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  • Corruption: The Global Disaster Waiting To Happen, Part 1

    A good many global problems face us today: dwindling supplies of fresh water, diseases such as HIV and malaria which threaten hundreds of millions world-wide, drug cartel trafficking and violence, violence by political and religious extremists, climate change and its impact on agriculture as well as increasingly severe and unpredictable regional weather, increasing demand for energy with finite fossil fuel reserves, over-fishing of the oceans, pollution on a global scale and with global impact.

    As daunting as these problems seem, all of them have solutions, or at least policies which can ameliorate their worst effects. But for much of the world, those solutions are impossible to implement because of the 21st Century’s 500-pound gorilla corruption. All of our best hopes for the future, may founder on the reef of corruption if we do not start treating it as the critical challenge it is as opposed to vaguely annoying background noise.

    Transparency International, the German-based non-governmental organization which takes corruption as its entire focus, recently released their annual report on global corruption. It has some arresting observations about the growth of corruption world-wide:

    * Corruption in and by the private sector is of growing concern to the general public

    * Governments are considered to be ineffective in the fight against corruption a view that has remained worryingly consistent in most countries over time

    * Ordinary people do not feel empowered to speak out about corruption

    We talk about corruption in this country, but we talk about it in the abstract. It touches our daily lives ...




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    "A good many global problems face us today: dwindling supplies of fresh water, diseases such as HIV and malaria which threaten hundreds of millions world-wide, drug cartel trafficking and violence, violence by political and religious extremists, climate change and its impact on agriculture as well as increasingly severe and unpredictable regional weather, increasing demand for energy with finite fossil fuel reserves, over-fishing of the oceans, pollution on a global scale," oil tsunamis, mutated Canola plants, Triffids, asteroids, comets, space aliens, Langoliers from an alternate universe, giant ants, giant octopus, megalodons, Mothra and Godzilla...

    Last edited by The Doctor; 20 Aug 10, 15:19.
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