Magazine article New Internationalist

From This Month's Editor

Magazine article New Internationalist

From This Month's Editor

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There's nothing like a good corruption scandal. Especially if it involves the high and mighty with their pants down. Judges and politicians are especially good value. At times it seems we almost revel in the depths to which the powerful will descend in their abuse of power.

The frisson of shock is then followed by the knowingness of cynicism.

Then the implications sink in. Will the Canadian Liberal Party ever recover from the Quebec sponsorship scandal? Readers in Britain might be asking a similar question as they absorb the latest in the oh-so-British cash for peerages' Labour Party funding scandal. As Americans reach some kind of 'closure' watching Enron malefactors go to jail, the Foley furore comes to take its place. While for the Irish there's always Prime Minister Bertie Ahern's colourful fiscal life to look out for.

On the opposite side of the globe readers in Aotearoa/New Zealand may still be fuming over US chemical giant Dow's coverup of DDT pollution on North Island, while their neighbours assess the fall-out from the Australian Wheat Board revelations (see page 5). …

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