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Somalia Tops Corruption List

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Posted on Nov 17, 2009
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This is the flag of Somalia. That is all.

File this one under Dubious Honors of the World: An organization with the fun name of Transparency International has created a list ranking nations according to “perceived levels of corruption in the public sector,” as the BBC put it, and Somalia appears to be the worst of the bunch, taking the top slot. Actually, it’s the bottom slot, as the list seems to be ranked in reverse, but since this is confusing, we’ll still call it the top. Thank you for your flexibility, kind readers. Oh, and Afghanistan and Iraq aren’t far behind (above?).  —KA

BBC:

Afghanistan, Iraq, Burma were among the lowest-ranked, with conflict-ridden Somalia at the bottom for the second year running.

New Zealand was the least corrupt, followed by Denmark and Singapore.

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By voice of truth, November 18, 2009 at 3:10 pm Link to this comment

Walder

How do you explain Angola?  Somalia?  Chad?  Congo?  None of these nations have ever been under British rule.

Tyler, you’re an idiot.

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By PatrickHenry, November 18, 2009 at 3:03 pm Link to this comment

Washington DC @ K street.

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By voice of truth, November 18, 2009 at 8:26 am Link to this comment

Duh.  Does Somalia even have a government?  Why is it still considered a nation?

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By tyler, November 17, 2009 at 10:24 pm Link to this comment
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who are we kidding,

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SHOULD BE AT THE TOP OF THIS LIST!!!

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By walder, November 17, 2009 at 9:53 pm Link to this comment
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The failed states of Africa are due to Brit meddling, mayhem and murder.  It’s the Brit evil way of holding onto colonies.

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By Hulk2008, November 17, 2009 at 4:52 pm Link to this comment

Until corruption and torturous poverty are eliminated, there will be no solution for the violence and terrorism that evolve from them.

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