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Rand Corp - Excellent Time to Clean up PA

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posted on Jan, 10 2005 @ 10:40 AM
As always .. not sure if this is the correct forum ...

No matter which side of the Palestinian issue you are
on, this will make excellent reading. The Rand Corp
think tank has some very good points and ideas for
the Palestinian issue. I'll post some, but go to the
site and read them all. It's great reading.

A Chance to Clean Up the Palestinian Authority
By Seth Jones
Rand Corporation
(Published in Financial Times)

One of the most important challenges for the new president of the Palestinian Authority who will emerge from Sunday's election will be to curb widespread corruption and ineffectiveness plaguing the Palestinian security and justice systems. The task will be difficult but vital to the creation of a viable and democratic Palestinian entity.

The death of Yassir Arafat and the election of a new president have created an opportunity for badly needed reform of the Palestinian Authority. The World Bank in its governance indicators ranks the Authority in the bottom 16 per cent of governments around the world in its ability to control corruption and halfway down the scale in terms of effective rule of law.

An opinion poll regularly conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, an independent body, shows the percentage of Palestinians who believe there is significant corruption in Palestinian Authority institutions jumped from about 50 per cent in 1996 to more than 85 per cent last year. This explains the frenzied demonstrations by Palestinian crowds against corruption in the authority last year.

The first step after Sunday's election ...

Read the rest ....

[edit on 1/10/2005 by FlyersFan]


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