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MEXICO: Corruption, Transparency International

As another source of more or less impartial ratings of countries, I yesterday sent out a posting giving the url of Transparency International, which assesses the degree of corruption in various countries. WAISer David Fleischer is president of the Brazilian section.

Mexicans are convinced that corruption is perhaps the main cause of the country's woes, and Vicente Fox has vowed to eradicate it. Yesterday he met with the leaders of the Mexican branch, and the president of the international organization was interviewed on TV. He was asked where Mexico stood in the corruption list. The response was 58th, one being the least corrupt, indicating a pretty high degree of corruption. No comment was deemed necessary.

Ronald Hilton - 8/01/00