‘Corruption is essence of Arab regimes’

WorldNetDaily: ‘Corruption is essence of Arab regimes’

A Sudanese researcher and author has called on Arab and Muslim nations in the Middle East to end corruption and reform government practices by becoming more “open and transparent” to their people and the world.

“When you hear – and these days you frequently do – that a senior Arab official is standing trial on charges of corruption, it is reasonable to assume that this wretched official was not corrupt enough,” writes Dr. Abd Al-Wahhab Al-Effendi in the Aug. 6 edition of the London-based Arabic language daily newspaper Al-Hayat.

“This is because charges of corruption have no meaning unless they take place in an open and transparent regime, with known and fixed rules and regulations, clear foundations for accountability, and independent and neutral apparatuses to deal with it,” Al-Effendi wrote, in an article translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute.

Al-Effendi made an effort to single out Yasser Arafat’s regime as an example of the kind of corruption endemic in Arab and Muslim regimes, characterizing Arafat’s call to end corruption a “comic phenomenon.”

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The Smooth Stone team can’t help but note that if Arab regimes can not even be honest with their own country-mates, how could one ever expect them to be honest with Jews?

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