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Four reasons why corruption matters

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09.01.2018

More than a trillion dollars are stolen from the world's poorest countries every year, which is such a vast sum that it is hard to visualise.

That amount of money would get you Apple, with enough left over to buy every sterling-denominated note or coin in circulation.

To count out a trillion dollars in dollar bills would take you almost 32,000 years. If the first anatomically modern humans had started counting at the moment they crossed from the Middle East into Europe, they would be getting to a trillion around now.

But if you live in a wealthy country, you may be struggling to care.

After all, most of that money ends up supporting jobs in estate agencies, buoying the share prices of luxury goods companies, and taking our politicians on all-expenses-paid trips to Baku, Bahrain, or Bamako.

Although corruption is bad for other people, it suits us very well, right?

Wrong. Corruption is everyone's problem, and here are four reasons why you should care about the world's failure to properly address the situation.

We should be cautious about accepting the word of armed groups who call governments corrupt. They are murderous and will say anything to attract more followers.

But we do need to listen to the warnings of our own generals.

All around the world, the people who know best what it is like to fight terrorism tell us their worst enemy is corruption.

"For too long, we've focused our attention on the Taliban as the existential threat to Afghanistan. They are an annoyance compared to the scope and magnitude of........

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