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Myanmar, Somalia ranked most corrupt

September 27, 2007

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— Myanmar and Somalia have been ranked as the most corrupt nations in Transparency International's 2007 index, released Wednesday - adding pressure to the Southeast Asian country's military regime as it faces the biggest anti-government protests in nearly two decades.

Transparency International's 2007 Corruption Perceptions Index scored 180 countries based on the degree to which corruption is perceived among public officials and politicians.

Myanmar, also known as Burma, and Somalia received the lowest score of 1.4 out of 10.

Denmark, Finland and New Zealand were ranked the least corrupt - each scoring 9.4.

The agency's scale is based on the perceptions of the degree of corruption by businesspeople and country analysts. Countries are ranked out of 10, and any score below 5 indicates "serious" perceived levels of corruption, while scores below 3 reflect "rampant" corruption, the agency said.

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posessionannex 6 years, 7 months ago

preebo, didn't you know, das Ubermine thinks those monks probably had it coming:

http://www2.ljworld.com/discussions/stories/441914/#comment_425710

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waydownsouth 6 years, 7 months ago

Well this lets me know where not to build a summer home.

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preebo 6 years, 7 months ago

All one has to do is like at the images on the news from Myanmar. I mean they are killing Buddhist Monks, and other Anit-government protestors. This is an instance where we should be involved and we are not. Not necessarily through armed conflict, but more then just a five minute speach at the General Assembly. I guess the life of an Iraqi is worth more than that of the Burmese.

What could possibly be the difference in these situation? U.S. interests perhaps?

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jrlii 6 years, 7 months ago

What do you call it when decisions are made to promote the interests of the government over those of the people it governs?

I would maintain that that is a kind of corruption and that it is rampant in the US today at every level, from White House to state house to court house to city hall right on down to the cop on patrol.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 7 months ago

The US comes in at 7.2, which is pretty abysmal, really, but not unexpected under BushCo crony capitalism and neo-colonialism.

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