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Corruption costs an estimated $1.5 trillion per year worldwide, and it often takes the form of heads of state and their families looting public treasuries and expropriating resources for their personal gain. Less known is the fact that Western governments are sometimes complicit in this kleptocracy, particularly the United States, often out of America’s insatiable thirst for oil. Filthy Rich is the result of a one-year investigation by CNBC Senior Correspondent Scott Cohn and the network’s Investigations Inc. team. This original documentary focuses primarily on two countries: Azerbaijan in Central Asia and Equatorial Guinea in West Africa. Among the most corrupt countries in the world, the ruling families of both these oil-rich nations benefit from their close ties to the U.S. In the modern world, the U.S. is forced to make a choice between U.S. oil interests and U.S. values; Filthy Rich finds that all too often, U.S. oil interests win out.
Education Week reports on the increase of African refugees who are moving to Columbus, Ohio and the challenges of teaching students with little or no previous education. "While Somalis at the elementary level participate in regular ESL programs, older Somali children can attend one of two 'welcome centers' at the middle and high school levels before entering a regular ESL program." Students in the Welcome Centers "may interact with native-born American students at lunch or during electives . . . all of the core academic classes are self-contained. . . Students are further divided into six levels according to their literacy skills . . . Their central philosophy is that immigrant students should be placed in a transitional, self-contained program for a short time to learn ESL and academic content before attending regular schools." This article reports on the benefits of these programs, but also raises the concerns of Somali community organizations who disagree.
An ABC News investigation into the Central African diamond trade reveals an industry controlled by violent rebels. The ABC News crew was the first American newsmagazine crew to go into Sierra Leone since the civil war ravaged that country. The crew found a region rife with violence -- "men, women and children were getting their limbs savagely amputated by rebel thugs and these thugs were buying their weapons with the proceeds from diamond sales... So, buyer beware -- that beautiful diamond you are buying for your loved one might very well have caused the death or mutilation of somebody else's loved one in the heart of Africa."