REPORT: U.S. Doing A Good Job At Addressing Corruption

By Gilbert Mercier, NEWS JUNKIE POST

Today, Transparency International released its 2009 report on corruption concerning international business transactions.

The politically non partisan organization, based in Germany, is a global civic society leading the fight against corruption world wide. It was founded in 1993 and has 90 locally established chapters.

The key findings of the 2009 report itemized by countries are as followed:

Four countries are considered to be doing a good job at addressing bribery: Germany, Norway, Switzerland, and the US.

Eleven countries are only doing moderately well: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

Twenty one countries performed poorly: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, New-Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa and Turkey.

The conclusions from these finding are that most countries are still far from achieving the goal of ending bribery in international business deals. Transparency International says that the major cause of lagging enforcement is a lack of political will.

“Political will must be at the heart of efforts to deliver on anti-bribery,” said Transparency International Managing Director Cobus De Swardt. “When the anti-bribery convention came into force a decade ago, it was an historical and much needed leap forward in the fight against corruption worldwide. The rich countries committed to bring their house in order deal a major blow to supply side corruption and give the fight against poverty worldwide a real chance to succeed.”

You will find Transparency International full report here.

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2 Responses to REPORT: U.S. Doing A Good Job At Addressing Corruption

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    June 23, 2009 at 9:54 pm

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  2. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Seymour A. Overstreet
    June 28, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Dear Editor,

    Please help me. I need someone to do a story on FBI Public Corruption Charges Filed against The Department of Veterans Affairs, Houston VA Regional Office. I am a 15 yr. Honorably Discharged Disabled Veteran. I recently filed charges against The Department of Veterans Affairs, Houston VA Regional Office and Director Ursula Henderson for embezzlement or as I called it, “rerouting Veterans disability funds”. I am in possession documents that I am sure will prove that The Department of Veterans Affairs, Houston VA Regional Office and Director Ursula Henderson have stolen from my disability awards over $72,000 dollars, plus. I have tried to resolve this using my elected officials to no avail. I do believe that this corruption in Government runs deep in the system possibly involving multiple VA Regional Offices. Please help a Disabled Veteran. I have attached below this letter correspondence between elected officials in my attempts to resolve this matter.

    Thank You,

    Seymour A. Overstreet
    678-890-1732

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