The 3 Most Corrupt Countries in the World

The United States has its fair share of scandals. But when it comes to corruption, there are plenty of other countries that leave the U.S. in the dust. Here are the three most corrupt countries in the world.

Corruption eruption

Global watchdog organization Transparency International gathers data from more than a dozen respected international organizations and businesses to answer a seemingly simple question : How corrupt is my country?

It's a global issue. No country is flawless, and over two-thirds of countries clocked in below 50 out of a total of 100 points.

Source: Transparency International 

The Worst

Corruption must be a competition for some countries, because the worst three tied for last place out of 177 countries .

Source: Wikimedia Commons, by TUBS 

Somalia is one of the terrible trio. The easternmost country of continental Africa, this country is perhaps most infamously known for its modern-day pirates. The United Kingdom's Department for International Development refers to it as the "most fragile state in the world," and notes that the country hasn't had a functioning government for more than 20 years .

Source: Wikimedia Commons, by TUBS 

North Korea is also chugging along on the corruption caboose. According to Transparency International Executive Director Robert Barrington, countries at the bottom of the corruption bucket are usually undergoing conflict – but North Korea is an exception.

Kim Jong-un and his military leaders rule with an iron fist. A New York Times article recently revealed that Jong-un used anti-aircraft machine guns to execute two of his dissident uncle's top lieutenants , but the more telling stories may be the ones that are never told. Corruption begins with disinformation, and North Korea remains an enigma to most human rights organizations and foreign countries.

Source: Wikimedia Commons, by TUBS 

While Somalia is without a government and North Korea is saddled with a heartless one, Afghanistan has many governments pushing and pulling this corrupt country in different directions. According to the Stars and Stripes, an independent U.S. military news source, corruption is an ongoing problem:

Twelve years since American forces knocked out the Taliban regime in 2001, corruption in Afghanistan remains rampant and seems to be getting worse.... From traffic police to high level officials, graft has become commonplace at every level of Afghan government and has sapped public support for the central administration, even as it needs it most. 

As foreign troops continue their withdrawal, Afghanistan will continue to be faced with issues of corruption. As different rulers, from the current government to the Taliban, jump in to fill the void of foreign peace-keeping and leadership, corruption will be both a weapon and a toll to maintain or grab power.

Corruption Without Borders

Somalia, North Korea, and Afghanistan may seem like countries on the other side of the world – and they are. Literally. But figuratively, corruption halfway around the world can hit close to home.

While Somalia's last recorded GDP was just $910 million in 1990 , the single pirating of an oil tanker in 2011 represented 20% of one day's crude oil imports, a move that tanker owners say could "severely disrupt oil flows to the rest of the world ."

As President Obama proposes to "pivot" foreign policy to Asia, North Korea is quickly becoming the Vietnam of the 21st century. Fierce animosity and sporadic military conflict is a common thread throughout Asian history , and the Chinese-North Korean alliance continues to play yin to Japan and South Korea's yang. Add in nuclear weapons development, close ties to the Middle East , and a Japanese decision last week to boost military spending significantly , and you're left with a ticking foreign policy time bomb.

In Afghanistan, the country where Operation Enduring Freedom has endured since Oct. 7, 2001 , 2,295 U.S. military men and women have lost their lives . While more difficult to calculate, The Nation estimates that 6,481 Afghan civilians were killed between 2001 and 2012 . And in the first 10 years of U.S. operations in Afghanistan, the U.S. government spent $444 billion .

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  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 4:56 PM, tristinstone wrote:

    I find it hard to believe that Obamas America isnt on this list?

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 5:05 PM, Mamiz808 wrote:

    The U.S totally needs to be on this list. Our corruption is disguised and hidden from us.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 5:09 PM, Keegs79 wrote:

    I never thought I would say it but I think our country is hugely corrupt. Its plain as day but because we fight for human rights and freedom, we deserve a free pass?

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 5:12 PM, Philgumbo wrote:

    From the financial corruption end, the U.S. has become among the worst. Many of the politicians in Washington deserve some prison time, as far as I'm concerned! They can start with Schumer, Pelosi, and Reid.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 5:15 PM, stim wrote:

    WELL i generally wouldn't join a club that would have me for a member HOWever YES

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 5:17 PM, Inserthouse wrote:

    The U.S. should have the #1 spot. The U.S. has been heavily corrupted by the Elite.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 5:18 PM, BelaBartisJr wrote:

    I have been a member of Transparency International for over 15 years. This site it corrupt. Corruption is also when someone is being forced to sign up when he or she wants to make a comment. In this case I wanted to make a comment and could not sign in with my yahoo account, but I was forced to sign up here.

    One of the most corrupt country is the United States, let us look how much money anyone needs to run for President or most other offices. "The fish stinks from its head" and look at the heads we have Washington, you know that they are being honest when they do not talk. (most of them anyhow)

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 5:19 PM, aaaa wrote:

    Wow I didn't know America was owned by Obama tristinstone. Great comment.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 5:19 PM, MaruishiEmperor wrote:

    Given that OBUMMER has used the Executive Branch and federal agencies to subvert the Constitution, there is no question that the United States is among the top three corrupt countries in the world. Until this "boy-elected-king" is thrown out of the White House, he will do all he can to destroy our freedoms.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 5:32 PM, jake1441 wrote:

    While I'm all for pointing out the vast and under reported corruption of the Obama administration, I disagree with most of the posts. The world map for corruption, as a whole, does a pretty fair job of labeling the countries correctly. Obama hasn't managed to drag us to the bottom(or top?), despite his determined efforts at his version of "the Chicago way."

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 5:33 PM, vet212 wrote:

    You ignored the truly worst one where the parliamentary portion of the government generally in fact consistently buys votes with money garnered by taxes on the working population's income and gives it to people who do not work have never worked and never plan to work and support themselves and their children that country is drumroll please the United States of America

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 5:34 PM, slamminTam wrote:

    Afghanistan? Not necessarily a "corrupt" country..just "embattled"...Pakistan, on the the hand- as corrupt as they come...very lawless country... political parties get into like 'real' turn wars and police are so easy to pay off..I find it hard to believe that Transparency International didn't find reason to place PK on this list! lol or...perhaps they just didn't bother to travel to PK- afraid??

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 5:48 PM, mudgymoser wrote:

    At no time in the above article was the fact that Afghanistan's production of opium/heroin grew from 70%+ to 93+ under the protection of the U.S. Military. In fact, this product constitutes 50% of Afghan GDP. How is this "minor" fact always conveniently ignored?

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 5:50 PM, SUPRVZR wrote:

    this map also indicates something else,that most of the countries in yellow that have the lowest in corruption are where the gospel of Jesus Christ has been freely preached and received and believed

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 5:50 PM, follower250 wrote:

    The United States of America should be somewhere near the top of this list.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 5:53 PM, DonaldHodges wrote:

    The United States corruptions are far in excess of the dollar amount of the GNP of any other country. Obama is trying to fix that corruptions, which is domestic and international.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 5:54 PM, nomoregmo wrote:

    I hate to agree with most of the comments but the USA has become a LEADER in underhanded clandestine operations that make N Korea and Somalia look like kindergartners. We waive our flag of superiority and righteousness to the rest of the world while we steal and scam our own people through the likes of Monsanto, DuPont, the super corrupt pharmaceutical giants, agribusiness which is bent on poisoning us with chemicals and herbicides that get drawn up into the plants that we and animals eat. Yes we are corrupt because we shelter these greedy chemical co's and let them persuade our Congress to pass laws to protect them. Read doctor mercola's site and find out for yourself.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 5:55 PM, popeye1250 wrote:

    And *our govt* is giving Somalia and Afganistan *our* money and food!

    Funny how they never consult the American People *First* before doing things like that. Just WHO is working for WHO here?

    This "govt." is out of control.

    "Beware the Ides of March."

    Also, the Ides of February and especially The Ides of April.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 5:57 PM, mperiod wrote:

    The fact that so many people on this list say "The United States" shows that while we correctly aren't on the most corrupt list, we are among the least educated advanced nations in the world.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 6:01 PM, sabebrush6 wrote:

    You mean the district of Corruption ( Washington DC) isn't #1. Give it a week.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 6:03 PM, jjs1942 wrote:

    For those of you that think the US should be in the this list than I welcome you to spend only 1 month in each of North Korea, Somalia and Afghanistan and then tell me where you think the US should be ranked, that is, if you survive. Therein is the problem with this country, its own people, blaming everything wrong in this country on someone other than themselves.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 6:15 PM, JunieBee wrote:

    The US should be at the very top of the list our officials do nothing but lie to the American public while letting this country be over run by illegal aliens that are taking our jobs and stealing our money in the form of welfare from Americans citizens that have paid for the program through tax dollars.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 6:19 PM, onelifelive wrote:

    We are not on top of this list because we call it "LOBBYING", "FAVORS", "GIFTS", "CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP", "PACS", ETC. ETC.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 6:21 PM, Thebiggestmama wrote:

    No one in America should ever grab a pen and write about corrupt countries without putting this country as number 1. This country is the reason why Muslims in other countries hate us and say bad things like death to America. Then our leaders and government have the nerves to try to want to hunt these ppl down, kill them and call them terrorist, when we are the number 1 terrorist country in this world.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 6:34 PM, celeste wrote:

    as much corruption as we think there is here, most americans are oblivious to what happens outside of the US and the degree of corruption that happens in other countries. corruption isn't why other countries hate us - our self absorption and high-and-mighty attitude is what gives us a bad reputation. people might think our country is as corrupt as it is, but to most other people in the world, they would still do anything to be in the unites states.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 6:43 PM, truthprevail wrote:

    I am not sure on what basis this classification of most corrupt country has been arrived at. Corruption must include earnings by a person by unfair means by unduly not paying taxes, thereby denying everyone in the community the resources that are their birth right. Australia where I live has an economy where more than 50% of a person's earnings is based on cash economy thus not paying services and goods tax nor income tax, thus deprivivng provisioning of cost effective government services to community at large. The government is not interested in doing anything to improve the situation as they have to depend on funds from people for elections.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 6:43 PM, tkell31 wrote:

    The US has problems, but I wish we could ship all the losers on here to Russia to experience what corruption is really like. All the Nancy boys posting here would come running back begging to be taken back in by this "corrupt" country.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 6:47 PM, 2smartforlibs wrote:

    Oh sucks forks you really don't have it all that bad. What BS. We had the only system in the world that gave the rights we had. So just because there area worse places doesn't mean we need to fold for the liberal opinion forums like this. WE should have it better than the rest of the world

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 6:53 PM, CharlieTX wrote:

    The only reason that the USA is not on the Most Corrupt list is that the Congress has made it legal to do things like plunder the Social Security fund, print an unending string of money, steal from the taxpayers and then borrow from foreign countries to keep the treasury afloat, sell guns to the Mexican cartels, buy votes from illegal immigrants, use various government entities to harrass American citizens, etc, etc, etc.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 6:53 PM, Ingloriousbastrd wrote:

    I think in terms of total dollars stolen or misused the US would be in 1st place.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 6:58 PM, jwaneng9 wrote:

    United States should be on the list. The US government and the big companies work together and deceive American people. Not to mention the Wall Street, the financial meltdown and the US government pour so much $$ to bail - all for the sake of getting funds and be re-elected. What about the Big Pharma that push the medications? MD's get perks and $$ from the Big Pharma. And the food supply? Monsanto snuck their GMO foods into our foods since 1996. The officials of FDA do not protect the American people; top executives from Monsanto or other big companies also work for FDA; officials from FDA work for Monsanto and other companies. These people should be in prison for their lies and deception to the people.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 6:58 PM, flyersfan28 wrote:

    Hey everybody just remember this..

    " A people should not be afraid of its Government t, a Government should be afraid of its people"

    "The Government is capable of evil.of course they are. All institutions are capable of evil. But there more capable of incompetence"

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 7:01 PM, jwaneng9 wrote:

    The US government and the elite's goal is to control the masses. Obamacare is an example. What we need to focus is Prevention Health Care.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 7:08 PM, peter2184 wrote:

    If the USA is so corrupt, what are you people living here?? Move to some paradise where maybe Mitt Romney and his cohorts are in charge. Oh, that's right they lost the election.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 7:13 PM, djconklin wrote:

    "this map also indicates something else,that most of the countries in yellow that have the lowest in corruption are where the gospel of Jesus Christ has been freely preached and received and believed"

    RIGHT ON!

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 7:19 PM, raggz wrote:

    No way I would believe any of these three is more corrupt than our current US. Heck, we have lobbyists paying government officials... really, why do you think so many people run for office for a salary much much less than it costs them to get elected in the first place?

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 7:24 PM, anthonybowling wrote:

    The U.S. is the number one corrupt country, but with a propaganda campaign that makes it look innocent of wrong doing.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 7:44 PM, xcxcxcer45 wrote:

    http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-25...

    Obama supporters will go hysterical over this well sourced list of 504 examples of his lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc.

    64) Oversaw some of the world’s worst increases in corruption

    In December 2010, Transparency International reported that corruption was increasing faster in the U.S. than anywhere else except Cuba, Dominica, and Burkina Faso.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 7:54 PM, kashmire09 wrote:

    You people with a blind hatred for Obama make me sick. I didn't hear a peep out of you types when Bush took a nap before 9/11, invaded the wrong country for revenge, screwed up everything he touched and made us the laughing stock of the world. Instead you have to make up phony scandals (Benghazi for starters) to smear a President you can't find any dirt on but hate for ulterior reasons.

    To even want your country on the same list as North Korea is nothing short of treason. Disgusting.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 7:55 PM, apotropoxy wrote:

    The only country the right wing hates more than the USA is... wait.

