corruption

Illustration of people sneaking money out of large globe (State Dept./D. Thompson)

December 9 is International Anti-Corruption Day

"At its core, corruption is the transfer of wealth from the powerless to the powerful," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley has said. Learn how much.
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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.
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Ultrarich of Tehran prompt backlash among Iranians

While income inequality continues to widen in Iran, the children of the wealthy ruling elites flaunt their lavish lifestyles on social media.
Infographic comparing U.S. and Chinese business environments (State Dept./S. Wilkinson)

The effect of corruption on business

Strong laws and trustworthy institutions protect investors and businesses from corruption. That's why the different approaches of the U.S. and China matter.
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What is causing Iran’s water crisis? [video]

Iranians are running out of water in cities, towns and farms all across the country due to badly managed water resource policies and government corruption.
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‘No due process’ for critics of Cuban government

Each month, hundreds of Cuban activists are detained unjustly. Meet a few of the people suffering as political prisoners in Cuba.
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The injustice of life in Iran [video]

See how the Iranian regime routinely and brutally suppresses dissent among its citizens through arbitrary arrest, imprisonment and execution.
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Hostages as bargaining chips: An Iranian tradition

Iran holds around a dozen dual and foreign citizens in prison on fake "national security" and "espionage" charges. It's been that way since 1979.
Drawing of boxes with computer circuitry inside (State Dept./D. Thompson)

What is blockchain and why should workers care?

Learn how this innovative technology could help companies around the world keep track of their supply chains and find out how their suppliers' workers are treated.