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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Ed Yong Mar 9, 2016 Science
In February 2014, the European Union published its first ever anti-corruption report. Over 41 pages, it concluded that bribery, tax evasion, cronyism, embezzlement, political fraud, and the like, cost the European economy 120 billion euros a year, just short of the EU’s annual budget. Corruption costs, clearly, but it deprives citizens of more than money. It’s also tied to a shortfall in honesty. In a new study, Simon Gächter and Jonathan Schulz from the University of Nottingham asked volunteers from 23 countries to play the same simple game. The duo found that participants were more likely to bend the game’s rules for personal gain if they lived in more corrupt societies. “Corruption and fraud are things going on in the social environment all the time, and it’s plausible that it shapes people’s psychology, what they can get away with,” says Gächter. “It’s okay! Everybody does it around here.” In other words, corruption corrupts. Gächter has long been interested in honesty and how it manifests around the world. In 2008, he showed that students from 16 cities, from Riyadh to Boston, varied in how likely they were to punish cheaters in their midst, and how likely those cheaters were to then retaliate against their castigators. Both qualities were related to the values of the respective cities. Gächter found that the students were more likely to tolerate free-loaders and retaliate against do-gooders if they came from places whose citizens took a more relaxed view on tax evasion or fare-dodging, or had less trust in their courts and police. If opinions around corruption and rule of law can affect people’s reactions to dishonesty, Gächter reasoned that they surely affect how honest people are themselves. If celebrities cheat, politicians rig elections, and business leaders engage in nepotism, surely common citizens would feel more justified in cutting corners themselves. To test this idea, Gächter and Schulz asked volunteers to roll a die twice, and report the first roll. They got a dollar if they reported a one, two if they reported two, and so on; a six, however, earned them nothing. The experimenters couldn’t see the results; they dished out money based entirely on what the volunteers said. “The task contains a lot of psychological truth, exactly because it’s so simple,” says Gächter. If everyone was being honest, the average claim would be 2.5 dollars. If everyone was maximally dishonest, it would be 5 dollars. But there are many shades of gray between these black and white extremes. For example, volunteers could report the higher of the two rolls, rather than the first one. They’re still cheating, but it’s more like bending the rules rather than flagrantly ignoring them. It’s “justified dishonesty.” If they do that, the average payoff is 3.47 dollars.
By Jerry Pacheco / Business Across the Border ; Monday, February 29th, 2016 at 12:02am
In my last article, I reviewed the findings of the Corruption Perception Index Report 2015 by bizO-Pacheco_Jerry_BizOthe Berlin-based group Transparency International, which ranks nations of the world based on their perceived level of corruption. Determining corruption is not an exact science, but the rankings in the report can help countries determine what they need to do internally to tackle this issue. In my experience, several factors create the proliferation of corruption in a particular city, region, state or country. The first is the existence of desperation. Poorer places generally have citizens and/or officials in dire financial straits that can cause them to turn to corruption such as bribes or misappropriating public monies to make ends meet. This does not mean that all poor places are corrupt or all affluent places are corruption-free ? there are exceptions to every situation. Many poorer and developing countries rank high in their levels of corruption on the Corruption Perception Index Report, and this is not simply a coincidence. Many people in positions of power supplement their income by fostering bribery and extortion. An environment of desperation goes hand in hand with a vicious cycle of having an ingrained culture of corruption. Once corruption becomes an accepted part of society and of doing business, it becomes extremely hard to eradicate. Countries such as Mexico and China have struggled with this issue for years, and there seems to be little progress in changing the perception that they are being proactive in attacking corruption. It seems like every new politician has to make a point that his or her term in office will be marked by ?transparency,? which can be interpreted as a claim that they will not foster corruption. However, a major part of the problem in societies in which corruption exists is the general tolerance of corruption at multiple levels. This is not just a problem at a national level ? it also exists at local levels. El Paso, Texas, has struggled with scandals involving politicians accepting bribes and school officials doctoring reports to make their collective scores higher for reporting purposes. In Albuquerque, a former president pro tempore of the New Mexico Senate was sent to prison after being convicted, along with a former mayor of Albuquerque and other associates, of siphoning off public money from a courthouse construction project. If scandals involving bribes are continuously popping up in a community, it could indicate that corruption is tolerated. This, in turn, encourages future unethical behavior and perpetuates the cycle. In many places, there