Posts tagged "corruption"

Poverty amid the Plenty in Equatorial Guinea

By Joseph Kraus, Policy Manager for Transparency and Accountability at ONE Cross posted from Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa   Teodoro Obiang Nguema, the president of Equatorial Guinea for the last 33 years, stated in a recent interview that people in Equatorial Guinea “do not know what poverty is.” My friend and colleague, Marcial Abaga...

New Developments in the API Lawsuit

Cross posted from EG Justice. Oral arguments in API v. SEC were held before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on June 7, 2013. Each side had 45 minutes to speak before Judge Bates, who heavily questioned both API and the SEC about whether Section 1504 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall...

President Obiang’s continued abuse and misuse of UNESCO

By Joseph Kraus Cross posted with permission from the ONE Campaign Blog. Reason and good sense do not always prevail. On March 8, 2012, UNESCO’s executive board voted 33-18 (with six abstentions) to award a renamed prize sponsored by President Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea. The divisive vote marked the first time in UNESCO’s history that a...

The fight is on! Anti-poverty and financial transparency campaigners take on big oil

By Ian Gary Ian Gary is Senior Policy Manager for Extractive Industries at Oxfam America. Cross posted with permission from Oxfam America’s Politics of Poverty blog. In the first Star Wars movie, Luke Skywalker and friends somehow blew up the Death Star. That’s a bit how we felt in 2010 when after years of fighting we got a...

The transparent hypocrisy of big oil

The yawning gap between the transparency rhetoric of companies and the reality of their actions has never been more apparent than it is now. By Ian Gary Ian Gary is Senior Policy Manager for Extractive Industries at Oxfam America. Cross posted with permission from Oxfam America’s Politics of Poverty blog. The oil and gas industry loves to...

By the numbers—the fight for oil and mining company transparency

By Ian Gary Ian Gary is Senior Policy Manager for Extractive Industries at Oxfam America. Cross posted with permission from Oxfam America’s Politics of Poverty blog. 1504   Section in Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act requiring companies to disclose taxes, royalties, and other payments made to the US and foreign governments 1.5 billion  People living on less than $2 a...