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  • Date 08.02.14 | 19:05 - 20:00 UTC
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From graft concerns in the EU to Thailand's political crisis, we examine the many facets of corruption. We meet Turkish homeowners kicked off their land to favor big business, an octogenarian anti-corruption crusader in Vietnam and the Italian film director taking on the mafia with satire.

Produced by Thomas Schmidt, Neil King, Samantha Early and Nancy Isenson


The price is rice

There's no sign of resolution in Thailand's political crisis, despite fresh elections being held. Journalist Ron Corben highlights a new challenge for the government, the failure of its policy to pay farmers higher rates for rice. It was an election promise by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's party, which has been accused of buying votes.

Interview: Neil King and Samantha Early

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Villagers fight for their land

In Turkey, a corruption scandal involving high-ranking members of the government and the country's top business people is spurring public anger. The murky, high-profile drama is having a direct impact on the lives of villagers on the Black Sea coast, who are being evicted to make way for large construction projects.

Report: Noah Blaser, Agacli, Turkey

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A mascot for Moscow

The Winter Olympics have begun in Sochi, Russia. The lead-up to the games has been plagued by scandal, from environmental degradation to the exploitation of migrant workers. But Russia wants to show its best face with its Games mascots, a leopard, a hare and a polar bear.

Report: Mareike Aden, Sochi, Russia

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Corruption's sickening impact

In Malawi, a country with a struggling, underfunded health system and one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world, revelations that state employees had pocketed millions in public funds have cut deep for healthcare workers - and forced the country's President Joyce Banda to take drastic measures.

Report: Beenish Ahmed, Lilongwe, Malawi

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Vietnam's fraud fighter

Octogenarian Le Hien Duc has dedicated her retirement to fighting corruption in her native Vietnam. The country is ranked 116 out of 177 countries on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index. Despite numerous death threats, she's determined to stay the course.

Report: Marianne Brown, Hanoi, Vietnam

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Montreal's mafia

Canada is ranked by Transparency International as one of the least corrupt countries in the world. But hidden beneath the veneer of a modern Canadian city was a simmering underbelly of corruption involving organized crime gangs and city officials in major construction projects. It took the city's journalists to expose it.

Report: Damon van der Linde, Montreal, Canada

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Satire as a weapon

Growing up in an Italian mafia stronghold, 'the mob' was a fact of life for actor, writer and director Pierfrancesco Diliberto. Now the television satire star has turned his childhood memories into a feature film, taking on the mafia not with weapons, but with humor.

Report: Dany Mitzman, Bologna, Italy

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