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The Business of Bribes

In 2000 the World Bank approved millions in financing for a massive oil drilling and pipeline project between Chad and Cameroon, two countries plagued by poverty and corruption. Ten years on, what has become of the “model” oil for development project?

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Bangladesh Fights Rampant Corporate Corruption

For years corporate corruption has thrived as an open secret in this poor congested nation, a force as destructive as the cyclones that ravage the coastline and the arsenic that poisons people’s drinking wells. Bangladesh’s newly elected government has taken its first high-profile swipe at the problem.

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Black Money

International bribery. It’s a trillion dollars a year, with corporations on one side, heads of state on the other. And it thrives in an invisible world.

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Brazil: Hired Guns Fighting for a Share of the Land

Should food be genetically modified or grown from heirloom seeds? Produced on large industrial farms or organic community-owned lots? These questions lie at the heart of many, sometimes fierce, debates—in political committees, on university campuses, and in cafes and homes. But I have never heard of anyone being killed during these disputes in the U.S.

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Sobriety Checkpoints Catch Unlicensed Drivers

At a sobriety checkpoint in San Jose in the middle of January, tow truck drivers waited to take away the cars that had been seized by the police. Car seizures at DUI checkpoints prove profitable for cities, raise legal questions.

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Post Mortem

Popular television shows portray death investigators as high-tech sleuths wielding the most sophisticated tools of 21st century science. An unprecedented collaborative investigation found a very different reality: A dysfunctional system in which there are few standards, little oversight and the mistakes are literally buried.

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Special Report: The Macau Connection

The Sands, which owns the Venetian resort, saw its stock price hit an alarming low, below $2 a share, around the time Jacobs, a 47-year-old Harvard graduate with a boyish face and close-cropped silver hair, took a job heading Sands China, which runs the company’s Macau operations.

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Money and March Madness

In March, the nation goes “mad,” as more than 140 million people tune in to watch one of the biggest sporting events on earth–the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. But “March Madness” isn’t just a basketball tournament. It’s become big business, with television rights alone worth $10.8 billion over 14 years.

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