Corruption is a major threat across the globe, impacting citizen’s perceptions of their leaders and trust for their government, regardless of the level of development or economic ranking. Corruption can also play a role in political unrest, as seen around the world from the Middle East to China to Greece.
A few miles from the blinged-out shopping malls of Saudi Arabia’s capital, Souad al-Shamir lives in a concrete house in a trash-strewn alley, with no job, no money, five children younger than 14 and an unemployed husband who is laid up with chronic heart problems. “We are at the bottom,” she said,
Violent protests broke out across Jordan on Tuesday night after the government announced an increase in fuel prices, inciting what appeared to be an unparalleled show of anger directed at the king after months of mounting tension in the strategically important and politically fragile kingdom.
It was once the symbol of resistance . Not anymore. Hezbollah’s reputation as an honest defender of the weak is being destroyed, ironically not by Israel but by the party itself.
Russia’s defence minister, Anatoly Serdyukov, has been unexpectedly fired by President Vladimir Putin after becoming embroiled in a corruption scandal. Serdyukov, a former furniture salesman who pushed through reforms in Russia’s conservative military
Energy Minister said that Finance minister Mohammad Safadi has signed the letter of credit for the down payment for the power-generating ships, LBC reported on Monday. This comes after Prime Minister Najib Mikati told As-Safir in remarks published last Wednesday that the power-generating ships
President Hugo Chavez won re-election and a new endorsement of his socialist project Sunday, surviving his closest race yet after a bitter campaign in which the opposition accused him of unfairly using Venezuela’s oil wealth and his near total control of state institutions to his advantage.
Venezuelans packed supermarkets on Friday to stock up on food and other essentials in case of trouble around Sunday’s presidential vote, which was shaping up as the biggest electoral challenge of Hugo Chavez’s 14-year rule.
Thousands of demonstrators seeking democratic reforms and more economic opportunities marched through the Jordanian capital Friday in the largest rally here since the “Arab Spring” protests began sweeping the region. The protesters led by the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood called on King Abdullah II, a key U.S. ally, to accelerate reforms.
It appears that Electric power blackouts to continue for a long while in Lebanon according to a report by As-Safir newspaper. Prime Minister Najib Mikati told As-Safir in remarks published on Wednesday that the power-generating ships that the cabinet agreed to rent had yet to head to Lebanon pending the 22 percent down payment of […]