Corruption
Belarus: Time to End the Dictatorship

Belarus: Time to End the Dictatorship

Shouts of ‘fascists’ and ‘long live Belarus’ filled the streets of Minsk, Brest, Grodno, and other cities across Belarus during protests against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. The protests occurred on 25 March during the celebration of the 99th anniversary of the proclamation of the Belarus People’s Republic as a result of the president’s newest decree:...
What Kim Jong Nam’s death means for North Korea

What Kim Jong Nam’s death means for North Korea

It is uncertain how many people have been executed in North Korea since Kim Jong Un took power in 2011, but one South Korean think tank puts the number at around 340 people. While most of these deaths go unremarked or unnoticed by the outside world, one man’s death in strange circumstances on 13 February...
Erdoğan: At the Height of Popularity

Erdoğan: At the Height of Popularity

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has not hidden his aspirations. The powerful president of Turkey is willing to do everything possible to cement his position and eliminate any opposition. He has proven to be a ruthless tyrant par excellence. Identifying his domestic enemies, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has publicly drawn the battle line in recent months. The imprisonment...
Blighting the Fourth Estate: Fake News and New Democracy

Blighting the Fourth Estate: Fake News and New Democracy

Oxford Dictionary’s 2016 word of the year is ‘post-truth’. The traditional reporter’s dependency on cold, impartial facts has been upended by persuasive satire, deception, and radicalism. Stories that fit snugly into one’s worldview are far more attractive than those that force them to think critically about their assumptions. Stories that outright lie to validate one’s...
From Panama Papers to Cash Piles: Corruption in Ukraine

From Panama Papers to Cash Piles: Corruption in Ukraine

Ukraine has released a new set of anti-corruption regulations, which require even the most senior public officials to register their finances in a publicly available online database by 30 October. This includes more than 50,000 officials who would be investigated, and potentially prosecuted if they do not release and justify their financials to the anti-corruption...