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From the Sunday Times, via TPM:
Japan, in an effort to secure votes to allow commercial whaling, has bribed small countries with aid packages, plus spending money and prostitutes for visiting officials.
Officials with six countries — St Kitts and Nevis, the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Grenada, Ivory Coast and Guinea — were willing to negotiate with an undercover Times reporter posing as a lobbyist, and some revealed their similar dealings with Japan.
“We support Japan because of what they give us,” one senior fisheries official for the Marshall Islands said. The Times also reported that officials are given cash — up to $1,000 a day — in envelopes, and call girls are made available in their hotels.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Percentage of non-Christian Americans who say they believe in the resurrection of Christ:
A newly translated Coptic text alleged Judas’ kiss to have been necessitated by Jesus’ ability to shape-shift.
Russia reportedly dropped a series of math texts from a list of recommended curricular books because its illustrations featured too many non-Russian characters. “Gnomes, Snow White,” said a Russian education expert, “these are representatives of a foreign-language culture.”
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