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Myanmar, Somalia worst for corruption
Issue 297
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Haatuf Reporter Jailed in Berbera

Ugandan Foreign Minister Says His Country’s Military Presence In Somalia Will Pose No Danger In Somaliland

Somaliland Urges Arabs To Accept Its Passport

Somaliland’s Interior Minister Undergoes Heart Bypass In South Africa

A U.S. Diplomat On Thursday Dismissed Widespread Criticism Of Somaliland

Tensions Rise in Sool Region

Three Somali govt soldiers killed in fierce battle

Myanmar, Somalia worst for corruption

Somalia teeters on edge of survival

Straight to the point

America’s woes with international law

Arab League Supports "IGAD" Force in Somalia, On Darfur Serious if UN Rejects Egyptian Troops

Daily violence bleeds life out of Somalia's largest market

Regional Affairs

Officials Express Concern About Somaliland-Puntland Clashes

Somaliland reportedly hands over three Ethiopian army deserters

Editorial
Special Report

International News

Only Cheney Knows for Sure
Just How Powerful is the Israel Lobby?

US$1 Million Alcan Prize for Sustainability 2007 Shortlist Announced

Cops seize shipment of the narcotic khat, a first in Philly

Thousands of Somalis Soon Entering the Workforce

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

An Eleven Old 'Colindale' Boy Makes Kids Smile In Hargeysa

Invisible Warriors- Somaliland Camel Corps History

Jawahir promotes Somaliland in African capitals

Somali teen takes top Euro award

Canada Changes Policy on Macedonia Name

800 Chinese State-owned enterprises active in Africa, covering every country

Experts warn Somalia disintegrating

WB, UN Join Drive To Recover Corrupt Leaders’ Spoils

Food for thought

Opinions

Saudi Arabia takes the wrong approach to Somali conflict

Bad Choices

KULMIYE Is The Most Democratic Party, Doctor

Youth Must Prove That They Can Lead

HELP US FIND BRITISH BORN SOMALILANDER FOR GUARDIAN ARTICLE

Part 2 Of The Dangerous Smell Of Crude Oil That May Ignite A New Civil War In Somalia

Calling All Somaliland/UK Scholars 1969-71

Islam And Alcoholism


By D'ARCY DORAN

LONDON, Sep 26, 2007 - 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.

"Countries torn apart by conflict pay a huge toll in their capacity to govern," the agency's international chairman Huguette Labelle said in a statement. "With public institutions crippled or nonexistent, mercenary individuals help themselves to public resources and corruption thrives."

Western governments have accused Myanmar's junta — which seized power in 1988 — of turning what was once a jewel of Southeast Asia into one of its most miserable places through repression, mismanagement and corruption.

Myanmar 's business elite thrive by serving the generals, while many in the country go without regular food and electricity, the top U.S. diplomat in Myanmar, Shari Villarosa, told reporters earlier this year.

Somalia has been ravaged by violence and anarchy since warlords overthrew dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991 and then turned on one another. The current, U.N.-backed government was formed in 2004, but has struggled to assert any real control.

Faring the best in the survey were Denmark, Finland and New Zealand, in a first-place tie with each scoring of 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.

Source: Associated Press

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