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Syrian Parliment letters censored by the U.S. press
Click here to read the two censored letters from Mohammad Jihad al-Laham, Speaker of the Syrian Parliment, to John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (in PDF format, 4.22MB) dated September 4, 2013. Source: British National Party



FREE.af: Project Free Africa
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FREE.af

Our latest project to call upon youngsters to realize the true beauty of the pure and proud Africans among the English-speaking world via understanding messages in words, numbers, and more.

 Read more about the upcoming project

Procurement Monitoring

A case study of the Nigerian procurement monitoring program and its portal and observatory

Chibuzo Chiemela Ekwekwuo

Public procurement has largely been a public sector activity in Africa. From a back room administrative function, it is however now being recognized as a major multi stakeholder public function, with huge ramifications on public service delivery and therefore on economic and social development. The concept of having statute based citizens oversight of the procurement process is very new in Africa. Perhaps Nigeria's public procurement law is the first, if not the only one of



Chibuzo Chiemela Ekwekwuo © Procurement Monitor
the many procurement laws passed by African countries in the last decade that took the bold step of requiring mandatory citizens observation of the public procurement process.

 Click here to read the full story on procurement monitoring
  Practical real-life act of sportsmanship: Iván Fernández Anaya

This Spanish runner proved to the world how winning is not the ultimate goal of being a true person when he decided to lose his race to Kenya athelete Abel Mutai. Read more from USA Today

 

  Storyboard: Where stories get their shapes

          And the baby giraffe always has something to chew on...


tornado: quick sweep through asia
giraffe: always something to chew

Clean up mess please (c) Alice-the-Artist

"Clean up the mess in the playhouse please?"  © Alice-the-Artist
U.S. presidential election: elephant vs. jackass
Romney vs. Obama: Whom to vote for?

From a 'no-regret' perspective

Raymond Cheng

Deciding on whom to vote for can be a real headache but definitely not as disappointing as when you have to regret for choosing the wrong guy over the next four years. People are keep telling you (and the media ads are bombarding you too) as to whom you should vote for but no matter what and how compelling the reason(s) they may give, they seem to care less about what is really going to happen after the election. For me, I would like to know what people have really said several years *after* they casted their votes in previous elections. There is just always too much information *before* every election and too few when people eventually find themselves unhappy with their previous decisions. So do people often regret picking the wrong guy? If so, what kind of people regretted and for what and why would they regret? Let's find out.

 Click here to read the full story on how people regretted after U.S. presidential elections


February 25, 2012: Protest against Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, some wearing the Guy Fawkes masks holding banner with 'people' on it (c) pReTeNdEr


Photo caption (above): This is a snapshot of a street protest against Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in Belgrade, Serbia, dated February 25, 2012. Some protesters appeared as members of the Anonymous Group, wearing the Guy Fawkes masks holding a large banner with "people" written on it.   Photo © pReTeNdEr
When a linguist stumbled upon a Buttonwood

A REVIEW ON AN ECONOMIST ARTICLE ENTITLED –
"The demand for financial assets is not like the demand of iPods"


Raymond Cheng

I stumbled upon this old Buttonwood article the other day and, as a language and cultural briefing consultant, I just can't help not sharing in here what I got after reading it. But before I start, I need to make it very clear that I am not in anyway against anyone's freedom of speech, freedom of press, or anything similar. What I intend to do here is to share with you how the use of grammar in the Buttonwood text had possibly helped or hindered the realization and communication of meanings. So let's start from the tiny little building blocks – the words.

 Click here to read the full story on this Buttonwood article from the Economist



Anti-corruption in Nigeria

An evaluation of strategies, legislations and systems

Iliyasu Buba Gashinbaki

No one is sure when and where corruption first started in Nigeria. But Nigerian scholars like B. C. Osisioma, Ejiofor, Chinu Achebe, and Wole Soyinka amongst host of others had a consensus view that, the cradle of corruption in Nigeria was colonialism..... To buttress this view, they argued that, in 1914 the British colonial powers amalgamated vast territories of separate and distinct ethnic



Nigeria Political Map © Magellan Geographix
nationalities, kingdoms and caliphates, which have diverse cultural, religious and social values into one single corporate entity called Nigeria.

 Click here to read the full story about anti-corruption strategies in Nigeria


Anti-corruption news around the worldmore anti-graft news

  Mexico
Slaying of Mexican singer again shines light on police corruption...

25/Jan/2014

  China
Chinese dissident Xu Zhiyong at heart of a corruption storm...

25/Jan/2014

  Spain
FC Barcelona president quits over Neymar corruption scandal: Barca paid $150M for Brazilian star...

25/Jan/2014

  India
IPS officer Praveer Ranjan picked by Arvind Kejriwal refuses to head anti-graft unit...

25/Jan/2014

  China
China puts anti-corruption activist Xu Zhiyong on trial, bars diplomats from attending...

