Tag: corruption

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Steamrolled

One of Europe’s poorest countries wanted a road, so U.S. mega-contractor Bechtel sold it a $1.3 billion highway, with the backing of a powerful American ambassador. Funny thing is, the highway is barely being used—and the ambassador is now working for Bechtel.

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The Business of Lords

On systemic corrpution in the upper house of British Parliament, where lawmakers have the freedom to work for any business—banks, oil companies, Facebook—willing to pay for their “expertise.”

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Crimetown, U.S.A.

The corruption of Congressman James Traficant.

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How General Motors Silenced a Whistle-Blower

Courtland Kelley knew there was a problem more than a decade ago. He tried to speak up. He sued. He lost.

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'Uncle Leland'

Leland Yee was a career San Francisco politician known for championing open government and gun control. For the last few years, he was also the main target of an elaborate undercover investigation, during which he traded political favors for cash, tried to sell $2 million worth of weapons to a medical marijuana kingpin and worked closely with well-known Chinatown gangster named Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow.

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Downfall

The undoing of Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who resigned in January amidst multiple swirling scandals.

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The Inside Story of Russia's Fight to Keep the U.N. Corrupt

How Russia consistently undermines the U.N. in order to keep a multi-billion dollar monopoly on the sales of helicopters and airplanes.

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Net Impact

A profile of Alexey Navalny, a Russian anti-corruption crusader.

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The Dean of Corruption

On Cecilia Chang, the St. John’s fundraiser who committed suicide after being convicted of fraud, and the university administrators who benefited from her crime.

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Heirs of Mao’s Comrades Rise as New Capitalist Nobility

How the ‘princeling’ descendants of Mao’s ‘Eight Immortals’consolidated unimaginable power and wealth in the New China.

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Boss Rail

How a high-speed rail disaster exposed China’s corruption.