Qatar Ups Bribes to Protest Exclusion from Corrupt Countries List

The Qatar Press Association announced Tuesday that the government planned to increase bribes in response to the latest corrupt countries list. Released last month by the World Corruption Monitoring Bureau, a division of Transparency International (TI), the list included North Korea, Somalia, Iraq, Libya, Brazil, and others.

Factors used to gauge corruption include abuse of power, child labor, terrorism, human trafficking, destruction of the environment, and secret dealings. An unnamed source in the Qatar corruption machine said, “I don’t know what we are doing wrong. We bribed $3 billion out of countries and nobody knows who’s running the country. I think we should be on top of the list.”

There are unconfirmed reports TI received a blank check addressed from Qatar. Other reports suggest the small Middle Eastern country is on the upswing when it comes to corruption activities.