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Entries in South Korea (64)


The view from Pyeongchang: On windmills and anti-corruption

After two hours of driving through undeveloped Korean countryside, the image upon arriving at the Olympic skiing venues is quite startling: the surrounding ridges are dotted with technologically advanced, energy-generating windmills.

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South Korea: An anti-corruption tiger

Traditionally known as an economic “Asian tiger,” South Korea may now be an anti-corruption tiger. It’s landmark Kim Young Ran Act, and the aggressive enforcement actions of the last year, distinguish the country as a leader in the global anti-corruption movement.

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The Olympic spotlight shines on South Korea

Choi Soon-sil, former presidential advisor, jailed 20 years“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants,” said Justice Louis Brandeis in 1913. This month, the global spotlight shines on South Korea as it hosts the 2018 Olympic Games. And what we see is a country taking historic measures to hold public and private officials accountable for corruption.

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Olympic anti-corruption measures, in three dimensions

The Olympic Games, which open today, have become a powerful symbol in the global anti-corruption movement. They lay bare the worldwide human tendency to abuse entrusted authority for private gain. But so too do they highlight the emergent global resolve to address it and the myriad tools now at our disposal.

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Andy Spalding: The South Korea revolution continues

Samsung's Lee Jae-yongFriday’s conviction of Lee Jae-yong, the de facto head of South Korea’s flagship Samsung conglomerate, marked yet another dramatic step in the country’s anti-corruption revolution.

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Andy Spalding: On gift giving, the rule of law, and the human heart

Prof Andy SpaldingThe anti-corruption movement is plainly a global net gain. We’re working together to make economies more efficient, governments more representative, companies more ethical, and people more trustworthy and trusting. 

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South Korea fines Novartis $48 million for doctor kickbacks

South Korea Thursday fined Swiss pharma Novartis $48.3 million for paying doctors kickbacks to prescribe the company's drugs.

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Former South Korea president charged with bribery

Former South Korea President Park Geun-Hye was formally charged with bribery Monday, a month after being removed from office.

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Court removes South Korea president for corruption

South Korea's Constitutional Court unanimously ruled Friday that impeached President Park Geun-hye should be removed from office.

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Samsung heir arrested for bribery

Lee Jae-yong, the vice chairman of Samsung Group, was arrested and jailed Friday in Seoul on bribery charges.

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Ban Ki-moon’s brother, nephew face FCPA charges for Vietnam bribe plot

The brother and nephew of former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon were charged Tuesday with FCPA and other offenses in connection with the planned $800 million sale of Vietnam's tallest building.

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Sungyong Kang: South Korea impeachment puts new anti-graft law in the spotlight

The Korean National Assembly agreed this month to impeach President Park Geun-hye based on the influence-peddling scandal of her confidante, Soon-sil Choi.

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