I guess Bush and Obama didn't see this when they sent (wasted) billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to Africa. Looks like the nations with the most Christians are the most honest. Who would of guessed? Just think if our congress was filled with Christians? I bet we could cut our Federal taxes in half and still have trillions left over.
This year again Nigeria is not listed amongst the most corrupt nations in the world having come 130th position out of 180 countries in the current assessment of Transparency International’s 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), which is a measure of domestic, public sector corruption.
The new report was released today by Transparency International which is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption.
Nigeria which scores 2.5 out of the maximum mark of 10 for the cleanest (non-corrupt) nations has beaten other countries for the worst position. In the list cleanest countries score between 8.7 to 9.4 over 10 point while the most corrupt one, a dozen of them score marks between 1.1 to 1.8 over 10 point.
The most corrupt nation that scored the lowest mark of 1.1 is Somali followed closely Afghanistan (1.3), Myanmar (1.4), Sudan (1.5), Iraq (1.5), Chad (1.6), Uzbekistan (1.7), Turkmenistan (1.8), Iran (1.8), Haiti (1.8), Guinea (1.8) and Equatorial Guinea(1.8) in that order. The 12 most corrupt nations are fragile, unstable states that are scarred by war and ongoing conflict linger at the bottom of the index. Countries which are perceived as the most corrupt are also those plagued by long-standing conflicts, which have torn apart their governance infrastructure.
The ten cleanest and less corrupt countries with highest marks in the Corruption Index are New Zealand that scores 9.4 followed by Denmark 9.3, Sweden 9.2, Switzerland 9.0, Finland 8.9, Netherlands 8.9, Australia 8.7, Canada 8.7, Iceland scoring 8.7 and Norway 8.6 over 10 maximum point. These scores of the highest scorers reflect political stability, long-established conflict of interest regulations and solid, functioning public institutions.
In a release by the TI, it disclosed that the vast majority of the 180 countries included in the 2009 index score below five on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 10 (perceived to have low levels of corruption). The CPI measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption in a given country and is a composite index, drawing on 13 different expert and business surveys. The 2009 edition scores 180 countries, the same number as the 2008 CPI.
The Chair of Transparency International (TI) Huguette Labelle emphasised on the importance of the index saying that: “At a time when massive stimulus packages, fast-track disbursements of public funds and attempts to secure peace are being implemented around the world, it is essential to identify where corruption blocks good governance and accountability, in order to break its corrosive cycle.”
Labelle warned that “Stemming corruption requires strong oversight by parliaments, a well performing judiciary, independent and properly resourced audit and anti-corruption agencies, vigorous law enforcement, transparency in public budgets, revenue and aid flows, as well as space for independent media and a vibrant civil society. The international community must find efficient ways to help war-torn countries to develop and sustain their own institutions.”
The report also stated that as the world economy begins to register a tentative recovery and some nations continue to wrestle with ongoing conflict and insecurity, it is clear that no region of the world is immune to the perils of corruption, according to Transparency International ’s 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), a measure of domestic, public sector corruption released today.
Overall results in the 2009 index are of great concern because corruption continues to lurk where opacity rules, where institutions still need strengthening and where governments have not implemented anti-corruption legal frameworks.
Even industrialised countries cannot be complacent: the supply of bribery and the facilitation of corruption often involve businesses based in their countries. Financial secrecy jurisdictions, linked to many countries that top the CPI, severely undermine efforts to tackle corruption and recover stolen assets.
“Corrupt money must not find safe haven. It is time to put an end to excuses,” said Labelle. “The OECD’s work in this area is welcome, but there must be more bilateral treaties on information exchange to fully end the secrecy regime. At the same time, companies must cease operating in renegade financial centres.”
Bribery, cartels and other corrupt practices undermine competition and contribute to massive loss of resources for development in all countries, especially the poorest ones. Between 1990 and 2005, more than 283 private international cartels were exposed that cost consumers around the world an estimated US $300 billion in overcharges, as documented in a recent TI report.
With the vast majority of countries in the 2009 index scoring below five, the corruption challenge is undeniable. The Group of 20 has made strong commitments to ensure that integrity and transparency form the cornerstone of a newfound regulatory structure. As the G20 tackles financial sector and economic reforms, it is critical to address corruption as a substantial threat to a sustainable economic future. The G20 must also remain committed to gaining public support for essential reforms by making institutions such as the Financial Stability Board and decisions about investments in infrastructure, transparent and open to civil society input.
