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Thursday, October 21, 2004

International Corruption
Did you know there's a Corruption Perceptions Index? Yes indeed. Claudia Rossett keeps Kofi Annan's feet to the fire in yesterday's OpinionJournal. In the column, she scoffs at Kofi's contention that France, China, and Russia are incorruptible because "these are very serious and important governments." Well, according to a group called Transparency International, there's a whole lotta corruptin' goin' on. Their Corruption Perceptions Index says, of the 146 countries examined, France is more corrupt than 21 countries. China is 71st, and Russia is 90th. (The US ranks a little better than France, at 17th.)

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.

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