Corruption is becoming prevalent all over the world. Corruption hurts economies, people, and governments.
Take it or leave it, corruption is what some religious people should call the "original sin".
This is derived from man's innate propensity to be corrupt, based on the fact that man's natural instinct to survive is essentially a selfish instinct, which often disregards fairness, equity, or equality especially when the environment is harsh, hostile, or life-threatening. And man, by his very nature, has the potential to be selfish, which is the foundation for such social evils like corruption. Regardless, corruption can be and should be eliminated as it destroys societies and humanity.
Corruption is unethical, immoral, and illegal in many societies, religions, and countries. It needs to be stopped. Private organizations, United Nations, and some governments have attempted to stop corruption or at least have tried to prevent it. They have failed, however.
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the Guardian Jan 15, 2017
High-profile Australians have renewed calls for a federal independent commission against corruption (Icac) after weeks of political expenses scandals that have led to the resignation of a federal minister. They have labelled corruption a “national issue that cannot be ignored any longer”. The call comes as more than 85% of Australians polled this week said they supported a federal body to investigate corruption. Asked “do you think there is corruption in federal politics?”, 85.3% of respondents said yes, Fairfax reported on Saturday. More than 55% believed there was “a lot”. About 82% supported the establishment of a federal independent commission against corruption, and 11% were undecided. Sussan Ley quits as health minister as Turnbull outlines reform to expenses Read more The poll was conducted by the Australian Institute – a progressive think-tank, which has previously lobbied for the federal investigative body. The open letter calling for an Icac was signed by more than 40 leading Australians, including the former Western Australia premier Geoff Gallop; the former New South Wales director of public prosecutions Nicholas Cowdery; the president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Ged Kearney; and others including barristers, judges and academic heads. “The public is sick and tired of the lack of accountability revealed by repeated scandals involving federal politicians and others,” the letter said. “In NSW where an anti-corruption commission is active, serious cases of corruption in political and government circles have been uncovered. Ongoing federal scandals involving federal politicians, whether concerning breaches of travel entitlements, political donations or otherwise, show that the serious wrongdoing uncovered in NSW is unlikely to be limited to the state governments and state politicians.” People 'expect' politicians to claim expenses for sporting events, says Steven Ciobo Read more Sussan Ley resigned from her post as health minister on Friday after mounting revelations of questionable travel expenses. Several other ministers and politicians from the Coalition and Labor were also found to have made questionable claims. Four Coalition ministers had charged taxpayers for their trip to Sydney to attend Malcolm Turnbull’s New Year’s Eve party. Others, including the foreign minister, Julie Bishop, and the trade minister, Steve Ciobo, claimed entitlements to attend sporting events. No other ministers have stepped down or admitted fault, saying their entitlements are within the rules. Advertisement The acting special minister for state, Kelly O’Dwyer, announced on Tuesday that those rules would be changed and the government would now act on all 36 recommendations from last year’s review into the system, sparked by Bronwyn Bishop’s helicopter scandal. Turnbull announced Ley’s resignation after receiving the findings of an investigation into her travel claims from the secretary of his department, which he refused to release publicly. During the news conference, he also announced a new plan to create an independent agency to regulate and adjudicate MPs’ expenses, and to require them to report expenses every month rather than just twice a year. Jonathon Hunyor, chief executive of the public interest advocacy centre, and a signatory to Saturday’s letter, said Turnbull’s pledge was a step in the right direction, but more detail was needed. “One of the concerns people have is there are a range of mechanisms at the moment for looking at government accountability and integrity issues, but there is a case for an overarching body that can coordinate those and possibly beef them up.” Where there is a “systemic pattern of problems” an Icac would have a role, he said, but a lot of work was needed to get the right model. “[The NSW Icac] has been very very successful in many respects but there are concerns about the impact on people’s reputations and the way it has gone about its business. They’re legitimate things to be discussed.” The issues are wider than just travel entitlement concerns, Hunyor said, citing political donations as an example, but the past week’s controversy had provided another opportunity to bring attention back onto government accountability. Minor parties and crossbenchers are in favour of Turnbull’s plans to increase transparency, but said on Saturday it should be within a national anti-corruption watchdog. Parliamentary expenses: government to clarify what ‘official business’ means Read more The Greens leader, Richard Di Natale, said on Saturday changes were necessary “to build a bit more trust back into our institutions”. “Let’s have this parliamentary authority established,” he told the ABC. But it was critical, Di Natale said, that the body sat within a national anti-corruption regulator. “The idea that that federal parliament is immune to corruption, I believe, is ludicrous,” he said. Senator Nick Xenophon said independent pressure on MPs to cover their own expenses rather than rely on taxpayers would be effective. “There’s nothing like pinching a pollie’s hip pocket nerve to make them change their ways,” he told Nine Network.
