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How to rig an election

On March 3, 2012, in Election, by Editor

A brief guide to electoral fraud for the busy despot. – The Economist, UK THE only poll that counts, supposedly, is election day. But for the sophisticated vote-rigger that is terrible advice. Election day is too late. If you go around beating up your opponents’ voters, stuffing ballot boxes and making up results, someone somewhere […]

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How to steal an election

On March 3, 2012, in Election, by Editor

Electoral fraudsters have become more cunning, but dirty politics is a bigger worry. – The Economist, UK IT WAS another good day for North Korea’s Workers’ Party. On July 24th 2011, amid music and gongs, the late Kim Jong Il shuffled past queuing throngs to cast his vote in the country’s local elections. Like everyone […]

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Former Israel PM Ehud Olmert indicted for corruption in property scandal

On January 6, 2012, in Corruption, by Editor

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was on Thursday indicted alongside a number of other people for allegedly taking bribes in a massive property scandal, judicial sources said. – The Telegraph, UK The allegations stem from Olmert’s tenure as Jerusalem mayor and will add to the woes of the former premier, who is already on […]

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Rewarding party donors in the honours system risks bringing system into ‘disrepute’ says Sir Christopher Kelly

On January 1, 2012, in Corruption, by Editor

Handing knighthoods and other honours to financial backers of major political parties risks bringing the system into “disrepute” because of the suspicion of corruption, according to the standards watchdog. – By Christopher Hope, The Telegraph, UK Sir Christopher Kelly, the chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, was speaking after four leading Conservative […]

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French ex-President Jacques Chirac guilty of corruption

On December 15, 2011, in Leadership, by Editor

A French court has given former President Jacques Chirac a two-year suspended prison sentence for diverting public funds and abusing public trust. – The BBC, UK Mr Chirac, 79, was not in court to hear the verdict because of ill-health but denied wrongdoing. President from 1995 to 2007, he was put on trial on charges […]

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Nicolas Sarkozy: Obsessive David Cameron acting like stubborn child

On December 14, 2011, in Leadership, by Editor

The rift between Britain and Europe grew wider when Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly accused David Cameron of behaving ‘like an obstinate kid with a single obsession’. – By John Higginson, The Metro, UK The French president said the prime minister had suffered a ‘political defeat’ following last week’s summit in which he vetoed a EU treaty […]

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Mass protests in Russia call for election rerun

On December 11, 2011, in Election, by Editor

Tens of thousands march through Moscow in a major anti-Putin demo. – By Shaun Walker, The Independent, UK The crowds stretched along the long, narrow expanse of Bolotnaya Square as far as the eye could see. They spilled out on to side roads, and, at one point, so many had squeezed on to a bridge […]

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Russian mass protests over alleged election fraud

On December 10, 2011, in Election, by Editor

- By Steve Gutterman and Thomas Grove, The Independent, UK Tens of thousands of people took to the streets across Russia today to demand an end to Vladimir Putin’s rule and a rerun of a parliamentary election in the biggest opposition protests since he rose to power more than a decade ago. Protesters waved banners […]

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Russia PM Vladimir Putin accuses US over poll protests

On December 8, 2011, in Election, by Editor

- The BBC, UK Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has accused the United States of being behind protests over the results of Russia’s parliamentary elections. “Russia’s only independent election monitoring group, Golos – which is funded by the US and the EU – logged 5,300 allegations of electoral violations.” Mr Putin said US Secretary of […]

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Gorbachev calls for new elections to appease Russians

On December 8, 2011, in Election, by Editor

- By Shaun Walker, The Independent, UK Protesters waved banners such as “The rats should go!” and “Swindlers and thieves – give us our elections back!” in cities from the Pacific port of Vladivostok in the east to Kaliningrad in the west, nearly 7,400 km (4,600 miles) away. Mikhail Gorbachev, the leader who presided over […]

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