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Most Corrupt Countries? How evaluated?

Mind you that it was published in 2013. Compare with current evaluation, and check if the indicators changed in priority

Transparency International has published its 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), which ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their administrative and political institutions are perceived to be on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) and a 100 (very clean).

 posted last Dec. 3, 2013

The 18 Most Corrupt Countries In The World

Syria, in the midst of a brutal civil war, dropped eight points in the last year as government officials profit from the food crisis.

Libya, in the midst of post-revolutionary turmoil, dropped six points to surpass Iraq in official corruption.

Here’s the top 18:

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CPI

 


Denmark, New Zealand, Finland, and Sweden are list as the four least corrupt countries while the U.S. came in 19th.

Note: I wonder if there is any correlation between corruption and misery indexes in countries, and whether the political structure is the main culprit in these indexes.

 Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-most-corrupt-countries-in-the-world-2013-12#ixzz313189www

And here’s an interactive version of the map:

 

Israel Grants First Golan Heights Oil Drilling License To Dick Cheney-Linked Company

Israel has granted a U.S. company the first license to explore for oil and gas in the occupied Golan Heights, John Reed of the Financial Times reports.

A local subsidiary of the New York-listed company Genie Energy — which is advised by former vice president Dick Cheney and whose shareholders include Jacob Rothschild and Rupert Murdochwill now have exclusive rights to a 153-square mile radius in the southern part of the Golan Heights.

That geographic location will likely prove controversial.

Israel seized the Golan Heights in the Six-Day War in 1967 and annexed the territory in 1981. Its administration of the area — which is not recognized by international law — has been mostly peaceful until the Syrian civil war broke out 23 months ago.

“This action is mostly political – it’s an attempt to deepen Israeli commitment to the occupied Golan Heights,” Israeli political analyst Yaron Ezrahi told FT. “The timing is directly related to the fact that the Syrian government is dealing with violence and chaos and is not free to deal with this problem.”

golan heightsWikimedia Commons There are about 20,000 Israeli settlers in the Golan Heights.

Earlier this month we reported that Israel is considering creating a buffer zone reaching up to 10 miles from Golan into Syria to secure the 47-mile border against the threat of Islamic radicals in the area.

The move would overtake the UN Disengagement Observer Force Zone that was established in 1973 to end the Yom Kippur War and to provide a buffer zone between the two countries.

Reed notes that recent natural gas finds off Israel’s coast in the Mediterranean have made the country’s offshore gas reserve one of the largest of its kind in the world, meaning Israel may become a significant energy exporter in its region.

 Note: Israel has been exporting wines exploited in the Heights that are under economic sanctions as well as exploiting the water rich Heights and selling it to the Palestinians
Consistent Trend in US Drone Strikes: Tweeting reports very disturbing

NYU student Josh Begley is tweeting every reported U.S. drone strike since 2002, and the feed highlights a disturbing tactic employed by the U.S. that is widely considered a war crime.

Known as the “double tap,” the tactic involves bombing a target multiple times in relatively quick succession, meaning that the second strike often hits first responders.

Michael Kelley posted in Business Insider on Dec. 12, 2012, under “The NYU Student Tweeting Every Reported US Drone Strike Has Revealed A Disturbing Trend
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2007 report by the Homeland Security Institute called double taps a “favorite tactic of Hamas” and the FBI considers it a tactic employed by terrorists.

Christof HeynsUN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, said that if there are “secondary drone strikes on rescuers who are helping (the injured) after an initial drone attack, those further attacks are a war crime.”

The U.S. refuses to discuss the merits of its overtly covert drone program, but the reports featured on @dronestream clearly document that U.S. hellfire missiles have intentionally targeted funerals and civilian rescuers.

Jun 18, 2009: 2 drone missiles killed 1 person. When rescuers rushed to the scene, 2 more struck, killing 8 (Pakistan) nytimes.com/2009/06/19/wor…

Jun 23, 2009: Up to 80 more people were killed when several US drones targeted a funeral (Pakistan) aljazeera.com/news/asia/2009…

Jan 6, 2010: Shortly after the first strike, as the rescue efforts were underway, the death toll rose to 15 (Pakistan) aljazeera.com/news/asia/2010…

Apr 16, 2010: Missiles fired from US drones killed 4 in Tolkhel, hitting a car and people rushing in to help (Pakistan) google.com/hostednews/afp…

And that’s only a 10-month window in Pakistan. It has happened in Afghanistan as well, and the first instance of “explicit intelligence posthumously proving” that an innocent civilian had been killed happened in Yemen.

In September the NYU and Stanford law schools released a report detailing how double taps by U.S. drones affect the Pakistani population, and noted that “high-level” militants killed only accounted for 2 percent of U.S. drone strike casualties.

Note 1: Drone protesters blocked? https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/new-comers-on-the-block-anti-drone-protesters-blocked-with-broad-restraining-order/

Note 2: Obama May Need The NDAA To Justify Widespread Use Of Drones

Note3:  http://www.businessinsider.com/us-drone-tweets-reveal-double-tap-plan-2012-12#ixzz2Ex4FSU8D

Note 4: Dronestream@dronestream Every reported US drone strike, from 2002-2012. Launching Tuesday, December 11 at 12pm ET. For @rushkoff‘s Narrative Lab. By@joshbegley.


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