Corruption

Partitioning Syria: Oil, Gas, And Peace

It’s the 101st anniversary of the Sykes–Picot Agreement and, in light of the non-stop Syrian Civil War, it’s time to ask, “How’s that working out for you?”

The Qatar Turmoil Fallout: Flights, Food, Football And More

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, Bahrain and others cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. What does this mean for Qatar's economy and people doing business there? An initial look reveals that troubling things are in store for the small but rich gulf nation, which happens to be the host nation of the 2022 World Cup.

Reuters Goes To China, Discovers "Ghost Collateral"

"The first time I went, I saw the steel,” recalled Wang, an attorney at Beijing DHH Law Firm, which represents the Shanghai branch of CITIC. "Afterwards, the banker got in contact with me and said, ‘The pledged assets are no longer there"

Snyder Rages "It's Time To Flush The Toilet"

Is it fair to compare Congress to a toilet? If there is one institution that embodies the corruption that permeates Washington D.C., it is the United States Congress. Dominated by extremely selfish career politicians that are primarily interested in raising enough money to win the next election, Congress has become a cesspool of filth, fraud and malfeasance.

Matt Taibbi: "Gianforte's Win Confirms The Democrats Need A New Message"

There is now a sizable list of election results involving Republican candidates who survived seemingly unsurvivable scandals to win higher office. The lesson in almost all of these instances seems to be that enormous numbers of voters would rather elect an openly corrupt or mentally deranged Republican than vote for a Democrat. But nobody in the Democratic Party seems terribly worried about this...