25/Jan/2014

  Philippines
Revilla graft accusation vs Ballsy angers Aquino...

25/Jan/2014

  Turkey
Erdogan threatens to unveil graft accusations against rival...

25/Jan/2014

  United States
Former Virginia governor, wife plead not guilty to federal corruption charges...

25/Jan/2014

  Indonesia
The Thinker: APEC and anti-graft...

9/Oct/2013

  Australia
NSW Labor leader says he acted with integrity over McGurk bribe offer...

9/Oct/2013

  France
Former French Leader Sarkozy is cleared in corruption case...

9/Oct/2013

  China
In China, parents bribe to get students into top schools, despite campaign against corruption...

9/Oct/2013

  Philippines
US congressmen ask Obama to raise graft issue to Aquino...

9/Oct/2013

  Greece
Greek minister guilty of corruption...

9/Oct/2013

  China
Fallen Chinese politburo member Bo appeals graft conviction...

9/Oct/2013



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A Hong Kong Review

HOW WE FOUGHT CORRUPTION – Sustained anti-corruption strategy in pre-1997 colonial
Hong Kong, an alternate perspective


Raymond Cheng

Over the years, Hong Kong has built up a clean culture and is recognized as one of the role models for fighting corruption. Syndicated and petty corruption in the public sector has become a thing of the past and irregularities in the private sector have been reduced substantially.

I shall review from a new strategic viewpoint the "passive commitments" of the Hong Kong colonial government in terms of (a) the local economic and social statistics for a 25-year period spanning 1967 thru 1992 and (b) the behavioral patterns and theories of people.

 Click here to read the full story on how Hong Kong fought its war against corruption



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COUNT ON THE STATISTICS  100% Towels (c) Daniel Chittka
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This new section contains some interesting statistics in bribe and corruption, please check back for more as we pile up our numbers!

It's statistics time!  Using n-gram: kickback, graft, bribe and corruption - Comparison of their historical occurrences from 1810 to 2009 A.D.

  The word guanxi (collocation) and meanings of bribe: Deeply rooted, disgusting, sad endings

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ISLAND DISPUTES – FROM A DISTANCE
Island disputes in Southeast Asia | Senkakus-Diaoyu and historical findings | Dokdo-Takeshima | Spratly, Paracel, Scarborough | Kurils

For those you who don't have time to read all our news excerpts about the Asian island disputes (links above), you may find the following video, "The economic impact of a war between Japan and China", very enlightening.



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Free Pussy Riot!

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"This trial is another example of the Kremlin's attempts to discourage and delegitimize dissent. It is likely to backfire." John Dalhuisen, Director of Amnesty International's Europe and Central Asia Programme

 More from Amnesty InternationalFree Pussy Riot



How it started – Pussy Riot Prayers, February 2012

PUSSY RIOT CHRONOLOGY 2012
08/17 Pussy Riot imprisoned on hooliganism charges
08/17 The only professionals in sight
08/19 Pussy Riot protesters arrested in Marseille
08/20 NZ PM – Sentence 'disproportionate'
08/20 Pussy Riot fear their kids being put in care
08/22 German supporters face criminal charges
08/22 Pussy Riot – it's carefully calibrated
08/23 Russian church-state corruption unveiled
08/23 Putin's secret weapon: The Orthodox faithful
08/24 Putin-nominated watchdog slams convictions
08/31 'Pussy Riot ritual killing', man detained
09/03 Orthodox deacon speaks over verdict
09/06 Putin denies part in 'Pussy Riot case'
09/10 Pussy Riot benefit concert draws 1,000
09/10 Gorbachev says verdict "disproportionate"
09/19 Punk group to transfer to remote penal colony
09/21 Aung San calls on Moscow to release RP
10/01 Sentence appeal delayed until Oct 10
10/10 Katya freed, 2 years for Nadya and Masha
10/16 Masha and Nadya sent to remote labor prison



BBC • Pussy Riot women begin life in prison

11/16 Merkel challanges Putin on imprisonment
11/22 Maria Alekhina transferred to solitary cell
11/28 Tolokonnikova's appeal case goes to court
12/24 Extremist videos appeal adjourned

PUSSY RIOT CHRONOLOGY 2013
01/15 Masha's sentence deferment denied
02/01 PR civil claim granted right to appeal
02/07 Pussy Riot files complaint with ECHR
03/06 Ombudsman asks court to overturn verdict
03/08 Protesters detained in Moscow
04/13 PR gets reprimand: parole problematic
04/21 PR defense seeks abolition of conviction
07/26 Parole denied, PR remains defiant



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08/17 Against verdict on PR – Day of Solidarity
08/23 PR seeks mitigation of remaining sentence
GLUCK ON SOCIALISM AND CHINA Asia (c) Robert Churchill
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