World News | Mon Jan 9, 2017 | 12:21am GMT
China's top anti-corruption watchdog has tightened supervision of its 500,000-plus corruption investigators, after some of its own staff were caught in graft probes. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said in a statement on its website late on Sunday that a new regulation would be applied to procedures such as evidence collection and case reviews, without providing further details. "Trust cannot replace supervision," the CCDI said in the statement, released after it held an annual 3-day meeting. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads "We must make sure the power granted by the (Communist) Party and the people is not abused," it said. State newspaper the China Daily, which did not indicate its sources, said the new regulation would set clear standards on how to handle corruption tips, how to handle ill-gotten assets, and would encourage audio and video recordings to be made throughout interrogations. More than 7,900 disciplinary officials have been punished for wrongdoing since 2012, the newspaper said, citing CCDI figures. Of those, 17 were CCDI staffers who were put under investigation for graft, it said. On Friday, state news agency Xinhua quoted Chinese President Xi Jinping as saying that the battle against corruption "must go deeper", and called for the Communist Party to be governed "systematically, creatively and efficiently".
The Washington Free Beacon, Jan. 14 2017 (UPI) --
One of the newest members in Congress has spent the past decade and a half rising to the top of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s political corruption unit, and he is wasting no time putting his know-how to work through legislation. On the day that Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R., Penn.) was sworn into office he introduced a package of anti-corruption legislation that would change the way Congress operates. In his first speech on the House floor on Thursday, he urged members on both sides of the aisle to join his newly created Congressional Citizen Legislature Caucus, which he hopes will emerge as a prime venue for reform measures. Fitzpatrick wants to prevent corruption before it takes root. “What causes corruption? Money and seniority, and that’s what I want to fight while I’m here,” Fitzpatrick said in an interview with the Washington Free Beacon. “What I saw in my experience in the bureau was a direct correlation between the length of time in office and the existence of political corruption,” he said. “It is rare that you indict an elected official that has been in office for two years and far more likely that they’ve been there for twenty.” “The straightforward reason is that when you enter a money-driven seniority based system, the lines that were really clear on day one are not so clear in year ten,” he said. “Even the most principled, well-intentioned people that come into that system will learn that the system has the power to change you.” Fitzpatrick has suggested instituting term limits on lawmakers (12 years maximum) and putting an end to the congressional pension system that rewards members for sticking around. He wants a true citizen legislature to emerge, creating a healthier form of democracy. “If we had a citizen legislature set-up—where you go in, focus on your area of expertise to make your country better, then go home and live under the laws you helped pass—I think that would be a healthier form of democracy,” he said. Fitzpatrick witnessed corruption in the hotbed that is the New York State Legislature. His first major investigation was into a state legislator representing Queens who doubled as the boss of a major New York City labor union. Fitzpatrick flipped the legislator, Brian McLaughlin, and his cooperation led to a progeny of cases. “Once they’re confronted with charges, they’re faced with the choice of sticking up for their family or for their colleagues who may have been involved in criminal activity,” he explained. “Most of them choose cooperation.” “When you get a cooperator, it is a domino effect,” Fitzpatrick said. That domino effect eventually reached the top of the legislature this year with the arrest by FBI agents of powerful assembly leader Sheldon Silver. Fitzpatrick became the national supervisor of the FBI’s political corruption unit and was awarded the bureau’s “Investigator of the Year” award in 2009. Fitzpatrick’s anti-corruption work took him overseas, where he was deployed to countries such as Ukraine as an expert on how to restore integrity to government institutions. His work abroad, which included an assignment on an anti-terrorism task force in Iraq in which he was embedded with the military, also gave him an up-close view of the complexities of the war on terror. “Counterterrorism is the top priority of the FBI, so even if you’re not assigned to a counterterrorism division you are going to work counterterrorism cases,” he said. His experience in the war on terror, which included interrogating members of al Qaeda during Operation Iraqi Freedom, is already being leveraged by House leadership. Fitzpatrick was just named to both the Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs Committees. “There are few representatives in Congress whose professional experience prepared them as well as Brian’s,” said Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) in a statement announcing the committee assignments. Fitzpatrick understands that there will be resistance to his drive to make serving in Congress more of a public service, but he is devoted to it nonetheless. “It’s not going to make me a lot of friends here because most people are interested in expanding their power base.” “The Founding Father’s never envisioned a situation where we have a professional political class,” he said. “The more people in our country that can have the opportunity to come to Congress and serve in this place, the better our country will be.”
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