War-torn nations ‘most corrupt’ – peaceful nations ‘least corrupt’

War-torn nations remain the world’s most corrupt, Transparency International (TI) has said.

Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia are the lowest-ranked countries in TI’s annual global survey. They were all at the bottom of the list last year as well. “When essential institutions are weak or non-existent, corruption spirals out of control,” TI said.

New Zealand was the least corrupt, with last year’s winner Denmark as runner-up and Singapore third. It said this was a result of “political stability, long established conflict of interest regulations and solid, functioning public institutions”…

The UK ranked 17th, down one place from last year. The US also fell one place to 19th.

The last-named two are still engrossed in the discovery phase of corruption under Bush and Blair.

6 thoughts on “War-torn nations ‘most corrupt’ – peaceful nations ‘least corrupt’

  1. Mr. Fusion says:

    Looking at the map, the “socialist” countries also seem to have less corruption. These are the same countries that have higher life expectancies, universal health care, corporate regulations, and government pensions.

    What are they doing right that America isn’t?

    • Cinaedh says:

      For what it’s worth, here’s my succinct response to your question, Mr. Fusion. It has primarily to do with corporate brainwashing.

      As far as I can tell most, if not all Americans believe the following statement to be the absolute, indisputable truth:

      The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed — for lack of a better word — is good.

      ~ Fictional Character Gordon Gekko in the film Wall Street, 1987.

      No. It’s not.

  2. gordeecampbell says:

    Corruption has a very big boundary. In some countries many public services are on a paid fee basis such as Bangla Desh. They evolved a system which maintained lower taxation by direct payment from the user. It should be noted that these nations continued bureaucratic and justice models that were actually instituted by colonial governments such as Britain, France, Belgium, and yes in the case of China… United States.

    However, in North American societies the direct payments of money fees to bureaucrats is considered corruptive. And we shouldn’t be so high and mighty. Last year alleged moral governments funded patently corrupt bankers who in turn took additional bonuses as remuneration for their business acumen (eg corruption)

    • Mr. Fusion says:

      Last year alleged moral governments funded patently corrupt bankers who in turn took additional bonuses as remuneration for their business acumen (eg corruption)

      True. Other nations though, including Canada, through regulation and oversight of financial institutions avoided most of the problems the US had. (Iceland being a notable exception but has made tremendous strides in correcting its financial problems)

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