is a general lack of checks and balances in preventing corruption and prosecuting those who are engaged in this scourge. If very little chance exists that a public official engaging in corruption will get caught, much less prosecuted, continued corruption will likely occur. I have visited certain countries in which the political sector is a ticket to enriching oneself. If a particular political party is controlling a country's economy, this can be akin to the fox guarding the henhouse. In situations such as these, it is highly unlikely that party members will charge their own colleagues and associates, especially if they themselves are engaged in illegal activities. And this does not only occur in developing countries ? there are places in the U.S. and Europe where corruption has enabled dishonest politicians to use the system to make money. A final factor that I see present in societies in which corruption is endemic is a lack of trust by citizens in the system to speak out against and report corruption. If a citizen believes that reporting corrupt or unethical behavior won't matter because the person behaving badly will not be taken to task, corruption will continue. In some cases, reporting corruption could have negative consequences for the person doing the whistle blowing, especially if it involves a person of power who can retaliate. I have a friend from a Latin American country who for many years had his own company and did very well for his family. As he climbed the ranks of power in the commercial sector, he started getting involved in politics. A main focus of his involvement was to speak against government corruption and to call for more accountability in the public sector. Suddenly, the work that his company was performing for the government dried up. He started getting the cold shoulder from former colleagues, and eventually threats against his family. His situation deteriorated to the point that he fled the country to the U.S. in the middle of the night with his family and a few personal effects. His call for action against corruption cost him a heavy price. Every situation is different, but in my experience, the existence of these factors help foster the proliferation of corruption in a particular society. Ingrained corruption cannot usually be eradicated very quickly. The collective mindset of society against corruption in its midst needs to change, and brave citizens need to step forward to take a stand in order for positive change to take place.
The Star online,April 26, 2016
JAKARTA: An Indonesian minister has suggested an unusual reason for the scourge of corruption in the graft-ridden country -- men are just trying to please their greedy wives. Indonesia has struggled against graft for years, with the country’s vast bureaucracy crippled by corruption and leading public figures, from ministers to senior judges, jailed for accepting kickbacks. But rather than taking aim at the grasping officials themselves, Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin suggested it was greedy wives who were fuelling corruption. The wives of the elite in Indonesia are well-known for their love of expensive designer clothes and handbags. “Corruption is often motivated by many things,” he was cited as saying in Kompas newspaper, referring to “extraordinary demands” from family members that pushed people to behave unusually. “My message is not to demand too many material things that are out of the ordinary, that would be an outstanding contribution by women,” he added. His comments were not warmly received, with housewife Viona Syavita saying it was unfair to point the finger solely at women. “Don’t just blame wives, that is really too much,” Syavita said. Saifuddin’s predecessor as religious affairs minister, Suryadharma Ali, was jailed for six years for corruption earlier this year. One accusation against him was that he helped relatives skip the long waiting list to go on the pilgrimage to the Muslim holy city of Mecca. Indonesia was ranked 88th out of 168 countries and territories in NGO Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index last year. A number one ranking represents the least corrupt. - AFP
DMER( Director of medical education and research)|swapnil ( working in dimmer office)
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A person named as vivek Singh gave me the contact no of sanjay bhardwaj(working in JJ hospital) and told that he had a good contact in dimmer office and he will allot a medical seat(M.B.B.S) in Maharashtra on my merit by investing some lump sum amount(20,00000) and he fixed a meeting in dimmer office with swapnil. I visited to dimmer office with my son with advance amount of 5,00000. He looked into my merit and said that OK your job will get done.we gave him advance amount of 500000 and in remaining 15 Lakhs swapnil told me to give 7 lakh to vivek singh and 8 lakh to sanjay bhardwaj . in support to this i have a witness of this incident. at that time in the office one more working official was there with swapnil taking care that no one could see this. so whole of this event was over in 30 minutes next day I made an account transfer of 7 lakh to vivek Singh and after that they told me to wait .your name is going to come in next list. In this way they only gave me false belief that your work is going on off the paper. wait for 5 days, 10 days and 2-3 months were over after this deal so I told them to return my money but they didn't so I went to the police station to file a complaint against such activity, but till now they haven't registered the FIR.
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