Globally and nationally, institutions of oversight and legal frameworks that are actually enforced, coupled with smarter, more effective regulation, will ensure lower levels of corruption. This will lead to a much needed increase of trust in public institutions, sustained economic growth and more effective development assistance. Most importantly, it will alleviate the enormous scale of human suffering in the countries that perform most poorly in the Corruption Perceptions Index.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
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National Public Radio, which gets significant funding from taxpayers through the federal government, fired Juan Williams Wednesday because of the content of his commentaries on another network.
This is an illustration of why NPR and PBS need to be defunded completely by taxpayers.
The First Amendment protects our inherent, unalienable rights to express ourselves – especially insofar as political speech goes.
That's what Juan Williams was doing on "The O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News Network Monday when he made perfectly reasonable and honest comments about his views.
"I mean, look, Bill, I'm not a bigot," said Williams. "You know the kind of books I've written about the civil-rights movement in this country. But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they're identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."
Williams also commented on remarks by Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad warning Americans that the fight is coming to the U.S.
"He said the war with Muslims, America's war, is just beginning, first drop of blood," Williams said. "I don't think there's any way to get away from these facts."
Welcome to the world of free speech in America circa 2010. This is what you get when government is paying the freight for your media.
Juan Williams is simply explaining on national television how he feels based on completely understandable circumstances – and he is fired!
Tell me again why I am being fired?
Is it because he was speaking the truth? Read John 8:32 "You shall know the truth and.........
Is it because he showed fear when placed in a certain situation? What would Patton do? Gen George S. Patton said, I wouldn't have fired him, I would have slapped him for being a coward."
Is it because he worked for a government funded broadcast? "It is error alone (Lies) which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself."- Thomas Jefferson
"You can't handle the Truth." - Jack Nicholson Liberalism is not a political ideology but a mental disorder.
Sin is sin. Stop excusing it as a medical problem.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Posted: Oct 6, 2010 11:35 PM EDT
A Huntsville man accused of murdering and dismembering his stepfather 13 years ago is free tonight. Michael Hart admitted to killing his stepfather. Police say he also threatened to kill the investigators involved. That leaves the lead prosecutor in this case wondering why he had to learn about Hart's release from the media.
Assistant District attorney Bill Starnes led the prosecution against Michael Hart.
"He was initially found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. That was based on findings by Dr. James F. Hooper with the Taylor Hardin Medical Center," said Assistant DA, Bill Starnes.
The doctor said Hart suffered from schizophrenia, driving him to kill and dismember his step-father, then scatter parts of the body on a golf course in Huntsville.
"He thought his step father was a controlling his mind and that he was performing secret experiments out on the arsenal. Hart thought his stepfather was trying to get him to commit suicide and he acted out in response into that mind control," said Starnes.
Then Dr. Hooper changed his diagnosis, saying hart suffered from a substance induced psychosis on marijuana.
During the time he was being treated at Bryce hospital, he escaped, turned himself in, then returned to the Taylor Hardin Secure Medical Facility.
"The fact that he's been compliment in a heavily controlled environment doesn't make me comfortable that he will remain compliant," said Starnes.
The federal court reviewed Hooper's changed diagnosis last week and set him free. The Madison County DA didn't even have a clue.
"We were never contacted and that's highly disappointing and unfathomable how that would have happened. I'm disappointed and concerned. We don't argue to keep people locked away, just to argue that he has shown the danger that he presents," said Starnes.
Starnes says he did learn something from Hart's release. Due to the demands on the system and the limited amount of space, he can't be sure when someone is sent to Taylor Hardin that they're going to stay there for long.
Reporter: Stephanie Beecken – firstname.lastname@example.org
©2010 WAAY-TV, Huntsville Broadcast Corporation.
Every time a murderer is sent to prison, another murderer is released out the back door. The entire prison system is a revolving door. Every time one goes in the front door, one is released out the back door; no matter what the crime committed was. A punishment that fits the crime no longer applies. The death penalty is rarely used anymore. In a evolutionary world there is no such thing as murder. Things like a moral law, right and wrong are just something those religious fanatics believe in. Also, by releasing criminals on society the government can push for more control of it's citizens by taking away their rights and freedoms. Of course it's for your own protection. Child rapist and murderers no longer warrant any imprisonment at all; just a name and address on the Internet. All of this is just one more way the government is destroying our society.