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2012-02-28
Georgia’s Transformation
In my recent post about The World Bank’s new report on corruption reform in Georgia I challenged some of the bank’s rosy conclusions, starting with the notion that “public services are corruption free” today thanks to Mikheil Saakashvili’s Wyatt Earp-style war on public misconduct since winning the presidency in a landslide after the 2003 Rose Revolution. I also faulted the report, which relies heavily on interviews with government officials, for not paying sufficient attention to the citizenry. How do Georgians see the government’s anti-corruption efforts? I asked.

2012-02-10
Tbilisi’s corruption busters
ARE corrupt officials disproportionately fat? George Orwell thought so: the pigs that ran Animal Farm were “porkers” who gorged themselves on milk and apples. Perhaps the World Bank agrees. In a report released last week, “Fighting Corruption in Public Services: Chronicling Georgia’s Reforms”, the authors note that the country’s notoriously bent traffic police of early 2000s were “mostly corpulent”.

2012-02-07
Mr. Saakashvili’s choice
GEORGIAN PRESIDENT Mikheil Saakashvili indignantly protests there is no comparison to be drawn between him and his nemesis, Russian Prime Minister Vladi¬mir Putin.

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