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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • JoAnn, I’m happy to see that Americans are waking up to corruption here in the USA. While we don’t perceive ourselves as having the same high levels of corruption as exist in developing economies like Brazil, we are involved, directly or indirectly, in corruption at home and worldwide.

    According to the Corruption Perceptions Index 2015, the United States ranked in 16th place after Denmark (1st), Singapore (8th), Canada (9th), and the United Kingdom (10th). Brazil ranks in 76th place. My native land, Guyana, comes in at 119.

    The complete list is available at http://www.transparency.org/cpi2015#results-table

    • Conflict of interest, or corruption, has been legalized in political and governmental arenas in the US, considered the established way of doing things. We certainly need to see more clearly – thank you for the Transparency list!

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