Grand Larceny Africa

June 17th, 2009

New York Times

Corruption is not exclusive to Africa, of course. Yet official corruption is bound to be more glaring on a continent where most people live in dire poverty. And the news from Africa, as reported in the International Herald Tribune on June 10 by Celia W. Dugger, is that the fight against such corruption is not going well.

In countries that should be setting an example — South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya — the war on corruption has suffered major setbacks before rapacious and ruthless politicians; in Burundi and the Congo Republic, anticorruption campaigners have been killed.

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