    We're #1.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 7:55 PM, ericat0909 wrote:

    If it is so terrible here and our government is so corrupt, why don't you pack your bags and try Somalia for a bit and when you decide it isn't your cup of tea move to the Middle East and give Afghanistan a try... Idiots. It might keep some of your mothers happy by getting you out their basements.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 7:58 PM, marty27 wrote:

    The US is the most corrupt of advanced nations. When speaking about Countries like Somalia, we are not comparable, but look at Germany, Russia, Ireland, etc. There are 535 no good corrupted POS on Crapital Hill and one in the dirt bag in the White House being bought like prostitutes, and selling the US out to Corporation, Banks and Contrators.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 7:59 PM, ReydelMundo wrote:

    I can't give the name of the person I know who works in Afghanistan or the name of the company he/she works for but in many discussions with him/her bribes are what make the world go round in that country. His/her company is known among Afghans as an excellent company to do business with is because they pay their bribes in full and on time earning them fast governmental service.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 8:07 PM, no1crook wrote:

    have they evaluated Michigan on its own ,they need to rewrite the report after doing so

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 8:11 PM, yakimajack wrote:

    the first is always about Obama

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 8:21 PM, elinjaim wrote:

    When it comes to total corruption Dollars, USA is the most corrupt country in the world. Here in America, corruption is in a form of laws based on scratch my back to scratch yours. We're talking billions of Dollars. Check it out and think about. A senator spends millions to be elected while his or her full salary will not pay back half of what he spent.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 8:26 PM, JayTor2112 wrote:

    How is china only orange? And the US should be a darker shade right now under its current regime.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 8:28 PM, scoutman wrote:

    i have one word for this survey...BULLFREAKINHOCKYPOOP...money is where corruption is and those 3countries have none.the richest countries are the most corrupt starting with you know who

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 8:29 PM, syzygysyzygy wrote:

    all u hafta do is read these comments and I dont hafta give my opinion ----- the majority doing it for me --------lol

    immoral and disgraceful

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 8:35 PM, kerammf wrote:

    For the 2013 report the countries that were ranked as having the lowest perceived levels of corruption were: Denmark, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Luxembourg, Germany, Iceland, United Kingdom, Barbados, and Belgium.

    Hello..........

    They are all commies, so where is our freedom

    loving bastion of free market, transparency and no regulation

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 8:40 PM, cmoreride wrote:

    What countries move more wealth corruptly?

    just because some monetary or political process is legal does not mean is is not corrupt

    Desperation breeds coruption

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 8:43 PM, Witcher wrote:

    Corruption is not always so evident when all media and info sources are controlled by special elite groups. We should look into our own backyard before we judge other countries. The most powerful evil is one that cloaks itself well.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 8:48 PM, jackweho wrote:

    Just another reason we should get out of Afghanistan-no one knows who will be running the country from month to month. Fuggheddaboutit

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 9:06 PM, 24copper wrote:

    ..Afganistan? Really? You'd better check their president, Karzid(?) and his brother's bank accounts before we pull out of that waste land. Not one more American should die or be wounded in the cesspool.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 9:13 PM, bonobojean wrote:

    Apparently, Justin Loiseau has never been to the Philippines nor does he understand that all roads "corrupt" lead to spain from there.... better check at ground level...

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 9:25 PM, dbates wrote:

    By the February 15, 2012 date of the Anti-Corruption Report, documenting Los Angeles, California as the second most corrupt city in the United States of America, I was in the beginning stages of my own “public corruption” nightmare in none other than Los Angeles, California.

    From January 2013 through May 2013, I emailed several variations of the following SOS, under various titles, to: LA WEEKLY, LA TIMES, ASSOCIATED PRESS, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, HERALD EXTRA, DAILY NEWS, DAILY BREEZE, RON KAYE LA, MY NEWS 4, FOX NEWS, FOX BANGOR, WVII, GLENN BECK, KABC, MYABC 7, KCBSTVNEWS/CBS, KCET, TMZ, JOHN AND KEN (KFIAM 640), LA OBSERVED, LA MAGAZINE, AOL, JUDICIAL WATCH, THE SUN (UK), MAIL ON SUNDAY (UK), DAILY MAIL (UK), SUNDAY MIRROR (UK), MIRROR (UK), THE TIMES (UK), SUNDAY TIMES (UK), DAILY STAR (UK), and, others:

    MAYOR ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA LEAVING OFFICE CONNECTED TO ANOTHER LAHD SCANDAL WHILE ERIC GARCETTI COMES INTO OFFICE WITH CONNECTIONS TO THE VERY SAME LAHD SCANDAL???

    PHILIP J. LANCE, Episcopal minister; Founder, President and Executive Director of PUEBLO NUEVO DEVELOPMENT [a nonprofit community development corporation]; CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF CAMINO NUEVO CHARTER ACADEMY, MAYOR ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA’S PRIZE EDUCATIONAL MODEL [a California Distinguished School given control of at least two schools under LAUSD’s Public Schools Choice Initiative]; owner and/or manager of at least one apartment complex since 2006, etc., IGNORED a January 2012 MOLD REPORT DOCUMENTATION OF HIGH LEVELS OF MOLD SPORES in one tenant’s apartment, then, illegally, retaliated (unsuccessfully attempting eviction three times) forcing that approximately 30-year tenant and her family out of the apartment.

    Two new sets of tenants were placed in units after Philip J. Lance became aware of the air contamination problem. The 30-year tenant was diagnosed with “Obstructive Pulmonary Disease”, a major killer of Americans, and, advised to move out of her apartment. One of her dogs died April 2012. The deadly Rhizopus/Aspergillus were identified in her apartment.

    The offices of the LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL, County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors have been contacted about the COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH and LOS ANGELES HOUSING DEPARTMENT's failure to act. Yet, even though the health, safety, and lives of the eleven-unit building full of tenants and their guests may be at risk, it has been TO NO AVAIL. This matter is ongoing. The Housing Department answers to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council, which of course includes/included Eric Garcetti who's ( as president?) council motion resulted in the $700,000 federal Community Develoment Block Grant, which was critical in the construction of the Camino Nuevo soccer field (remember the April 11, 2013 news stories after Wendy Greuel visited Camino Nuevo?).

    Supporting Evidence: Court Records, Reports, Photographs, Letters, Etc. I still pray that anyone who can and truly wishes to help will.

    My efforts were to no avail.

    October 2013 one of the tenants died.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 9:28 PM, pkergitar wrote:

    When the local law can, harass & jail, instead of protect & serve, and make the laws up as they go, corruption starts right here in our streets. We, as a society, are the source of the corruption. We see it, we hear it, we live it, and amazingly do nothing about it. We need to do something....or maybe we want our children to live in a fascist regime.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 9:29 PM, cityperson wrote:

    I guess our elected US politicians we do everything legal with PACs and lobby types, not to be on the list of corrupt countries.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 9:40 PM, snl626 wrote:

    Guys, listen to me for a minute...in the Philippines, the entire Congress (senators and representatives) and majority of cabinet officials are all corrupt and constantly pocketing money intended for the poor. That is the reason majority of Filipinos are dirt poor...you see it on tv, in the news, in social media. The "pork barrel" catastrophe has just been uncovered and is the main issue in the country today. What it means is, for the past god knows when, these people have been stealing billions and billions of pesos intended for the people. Search pork barrel Philippines and you'll see. After you've read it, you'll come back to USA and kiss Obama's feet, because you're happy you don't have the corruption they have in the Philippines. I guarantee you that.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 9:42 PM, chiefehrman wrote:

    The "USO" (United States of Obama), Afghanistan what else is new Karzi can't even get a sewer system buikt like he was suppose to, He spends all that money on stupid hats. laugh

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 9:43 PM, terry2003 wrote:

    It is hard to believe that India is any less corrupt than Afghanistan. Bribery and commissions are rampant in this country. On lower level, nothing moves in government departments without greasing the officials palm. And on higher level, all government contracts are awarded to "friends" on basis of how much commission will be awarded. The current government of Man Mohan Singh is in big soup and likely to loose the next election.

    TI's research is highly flawed. It does not take into account how big corporations collectively fleece their customers by monopolizing and indulging in excessive profiteering by charging high rates for some essential goods and services. The world least corrupt country Canada is one of them. This is corruption too in a very institutionalized form. This should also be taken into account to calculate corruption indices.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 9:46 PM, sliddiek wrote:

    I thought I would be the only one thinking this but it seems unanimous that the US should be number 1.

    The corruption here is more pervasive than most people can even imagine.

    Sad but true the US is probably the most covertly corrupt country in the World.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 9:50 PM, OBOZO1313 wrote:

    OBAMA AND ALL THE WASHINGTON DC POLITICIANS ARE THE MOST CORRUPT LAWMAKERS IN THE WORLD. GEORGE SOROS CONTROLS OBOZO.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 9:59 PM, truwan wrote:

    Lets see now ,, the United States Of America has a federal reserve which is NOT federal in any way running this country. They put us $17 Trillion in the hole. We have administration after administration ignoring the U.S. Constitution and our Bill Of Rights.

    Laws are being passed without being read. We said NO to Obozcare and they pass it anyway. The day Obozocare was passed into law Obozo had the audacity to say "this is proof that we have a government of, for, and by the people". Our forefathers would have punched him right in the mouth. For the most part ( not everyone ) we have a bunch of liars, thieves, and cons running this country .. INTO THE GROUND.

    #1 on my list BY FAR is the United States Of America

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 10:02 PM, Lovenia wrote:

    Israel is #1.Warmongering & extorting trillions of our tax dollars while doing nothing for America.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 10:04 PM, bl777 wrote:

    The United States is by far the most corrupt due to all the bought politicians. They use the lobby system which is a euphemism for BRIBERY. There was a time when politicians went prison for this crime. How can Obama cram a healthcare system down our throats when the majority was against it? Then to create the websites needed for the healthcare system he gives a $500 million no bid contract to his wife's college friend. Then it does not even work - where did all that money go ?

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 10:06 PM, saintniyi wrote:

    You must be joking even with Transparency International(TI) rating.

    Is there any country more corrupt than Nigeria? I doubt it. I think Nigeria should be first when it comes to corruption. TI may never knows the level of rot in Nigeria. It is so terrible such that nothing moves or happen without some greasing. Not only that, corrupt official can assainate and the whole case sweep under the rug. It is so soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo terrible here that words fails it description.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 10:25 PM, kamrans wrote:

    About 12 years ago there was another such survey where Nigeria was number 1 as the most corrupt country and Pakistan was number 2. I told my acquaintances that Pakistan tried very hard to bribe Nigeria to get the number 1 position but they refused as they were very proud of it.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 10:51 PM, myusername50 wrote:

    What about Remulac,

    That small town in France.

    They only drink six pack cans of beer without separating the cans from the pack holder while making sure all cans tops are open. Now that's corruption at it's finest.

    It's just plain wrong

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 10:57 PM, jwaneng9 wrote:

    Let's look at the United States government…before we point fingers about other corrupt countries!

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 11:10 PM, Ks121460 wrote:

    The United States has become about as corrupt as any country can become. We have a president who thinks its okay to put everyone on obamacare except himself and the government. A president who thinks its okay to use taxpayer dollars to bail out people who have dug themselves into too much debt. A president who thinks its okay for Hollywood and professional athletes to be filthy rich but not CEO's of companies. The United States will not remain a world leader with this kind of socialistic idealism.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 11:18 PM, MarcAurele wrote:

    In the US, corruption is legal.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 11:24 PM, shabeli wrote:

    The US is not on the list, because corruption has been legalized here. It is called campaign financing. Great way to look good on the corruption list.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 11:33 PM, starlite wrote:

    America's politicians are become more corrupt every day. Arm twisting and payoffs with public works projects gets the votes. Every elected politician ends up a millionaire ...... just like third world countries. Double dipping pensions. Hiring donors, friends and relatives...... all "dictator" stuff of the third world. sad

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 11:35 PM, DKSynn wrote:

    As the most powerful and influential country in the world our decline into corruption and abuse of government gives free reign to others around the world to accelerate down this path.

    As a nation the United States has a responsibility to be an example of the best of mankind both in our freedoms and in our integrity. We are rapidly lowering the threshold over which others must tread. While we cannot and should not "police" the world we can and should stand tall as a nation that others can aspire to become.

    No longer are we the #1 nation to which people wish to immigrate. We are dominated by self serving politicians elected by a population which has had it easy for too long and takes it's freedoms and riches for granted. As a whole we do not educate ourselves in what is really occurring in our country. We live in 140 character sound bites that do not educate but indoctrinate. Hopefully we will wake up before we, as many others in our world already have, lose our rights and freedoms.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 11:51 PM, Nwazi wrote:

    corruption has many faces, the yard stick used for the position most corrupt,i think many things need be considered, and Nigeria stand out clearly to occupy #1 position,the Amalgamation of south and north of Nigeria without our fore fathers knowing was and still a grand cesspool of all corruptions, thereto causes- injustice,disorder,strife, violence,poverty,pain, abuse,hunger and oppression etc etc.because some clowns want to control the destiny of the black race. Nwazi

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 12:01 AM, PEGformula wrote:

    Without me having to say anything, many are catching on. Kennedy, Oklahoma City, World Trade Center, and so much more...

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 12:12 AM, juan0069 wrote:

    Sad, but even the Supreme Court is for sale. Thousands of white collar crimes for which there should be jail time always get settled for just a fine. It works like this: Your business gets caught bribing officials in all 50 states to get them to buy your overpriced electronic voting machines. The Supreme Court says it wants to fine you $10 million, throw you in jail, cancel your contract, and bar you from doing business with the U.S. for 7 years. Your attorney proposes an alternate sentence of only a fine but lets make it a $100 million. The court accepts your proposal, and it's back to business as usual! Isn't that great?

