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#1 Oct 16, 2017 3:41 pm

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Double standards in world corruption

The South African arms scandal of 1999 severely damaged the ruling ANC government and nearly brought down future president Jacob Zuma. But in France, the country that paid the bribes, the scandal went virtually unnoticed. If it takes two to tango, how come only one of them gets to be corrupt? What about the corruptor, isn’t he just as guilty as the corrupted? Not in France apparently, where corruption is regarded as one of the nobler arts of French statecraft. Corruption in France’s dealings with its ex-colonies is explicitly practiced and implicitly encouraged – it is, quite simply, how France “does the business”.

The French arms company at the heart of the South African arms scandal, Thales, has a long history of complicity in overseas bribery scandals from Taiwan to Saudi Arabia; yet remains immune from prosecution in its home country. France is one of the world’s largest arms exporters, a global industry famous for shady characters, front companies and bribes. Yet France was ranked by Transparency International as the 26th cleanest country in the world in 2014; a lot cleaner than the countries it routinely corrupts.

In 2001 a former employee of BAE Systems, a British arms manufacturer, notified the Serious Fraud Office that BAE held an alleged £60 million slush fund to bribe members of the Saudi royal family to secure £43 billion dollar deal to sell Saudi Arabia 72 Eurofighter Typhoon warplanes.  No action was taken. Three years later the story blew wide open when the BBC broadcast an in-depth story, including interviews with former BAE insiders giving details on how the arms company paid bribes to Saudi middlemen. Public uproar forced the British government to launch an investigation into the scandal, however it was a sham; in 2006, the government announced that the investigation was being discontinued “on grounds of the public interest”. This wasn’t the end of BAE’s corruption troubles; they were subsequently found guilty in a bribery case in Tanzania and ordered to repay reparations of £29.5m to the Tanzanian people.

Despite these and several other famously proven cases of overseas corruption, Britain like France enjoys a stellar rating in the international corruption stakes, ranking 25th cleanest out of 178 countries worldwide. In the meantime Tanzania, the country that accepted BAE’s generous “gifts” languishes in 116th position.

Do I smell a double standard here?

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#2 Oct 17, 2017 10:25 am

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So we keep a ranking of corruption , who is first , who is second. lol.
Double standard ? ... It's a way of life .

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#3 Oct 17, 2017 10:53 am

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Dancer wrote:

So we keep a ranking of corruption , who is first , who is second. lol.
Double standard ? ... It's a way of life .

Oh yes, corruption is big business - pun intended lol!

https://www.transparency.org/news/featu … index_2016

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#4 Oct 17, 2017 11:02 am

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Incidentally Grenada ranks at 46th, the 3rd most corrupt country in the Caribbean, behind Jamaica and Trinidad!


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#5 Oct 17, 2017 1:03 pm

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So I ent so sure about Grenadian corruption, I think Grenada have ah friend problem.  You just wait until they finish with Trump.

This figures can not be right. Trinidad, must be the most corrupt country in the whole Wide world.

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