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Сергей Романчук: «Россия безнадежно испортила себе репутацию, и все ее граждане теперь несут риски»
— То есть мы все дальше уходим от рыночной модели?

— К сожалению, да. Если раньше у нас было то, что походило на капитализм, хоть и с приставкой «гос», и бизнес вел себя относительно независимо, пусть и соблюдая политическую лояльность, то сейчас мы уже пришли к некоторой разновидности феодализма. Отношения вассал–сюзерен реализуются на всех уровнях иерархии: в крупном, и в среднем, и в мелком бизнесе, где сюзеренами выступают чиновники соответствующего положения. Власть полностью контролирует потоки капитала и все чаще ведет себя как его совладелец, заставляя бизнесменов работать в смычке с ней.
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— Текущие высокие цены на нефть смогут обеспечить стабильность в будущем?

— Смогут обеспечить стагнацию, если все оставить как есть. Она будет малозаметна и сойдет за стабильность. Но даже это состояние неминуемо окажется под угрозой из-за несоответствия реальных задач экономики и действий государства. Предыдущие кризисы 2008-го и 2014-го были обусловлены настоящими внешними экономическими вызовами. Но сейчас никаких экономических вызовов нет, цена на нефть высока, мир по-прежнему растет, а мы стоим на месте, а реальные доходы населения падают четвертый год подряд.
russian  government  corruption  economics  fail 
yesterday by some_hren
Ajit Pai’s ex-broadband advisor arrested on charge of forging fiber contracts • Ars Technica
Jon Brodkin:
<p>The former head of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) has been arrested on a charge of wire fraud for allegedly tricking investors into pouring money into a fiber-optic network.

Elizabeth Pierce is accused of "forg[ing] guaranteed revenue contracts to fraudulently induce investors to invest more than $250m in a fiber optic cable network in Alaska," according to a press release issued last week by the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Pierce was the first chair of the Federal Communications Commission's 29-member broadband committee, which has seen defections from municipal officials who say it has prioritized the interests of private Internet providers over those of cities and towns.</p>


Peculiar thing: the Trump-backing Wall Street Journal <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/former-ceo-of-alaska-telecom-firm-accused-of-fraud-1523559675?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=2">has the same story about Pierce</a> - except that unlike every other outlet which reported the story, it doesn't mention that she sat on Pai's broadband committee.

It's amazing: Trump's administration is like a vortex of corruption. If convicted, Pierce could get 20 years.
broadband  corruption 
yesterday by charlesarthur
‘They Eat Money’: How Mandela’s Political Heirs Grow Rich Off Corruption - The New York Times
Corruption has enriched A.N.C. leaders and their business allies — black and white South Africans, as well as foreigners. But the supposed beneficiaries of many government projects, in whose names the money was spent, have been left with little but seething anger and deepening disillusionment with the state of post-apartheid South Africa.

While poverty has declined since the end of apartheid, inequality has risen in a society that was already one of the world’s most unequal, according to a recent report by the World Bank and the South African government.

South Africa has a large, advanced economy, an aggressively free press and a wealth of independent organizations and scholars who keep a close watch on government malfeasance. But even with its vibrant democracy, in which the details of corruption schemes are routinely aired and condemned by the news media and opposition politicians, graft has engulfed the country.
pol.639  corruption  state  inequality  IPE  international  politics  political_economy  Political_Geography 
2 days ago by Jibarosoy
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RT : (THREAD) Could police be classified as domestic terrorists?

Here is why we need massive refo…
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2 days ago by kcarruthers
Rome wasn’t built in a day but these days it feels as if it may collapse in one | Tobias Jones | Opinion | The Guardian
Rome is built on pretty poor ground so it's prone to sinkholes anyway but long term government slowness/corruption plus lots of rain means it's getting worse.

Also, the vibration of the traffic is problematic because it's amplified by the ground.
italy  rome  infrastructure  government  corruption  geology  climate 
2 days ago by mr_stru
FEC hit with lawsuit over ignoring civil complaint accusing Clinton, DNC in election scheme | Fox News
EXCLUSIVE: The Hillary Clinton Campaign and the Democratic National Committee allegedly used state chapters as strawmen to launder as much as $84 million in an effort to circumvent campaign donation limits, and the Federal Election Commission ignored complaints exposing the practice, a lawsuit filed Monday claims.
The Committee to Defend the President (CDP), a political action committee formally known as Stop Hillary PAC, filed its complaint with the FEC in December 2017 with the claims that the Hillary Victory Fund (HVF) solicited cash from big-name donors, and allegedly sent that money through state chapters and back to the DNC before ending up with the Clinton campaign.

As first reported by Fox News at the time, the CDP alleges in its complaint that about $84 million was funneled illegally from the DNC through state party chapters and back into the war chest of the Clinton campaign. The political action committee claims that even though the FEC acknowledged receipt of the complaint and claimed that an investigation would be conducted, the needle has barely moved.
HRC  2016elections  corruption 
3 days ago by astrogirl

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