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 12:14 AM, juan0069 wrote:

    FYI - that was Siemens USA

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 12:16 AM, graciano wrote:

    Oh they forgot Canada. Wait until CPP scandal comes to surface (then you will see old and young, leftist or rightists, or whatever they want to be called became a little "surprised"). It will take some time.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 12:24 AM, rickinphil wrote:

    Between our politicians and the corrupt judges the Philippines deserves a spot as one of the worst. They also do their best to curtail real free enterprise.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 12:24 AM, jeffery wrote:

    Corruption springs from dishonesty and greed, and is aided and abetted by ignorance and fear. Eliminate those things, and you will eliminate corruption. Good luck!

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 12:38 AM, jantzen1620 wrote:

    Above the comments, I read, “Comments from our Foolish Readers” and, I must say, I do feel a little foolish having read this. It must have been written by an Obama supporter.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 1:02 AM, CitizenPatriot wrote:

    Not only is the Obama administration the most politically corrupt, it supports 2 of the 3 countries listed herein, Afghanistan and Somalia.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 1:18 AM, bugmenot wrote:

    I'm really surprised America didn't make the list. How much did they pay you?

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 1:45 AM, WhistleblowerDRM wrote:

    The most corrupt country in all the world: The United States of America. I was born in this country, here I have suffered homelessness, judicial corruption, extreme hatred and racism. The political corruption is visible and gruesome. All the Presidents have members of secret orders, the Bush Family, the Clintons, The Kerry, Hilary Clinton, Obama, is just like a big club. They are killing our citizens with all the garbage produced by the Pharma Industries owned by Rockefeller, Monsanto is producing contaminated food. It is a big connection, a big corporate mind control manipulative system. Then we have these sheeps patriotic bastards, killing and murdering innocent civilians world-wide. Before passing judgment to those above mentioned countries, just look what our government is doing to the people right here.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 1:46 AM, nix wrote:

    Most all the U.S.A naysayers are extreme right wing emoters who have not yet gotten over their defeat in the last general election and in their search for scapegoats and other excuses are equally frustrated.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 2:02 AM, aznlawyer wrote:

    UH, why isn't Obama's USA on top of this list??? We ALL know Obama's administration is the least transparent organization in the history of the US (google it) and that he cannot be trusted. Obama lies all day every day to the American people.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 2:04 AM, samdetente wrote:

    America is "corrupt"....until you've been deployed, lived in, or otherwise operated in some capacity in a place like Russia or Afghanistan, it's merely fashionable for libs and right-wingers to call America a "most corrupt" nation.

    You simply can't understand how good you've got in the US. The country is by-far from perfect, but look at this way - Americans keep voting in the same politicians into office, election after election, so something must be working for them.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 2:14 AM, img001 wrote:

    Given the extreme level of lobbying that GOP promotes in congress - USA must rank number 1 country with corruption - Multi-billion dollar lobbying industry in USA is the worst form of corruption that promotes the interest of lobbyists !

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 2:16 AM, img001 wrote:

    The more OIL companies donate to Republican party, they get to keep the subsidies ! So GOPers are the real culprits behind corruption in USA !

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 2:43 AM, mso88 wrote:

    The fact that so many people call the US describe the US as "corrupt" only confirms their level of insulation from and naivete toward the outside world. They are living in a dream world...long may it remain so.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 2:48 AM, chacarito wrote:

    Many people many comments on about this article should reference their dictionaries for the definition of Corruption..How's Obama Corrupt? Most of those thinking that America is corrupt are those that have never been outside USA to practically see corruption. These are folks holed up in there backyard Barbecuing and drinking beer. They have no idea what corruption is. Disliking someone because of political affiliations does not mean that that person is corrupt..It is wise to say that George W. Bush's/Dick Cheney regime was corrupt. Hulliburton Corp. is a company owned by Cheney. In 2004, FBI investigated some contracts obtained by Halliburton’s subsidiary, Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR), in Iraq and Kuwait. The Army gave kellog brown n root a secret $7 billion contract to restore Iraq’s oil fields just before Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq in March 2003. To make a long story short, this represents a preferential treatment and, more so, conflict of interest. This is what we call corruption....

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 2:53 AM, almamoon wrote:

    USA and its allies in ME oil countries must be on top of corruption and terrorism list, they together steal the wealth of nations, imprison, kill and breed seeds on basis of hatred, discrimination and horror to keep on their rules by the support of USA..Americans are ignorant of their government policies against poor nations..corruption is a product of America "the world corrupted police" who plant and cultivate opium, terrorism and discrimination to over rule the world,OBAMA: Where's your "audacity of Change"?

    Corruption shall be living forever, with such "America the world corrupted police"..

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 3:24 AM, kolar63 wrote:

    The United States is the biggest corrupted Government in the world (Internal & extenal) but

    Washington DC knows very well how to hide and

    disguised their corruption thru lobbying elites.

    All federal judges are corrupted thru out the United States' judiciary system. This is reason why I filed a Human Rights Complaint against the

    United States Congress' Judiciary Committee.

    I was born and raised in United States and all my life I was taught in public shcools that our government is the best and the most honest in the entire world. I am 50years old and now I know much better thru personal and new educational experiences.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 3:27 AM, lisaop wrote:

    LOL YEAH!!! AMERICA IS NUMBER ONE!!!! THE POLITICIANS ARE TEARING THIS NATION APART AND THE CORPORATE CORRUPTION AND TAKEOVER OF THE THE ELITE COMMUNIST AND FASCIST ESTABLISHMENT!!! INFOWARS DOT COM FOR REAL NEWS!!! AND STEVE QUALYLE DOT COM.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 3:52 AM, 9ja wrote:

    NIGERIA should be placed first in the list,so the writer of this article should cross check very well before publishing the list again

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 3:52 AM, battman00757 wrote:

    The top country for corruption is the USA . For all of you who keep throwing out the Obama word the USA was corrupt Long Long before he was even born.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 4:05 AM, cal556 wrote:

    To those saying USA needs to be on this list, clearly you don't know much about the rest of the world and how bad some things are. I'm not a huge Obama fan, but his "Amerika" is still doing well. Please try living in the areas or reading up on the countries that are darker orange or red on that map and come back and say that the United States needs to be number one or top three in corruption. We have a ton to fix here, but crying about how badly we are doing in this area is pathetic and ignorant. It makes me ashamed that so many of you think this way.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 4:09 AM, Jenkem wrote:

    The list is a joke without the US at the top.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 4:11 AM, Jenkem wrote:

    Ultimately America is already dead, the citizenry are apathetic and will put up with any outrage due to 60 years of Jewish media brainwashing. Anyone that wants to know where things are headed needs to pick up three books all of them can be either bought or downloaded for free as PDF files the first is The Turner Diaries by Andrew Macdonald, the second is Civil War II by Thomas Chittum and the third is Siege by James Mason.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 4:19 AM, muhdbmuk wrote:

    TRANSPARENCY.? The world is never complete without Nigeria.

    If a country is ist to 3rd because it has no government or human rights or multiple governments , then where should a country whose government grants amnesty to celebrated criminals,shamefully welcomes them back back from prison and shields them with public funds, be placed?

    Where should a country whose government goes after perceived criminals only when they cross - carpet, a government that encourages crude oil piracy just to budget for its protection and misappropriate. A country where ministers steel like mice.

    Where do you place Nigeria?

    For me A1 with distinction.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 4:59 AM, SWFLORIDA1106 wrote:

    Wow, never read so many comments from people here with a total case of Amnesia...

    USA is a corrupt country,as compared to? Corruption is corruption large or small...The USA should be right at the top...

    Most here blaming the present administration as being corrupt...Government has been corrupt for more years than I can remember..It doesn't matter which administration present or past..All in the pocket of someone.,..

    It's not only government but big corporations,who have the government in their back pockets...

    Two thirds of Wall Street should be in jail,but are they? Yet,average Joe in possession of a little weed,can go "up" for years...

    Corruption? The USA wrote the book on it..It's just hidden better than other countries...

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 5:46 AM, muhdbmuk wrote:

    The biggestmama is right. So Americans know that America is corrupt . So Islam and not terrorism has meaning to right thinking people.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 6:21 AM, Dannyboy1517 wrote:

    First off I apologize because this is insanely long but I wanted to vent a little bit. Secondly, if you want to get to my point just skip to the last paragraph.

    I am an American currently teaching in a foreign communist country and I have been here for about a year (the country will remain anonymous since I am more than likely being monitored). I am also a vet who served our country until 2010.

    While I was in America, I would often tell close friends that I was one of the most unpatriotic vets you will ever meet. While I was serving in the military I saw so much corruption first hand, I became bitter and began to resent the country that I was sworn to protect. My resentment grew as more and more of my brothers were being sacrificed for a war that they did not start or even fully understand. So I decided not to reenlist and used my G.I. Bill to go to back to college and finish my education.

    After I graduated I decided that I was finished with all the political B.S. of my homeland. I wanted to try and broaden my worldview and experience different cultures. So when a job opened up in this communist country which I currently live in, I jumped at the opportunity to move there. I have been teaching here for a year, learning about the culture, (attempting) to learn the language, and getting to know the people. I love this country and as of right now I have no desire to go back to the U.S.

    Living in this openly communist country has drastically changed my view of America. Here its citizens cannot criticize their government, they do not have freedom to practice whatever religion they want, it is nearly impossible to start a business here without paying off some gov official, and it is impossible to change your economic status. As a citizen of this country, if you openly criticize the gov you may disappear in the night and there is nothing your family or friends can do about it.

    I still think America is corrupt, even beyond what we as citizens know. However, we still have one thing that most citizens in other countries do not have: freedom (though it may have diminished over the years). Freedom to pursue an education, freedom to choose whether or not to serve in the military, freedom to worship whatever we want, freedom to purchase property, freedom to quit our jobs, and freedom to speak out against our gov (granted all of these to a certain extent). We do not have to consistently worry about someone stealing our young children in the night and forcing to fight in an army. We do not have an epidemic of sex trafficking. We do not have political public executions. Our Declaration of Independence even states that we should have the opportunity of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That is unheard of in most countries!

    Now that I have been living out of America for some time I have come to appreciate the fact that I was born in America. I grew up close to poverty; my family needed food-stamps, my brothers and I never had the newest or coolest toys, and all my clothes were donated to us from churches. Yet we always had hope. There was always hope that we could make ourselves better. My parents were always telling us that we were more than our economic status and we could do anything we put our minds to. Today one of my brothers owns a franchise of successful comic book stores in the eastern Ohio region. He was able to change his economic status all by himself with only a loan of $10,000 from a bank. In most other countries this is not possible.

    Okay, so I basically wrote all this just to get to the point that America is pretty corrupt, but should it be listed as number one? Hell no! Before I moved overseas, I would have whole hearted agreed with most of the people saying America should be listed as the most corrupted country in the world. It took me moving to another country where its people live in oppression and fear to realize that America is really not that bad. Most people would give a limb at the opportunity to come to America and give their children a better life. Is the American political system broken and corrupted? Yes. Could it serve its citizen better? Yes. Are our leaders taking advantage of us to get more power and money? Absolutely! But EVERY country has some men and women in power who are corrupted in some way (though I am sure there are some good people out there… somewhere). Besides basic freedoms, the one thing that separates America from most of the world is that we have the opportunity to change what we do not like. Will this happen? Probably not; because the majority of the people, the one thing that can change America, have become apathetic and complacent to the fact the bi-partisan system is broken and corrupted. Next time you want to say America is the MOST corrupted country in the world, try having this discussion with a Sudanese or Congolese refugee, an Asian immigrant, or even an Arab immigrant currently living in America.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 6:28 AM, Dannyboy1517 wrote:

    By the way, my previous comment on American corruption applies to both the Republicrats and Demoblicans. I'm not taking sides on who is more corrupt. I would like to see most of them impeached...

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 6:37 AM, quailroberts wrote:

    Anyone who thinks that the USA should be #1 on this list has clearly never been to Mexico.

    Or for that matter, any country outside W. Europe/Japan. The lack of education by those posting on this board is stunning. You think it's bad here? Try living in a country where you can't even get a job without paying someone off. There's a reason they call it the 3rd world, people, and it's because it's way more corrupt than the 1st world.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 7:01 AM, Gpaolo wrote:

    As far as political corruption, I think that today's Italy well deserve the right to occupy one of the highest ranking in the world.

    Favoritism, jobs creation and allocation, nepotism and total control of Public Institutions such as educational, health, judicial, banking and other Public Administrations are often controlled by members of the same family, parents relatives, extended family and close friends. More then often these people have total control and run

    ( irresponsibly ) public institutions as private risk free Enterprises.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 7:04 AM, SWIMNUT wrote:

    Not quite sure how corruption is defined but I think the US needs to be included as one of the most corrupt "civilized" countries in the world. Afghanistan, Somalia and North Korea are all marked by poverty, oppression and/or war. What makes things worse in the US is that we have created a political elite that extorts hard working people for their own political and financial gains. That is even worse

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 7:14 AM, waynelonesome wrote:

    I am telling the world this- the 3 Must Corrupt Country in this world are

    1 - USA.

    2. UNITED STATE OF AMERICA

    3 US.

    that same Country overthrow Governments of other Counties,

    they sell the must weapon of mast destruction across the globe,

    they get rid of every country weed, but legalized there's and selling it in there own country.

    may God help them to change there ways

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 7:28 AM, JM1234321 wrote:

    What is "corruption"?

