Watchdog: Corruption ignited this year's protests
(AP) BERLIN — Widespread corruption ignited protests this year across the Middle East and in those nations badly shaken by Europe's debt crisis as citizens demanded accountability from their governments, an international watchdog said Thursday.
A movement for greater transparency took on greater momentum in 2011 forcing leaders and bureaucracies to "heed the demands for better government," Transparency International said in its annual corruption perceptions index that scored 183 countries based on perceived levels of public sector corruption.
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