corruption

A woman and boy walking across dry riverbed (© Vahid Salemi/AP Images)

Iran arrests scientists trying to solve water crisis

Water shortages caused by drought in Iran are further compounded by failed government policies and corruption. As the crisis worsens, Iran's security forces are arresting scientists trying to help.
Pompeo speaking at lectern (U.S. Dept. of State)

Secretary Pompeo affirms U.S. support for Iranian people

In a speech to an audience of Iranian Americans in California, Secretary of State Pompeo says the American people stand with the people of Iran, who want jobs, reform and opportunity.
Large crowd of protesters (© Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. condemns ongoing violence in Nicaragua

Under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act of 2016, the United States has sanctioned three Nicaraguans accused of corruption or human rights abuses against peaceful protesters.
Illustration of a man with his mouth taped shut drawing a talk bubble (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Some protesters get creative

See how Iranians and other activists in the world challenge their governments' illegal actions using civil, nonviolent methods.
Cartoon drawing of man in tiger suit riding a donkey (© Bettmann/Getty Images)

In the U.S., people power dismantled political machines

A century ago, corrupt political machines that made their leaders rich thrived in U.S. cities. But people came together to reform the system.

Summit seeks to bolster security, prosperity across the Americas

Vice President Pence attends the April 13–14 Summit of the Americas in Peru. He will promote democracy, fair trade and secure borders in the hemisphere.
Boy picking up grains of corn from the street (© Fernando Llano/AP Images)

In Venezuela, Maduro regime uses hunger to get votes

In the midst of a devastating hunger crisis, the regime of Nicolás Maduro has turned government food assistance into a tool to get political support.
Monument to Jose de San Martin in Lima, Peru (MediaCube)video

Nations of Western Hemisphere share strong values [video]

Leaders of the Western Hemisphere's countries will gather in Lima, Peru, April 13–14 for the eighth Summit of the Americas. Check out this video to learn about our shared values.
Drawing of cupped hand reaching toward man with head turned away (State Dept./D. Thompson)

U.S. companies find it pays not to pay bribes

The U.S. was the first country to bar its companies from bribing foreign officials. Now dozens of other countries do too, and it actually helps, not hurts, company profits.