    By the looks of the map, it looks like any country with feminism is least corrupt.

    That is absurd.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 7:47 AM, JackTroy wrote:

    I think this article needed to start off with a definition of "corrupt government." How can Somalia be corrupt when the author says that they haven't had one in 20 years?

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 7:54 AM, Biafra wrote:

    why did Nigeria excluded among the list ? Because America and Britain are the most beneficiaries of the oil in Amalgamated Nigeria.......Please and Please the Biafran people needs their freedom urgently before the Northerners islamised the whole nation and i will become an enemy of the westerners without looking back.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO UNITED STATE OF BIAFRA

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 7:55 AM, mpravica wrote:

    If you examined the most corrupt institution, it would have to be the "Federal" Reserve.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 8:11 AM, Zafara wrote:

    USA alongwith NATO invaded and captured Afghanistan a decade ago. Now if there is so high corruption in Afghanistan, who is responsible for that ? Afghanistan Government (Mr. Karzai) or US Government (Mr. Obama).

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 8:12 AM, Widowmaker6 wrote:

    obama is the most corrupt POTUS in USA history - he will be impeached

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 8:14 AM, Idahed wrote:

    For those of you who are hemming and hawing about the US being the most corrupt country in the world, I suggest to get off your butt and go visit the rest of the world. Your blather about the US and our Congress, etc. is astoundingly selfish. Do we have corruption? Absolutely, however no where near the extent that exists in the rest of the world. Interestingly, those same people who complain about corruption seem to be the same people who are complaining about "over-regulation", and just can't seem to put the picture together. Grow up and go see the world and then you can understand how others live. You embarrass us with your self-pandering.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 8:19 AM, Idahed wrote:

    PS...See Dannyboy's last paragraph.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 8:29 AM, tallon027 wrote:

    Maybe i am wrong but I measure the amount of corruption by the amount of money the governing entity pockets legally, which would be illegal for the citizen for that said country, not by the lawlessness by the countries people. Case in point. Martha Stewart got federal jail time for insider trading. Insider trading is legal for congressmen and senators. Allthough America should be high on the list, we should not be number one. If I had to make a list it would start with North Korea, Mexico and Cuba. America would definately be in the top ten but not in the top five.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 8:38 AM, liverpool wrote:

    Jackie Chang was right. Our Country, sorry to say, the U.S. is the most corrupt in the World. Reasons as multiple: first, there is a lifetime ring of professional politicians that are working for their own interested and their friends; religion is used a controlling tool (pedophiles, rampant fraud in churches of all faiths, etc.); use of "democracy" as a rule to take governments down; spy on friends; and so on. I'm personally deeply disappointed in front of the realization that what I was I believed for many years it no longer holds any water!

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 8:40 AM, Idahed wrote:

    Simply....you're wrong. Take a semester abroad! But here's a tip: Less regulation = more corruption. It's pretty simple...and while we're on the topic (sort of) go see the new flick, American Hustle.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 8:46 AM, mitsubishi3 wrote:

    Corruption is not a crime. It's a business :))))

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 9:15 AM, BoogieTooo wrote:

    z

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 9:37 AM, syedsaab wrote:

    The more we are scared of NSA's spying on us, the more confident we should be that we have found the best solution of eradicating corruption.

    Just flip the use of 'Electronic Surveillance' from the 'Ruled' to the 'Rulers'. That will be the end of corruption.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 9:43 AM, alrock611 wrote:

    The general accounting agency found that Bush - Cheney are responsible for 188 Billion U.S. dollars stolen or lost during the Iraq/Afghanistan war effort through 2008 due to their refusal to maintain records or controls on expenditures for same. When you combine Cheney 'winnings' from his Halliburton connections (largest single receiver of military spending), and G.W. Bush connection to oil (including manipulation of oil prices and oil industry 'donations'), their take adds up to 61 Billion of increased wealth benefits from the 2 wars. Salary and legal benefits they earned are a tiny pittance under comparison.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 9:47 AM, atinks wrote:

    Hi folk, I give this article some merit for having opened a conversation that we saw coming. It is true, not every country is perfect, nevertheless, some countries are better that others. I am an immigrant from Senegal who safely found refuge in the States because of the Senegal government war crimes committed in the Casamance, (South Senegal) and the level of corruption within the Senegalese government., I can tell you there is nothing comparable to the United States of America, a country that offers everyone a chance to size your opportunity if you work hard on it. One of the major problems America is currently facing is the extreme leftist agenda that is being pushed to uproot America from its Christian core values.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 9:53 AM, toscollo wrote:

    how come Nigeria did not make the top 3 ?

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 9:55 AM, pbl10 wrote:

    HEY!!!

    DO NOT FORGET CAMBODIA!!!!

    IT IS THE #1 CORRUPT COUNTRY,

    WHO EVER HEARD OF A PRESIDENT HELD HIS TERM OF PRESIDENCY MORE THAN 30 YEARS AND IS STILL RUNNING AND WON'T ALLOW ANY ONE ELSE TO RUN WHILE HE IS STILL ALIVE EVEN IF IT MEANS THAT WHEN IT COMES TO NEW TERM AND ELECTION, HE WILL MAKE SURE THAT HE WINS BY ALL MEANS AND IF HE STEP DOWN, HE PROMISE WAR AMONG HIS PEOPLE, AND IF HE STEP DOWN, HE DEMANDS TO HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO CONTROL THE ARMY, THIS DICTATOR RULER HAS BEEN RUNNING THE COUNTRY DRY AND NOT GIVE A DAMN ABOUT HIS PEOPLE, CAMBODIA IS STILL A 3RD WORLD COUNTRY TO THIS DAY, EDUCATION IS FOR DUMMY IN THAT COUNTRY, THE RULER LOAN CAMBODIA LAND TO VIETNAMESE COUNTRY, HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU HAVE A HOME WHERE YOU ARE RAISING YOUR FAMILY AND THIS LAND IS YOURS INHERITED OR PASS ON TO YOU FROM YOUR PARENTS FAMILY FAMILY, AND ALL OF SUDDEN WITHOUT NOTICE, YOU GET KICKED OUT OF YOUR HOME AND YOUR LAND IS GIVEN TO YOUR NEIGHBOR'S COUNTRY? NOW YOU ARE HOMELESS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS ARE FORCE TO SALE HER YOUNG BODY TO SURVIVE AND HELP HER PARENTS WHO IS HELPLESS TO STOP HER DAUGHTER FROM SALING HER BODY. OTHER PARENTS WOULD GIVE THEIR DAUGHTERS FOR MARRIAGE TO A 50 YEARS OLD MAN OR 60 YEARS OLD MAN JUST FOR SECURITY THAT THIS OLD MAN HAVE MONEY AND A HOME. I ASK YOU HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF IT HAPPEN TO YOU? AND WHAT ACTION WOULD YOU TAKE IF IT HAPPEN TO YOU?

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 10:07 AM, DrKP wrote:

    The facts are well prtesented; USA is known to

    help needy as well as greedy. We all know what

    happened to Jesus who tried to stop currption.

    Only question how to correct this situation? Need

    the solution because facts are well known.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 10:15 AM, Announcer80 wrote:

    Hey nomoregmo:

    Pretty funny, you talking about corruption when you have been bamboozled by a con artist. "Dr." Mercola is just a scammer who plays on the fears of the paranoid - his fear mongering is just to sell crap on his web site - including tanning beds - anything to separate the suckers from their cash.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 10:30 AM, billy12205 wrote:

    well we have nobody to blame BUT OURSELFS

    we set around an vote the same people in office

    so what do you expect. we know how currupt they are all liers yes we can check in the mail..

    they showed US we was so stupid to belive that

    an its going to get lots worse ck out fema on u tube

    if 10%in true we are in for a ride ,, an its not going to be fun we need to wake UP PEOPLE before it to late time runing out fast ,, why would fema buy

    2.3 billion hollow point bullets like he said change is coming an we won't like it people WAKE UP PEOPLE YOU NEED TO GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR !!! AN US DO AT LEAST ONE THING RIGHT.. VOTE THEM ALL OUT

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 10:41 AM, pbl10 wrote:

    I will have to say that America is a favorable country to live considering that it is a very educated top notch country, advance in technology, a modern world. America is very clever like a weasel, it devise ways to avoid becoming too corrupted and un-controllable. It is very genius, America stands proud. You might say that We the People has our Bias of what is a non-corrupted countries are but I stand to say that America is far-less corrupted than most countries you know where you won't dare to live there unless you are planning to be a real sinner. Because in most part of a corrupt countries, if you are doing well in a business, you are most likely a crooked man to begin with. You had to do something illegal to have such power, wealth to stand on the ground of a corrupted country. Rarely there is a true saint business that makes it big in a corrupt country. Too many corrupted government, corrupted officials, corrupted police will run your business out to the ground. You need protection, you need to pay for protection, you need to bribe for protection, evil is lurking.

    That is why the saying is true, in the 3rd world country, the rich get richer and the poor gets poorer, there is none in between.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 10:42 AM, RUSSELHEIM wrote:

    From: redalfetta1975@hotmail.com

    You have no idea how corrupt our government really is?

    Subject: FW: Reply to a letter from the USDE addressing their inquiry to the lender; guaranty agency etc. but makes no attempt to get information about my communications with the servicer? The following communication includes information that the USDE has distorted; ignored or obfuscated for whatever reason? The Ombudsman Office making decisions without verifying information , just because it sounded good- the 180/270 days window for delinquency which the Ombudsman office used as a reason to ignore the in-school federally required deferment on the loans for the fall of 1992; the failure of the USDE to address questions such as when did I go into default? Why did I go into default/ Who owned my loans when I went into default? Who was the lender when I went into default ( you have no idea as to whom the lender was but it doesn't matter anyway because the lender had nothing to do with my loans as all paperwork went to the servicer)? Where did Naomi Randolph get her information as she verified my having a deferment and then ignored the information she provided?);

    Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:41:46 -0500

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    From: redalfetta1975@hotmail.com

    Subject: Reply to a letter from the USDE addressing their inquiry to the lender; guaranty agency etc which addresses no information about my communications with the servicer?

    Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 11:43:59 -050

    In addition, your objection to the default was reviewed by the lender, guaranty agency, and board of directors at the guaranty agency. All have confirmed that the default was valid. ? The lender's information ( Sallie Mae had a communication issue with the LSC as the phone records show!?; PHEAA was the lender as of 07/10/92 and had no information from the servicer- LSC ,from02/21/91-07/10/92 when PHEAA purchased the loans from the LSC/Sallie Mae so contacting PHEAA HAD NO VALUE AS THAT IS WHAT THE COMPLAINT IS ABOUT; AND THE USDE BECAME THE LENDER AS OF 2004 AND THEY HAD LITTLE MORE INFORMATION THAN PHEAA? SO WHO WAS THE LENDER THAT YOU CONTACTED?) has already been discounted as being incomplete; false and misrepresented as PHEAA had a non-communication policy and lost or misplaced information and the AES letters from Diane Pernetta (2003) and Jesse Lawyer (2004) both state that AES/PHEAA had no record that I ever had any deferments/forbearances on my student loans -ever!!! This information was discounted by the claims records; the letter from Diane Spadoni to Congressman Todd Platts on 01/20/2005; the letter from Sallie Mae's Lorraine Heydt dated 02/13/2007 ; the letter from Ann Behan dated 04/21/2011 which verified my having a deferment on my student loans; the letter from William Ryan of the USDE and Robert Litwin of PHEAA with both of them verifying my having a deferment from 08/21/91-12/31/91 and that my repayment began on 01/01/92 which had to be false as forbearances are six months (180 days) which would have placed my first payment due on 02/18/92; not to mention the letter from Robert Litwin of PHEAA who verified my hardship forbearances on my student loans for 06/91-98 with an in-school deferment for the fall of 1992; etc. Remember, it is/was the USDE's responsibility compliance of enforce student loan laws by lenders and loan guaranty agencies and failure to do this is illegal(?) by both the lender and the USDE which shows that the USDE should recuse themselves from a review and have an independent reviewer do an investigation of records that exist! Maybe we can have Ed Snowden do this ? This should be unacceptable for any agency and shows there is something wrong somewhere when no one even asks any questions about information presented?

    The Department of Education’s Default Resolution Group now holds your defaulted student loan account.

