December 2006
Corruption - can the rot be stopped?

'Make corruption history,' said leading British politician Gordon Brown. His comments were principally directed towards African leaders. But are Western politicians and commentators going the right way about stopping the rot? Isn't there something missing in their analysis that the problem is mainly one of 'poor governance' in developing nations? In this issue, New Internationalist digs a little deeper.







2 Can the rot be stopped?
Vanessa Baird traces the wily ways of corruption - and the war against it.

-fierce 'toons from Ed Hall.

8 I was a city boy, a soft Asian
Prize-winning novelist MG Vassanji on the psychology of mundane corruption.

10 Arms, farts and bribe fairies
Comedian Mark Thomas has a go at defence giant BAE Systems and its cronies.

12 Corruption busters!
Bravery and integrity from around the world.

14 Killer sting
Sandhya Srinivasan takes a closer look at the World Bank's 'success' with malaria in India.

15 Corruption's big funder - or how to lose $100 billion without really trying
Tainted projects brought to you by the World Bank.


18 Anatomy of a scam
Whistleblower John Githongo speaks to Vanessa Baird; plus extracts from his explosive dossier.

20 More scary than terrorism?
Anti-corruption isn't always what it says on the label. Anna Winterbottom sounds a note of caution.

21 Action
Contacts, campaigns and other useful stuff on where to go from here.

22 Currents
The international round-up continues on Page 24 with the fury of HIV/AIDS campaigners at the South African Government.
PLUS: Seriously...

25 Worldbeaters
Armenian leader Robert Kocharian could give lessons in how to flirt with dictatorship but pull back just enough to maintain European good will - despite listing one of his hobbies as 'War'.

26 Mixed Media

28 Southern Exposure
A bullethole in shattered glass: an image of everyday violence in Guatemala City, by local photographer Sandra Sebastian.

29 View from Osumenyi
A return to his hometown for a funeral brings Ike Oguine face to face with ancient
ceremonies and certainties that make the world of politics seem like another country.

30 Essay: Co$ting
c£imate chang€ George Monbiot explains why action on climate change has to be driven by morality, not dollar estimates.

32 Big Bad World
There is a suitably festive theme to Polyp's December cartoon.
PLUS: NI Prize Crossword

33 Making Waves
Mental illness is still taboo in India, and many women end up shunned and destitute as a result. But Vandana Gopikumar has been pioneering ways of reaching out to them.

34 Letters

36 Country Profile - Mozambique




NI Japan




<This month's translation>

-Can the rot be stopped? (NI p2-5)


-Corruption busters! (NI p12-13)

-THE FACTS (NI p16-17)

-Corruption's big funder - or how to lose $100 billion without really trying (NI p15)

-Anatomy of a scam (NI p18-19)

-Country Profile - Thailand (NI p36)

-Currents (NI p22-24)
---Bordering on ridiculous
---Small-but-scary symbol sought


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