Although many countries are corrupt, the Top Ten seem to have exceeded.
Transparency International blames/attributes corruption on what is called the rise of ‘populism’. People are elected because they appeal to the basest levels of human being. They are elected, get into office, which they are not capable of managing. This has led to an increase in corruption.
Transparency International has published it’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index.
This is based on surveys with the World Bank, and The World Economic Forum as well as the Economist Intelligence Unit, which had determined that corruption increased in 2016.
The reason for corruption is often pointed out as the unequal distribution of power and wealth. This fuels social inequality. People then turn to populist politicians whom they feel will help them. Once in power, the populist office holder become more dictatorial.
For example, in Turkey, Recep Erdogan has tightened his grip on power. Getting the people behind him he will do what he feels is in his interest. The same is true of Viktor Orban of Hungary.
This is the List Today:
The most corrupt:
2. South Sudan
3. North Korea
10. Venezuela/Iraq (joint)
One has to see with Syria, they are having a terrible civil war. Libya has no government, nor does Afghanistan or Iraq; to be honest.
The United States is now listed at number 18. Transparency International states this is because of Trump’s government appointments and his failure to divest himself of his business interests were “rife with potential conflicts of interest”.
This is, of course, no surprise. Trump has been very careful not to put Saudi Arabia on his list, nor anywhere he has a hotel or other business interests. He seems to be using the office of President to fill his pockets. Not surprising.
It is interesting to see how ‘high’ America will go on this list.
By the way; Jamaica is 83 out of 176. Not too bad.