    Based on these findings, we are closing out your complaint within the OIG Hotline. Please address any further concerns, emails or documents to the Default Resolution Group directly at (800) 621-3115 or drghelp@ed.gov

    The previous reply to inquiries that I have made to the USDE verifies the point that I have been making for a number of years and also addresses the fact the USDE failed actually investigate any information that has been presented to them as they ignore any information presented by the complainant )(me) and just used the same old sources they addressed initially while ignoring any contradictory information presented by other sources (Sallie Mae /LSC; etc.) or even the records in USDE records? In this case the USDE contacted PHEAA as the Loan Processing Agency; the Board of Directors for the Loan Processing Agency and the lender (?) which no one has any idea which agency the lender was at the time of default ? The lender was initially the York Bank of York with the loans going to the Loan Servicing Center of Pa. (LSC) with PHEAA via Sallie Mae with Sallie Mae having no record of what was going on with my student loans after forbearance/deferment dates of 08/21/91-12/31/91?). PHEAA repurchased my loans on 07/10/92 but failed to inform anyone they repurchased the loans ( I don't get this either but the promissory notes are legal documents!)? The USDE purchased the loans in June ,2004 and at that time returned an inquiry to Congressman Todd Platts which contradicted the findings of PHEAA- the Loan Processing Center as the USDE letter verified the USDE having verified my having a deferment on my student loans which contradicted all PHEAA records? The USDE then decided to close out my complaint and refuse to communicate with me even though this has been their policy since day one which ignores any information in USDE records or any information that may have been "lost or misplaced"? This is the same reply that I received from the Ombudsman Office where they stated they did numerous reviews on my default and an exhaustive investigation on the records but with all of these attempts to address my complaints, the Ombudsman Office failed to discern the difference between PHEAA's statements that PHEAA had no record of my having any record of my having a deferment or forbearance on my student loans and the claim records from LSC /Pa. which was the servicer for my loans pre-default with the claims records being presented to PHEAA as part of the expenses for servicing my loans?. The LSC ; the USDE and Sallie Mae verified my having a deferment and forbearances on the loans with the deferment and forbearances validated by Sallie Mae in a reply from the USDE to Sallie Mae in the Diane Spadoni letter to Congressman Todd Platts dated 01/20/2005 and a number of other letters from both Sallie Mae and USDE employees. I have sent letters that are found in USDE records such as the letters from Diane Pernetta (02/2003) and Jesse Lawyer ( 04/22/2004) which state PHEAA had no record of my ever having any deferments or forbearances on my student loan -ever so I am not arguing that PHEAA had no records but the issue is does anyone else have any records or are there any letters in PHEAA/USDE records that contradict your findings? I have submitted copies of letters that are found in USDE records that have seemed to have been overlooked and ignored that verify that there are some questions that need to be asked concerning the actions of those who have placed me into default and have continued my default? I have been in default for 21 years and I have had no conversations with anyone from either PHEAA or the USDE , even though there are numerous contradictory letters in USDE records and issues with federal student loan laws that have been ignored and since there has been no attempt to contact me or address my complaints , the failure to communicate seems to create the issue of intent to if there would be any illegal acts within the USDE or PHEAA? As I stated I have been in default for 21 years which means I could have committed murder; assault; rape; child molestation; been an illegal combatant; etc. and I would have been released and back in regular society faster than my punishment for going back to school to get an education and dealing with the fraud; obstruction and perjury that pervades the student loan industry; also I would have had legal counsel that would have supposedly guaranteed me my rights to a valid and supposedly representative hearing- the government even supplied 200 lawyers for illegal aliens to guaranty them their rights while protecting questionable actions within government agencies?

    I am including letters from USDE records which again show that your inquiries were mis -directed and that PHEAA/USDE officials represented and obfuscated information to protect the corruption in the student loan industry!!!

    The first letter (attachment) is part of the claims package on of Wilkes Barre on LSC paperwork but with Sallie Mae designated as the owner dated 06/04/92 with the LSC stating the separation date from school ( 12/31/90); the purchase date or 02/21/91; the grace period from 01/01/92-06/30/91; the beginning of the repayment being 07/01/91 with the delinquency date being 07/25/91 with all statements being made by the LSC!

    The second attachment is a letter from President and chief CEO of PHEAA stating that "you failed to contact the Loan Servicing Center ( not PHEAA; not Sallie Mae) to request a deferment or make repayment arrangements the loans serviced by the LSC became delinquent and subsequently defaulted on 10/02/92"!( there is no mention that the loans became delinquent after the original deferment on the loans ran out or after the forbearances on the loans ran out so there is no mention of my having any deferments on the loans !). Also" since PHEAA was the guarantor of these loans ( not lender) the LSC submitted the defaulted loans to PHEAA" with the implication the loans defaulted before the loans were submitted to PHEAA and the loans were sold to PHEAA post default? remember the date!

    The third attachment is a page from the Report to the Hearing Examiner: Findings of Fact (page 5) which states " that the "Defendant" had failed to make his contracted monthly payment tot he "Loan Servicing Center" and, furthermore that it was "the Defendant's did "not request a deferment from the Loan servicing Center there fore his loans were placed into default ( no other reason!). The following sentence shows where the reply of " IT WAS THE DEFENDANT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO MAINTAIN CONTACT WIHT THE LENDER OR SERVICER FOR EACH OF THE LOANS THAT THE DEFENDANT OBTAINED". DOES THIS SENTENCE SOUND FAMILIAR? IT IS THE REASON STATED FOR THJE CONTINUANCE FOR MY DEFAULT BY THE USDE AFTER THE VERIFICATION FOR MY DEFERMENT BY NUMEROUS SOURCES THAT INVALIDATED PHEAA RECORDS! THIS SENTENCE AND THE OTHER RATIONALIZATIONS ABOUT MY FAILURE TO MAINTAIN COMMUNICAITON WIHT THE LENDER IS BASED ON PHEAA HAVING NO KNOWLEDGE OF MY HAVING A DEFERMENT!!. IN THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES, MR. LITWIN "STATED THE SAME RESPONSE WAS SENT TO REPRESENTATIVE HERMAN THAT IT WAS THE REPRESENTATIVE'S RESPONSIBILITY TO NOTIFY THE LOAN SERVICING CENTER IN WILKES-BARRE IN ORDER THAT HE MIGHT HAVE BEEN ENTITLED TO A DEFERMENT OR FORBEARANCE ( AGAIN THIS IS A FALSE REPLY AS MR. LITWIN HAD SENT A LETTER CO-WRITTEN BY WILLIAM RYAN OF THE USDE VERIFYING MY HAVING A FORBEARANCE ON THE LOANS FOR THE FALL OF 1992? 03/22/1995 WHICH WAS 5 MONTHS BEFORE THIS LETTER/FAKLSE STATEMENT WAS GIVEN TO THE HEARING EXAMINER WHICH IS A LEGAL DOCUMENT!) Although Mr. Litwin did state in this letter that I was responsible to maintain contact with the lender or servicer, all PHEAA records state that I failed to contact the servicer which has been confirmed to be the LSC. He then states, "He did not do that" and he himself was responsible for the default of the loans?

    The next attachment is a letter sent by AES/PHEAA (04/22/2004) a representative states "AES remains unable to substantiate your claim that you were granted a deferment /forbearance prior to default. AES cannot locate any evidence that your ten (10) Stafford loans serviced by Sallie Mae prior to default were "ever" granted any deferments/forbearances?( actually LSC Pa. which is different than Sallie Mae and was the servicer for my loans and granted the forbearances and the deferment verified in the claims package in your records but which have been ignored by both the Ombudsman Office ; OIG; etc.. The information in USDE records could be where some of the issue lies but no one wants to ask any questions?). The letter from Sallie Mae dated 02/13/2007 verified my fall deferment on the student loans ( again invalidating PHEAA's records which stated that I had no deferments on the loans) but stated that Sallie Mae had no record of my ever having any contact with the LSC after 01/15/92 which was shown to be false by the phone records from the LSC, but the Sallie Mae letter also stated my default date was 02/17/93 which was 5 months later than PHEAA's default date which again was ignored? The USDE was asking the incorrect servicer and that is a product of the USDE's refusal to contact me to see if I had any information on my loans or the USDE refusal to investigate their own records?

    The previous letters in this communication include legal documents ( the Report to the Hearing Examiner: Findings of Fact; the report from the Meeting on the Committee on Appeals; a letter from Robert Litwin who was the Default Pursuit Supervisor for PHEAA to Pennsylvania legislator Lyn Herman; a letter from AES/PHEAA's Jesse Lawyer; etc. with all of the letters stating I went into default because I failed to contact the LSC for a deferment and subsequently was placed into default? There are other letters in USDE files verifying this information and six letters from Diane Spadoni dated 08/10/2005- 07/21/2008 with all stating I failed to request a deferment on my loans and that the USDE has no record of my having applied for any deferments on the loans?

    This would make the reason for my going into default being that I never had any deferments on my student loans or even applied for any deferments!!!! ENOUGH SAID!!!

    The next letter is a communication from LSC and is part of the claims package from LSC where the servicer kept records of their communications with the borrower (ME) in order to document their time so they could claim reimbursement from the loan guaranty agency when they returned the loans to the lender or in this case the Loan Guaranty Agency which was PHEAA.( Although there is no name on the paperwork, the file number 3 2292 0881 can be traced to the LSC and is in fact on the next letter of communication. The paper states that my repayment date was 07/25/91-08/20/91 with a break in dates until the repayment resumed on 01/01/92 with the intervening dates reflecting my in-school deferment running from 08/21/91-12/31/91. There was also a letter from William Ryan of the USDE and Robert Litwin who was the Default Pursuit Supervisor for PHEAA (dated 03/22/1995) that is in your records which verifies my being a forbearance from 08/21/91-12/31/91 which creates the overlap of forbearance/deferment which creates the forbearance later referred to by the LSC running from 07/25/91-08/20/91 (30 days); then my in-school deferment running from 08/21/91-12/31/91 and then the required forbearance as verified by the USDE/PHEAA running for the rest of the 180 day forbearance from 01/01/92- 05/25/92 which is explained in the next letter /attachment. The fact LSC stopped attempting to contact me about repayment from 08/13/91-01/15/92 shows this in-school deferment would have been considered valid! At this time all PHEAA communications should have been at least considered invalid as the PHEAA records were shown to be false as a deferment on my loans was confirmed and PHEAA would have had to create a new default scenario stating that I failed to file for a deferment on the loans after my initial deferment ( and forbearances ) ran out or gave date for the new default premise? Previous communications from PHEAA showed PHEAA had no record that I had any deferments or forbearances on the student loans as late as 06/2004 when the USDE purchased the loans from PHEAA so they obviously had no record that I had any deferments on the loans and prosecuted my default on a false premise- hence no default as the loans had a previous deferment and may be why PHEAA refused me a lawyer in the Appeal's Hearing? This also shows that PHEAA confiscated money from my income in 1995 under a false premise and that PHEAA's cost sheet for reimbursement on my "defaulted " loans was false which should have been investigated by the USDE as part of their responsibility in enforcing compliance of the lenders and loan guaranty agencies with federal student loan laws.

    The next page dated 06/04/92 shows my numerous calls to the LSC about my deferment/forbearance applications and that I was denied an unemployment deferment on 04/01/92 as I hadn't yet entered repayment ( I was in forbearance at this time.). I was told to call back for another forbearance when I entered repayment!). The phone records show I was in continuous communication with the loan servicer ( not the lender as I had no need to be in contact with the lender and Sallie Mae was not even mentioned in PHEAA communications- just the LSC?) and that disputes your reply that I failed to contact the holder of the loans; that I failed to maintain contact with the holder of the loans or that I failed to make the correct attempts to contact the holder of the loans in order that I would attain a deferment? ( who was the holder of the loans anyway that you and Ms. Spadoni are referring to ?). (My guess is you have no idea?). The phone records explain what the background was on my forbearance of 180 days verified for the fall of 1991 but with a verified and validated in school deferment , both could not overlap so the explanation was my forbearance ran from 07/25/91-08/20/91 (30 days )with my going into a required in-school deferment from 08/21/91-12/31/91. The forbearance then kicked back in for the rest of the forbearance period ( 150 days as 180 days -30 days is 10 days) from 01/01/92-05/25/92 which was explained in the 05/25/92 phone record. There was an issue with my forbearance originally being from 07/01/91-04/31/92 but that would not have accommodated the in-school deferment and there would have been an overlap!? Mr. Bartkowski stated the forbearance was denied ( or was this for the Sallie Mae delinquency when the forbearance was denied due to my being almost 270 days delinquent?)?, but the explanation states " cannot process dates in past dates also overlap ; with offer for another forbearance for 07/25/91-08/20/91; and 01/01/92-05/25/92 as required by federal student loan laws! A denial of the forbearance would have required for the denied 04/01/92 forbearance to have been validated based on given information. WITH THE WORST CASE SCENARIO, This means that on the first day of school 08/15/92, I would have only been in delinquency about 75 days and my in-school forbearance would have been valid and required by federal student loan laws. this also means that the denial of my forbearance on 09/23/92 by Sallie Mae was also invalid as I wasn't close to the 270 day delinquency window so I would also have been granted the forbearance for the fall of 1992 which would have been instituted at the end of my guaranteed in-school deferment ( on 01/01/93 unless I was back in school?). Again no default until at least September, 1993.

