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Top 10 Most Corrupt Countries in the World

Widespread corruption is the foremost problem the entire world is facing today. It is prevalent from grassroots level to upper class and from one end of the globe to another one. The year of 2011 will always be remembered in human history for its undaunted crusade against corruption. Some of the most corrupt nations on the globe responded to corruption like never before. The crusade, where millions of people came out of the shell and raised their voice against corruption, shook thrones of many dictators around the world. Citizens in Middle East and expressed their anger against the government and demanded greater rights on the top of their voices. Though the moment witnessed an unprecedented success, it does not mean that entire world became corruption free and corrupt countries vanished from the map. There are still a huge number of nations whom the cholera of corruption is plaguing like a never-ending epidemic. Here is the Transparency International Corruption Index of 2-11 that mentions The Top 10 Most Corrupt Countries in the World.

  1. Uzbekistan
  2. Eritrea
  3. Laos
  4. Afghanistan
  5. Equatorial Guinea
  6. Belarus
  7. Democratic Republic of Congo
  8. Swaziland
  9. Iran
  10. Ethiopia

1. Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan tops the corruption list. It is one of the fastest growing economies in Central Asia. However, widespread corruption in governance remains a foremost hurdle for the further development of the country.

2. Eritrea
Eritrea comes at second position in the list of most corrupt countries in the world. Though it is a small economy in the Horn of Africa, Eritrea is leading on the path of development slowly but steadily. Even then the widespread corruption continues to become one of the most prominent obstacles in the development of the country.

3. Laos
Laos ranks third in the list of corrupt nations. It is a single-party socialist republic. The government could not do anything to bring the corruption scale down. A member of the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement and Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Laos fails to eradicate corruption from its press and politics.

4. Afghanistan
Afghanistan, one of the poorest countries in the world, ranks fourth in the list. The last few decades turned out to be very destructive for the country as, in most of the years, it remained engaged in war. The long war brought the country’s economy to the ground and put a question mark on its survival.

5. Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea ranks fifth in the list. It is a very small economy of West Africa. Less freedom of press and increasing human rights violations are the main problem zones, which this tiny country needs to work upon.

6. Belarus
Belarus falls at sixth place in the corruption list. Belarus has a Corruption Index of 83 out of 100. Corruption in bureaucracy and administration is one among several reasons that prove a block in the development of the country.

7. Democratic Republic of Congo
Democratic Republic of Congo ranks seventh in the list. This country is located in Central Africa. It has long been notoriously famous for its lawlessness and is recognized worldwide as a nation with a high rate of corruption.

8. Swaziland
Swaziland, a country which is unknown to many of us, ranks eighth in the list. It is a very small country trapped in the swamp of corruption. The Corruption Index of Swaziland, that is 81.3, positions this country at eighth slot.

9. Iran
Iran, an Islamic Nation, ranks ninth in the list with a Corruption Index of 79.1. Home to one of the world’s oldest civilization, prevailing corruption in governance is the main reason Iran appears in the list.

10. Ethiopia
Officially known as the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the country takes the tenth position in the list. Ethiopia is a very small nation situated in the Horn of Africa. Widespread corruption is worsening the situation in the country and has posed a great threat to the development of the country.

Top 10 Most Corrupt Politicians in US

Top 10 Corrupt Politician

Why we elect politicians? A simple answer to this question is that we want them to stand for us and do some meaningful work for the betterment of our lives. Like every other nation in the world, the American public also elects its politicians so that they could represent interests of common man in the halls of government. Unfortunately, expectations of public come to an end when plans and proposals for community development derail by the dubious presence of corruption. Our government’s officials take oath to serve the interests of public and are entrusted with a duty to serve the people but all this looks like a fool’s paradise when none of these duties is brought into practice. Politicians are over and again caught with their hand in the cookie jar. Here is a list that mentions:

1. Senator Budd Dwyer

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Budd Dwyer tried to end his life on January 22, 1987, when found guilty of a great number of political corruption and scams. He was charged with accepting a whopping campaign donation for exchange of a multi-million dollar contract with a famed computer company, 1 count of conspiracy to commit bribery and 4 counts of inter-state transportation in aiding racketeering,. Mr. Dwyer was charged with 55 years of sentence and immense fines.

2. Governor Ray Blanton

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Mr. Ray Blanton, Governor of Tennessee set some criminals scot free and sent them back into the society. During his incumbency he released 24 convicted assasins and another 28 culprits that were charged for a plethora of serious criminal activity. It made him the corrupt government officials of US.

3. Rep. Maxine Waters

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She was found guilty of supporting her husband using the authority and political clout of her office to help him out in his bad days. Mrs. Walter’s husband had stock in a certain bank that was going through some financial difficulties during the recent banking fiasco.

4. Vice-President Spiro Agnew

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He got into trouble when the U.S. Department of Justice started investigating Mr. Agnew for tax laundering, extortion, conspiracy and even bribery. This investigation led to criminal charges and political corruption, he finally accepted bribes related charges that happened during his tenure as the governor of Maryland.

5. Congressman Charles Rangel

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Charles Rangel, who once chaired the congressional committee, was responsible for federal tax policy. His bad days start when he got into trouble for not paying his own taxes. When found guilty, he stated that he forget to pay taxes on $75,000 he earned from property he owned. He was later censored by Congress for his activities.

6. Senator Mitch McConnell

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Mr. Bates was United State Senator who also started a lobbying firm that soon became a very successful enterprise. He is the longest serving senator in US history. He, and his company, was found involved in number of unlawful activities and political corruption.

7. Governor Rod Blagojevich

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Mr. Blagojevich has been notoriously famous and touched new heights by making numerous high profile television appearances. He was convicted of 23 criminal acts, though only found guilty of one and that was lying to federal investigators.

8. Governor George Ryan

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He has been perhaps the most corrupt government officials of the US. He served as the governor for just one term and after sometime, it was found that Mr. Ryan was involved in a number of criminal activities. After a thorough investigation, he was discovered guilty on 22 felony charges, including bribery, tax fraud, racketeering, money laundering and last but certainly not the least, extortion. He also used campaign funds for his own personal use. After a lengthy trial, he was convicted on all 22 counts.

9. Congressman Vernon Buchanan

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The allegations against Mr. Buchanan are numerous. He had been held accountable for fraud, criminal activities and conspiracy, to name a few. It is alleged that he compelled his car dealership employees and Sarasota 500 Corp to contribute to re-election campaigns with the threat of being fired if they did not comply with him.

10. William Marcy Tweed (Boss Tweed)

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Mr. Tweed started his political career as a New York alderman and was soon after elected to a term of congress. One of the corrupt politicians in the US, Tweed embezzled money worth $25 to $200 million. Mr. Tweed and his accomplices were ultimately brought down in the year of 1871 and sent to lockup.