|Man in a Desert||
An interesting report on corruption in Syria by Lina Sinjab. Of course all you have to do is change the word Syria for just about any other Arab country (except for the Gulf states) and the report would still hold true.
A court in Israel has convicted former president Moshe Katsav of rape. Former prime minister Ehud Olmert is facing coruption charges. Former president Ezer Weizman was forced by public pressure to resign in 2000 over hundreds of thousands of dollars he received from businessmen before becoming president.
Somehow this reminds me of a letter sent to prime minister Menachem Begin by the father of an Israeli soldier killed during the invasion of Lebanon in 1982.
Strong words which no Arab would dare aim at his or her leader. Just like no Arab leader has ever been brought to trial over any of the issues that the multitudes of Arabs always complain about. This, of course, does not include Saddam Hussein who was put on trial under exceptional circumstances. Naturally, no Arab leader or government would even accept being spoken to or treated in such a manner. Maybe America and Israel are to blame for that state of affairs too...
Transparency International has released the Corruption Perceptions Index for 2010. What is interesting is that Qatar, which comes in at number 19 and tops all Arab countries and Israel for transparency, has outranked the United Kingdom and United States on the list! The full report can be downloaded here.
A man on a long journey through a perpetual desert.
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