    The next attachment is the letter from Diane Spadoni dated 01/20/2005 which was a reply from the USDE to an inquiry by Congressman Todd Platts' office. I didn't include the whole letter as it is found in the USDE records and Naomi Randolph of Arne Duncan's office sent a copy of the letter out on 06/25/2013 as a reference to verify my having a deferment on my loans ( ?)? The first paragraph states " An agency representative us that on October 3,1991, Sallie Mae received verification from the Pennsylvania State university that Mr. Heim was enrolled full-time for the period of 08/1991- 12.1991. Sallie Mae approved an in-school deferment on the loans serviced by that agency ( actually the LSC serviced the loans) for the period of August 21,1991 through 12/31/1991.";. At this time the letter invalidates all of PHEAA's paperwork which states the reason I went into default is that I (he) failed to contact the LSC for a deferment and subsequently I was placed into default ". The letter not only verifies my having a deferment but validates the existence of the deferment as the USDE contacted Sallie Mae to verify the deferment was prior to default- slam dunk!. The next paragraph states that my account was already in delinquency but this statement was proven to be false by the claims package and the letter from William Ryan of the USDE and co-authored by Robert Litwin who was the Default Pursuit supervisor for PHEAA with the letter stating that my delinquency began on 01/01/92 which was again changed as shown by the phone records as the 03/22/1995 letter also verified my 08/21/91/12/31/91 forbearance which was referred to by the phone records as being the reason for the overlap of forbearance and deferment which created the 07/25/91/-08/20/91 forbearance with the in-school deferment then running from 08/21/91-12/31/91 and then the forbearance resuming from 01/01/92-05/25/92 and then still no repayment or delinquency period ? ( no exit meeting; the 05/04/92 letter from Sallie Mae ?) ? This question may be answered if the Ombudsman Office investigates the statement by Sallie Mae in the 02/13/2007 letter where Lorraine Heydt states my loans went into default on 02/17/93???? But he Ombudsman Office ignored this letter? The next paragraph did state my account was delinquent but my forbearance paperwork was discovered and he phone records verified my not entering repayment until at least 05/25/92. The 05/04/92 letter could only at the most been information that my default action would begin and that I would begin repayment on 06/03/92 but if you read the letter that assumption would be false also. The phone records showed that I continued to submit additional forbearance requests and continued to remain in communication with the LSC ( not Sallie Mae until another forbearance request was sent to me on 05/06/92 as requested by the 05/04/92 letter from Sallie Mae. Also the10/02/92 date for PHEAA paying he default claim was incorrect as proven previously and will be addressed later in this communication ( PHEAA was clueless as to what was going on as shown by all paperwork in USDE records!?)? The last paragraph states " Although Mr. Heim did receive periods of forbearance and deferment. ED has no evidence that Mr. Heim took all actions necessary to prevent the subsequent of his loans"? Ms. Randolph , you sent a copy of this letter to me from Diane Spadoni dated 01/20/2005 as proof of what? ( You sent the letter on 06/25/2013 with the letter verifying the USDE's knowledge of my having a deferment and then use a statement from PHEAA which begins with Mr. Heim failed to apply for a deferment , he had the responsibility to maintain communication with the lender? (servicer) and the same statement that Diane Spadoni used in later letters when she stated the USDE has no record that I had any deferments on my student loans or that I ever applied for any deferments? I am confused as using the same explanation for my not having any deferments and having a deferment and forbearances makes no sense? PLEASE EXPLAIN ?

    The next letter is one of six letters from Diane Spadoni which states "ED has no record that you submitted all necessary requests for deferment in a timely manner, in the proper format and with the required documentation? In addition, we ( the USDE) have no evidence that the holder of the loans received your request? These letters were sent between 08/05/2005-07/21/2008 with the last letter going to Congressman Todd Platts? This should create a need for an explanation for anyone who accesses the USDE records? I don't know where to begin? First of all the previous letter from Diane Spadoni not only verifies the USDE having knowledge of my having a deferment on my loans but the USDE validates the existence of the deferment as they contacted Sallie Mae to verify the deferment was prior to default; so all of these letters from Diane Spadoni are invalid as written and explained? The statement that I failed to maintain communication with the holder of the loans is also false as I received a deferment so there was no need to maintain communication with the holder of the loans once a deferment was received until the end of that deferment? Also why are we suddenly using the " holder of the loans designation instead of the LSC as that is the designation of whom I should have been in contact with in all of PHEAA communications? This sounds like there is an attempt to obfuscate the information that addresses the reason for my default s that is what is happening as the USDE is no longer using the LSC as the loan servicer but is moving in the direction of either my having to be in contact with Sallie Mae or PHEAA when PHESAA purchased the loans on 07/10/92 but that no one has any knowledge of this? This is another issue that no one has any idea as to what was going on as to why I went into default with what seems to be an attempt to protect PHEAA from an audit which would create a need to audit the USDE? Also with the 07/21/2008 reply from Diane Spadoni stating the USDE had no knowledge of my having any deferments on the student loans constitutes a false statement made to a Congressman as the 01/20/2005 letter to Congressman Platts verified the USDE knowing about my having a deferment on the loans and validated the deferment as being pre-default? And the Ombudsman Office did numerous reviews of the USDE records and failed to discover any discrepancies in USDE records??? They also refused to contact me or reply to me to see if I had any information about any discrepancies in USDE records? STRANGE way of doing business?

    The next letter I have referred to previously is a letter from Sallie Mae dated 02/13/2007 which was received by the USDE while the USDE was sending the Diane Spadoni letters dated 08/10/2005-07/21/2008 and was also confiscating my income tax returns between 2006-2008? The letter from Lorraine Heydt dated 02/13/2007 verifies my having a deferment between 08/21/92-12/31/92 which again verifies my having a deferment on the loans pre-default which shows my default by PHEAA was based on a false premise and that my default was invalid because I did have a deferment on the loans. The letter also shows that Sallie Mae default date was 02/17/93 which was 5 months after PHEAA placed me into default but again this information was ignored by the USDE and the Ombudsman Office even though PHEAA insisted they bought the loans from Sallie Mae after I was placed into default which again makes no sense as one would think that if Sallie Mae owned my loans up until after default, Sallie Mae would have knowledge of any contingencies on my loans and would have known when my default date was but again the Ombudsman office ignored this information (?) during their numerous reviews of USDE records? Another question is how is it Sallie Mae had no knowledge of my "having no requests for deferment or forbearance from 01/01/92 until the loans defaulted on February 17,1993? The claims package phone records clearly shows that I contacted the LSC six times during that time period with my being denied an unemployment deferment on 04/01/92 and forbearance forms being sent out on 05/06/92 as requested by the 05/04 letter from Sallie Mae- this is confusing? ( obviously the phone records validating my request for a deferment and it being turned down because I hadn't yet entered repayment yet and obviously not having entered delinquency either means the delinquency dates for the Sallie Mae delinquency letter ( 01/01/92-09/30/92) were false and my request for forbearance on 09/23/92 was denied falsely so the forbearance had to be granted. This also means my being in school as a full-time student ; not in default and at an accredited institution had to be granted as required by federal student loan laws. Either way, there is no way that I could have gone into default on 10/02/92 which I assume is the reason the USDE; the USDE's Ombudsman Office ; the OIG of the USDE; etc. has refused to communicate with me? There never was a default and there had to be another default premise for me to go into default and I would have again had to have the right to have a legal hearing with the proper reason for my default presented@!!!? Never happened!!!???

    The next attachment is a copy of the back of the promissory notes from USDE records. The notarized statements states "FOR VALUE RECEIVED, "THE LOAN SERVICING CENTER/PA. (NOT PHEAAOR SALLIE MAE) FOR THE STUDENT LOAN MARKETING ASSOC. (SALLIE MAE) HEREBY ASSIGNS AND TRANSFERS ALL TITLE AND INTEREST ARISING FROM THIS NOTE TO PHEAA WITHOUT ECOURSE OR WARRANTY. ( IN OTHER WORDS , PHEAA BOUGHT THE LOANS FROM THE LSC AND SALLIE MAE) . THE DATE ON THES TRANSACTION WAS 07/10/92 WHICH MADE PHEAA RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL ISSUES ADDRESSING MY LOANS AT THIS TIME INCLUDING EXIT MEETING; INVESTIGATING THE CONDITIONSOF THE LOANS AS TO DEFAULT DATE; INCOME VS. REPAYMENT AMOUNT; ETC. WE KNOWTHEY FAILED TODO THIS AS THEY BLAMED THELAC FOR NOT DOING ALL OF THIS AND PHEAA STATED THE REPURCHASEDATE WAS AFTER DEFAULT -10/02/92. THIS IS SIGNIFICANT AS PHEAA HAD NO RECORD OF ANYTHING THAT TRANSPIRED ON MY LOANS BETWEEN 02/21/91- 1-/02/92; SHOWS THAT PHEAA FAILED TO OBEY AT LEAST ONE OF THE CONDITIONS OF THE LOAN RULES AS UNDER TRANSFER OF NOTE THERE IS A SENTENCE STATING " THE LENDER WILL NOTIFY ME OF ANY SUCH TRANSFER IN WRITING". NEVER DONE AND THAT ALONE SHOULD CONSTITUTE AN ISSUEAS TO TEH VALIDITY OF MY DEFUALT AS NO ONE WA NOTIFIED OF THE CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP WHICH WOULD SHOW WHY PHEAA HAD NO KNOWLEDGEOF MY HAVING A DEFERMENT ON THE LOANS AS I WAS IN SCHOOL ON 08/15/92 OR OF MY BEING ELIGIBLE FOR ANY FORBEARANCES AS SHOWN IN THE NEXT LETTER FROM SALLIE MAE?

    THIS LETTER( ATTACHMENT) HAS ALREADY BEEN SHOWN TO BE QUESTIONABLE AS THE PHONE RECORDS SHOW MY DELINQUENCY WAS NOT 270 DAYS DELINQUENT AS PROVEN BY THE PHONE RECORDS WHICH STATED I HADN'T YET ENTERED REPAYMENT AS OF 04/25/92 AND OBVIOUSLY 05/25/92? SINCE LSC/SALLIE MAE NO LONGER OWNED MY LOANS AS OF 07/10/92 DID THEY HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO DENY MY FORBEARANCE AND ALSO WAS THE DENIAL OF THE FORBEARANCE LEGAL ACCORDING TO THE PHONE RECORDS ( REMEMBER, I WAS DENIED AN UNEMPLOYMENT DEFERMENT ON 04/01/92 BECAUSE I HADN'T YET ENTERED REPAYMENT? WHO AUTHORIZED THE DENIAL OF THE FORBEARANCE AND THELETTER ITSELF? SALLIE MAE OR THE LSC? REMEMBER , SALLIE MAE GAVE ALL AUTHORITY TO THE LSC AND PHEAA MADE ALL CONTACTS WIHT THE LSC SO SALLIE MAEHAD LITTLE CONTACT WITH PHEAA? AND IF THE DELINQUENCY WAS STATED TO BE 270 DAYS AS OF 09/30/92, WOULDN'T MY FEDERALLY REQUIRED IN-SCHOOL DEFERMENT THAT WOULD HAVE BEGUN ON 08/15/92 BEEN LEGAL EVEN IF THERE WAS ANY VALIDITY TO THIS 270 DAY DELINQUENCY DATES? THE NEXT LETTER FROM PHEAA ADDS A LITTLE MORE INTRIGUE TO MY QUESTIONS?

    Mr. Bartkowski stated in one of his e-mail relies to me that my in-school deferment wasn't available because I was already in default because delinquencies were 180 days and not 270 days so I was already in default when I entered school which would have been at approximately 250 days? I contacted PHEAA and PHEAA verified in this letter from Casey Clark of PHEAA that "loans defaulted on 10/02/92 after payments were not received consistently for at least 270 days" ! Not 180 days, not 200 days but 270 days . Since I was in school at approximately 245 days with what is a required in-school deferment, this statement again verifies that I was entitled to a federally required in-school deferment on 08/15/92 and that even if there would be any issues with the 270 day delinquency window, it would be the USDE's responsibility to deal with the policies of PHEAA/Sallie Mae as they set the policies for my loans. But again , I followed all rules and if there were any issues with my loans the issues were with PHEAA and Sallie Mae and not with me? The issue the USDE should be pursuing is why is thee such a discrepancy between the knowledge of Sallie Mae; the LSC and PHEAA? This is an issue of enforcing compliance of federal student loan laws that the USDE is charged with enforcing. No one had any idea as to what was going on with my loans and that placed me into default which cost me the opportunity to graduate from college; to get a decent job; probably cost me over a million dollars in earnings- not counting any pensions or retirement earnings; and from there it gets ugly ? Does these discrepancies have anything to do with the trillion dollars in defaulted student loans that are on the books currently?

    The next letter (attachment) is a copy of the letter from Naomi Randolph dated 06/25/2013 and verifies the USDE having knowledge of me having a deferment on the student loans which negates all of PHEAA's records and the letters of Diane Spadoni dated 08/10/2005-07/21/2008. Obviously since the letter verifies my having a deferment during the dates in question and having forbearances during the dates following the beginning of my supposed repayment which would have negated any repayment until after the end of my forbearance which wouldn't ended until repayment began and this would have also began the delinquency after repayment ended. This paperwork also refers to the letter to Congressman Platts which technically refers to the deferment dated 08/21/91-12/31/91 so all dates that are referred to as to the dates of my default would be addressing this time period and not a different time period such as the fall of 1992? ( which wouldn't matter anyway as I was in forbearance up until 05/25/92 and then in a federally required deferment as of 08/15/92. Again I address the statement "the Department has no evidence that you took all actions necessary to prevent the default of your loans"? This is shown many times to be false as paperwork verifies I had a deferment for the fall of 1991 which negates all PHEAA references to the reason for the default of my loans? The phone records also show that I was in continuous contact with the LSC from 01/15/92-05/06/92 with applications for a deferment on 04/01/92; questions as to whether my application for a forbearance had been received and replies that I hadn't yet entered repayment and that I could apply for a forbearance once I entered repayment? What else do you want me to do? This is just harassment as you have all of the information that shows I did everything I was supposed to do and for some reason PHEAA had no idea was to what was going on and the USDE has continuously refused to enforce compliance with federal student loan laws or even communicate with me to find out what information that I might have ? This ludicrous as I have many times that PHEAA had no idea as to what they were doing and that the letter from Diane Spadoni dated 01/20/2005 which verified my having a deferment on the loans and was verified by Sallie Mae as being pre-default which validated the existence of the deferment invalidated all of PHEAA's records and as shown by your letters and the letters from PHEAA in 2003 and 2004 showed PHEAA was clueless about my default? At the time of my deferment and forbearances being verified, the letters from PHEAA/USDE stating they had no record of my having any contact with the LOSC or that the USDE had no record of my having any deferments on my loans became invalid ; hence so did my default as this information showed there was no premise for my having gone into default!

