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Newly Released Index Finds Perceived Corruption Increased After 'Arab Spring'


World  (tags: Muslim Brotherhood Corruption and Violen )

Beth
- 490 days ago - npr.org
Islamist thugs beat and assault protesters in Tunisia and Cairo. The Arab Spring, darling of media pundits, now looks positively toxic. Among other things, Arab Spring countries are actually more corrupt under their new Islamist governments.



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Beth S. (315)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 3:14 pm
Transparency International's (TI) 2012 Corruption Perceptions index ranks countries from 0 to 100 based on perceived levels of public sector corruption 100 meaning no perceived corruption. Egypt dropped six places and now ranks 118th out of 176 countries.

Following Mubarak's downfall and Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, hopes were high. But now, after Morsi's power grab yielding him near absolute power and a controversial draft constitution in the works, anger has once again consumed Cairo's streets.

"We know that frustration about corruption brought people out onto the streets in the Arab world," TI's Middle East and North Africa director, Cristoph Wilcke, told Reuters. A democratic transition has not easily come to Egypt. Morsi is now facing allegations similar to those that toppled Mubarak's regime, and protesters are now demanding Morsi be held accountable and step down.

"As far as we can tell, very little has happened on the ground ... as far as putting in place systems that we know work to prevent corruption," Wilcke said.

Syria, currently engulfed by bloodshed, fell 15 places in the index to 144th. Tunisia fell two places, now ranking 75th, and Morocco fell eight slots to 88th out of 176 countries. While the numbers across the board look bleak for the region, Libya climbed eight places to 160th, following the Libyan civil war that ended last October, a hopeful sign for the rest of the region.

In comparison, the United States ranks 19 on the list, just below the United Kingdom. Israel takes 39th, and Cuba ranks 58, following Jordan, which has recently seen an uptick in protests. Greece, where protests over unemployment and corruption have been exploding since 2010, ranks at 94, the same as Colombia and India. Somalia is perceived as the most corrupt country in the world.

Around 78 percent of the Middle East and North Africa is perceived as corrupt though it's not the lowest on the corruption totem pole, compared to 95 percent of Eastern Europe and Central Asia seen as corrupt, and 90 percent of Sub-Saharan Africa. (See here for a series of interactive infographics).

While the effects of the Arab Spring have yet to fully surface, and the transition to true democracy is far from over, Wilcke stressed that a worsening in Middle Eastern countries' rankings may merely be a result of people acknowledging and addressing the issue of corruption, not necessarily because corruption is increasing. "It's not possible to change things over night," he said.

Transparency International puts together this index using surveys and expert assessments from 10 private institutions including the World Bank.
 

Lee Hampton (15)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 3:16 pm
If this comes as a surprise to anybody, I know someone that would like to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge.
 

Patricia Martin (19)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 3:19 pm
As the billboard sign in the picture has Hosni Mubarak saying, "Miss Me Yet?"

We've been saying this since the beginning of the Arab Spring. I bet there are a lot of people who will look at his era as the good old days.
 

Nancy Black (296)
Friday December 14, 2012, 3:59 pm
Noted, tweeted, tweeted, and shared. This corruption doesn't surprise me; we generally move from one corrupt government to another. Bottom line; power corrupts. A lot of those people demonstrating were doing so because they wanted the power; they weren't too interested in giving power to the people as a whole. Another side of course, is the money; people who become leaders generally become wealthy because they steal all the US money that is given to provide a democracy. Joke, Joke!
 

Allan Yorkowitz (461)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 12:20 pm
I would love to know where that billboard of Mubarak is, and how in the world did it ever get there?
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 12:33 pm
The Mubarac Billboard is just a cheap copy of the one for W Bush moron. Also the key word in the entire article is "percieved" corruption. And in the real world just how does the US come out looking so damn squeeky clean. One look at the definitions and the rankings and any one with more brains than a freshly salted slug can tell that bias is the basis for the rankings. And just how does one purpose to undergo major political upheaval and not produce corruption. Some of you had better take a look at the US after the Civil War and all of the no-bid contracts to Black Water, KBR and Halliburton by the Bush/Cheney Admin. particularly regarding the Iraq "Lies for Oil and Profit" War.
 

Robert Garvin (46)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 2:10 pm
Actually, most folks need to understand that politicians ONLY EVER ARE LIARS AND CORRUPT when they start opening their mouths.. IF they are telling us that they are squeeky clean, generally it is by comparison with someone else. ie. Here in Australia our Prime Minister is very forward in supposedly pointing out how corrupt and anti women the leader of the opposition is. Well, he only has females in his family, so, how owuld he be perceived by his Wife and daughters?
So why the big cover up? What would the Prime Minister (a Woman) want folks to be looking in HIS direction? Well, it appears that back in the 1990s this venerable person was creating a "Slush Fund" as a solicitor and that was highly illegal but now apparently refuses to answer any questions asked about it. Of course, a Royal Commission is needed to investigate these improprieties and IF there is NO value in the challenge, the Prime Minister will be exhonorated with great fanfare. Unfortunately, if GUILTY will be treated as such. MAYBE. There have already been slurs against her character which has been pointed out to be manufactured "incidents" and of NO base for anyone to place any credibility in, so now it will be interesting to see what happens with this challenge. IF she is innocent, will they charge those who brought this out into the open? Or will it be just swept under the carpet? Politics always seems to be motivated by corruption. Someone somewhere will be murdered and innocent people WILL be damaged. Working out who the corrupters are is always a difficult situation. The Arab Spring will be no different.

These corrupters will always come forward and take over an innocent demonstration and then start pointing out the supposed corruption of those they wish to get rid of. I don't think Hosni was any different to any one else. Neither is Morsi or any of the others who have grasped the leadership of power. At least when Iraq was ruled by Saddam, religious freedom was a fact but it certainly is NOT now. Similar situation in the "newly Democratic" states but the media chooses to turn a bling eye to the murder of different thinking people.
 

Stan B. (124)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 4:04 pm
I wouldn't have thought these countries could be any more corrupt than they were.
Arab Spring???? You've got to laugh.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 7:38 pm
I agree with Robert's post 100%. Couldn't of said it any better. Thanks Beth
 

Kate B. (37)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 8:28 pm
Anybody here remember Wesley Clark telling us this back in '08 - 7 countries in 5 years. Egypt seemed to throw the US completely off guard but they did want Mubarak out, as long as they could choose the new tyrant.

As for corruption, what do you call 29 standing ovations for former US citizen Bibi Netanyahu at Congress after he insulted America's president Obama, if not bought & sold corruption?
 

Beth S. (315)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 9:15 pm
The standing ovation if recognition that the United States should be allied with a brave democracy striving despite the odds, and not beholden to the Muslim Brotherhood, as our Dhimmi-in-Chief is, having held hundreds of secret meetings with the MB at the White House.
 

Vera Yuno (8)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 1:31 am
>If I feel my life living in Argentina is miserable, I can't even start imagining what would it be there.
 

Mary Donnelly (44)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 3:02 pm
How interesting.
 

John Gregoire (248)
Monday December 17, 2012, 6:45 am
That region has had some form of corruption as part of its culture for centuries. Why are we now surprised? It has merely gone from sligthly out of sight to the fore!
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Monday December 17, 2012, 4:48 pm
Lloyd, you don't like Mubarak because he was tough on Islamists? Do you think Mursi with his hidden militarist agenda is better for Egyptians?


 

Suheyla C. (233)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 9:23 am
noted
 
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