The Nature of Truth

“Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.”  – Thomas Paine

Got Corruption?

Vietnam -Rising Discontent over Corruption

Vietnam-Bankers

The global trend that is brewing against corruption is absolutely everywhere. Vietnam is dealing with rising public anger over corruption that has unfolded in and out of government. Duong Chi Dung (C-front), 56, is the former chairman of Vinalines, and his accomplices stand in the local People’s Court in Hanoi. The top two executives were sentenced to death for embezzlement as authorities try to allay rising public anger over corruption. Where US bankers got bonuses after 2007, the story is very different elsewhere.

Zimbabwe Has No More Money–They Want Yours

Excerpted from Adam Clark Estes, Jan 29, 2013

There are cash-strapped governments and there are broke governments. And then there’s Zimbabwe, which, after paying last week’s government salaries, has just $217 left in the bank…Zimbabwe, the country that’s home to some of the world’s largest plutonium and diamond reserves, literally has the same financial standing as a 14-year-old girl after a really good birthday party. The country’s finance minister admitted, “Last week when we paid civil servants there was $217 [left] in government coffers.” and “The government finances are in paralysis state at the present moment. We are failing to meet our targets.”

. . . The economy started to come apart at the seams in 2000, when President Robert Mugabe seized the land of over 4,000 white-owned farmers, effectively dismantling the country’s agriculture industry. Over the course of the next decade, the country spiraled into an extended period of hyperinflation, the likes of which the world almost never sees. . .

It’s unclear how the Zimbabwean government is going to get itself out this fiscal mess, but whatever it does, it needs to do it quickly. . .The country obviously desperately needs a major change. “But action against corruption probably won’t come until the end of Mugabe’s reign, and a new constitution coming up for a referendum this spring — presuming the funds can be found — might set up the aging autocrat for another term in power,” writes Fernholz.

Until then, looking for quarters under the couch isn’t going to cut it, so Zimbabwe is doing the only thing it can do. “We will be approaching the international community,” Biti said. You’ll never guess who’s most likely to come to the rescue. Hint: They’re big fans of rare minerals.

Author: Adam Clark Estes

Sources
Zimbabwe has $217 in the bank: finance minister, AFP
Zimbabwe only has $217 in the bank, Tim Fernholz, Quartz