    The next attachment /letter from Collections Technology Incorporated(CTI) puts the actions of the USDE et.al into the correct perspective as CTI sent the USDE san inquiry on the status of my supposed default loans as they were required to do by law when I requested information? The reply by the USDE was five of the letters from Diane Spadoni dated 08/10/2005-07/21/2008 with all of the letters stating the USDE had no record of my having any deferments on the loans or that there was ever any applications for a deferment/forbearance for the loans? Since the 01/20/2005 letter from Diane Spadoni verified and validated my having a deferment on the loans, these letters from 08/10/2005-07/21/2008 were false and invalid and since the USDE failed to include any of the information which verified the USDE having knowledge of my having a deferment and forbearances, this reply becomes a federal crime as defined by 18 USC 1001. In 2011, Congressman Todd Platts sent a complaint to both the DOJ's office and the OIG/USDE and the complaint was apparently ignored as I never received a reply and the only reply received by Congressman Platts was the complaint was sent to the Ombudsman Office which I found to be confusing s the DOJ didn't sent any complaints about Sandusky to Sandusky's lawyers? this information was also sent to Congressman Toomey which I never received any reply and Penna. legislator sent the information on the CTI letter to the Penna. AG which was sent to PHEAA for processing and no reply was sent? The Penna. AG also didn't sent the complaints about Sandusky to Sandusky's lawyers to address the complaints? There seems to be a contradiction s to how the law is handled in different cases? Didn't the Sandusky case with the prosecution of the Penn State administrators show that everyone is responsible for reporting a crime or supposed crime and that if one fails to report that crime they can be prosecuted, even if they aren't law enforcement people and are just civilians? Also, doesn't the USDE have the responsibility to contact the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office as the paperwork shows that PHEAA made false statements in a legal hearings and the USDE admitting to have the verification of my having a deferment on the loans showed PHEAA to have lied in legal hearings in Penna. and also to Penna. Congressmen and Penna state legislators which I would assume is a crime. The USDE should have also contacted both the Department of Treasury to have the Treasury investigate the collection of interest and costs associated with my false default and the US DOJ's office to investigate the possibility of other federal crimes beside the reply by the USDE to the collection agency CTI!?

    This issue seems to make Orwell believable and to show Orwell to be a pikester in his description of the US corruption?!

    Have a Merry Christmas and happy New Year from us poor victims of fraud; perjury; obstruction; etc. who have been ignored for over 20 years which is longer than many murderers; child molesters; rapists; etc. serve?

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 10:43 AM, wkwiberg wrote:

    Thank god I'm from Canada!

    Corruption is....when dirt bag scum prey on others to benefit themselves. Truly pathetic human beings taking advantage of others,

    . Sad some people will justify this as "business".

    Punish these countries by never spending a penny there....and cutting all travel and aide. I like the way China deals with dirt bags who help abuse their power. A bullet to the back OF THE HEAD!

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 10:43 AM, TerrifiedCitizen wrote:

    I can't decide if tyranny is easier to cope with if it's hidden or exposed...

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 10:56 AM, roan341 wrote:

    These 3 countries are corrupt, but now you should focus on the most corrupt people on earth.

    1. Barack Hussein Obama is easily the most corrupt person on earth although maybe you should add Valerie Jarrett (the real president) as co-corrupt number one.

    2. Barack Hussein Obama's handlers including George Soros, King Abdullah, and of course satan.

    3. Eric Holder. Has Eric every told the truth? How many people has he had murdered to help out his boss? How many Americans are still on his enemies list?

    4. Algore has perpetrated the greatest hoax in the history of the earth and it has made him a billionaire. Co-corrupter number four - all the phony scientists who went along with his hoax for a lousy few million dollars in grants or bribes.

    5. Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton - race-baiters extraordinaire who have made a business of accusing thousands Americans of being racist because they are white, just to change the subject when they are losing the argument. Neither one has a Christian bone in their bodies and both are as racist as one can get.

    Who else do you want to add to the list?

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 10:58 AM, axelyamel wrote:

    I come from a really corrupted US colony (PR). I think PR is more corrupted that all States together. I have seen corruption, as well lived it due to our Public University system. Moved to US like 4 years ago and I can tell you the difference. I'm not saying the US have troubles, I'm just saying that here in US, even though there are problems, you can see the work. If there is a snow storm at least you can see they working and removing the snow ASAP. On these mentioned corrupted places, the snow will be piled for weeks and use that money for there personal stuffs. Even back home, the money received for many stuffs was stolen by politicians in front of our noses while many people needed help. There is corruption on US, but these countries are far worst than here.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 11:27 AM, tom123456 wrote:

    Poster said Jesus Christ is the reason for low corruption. Look at central and South America. All Christian/Catholic and really Corrupt. Grow up its just a book.

    As to Obama comments they are just Fox news watchers hate.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 11:29 AM, SLTom992 wrote:

    Most of the entries above demonstrate that over time the country has become more and more a corrupt dictatorship run by a cabal of power hungry idiots.

    It has GREATLY accelerated under Obama who has not the slightest compunction to lie straight into the TV and is supported almost entirely by ALL of the major media.

    We MUST remove this power from the government. The only direction we presently have to is kick Democrats out on their rumps and in the Presidential election to make ABSOLUTELY certain that we have not only a Republican President but a Republican Congress with a super majority.

    As you can see from the comments that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely so absolute power and even mild power must be removed from the hands of the government.

    The government of this country MUST be reduced between 50% and 66% and that power be it does have be limited to only those things that states cannot do. The more localized the power the more the individual citizen can control it.

    At the mid-term elections GO VOTE Republican OR conservative - if that means Tea Party then so be it.

    Obama was re-elected for two reasons - there were ALL sorts of illegal aliens voting for him without voter ID laws and a very large number of conservative voters stayed home after the extreme-left-wing major media convinced them that Romney had a comfortable lead!

    After we can reduce the power of the government it will be time to remove the radio and TV licenses of these left wing ideologues who have purposely lied to the American public for purely political purposes. They certainly have a right to their opinions but they do not have a right to use the power of the PUBLIC airwaves to propagandize the citizens of this country instead of simply reporting the news as they see it.

    Why was there stories about Travon Martin using a picture of him as a sweet little 13 year old instead of the gang-banger?

    Why was there absolutely no stories about gun control from the viewpoint of how long it take police to respond and so how long you would be defenseless without a weapon to use in self defense?

    Why was there NEVER a major media story reporting that the Congressional Record in 2010 estimated that between 40% and 60% of insurance policy holders would lose their policies due to the idiotic demands of Obama-care?

    On and on and on the media has purposely always shown Obama in a good light and defamed anyone opposing his policies. They have publicized those claiming racism for anyone opposing Obama even though those claims were from people who couldn't understand a single word of the policies under discussion.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 11:30 AM, nevernate wrote:

    Corruption can only be ranked based on what the definition of corruption is.

    I think corruption means paying an amount to politicions or govt agents for their support in any particular action.

    This is unfortunately the basis of our entire US gov't system which would make it the most corrupt.

    However, our laws and this survey is based on payment for "quid pro quo" or payment for a specific act rather than general support. Based on this definition, our politicians basically cannot be bought but are "influenced."

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 11:33 AM, rioesmarex wrote:

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME ???

    The U.S. is by FAR the MOST corrupt nation in the world.

    In all the other countries, corruption is out in the open and affects everyone equally.

    In the U.S., it is hidden better and although the average citizen doesn't see it, it affects him in outrageous prices and taxes.

    Our corruption is under the counter at the highest level and is counted in BILLIONS

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 11:34 AM, Zafara wrote:

    There is another aspect of the issue. What about those countries, who promote corruption in less developed or under developed countries for obtaining gains. Have a look at the world history for the last 60-70 years (after world ward II). Any country where USA has entered as a friend or foe, they have promoted corruption in all the deals at Govt. to Govt. level, company to company level or individual to individual level, irrespective of the fact that the deal was in defense, civil or corporate sector. This does not mean that US people are corrupt. This means that those who matter in USA, have been promoting corruption throughout the recent world history.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 11:43 AM, FoYCSR wrote:

    The main problem I have with this article is that the world isn't only comprised of 177 countries. There are closer to 250 countries if you don't include the territories that many countries claim as their own. So that means that there are about 70 countries that don't even let Transparency International test their levels of corruption. Do you think that's because they're not corrupt? Of course not...it's because they don't want to end up at the bottom of the list. Is Afghanistan corrupt...sure...the most corrupt...probably not.

    It's too bad real journalism is so damn hard to find.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 11:46 AM, geogator wrote:

    No list of this type could omit Nigeria and Nigerians, in Africa and in the US. The lights went off in the luggage carousel area of Lagos for 5 minutes and 80% of all suitcases had disappeared, never to be seen again. Taxi driver demanded a bribe to make sure we got to the hotel without being robbed (by him presumably). The Nigerians in the Atlanta area make the Taliban and Al-Qaeda look like angels from above.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 11:51 AM, vhoepps wrote:

    Obama American IS NOT THE RIGHT CHOICE OF WORDINGS TO THE MORON COMMENTOR USING SUCH POOR OPINION OF WORDS.

    RIGHT AND APPROPIATE CHOICE OF WORDS, THE UNITED STATES IS ON THE FRONTLINE WITH CHINA AND NORTH KOREA because the predominate white system of government are racist/bias to ALL PEOPLE -OF-COLOR RACE except their own and the NEGROSES IN AUTHORITY ARE FROM THE HISPANIC/BLACK RACE whom goes along in agreement with the racist/bias white folks in chaPRIME EXAMPLE IS THE JUSTICE COURTS and CPS agencies.

    WHEN ITS A CRIME AGAINST THE PEOPLES OF ALL THE MINORITIES RACE ITS A CRIME AGAINST THE RIG-UP constitution that supposed to be for ALL people of different races.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 11:57 AM, purealb wrote:

    this article is ridiculous, north korea most corrupted?how did you figure that out? no one does business there and it is comunist system so does not make sense, most corrupted are greece, italy, mexico.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 12:07 PM, doco177 wrote:

    usa is the most corrupt

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 12:08 PM, Cait wrote:

    INDIA IS HIGHLY CORRUPT NOW.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 12:29 PM, jarat wrote:

    Emotionally-overcharged and informationally-underequipped commenters have no idea what "corruption" really is. Corruption is a term that engenders the willing desire and action of unlawfully enriching oneself (in any of an unlimited number of ways) at the expense of other people. The key virtue being violated here is "spiritual awareness". If you don't know what that is, then you probably are on the path of corruption. Living in China currently, corruption, like the colored chart shows, is pretty accurate in terms of contrast with that of the US. Areas of extreme "hearts of darkness" are not isolated to the 3 countries noted: they exist in the majority of countries where chronic poverty has created a tradition of corruption and a mindset that accepts it as the way of life. The headline new stories in the US and other "open and free" countries around the world exaggerate the degree of darkness in people's hearts. True corruption is found not so much in countries but in layers of class distinction wherever wide gulfs are found between the haves and have-nots. The USA has a fairly wide gulf between classes based on finance, but it is clearly, from any objective research, NOT a country that indulges in corruption as an accepted way of life. Look to the chronically poor countries, including S. American, African, Asian (some), former Soviet satellite and yes, even the "beyond reproach" European countries as being leaders in the corruption community.

    As the world continues to evolve economically, corruption as a way of life will diminish. Educated people will not tolerate it. Values will slowly change from the wealthy being considered the ruling class to the moral being the segment of society being the most revered.

    As the article mentions, change is slow, but it is happening every day. When the majority of people will not tolerate corruption in all of its disguised and undisguised forms, the immoral tendency of corruption will diminish--everywhere.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 12:31 PM, ssafem wrote:

    corruption evil in everybody (no matter what color,religion,race,etc..)you are,when you come to countries have no system what you expect corruption is one of its disasters,but countries who have system and have an organize!corruption,its more than disaster.i live in my country Libya(also i have lived in the west for 8 years), western big oil companies have to change our leaders whenever they want in their interest,people have to fight corruption,Libyans paid a great price (thousands of our youth died ) against corruption,we will pay more(if we have to) but at the end of the day we will be there a good,clean,free and nice country(we only 6 million population with huge area, oil,lots of gifts from god)...its a big cake!

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 1:30 PM, ScamuelJones wrote:

    The USA should be AT THE TOP of this list and colored dark red on the map because Obumma bin Lying is in the White House!

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 1:50 PM, deame124 wrote:

    Unbealiveable Responces, I must admit that I also think the U.S. needs to be on the list. Anyone who is blind to what our government does needs to open your eyes! I would really like to show this page to the congress and let them see what our country thinks of them. It would be xtra special if Our arrogant president really knew what most of us feel,thou he would continue to be the beast 666!

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 2:24 PM, jasonwheel wrote:

    If you want to see some real corruption go to Latin America. you can get away with anything as long as you whip out the cash fast enough.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 2:35 PM, garagehero wrote:

    I don't know if these teabaggers OR the treehuggers know what real corruption is. Have any of these wigglers been out of their own backyards or even read a newspaper from time to time? And there are many forms of corruption. The moral and corporate corruption of the teabaggers, the financial corruption of the right-wing of the GOP, etc. What I'm more concerned with is the anti-American hatred showed by Snowden, the teabaggers, the oil and insurance industry and the religious right. But for real corruption try Russia, Mexico and China. They make us look like pikers in that department.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 2:40 PM, garagehero wrote:

    The most scandal-ridden corrupt administrations in American history?

    GW Bush.

    Warren G. Harding.

    Herbert Hoover.

    Ronald Reagan.

    Richard M. Nixon.

    U.S. Grant

    Whoa, they are right-wing conservatives. What's up with that?

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 2:47 PM, garagehero wrote:

    The best administrations in American history.

