt nations of Earth for 2011 are:
2. Korea (North)
Japan is 14th least corrupt, UK is 16th lease corrupt and the US is 24th least corrupt (Transparency International, 2012).
Recently in articles on corruption from India, yoga guru Baba Ramdev, after fasting for a few days against corruption, tried to lead a group of supporters on an anti-corruption march to Parliament. Police tried to nab the elusive Ramdev to no avail to put him in protective custody where he climbed on top of a bus and evaded attempts by police to take him into custody for hours all on live TV.
Police rounded up thousands of protesters and detained them in a stadium for a few hours before allowing them to leave. Ramdev stayed until the next day where he held a yoga class before breaking his fast by allowing two untouchable children to feed him juice.
The issues that are spurning the anti-corruption demonstration center around 8 years of massive corruption scandals in real estate, telecommunications, coal, sports and defense industries involving billions upon billions of dollars (Magnier, 2012).
In Nigeria, Former military president Babangida states that corruption is worse now than when he was in power saying that he once removed a general for stealing N300,000 but now you couldnt remove him for stealing N3 billion. He states that the current state of corruption will not topple the country and that he is sensible enough to understand that it is a phase that developing nations need to go through (NMODU, 2012).
In China, Ms. Ding Shumiao, coming from a poor background capitalized on coal train shortages to earn her first basket of gold. Recently she has emerged as the Queen pin of a massive web of corruption securing $450 million in contracts alone. Capitalizing on railway equipment, seats, wheels and noise barriers she has also been implicated in procuring mistresses for Mr. Liu who admitted that Ms. Ding collected bribes for him when he was minister.
Typically, Ms. Ding facilitates systematic corruption through her investment group acting as a broker for state-run companies that want a slice of Mr. Lius high speed rail projects that amount up to 1.98 trillion yuan. Mr. Liu, although the same as all other corrupt officials in China, has promoted corruption to an unprecedented level by turning the Ministry of Railways into a family business and also promoted people close to him quickly (SAINSBURY, 2012).
While elsewhere in articles on corruption in Canada, the prestigious Royal Canadian Mounted Police has recently been exposed to allegations of internal corruption and misconduct by no other than a group of 500 RCMP officers in western Canadas division E. The group lodged the allegation on a terrorist-style blog website which was recently taken down again. The group said the website will re-emerge as the battle continues to try and silence the officers from saying what they know.
The group has posted an open letter where it alleged that absolute corruption at the most disturbing levels as well as a blind commissioners inability to clean the force up will ensure that the situation will go from a bad situation to a worse situation for the force. The officers have also stated that they fear for their lives (CHU, 2012).
Most reported articles on corruption have had little effect on corruption levels even though the articles do promote transparency of the corruption, unfortunately transparency needs to come from the operation of these organizations themselves. Just writing a paragraph on corruption isnt enough to effect real change.
Works Cited in this article
CHU, B. (2012, August 16). Mounties use ‘ terrorist network’- style blog to expose corruption. Retrieved August 19, 2012, from The Toronto Sun: http://www.torontosun.com/2012/08/16/mounties-use–terrorist-network–style-blog-to-expose-corruption
Magnier, M. (2012, August 17). India anti-corruption movement splinters. Retrieved August 19, 2012, from Los Angeles Times: http://articles.latimes.com/2012/aug/17/world/la-fg-india-corrupt-20120817
NMODU, A. (2012, August 17). Nigeria More Corrupt Today – IBB. Retrieved August 19, 2012, from All Africa – All The Time:
SAINSBURY, M. (2012, August 18). Corrupt Chinese railway boss typifies system looking terminal. Retrieved August 19, 2012, from The Australian: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/corrupt-chinese-railway-boss-typifies-system-looking-terminal/story-e6frg6so-1226452864588
Transparency International. (2012, March 1). CORRUPTION PERCEPTIONS INDEX 2011. Retrieved August 19, 2012, from Transparency International: http://cpi.transparency.org/cpi2011/results/#CountryResults