UK Corruption

How Corrupt Is Britain?

Robert Barrington | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Politics
Robert Barrington

By most objective analysis, corruption is not as bad in the UK as in some parts of the world; but it is much more profound in the UK than many people understand or admit. Perhaps the biggest danger for the UK is complacency.

A Sense of the Absurd

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

When parents and those in-charge of small children are asked what it is that they have done all day, the answer can be hard to quantify. The exact details may be hazy, some of it may sound like nothing much at all and there are probably moments they've forgotten to account for, but it covers a great deal.

UK Property Gives Global Corrupt a Home

Robert Barrington | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Politics
Robert Barrington

If you walk down a residential street in central London, the chances are that some, perhaps the majority, of property is owned by overseas buyers. You might wonder who they are. To find out, your first port of call would be the Land Registry, which lists who owns property in England and Wales. What this might tell you is that many properties are indeed owned by overseas buyers - but not the ones you would expect.

When Things Fall Apart

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

We were told that someone requiring treatment for Aids had died because they could no longer afford to pay their medical bills. Wives of some of the workers started to turn up at our house (R now worked from home as the company offices had no electricity) with babies and small children, asking for help we couldn't give.

Corruption Probe Taints Rio's Olympic Image

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Sport
Eric Ehrmann

With Rio agog over Carnival Federal Police in Brazil are investigating whether politically influential companies used corrupt practices to win contracts for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games.

What future for the 'New Ukraine'?

Jo Simmons | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK
Jo Simmons

So far, the EU and the US have failed to provide a quick response to address the new wave of attacks and the pro-Russian rebels seem as determined as ever to stay the course in spite of the sanctions.

Life on Lake Victoria

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

Ours has been a bumpy ride. Though it seems small in comparison to what followed, the first obstacle we encountered reared its head when the Kenyan government stopped issuing work permits.

Another Greek tragedy

Nikolaos Dimou | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK
Nikolaos Dimou

The international lenders of European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund (Troika) have plans for Greece. The last loan instalment to the country is in February. Greece is certain to require a new bail-out loan.

Brazil's Futebol Santa Plays Christmas Scrooge

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Sport
Eric Ehrmann

As Brazil's top sides count the coals in their stockings and sell their best players to the Premier League and Europe Pele's lust for life can remind them it's time to make the game he made beautiful beautiful again.

An Open Letter to Russell Brand

Kay Smythe | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK
Kay Smythe

Your campaign is beautiful and I am a firm supporter but the truth is that even if our tiny little island nation legalises every narcotic, psychedelic and hippy plant there will still be hundreds of thousands of kidnappings, mass murders and mutilated, decaying bodies left in the streets across Central, South and North America.

How Arms Companies Fuelled and Exacerbated the First World War

Andrew Smith | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

By the end, 16million people had been killed and 20million wounded in a war that had devastated and destroyed whole cities. Civilians and soldiers, often from poor backgrounds, paid the terrible price for a battle that was brought on by the rich and powerful rulers of competing imperialist powers...Very few benefited from the killing. It did, however, line the pockets of arms companies and their shareholders.

The Hidden Cost of Wildlife Crime: Four Out of Five Animals Die in Transit

Mike Baker | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK
Mike Baker

With an estimated worth of between 10 and 20 billion dollars each year, the "zero tolerance approach to wildlife trafficking" announced by HRH Prince William in Washington this week is so very welcome.

Interview with Imran Khan, Part Two - (From His Sit-In in Islamabad)

Nauman Khalid | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Politics
Nauman Khalid

You speak of Nawaz Sharif's failure to deliver, which is one of the reasons you think he should resign. So if you become PM., what would be the tangible measure of your failure after one year? And if you do fail according to your own standards, will you honorably resign after one year?

Interview With Imran Khan, Part One (From His Sit-in in Islamabad)

Nauman Khalid | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Politics
Nauman Khalid

NK: To begin with I'd like to put to you what Cyril Almeida, a bright, young thing from Oxford - considering the store you set by a British education ...

Why Europe Must Now Support Tunisia More Than Ever

Alyn Smith | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Politics
Alyn Smith

We Europeans did nothing to help Tunisia achieve its revolution in January 2011. Yet, today, we can and must support the most successful of the Arab Spring countries - because we know that democracy can never be taken for granted.

Lib Dem Lord's Admissions Reopen the Cash for Honours Scandal

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics
Stefan Simanowitz

The admission by former Liberal Democrat Party Treasurer Lord Razzall, that he was offered cash for peerages "several times a year" over a period of twelve years but failed to report any of these criminal offences threatens to take the lid back off one Westminster's most unseemly and nocuous can of worms of recent decades: cash for honours.

Time for Women to Shape Africa's Future

Jo Simmons | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK
Jo Simmons

Mrs Mugabe's is the quintessential example of how female leadership does not guarantee a more transparent government. If women leaders are to have positive effect on the continent, it is necessary to break away from the deeply ingrained authoritarianism and culture of corruption that characterizes many governments in the region.

This Is How to End Fifa Corruption

Grant Feller | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Sport
Grant Feller

The world's biggest brands should all pull out of their relationships with FIFA at the same time, complete with the knowledge that every single football fan - and pretty much every other consumer too - will hail them as heroes. Let their competitors take their place, let them spend billions propping up one of the world's most loathed institutions and face the opprobrium of customers whose sense of right and wrong will have been heightened by a mass walk-out.

Row Over Fifa's Report Into Qatar Corruption Just Took An Amazing New Twist

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Sport

The findings of a Fifa ethics investigation that controversially cleared Qatar of corruption in its bid to hold the 2022 football World Cup have been ...

Reports of the Death of Banking Secrecy Are Greatly Exaggerated

Andres Knobel | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK
Andres Knobel

Leading finance ministers met in Berlin last week to begin the process of adopting a new global standard for the automatic exchange of tax information.

The Trouble With Aid

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK
Hannah Beckerman

I suspect most of us want to see an effective international aid programme. But only by addressing some of the institutional processes by which money is awarded and projects assessed are we likely to feel as confident as we ought that British international aid is making the difference it should, and difference it could.

UK Aid: Does the Anti-Corruption Response Need to Improve?

Robert Barrington | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK Politics
Robert Barrington

One solution comes quickly to mind, but should be banished equally quickly. The answer is not to stop giving aid. That punishes poor people twice: with corrupt government, and by taking away the funds needed for health, education and the other Millennium Development Goals...

What Just Happened in the Brazil Election?

Mark Hillary | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

I have never experienced an election so full of rancour and hatred. This election has descended into a traditional right v left fight, but with every dirty trick in the book used by the candidates and their supporters.

Sex, Lies and Scandal as Fiction and Fact Collide

Endeavour Press | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Endeavour Press

Blind eyes were turned when paedophile politicians, churchmen and lawyers were allegedly violating children... 'Inquiries were stopped because of potential political embarrassment. Major people with connections (in politics) were dropped out and people lower down carried the can.'

House of Cards: China's Source of Solace

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Preetam Kaushik

Russia may have rejected the show outright. But, the 'House of Cards' has a lot of takers in China. Produced by Netflix and starring Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood, this political drama set in 1990 BBC miniseries is clocking good viewership in the communist China.