    Thomas Jefferson.

    Abraham Lincoln.

    George Washington.

    FDR.

    Teddy Roosevelt.

    JFK.

    William Jefferson Clinton.

    Woodrow Wilson.

    Barack H. Obama( he's rising on the list).

    Whoa, they are all left Wing Progressives. What's up with that?

    Sorry I went off topic there a little bit.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 2:49 PM, itzsm00th wrote:

    Isn't it funny that one of the LEAST corrupt places in the world (Australia) was once a penal colony for the English and now less corrupt than the English as well?

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 2:54 PM, garagehero wrote:

    Think big Americans. Our grandpas and dads thought big. Look where it got them. If our country wants to put a man on Mars, lets get behind them. If we want to build bridges and fix up our roads, lets do it. Ahh, but what about shale oil and natural gas? Well, lets figure something out. If we can figure out how to build the first atomic from nothing, we can figure out how to extract shale and gas with lower methane emissions and water pollution.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 2:55 PM, garagehero wrote:

    Man, Australian women have such nice skin.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 2:58 PM, Quapa wrote:

    So, the United States is so corrupt that it can't even make the most corrupt list? Who puts these things together.... OBAMA?

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 3:17 PM, sprinkfit wrote:

    kashmire09 this is the United States of America and freedom of speech is still alive. Remember this> For the People by the People? One of our for- fathers was smart enough to realize one thing> With power comes great things, but obviously our government has lost site of who is the ones in charge and so has our PEOPLE! I think and believe your one of those who sit back and let the Government do all your thinking for you. It is OUR GOVERNMENT! We have the right to change it as say what we think of it at any given point in time. As far as Obama being to blame for all of it.... NOT! To be honest it is OURS! My reason for that statement is clear. Everyone here is SCARED of our government and most don't do a thing about what they are doing and haven't for many years. The fact alone that they make you pay into Social Security out of your own pocket then spend it on what they want should be a crime ! It was set up for everyone's retirement not a personal bank account to our government but sadly we let them do as they please. Our Government can be called the Legalized MOFIA. Simply by their actions towards their own people. And it isn't just in the Federal level but all the way down to local governments as well. When and what does it take for OUR people to wake up and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 3:34 PM, aaronlif10 wrote:

    if you think america belongs on the top of this list, feel free to move to North Korea or Somalia where you apparently will be much happier. America is far from perfect, but we are also far from the most corrupt country in the world. our country does alot of good in the world that people choose to not give credit for. serving in the navy i know first hand that our country steps in to help even when many others will not. comparing America to places like North Korea is ridiculous. you spoiled brats want to rant and rave about America on an internet forum and compare it to a country where using a cell phone means being sentenced to a labor camp. the mere fact that you can even express your opinions on an Internet site proves that if you live in america, you dont have it so bad. try living in North Korea and vent your views about their government. ive been to many countries and there are few places i would rather live than America.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 3:57 PM, cates1061 wrote:

    The USA is as corrupt if not more than any other Country....Our government is nothing but a clan of lying, manipulating bunch of idiots that think we all believe their BS........+

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 4:26 PM, gojithefox wrote:

    I wonder if those saying the US is the most corrupt nation even listen to the world news, or for that matter, apply common sense.

    All nations have intelligence agencies. What the NSA does is not new, nor should it have been a surprise. Agencies like it in other countries do the exact same thing. They might not have the technology or reach of the NSA, but if they did, they would. This does not make the US more corrupt than other nations.

    Making derisive comments is your right as an American. You can do that without fear of repercussion. In some of these other nations, you wouldn't see these comments. They would be, at best, censored or, at worst, the person would never make another comment again. In Russia, members of the band P. Riot were jailed for speaking out against the Russian government. That doesn't happen here.

    The grass isn't greener on the other side. Every nation has its corruption and crap that it has to put up with. At least here in America, we actually can spend time posting our thoughts on an internet forum instead of sending our children across a river by themselves because we can't afford the 30 per person fee to escape civil war.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 5:19 PM, RP2016 wrote:

    1. Israel

    2. USA

    3. Mexico

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 5:19 PM, RP2016 wrote:

    or...

    1. Israel

    2. USA

    3. Israel

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 5:31 PM, farislands wrote:

    The US isn't corrupt, its an oligarchy evidenced by 400 people controlling 1/2 the wealth and the rest are working stiff cattle.

    The top 3 for corruption are:

    1. Philippines

    2. US Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (see Abramoff or re-elected governor Ben Fitial)

    3. Somalia and Afghanistan

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 6:28 PM, israel wrote:

    Most corrupt nations

    Israel

    US media

    Israel media

    This article names Somalis as the worst, however, in which standard, Israel standard, US media standard, Israel media standard. Obviously Israel media and US media standard which by the way, these 2 nation own and bribe the rest of the world to do or coerced world media to do their corrupt wishes.....this very article is corrupt, the writer is corrupt.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 6:46 PM, humbugbreaker wrote:

    Interestingly enough former President Jimmy Carter is on the Advisory Council as well as former Thai PM (Khun) Anand Panyarachun. Khun Anand, as you know facilitated & financed the heretofore 2006 military coup against PM Thaksin.

    Another mystery is reference to bakers' dozen~ '12 respectable organizations' that oversee TI who themselves are quite un-visible& untouchable. who are THEY?

    The Pp's regarding the 'irrelevance' of landlines and crumbling industries has been altered since. which brings me to this conclusion as described by the many less favorable comment posts (169 at present).

    Landlines are relevant. In no way am I an IT expert but.. Landlines for the moment is what makes internet streaming and service 'affordable' to the 2 of 7 billion on the planet. Even the PRC must use this system with the 'Great Firewall' in place. Over 5b are not granted access to the www. Satellites can easily be used but are not avail and 'costly'..

    Not to be pedantic or portend, but truth be told, knowledge is power; and power is not something that those who have it desire to share.

    Furthermore, despite the philanthropic milestones and messianic philters of Gates & Jobs respectively. Microsoft and Apple refuse to fully integrate their platforms simply speaking. In turn, some claim this has hindered a true transparent www, imagine that! And so it goes, Whew*

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 6:53 PM, hfjdekldlfj wrote:

    Obviously, not living in any of the other countries, I don't know just how corrupt they might be; however, I would think that ANY country that intentionally (a) systematically destroys its OWN Constitution, (b) creates an 'Army' of violent criminals through lax law enforcement, and (c) attempts to take away the rights of Law Abiding citizens to protect themselves MUST be, by definition, unimaginably corrupt and doomed to collapse!

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 7:04 PM, lau019 wrote:

    America is by far the Most corrupt.. unlike some of these other countries that have some bribery here and there or fraud.. America has created wars all over the world and killed millions in the name of Defense.. America by FAR is the great satan...

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 7:41 PM, VegasSmitty wrote:

    No one can hold a candle to the 535 lying thieves in D.C.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 7:47 PM, reddfoxx78 wrote:

    Who did 9/11 ??? bin laden wasn't even indicted for 9/11 !!!! who made ug99 a wheat crop dust to starve out other countries ??? who owns news media that can't tell the truth ??? who put chemtrails in their nations skies ??? who lies and says this minory group is mostly on welfare when it's the majority group that is ??? who accepts their country to use discretion when it comes to the constitution.(like indicting citizens without a grandjury, southern states)

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 8:47 PM, USisNumber1 wrote:

    U.S. is not on the list because the American lobbyists paid off Transparency International as well.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 8:52 PM, USisNumber1 wrote:

    Anywhere else corruption is called "corruption". In America, corruption is called "lobbying". We are the most corrupt free country in the world, baby!!!

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 10:30 PM, foooolish wrote:

    Where did you get your information? you need to research your work, Nigeria should be number one on this list. P.S. I am a Nigerian

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 10:45 PM, foooolish wrote:

    You know, its one thing to be corrupt on the down low like most countries. in Nigeria, its all in the open, policeman will stop you at the traffic check for no reason other than to say something like "oga, give me a dash" meaning, you must give me a tip. If you don't, just plan on stay on the roadside for the next 6 hours. A meter reader will leave your light on for a tip, while you refuse to pay your bill. Try to obtain a traveling passport, Oh! boy, that's a gold, if you can give a substantial tip under the table, your passport is ready in 30 minutes guarantee like a domino pizza. I can give you plenty of examples.....you probably wouldn't believe me because they are strange.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 10:46 PM, Bill691941 wrote:

    Lauderdale county of Alabama needs to be on the list too. The county commision just gives away property that is deeded to the public by residents, and there is nothing you can do about it. I have the proof that this is happening as of today. It was clearly shown on the deed but, they just dropped this from the new owners deed. If any one knows how to change the law please let me know.

  • Report this Comment On January 03, 2014, at 2:18 AM, jwb3 wrote:

    This year, Denmark and New Zealand were tied for #1. Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Singapore round out the top six; the latter two tied for fifth.

    The US' ranking has been very stable over the last 10 years, when TI started publishing the index.

    Year US Rank

    2013 19

    2012 19

    2011 24

    2010 22

    2009 19

    2008 18

    2007 20

    2006 20

    2005 17

    2004 17

    Rankings, out 177, of other countries mentioned in the comments:

    Australia, Canada: 9 (tie)

    U.K.: 14

    U.S.: 19

    Israel: 36

    Italy: 69

    Senegal: 77

    China: 80

    India, Philippines: 94 (tie)

    Thailand: 102

    Mexico: 106

    Pakistan, Russia: 127 (tie)

    Nigeria: 144

    Cambodia: 160

    Libya: 172 (Close, ssafem!)

    Biafra lost their war of indendence and has again been a part Nigeria since 1970.

    "So that means that there are about 70 countries that don't even let Transparency International test their levels of corruption."

    The index is a combination of 13 different surveys, TI only conducted one of them. No country is covered by more than 10. The U.S. is covered by nine. The are no countries/territores covered by fewer than three on the list.

  • Report this Comment On January 03, 2014, at 5:14 AM, jwb3 wrote:

    Ah, more information about how this data is compiled. From TI's Corruption Perception Index FAQ:

    "3. Which countries/territories are included in the CPI 2013 and why?

    For a country/territory to be included in the ranking, it must be included in a minimum of three of the CPI’s data sources. If a country is not featured in the ranking, then this is solely because of insufficient survey information and not an indication that corruption does not exist in the country. This year 177 countries and territories are included in the index. In 2012, it was 176. The CPI 2013 now includes South Sudan."

    "4. What are the data sources for the CPI?

    The 2013 CPI draws on data sources from independent institutions specialising in governance and business climate analysis. The sources of information used for the 2013 CPI are based on data gathered in the past 24 months. The CPI includes only sources that provide a score for a set of countries/territories and that measure perceptions of corruption in the public sector. Transparency International reviews the methodology of each data source in detail to ensure that the sources used meet Transparency International’s quality standards. For a full list of the data sources, the type of respondents and the specific questions they ask, please see the CPI sources description document.

    . . .

    1. African Development Bank Governance Ratings 2012

    2. Bertelsmann Foundation Sustainable Governance Indicators 2014

    3. Bertelsmann Foundation Transformation Index 2014

    4. Economist Intelligence Unit Country Risk Ratings

    5. Freedom House Nations in Transit 2013

    6. Global Insight Country Risk Ratings

    7. IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2013

    8. Political and Economic Risk Consultancy Asian Intelligence 2013

    9. Political Risk Services International Country Risk Guide

    10. Transparency International Bribe Payers Survey 2011

    11. World Bank - Country Policy and Institutional Assessment 2012

    12. World Economic Forum Executive Opinion Survey (EOS) 2013

    13. World Justice Project Rule of Law Index 2013"

  • Report this Comment On January 03, 2014, at 5:25 AM, CamilleRetaa wrote:

    America is very corrupt; many people are simply unaware of this fact.

  • Report this Comment On January 03, 2014, at 6:05 AM, jwb3 wrote:

    Of course the U.S. is very corrupt. The point here is that it less corrupt than most other countries.

  • Report this Comment On January 03, 2014, at 7:11 AM, RSmith1982 wrote:

    You all keep saying the US should be on the list, if you lived in North Korea you would be forced to worship and pray to the human ruler and believe stories that he came from heaven, could chop down a tree with one swing of a sword and other foolishness. If you lived in Afghanistan a man could marry your 12 year old and beat her and if she was caught looking at another man she could be put in a rape chamber with multiple soldiers. But I think Sudan should be put in place of Somalia because there your wife, daughters and sons would be getting raped on a regular basis by hopefully male soldiers, because the female soldiers who rape are more violent using knives and metal rods. Putting the US on this list of MOST corrupt is just stupid at the literal since of the word, climb out from underneath the rock you're under and read about world governments before you open you mouth and remove all doubt. - Proverbs 17:28

  • Report this Comment On January 03, 2014, at 9:38 AM, VikingBear wrote:

    It seems to me that we have a duty to vote for those who would clean up the messes.

    But because of the reality of corruption, they cannot get elected without becoming corrupted.

    We have the best government money can buy--and that ain't saying much!

  • Report this Comment On January 05, 2014, at 10:19 PM, snl626 wrote:

    Someone said there are about 400 individuals/oligarchs in the whole USA who own half the wealth. In the Philippines, it's like this: stick your left hand out...how many fingers do you see? that's how many families own the ENTIRE wealth of the Philippines. Include all senators, congressmen, and govt officials to this lot. That is why, in the last Haiyan storm in Tacloban, thousands of dead bodies are STILL NOT BURRIED, DECAYING ON THE STREETS...the aid given by foreign countries HAVE BEEN STOLEN by government officials, some of which appear in the markets being sold.

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