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Explaining that no-one now runs the world, a leading geo-strategist claimed that there is a clear trend towards the collapsing power of nation-states, and the rise of network power from NGOs, to corporations, crime rings and terrorists.
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The HBR claimed recently that, in Russia, more than 2.5m officials in politics, the police, taxation, education, and other fields receive a total of up $45m per year in bribes, according to a paper from Volgograd State University. 21% of Russians admit to bribing tax inspectors, 16.2% to bribing police officers and judges, and 13.9% to bribing fire inspectors. The average Russian company pays $135,800 in bribes annually, the paper says.
They shower us with their own vices - a Malian on donor agencies http://www.opendemocracy.net/democracy-africa_democracy/mali_3531.jsp
Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim - Bertrand Russell
Hope of ill gain is the beginning of loss - Democritus (Greek philosopher, ca 450 BC - ca 370 BC)