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# Cronyism

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# propaganda war
'Do you speak Arabic?': How the US bungled its online fight against IS
The US security programme dealing with IS online is beset with “incompetence, cronyism and flawed data”.
# Inner Circle
Theresa May won't intervene after David Cameron recommends honours for "old boys' network"
Under British law, an outgoing Prime Minister is entitled to recommend honours for individuals.
# Above Board
Varadkar hits back at suggestions of "cronyism"
A local rival says the appointment of a Fine Gael local election candidate to the board of Bus Eireann was “strange”, but Varadkar says that’s not the case.
# Cronyism
HSE defends €300,000 autism spend in Reilly's political area
Róisín Shortall has called for an end to ‘potential cronyism and secret decision-making around public spending’.
Voices
Column: Scandal over state board appointees shows there is reform in name only
Ignoring candidates for state boards who apply through formal channels in favour of those with political backgrounds discredits the election promises to tackle cronyism, writes Sarah O’Neill.
# Berlusconi
Star witness arrives for Berlusconi sex trial
Karima El-Mahroug – better known by her nickname as “Ruby the Heart Stealer” – has arrived to testify for the first time in court.
# Punt nua?
Taking a Punt: Art takes on corruption and recession
New art exhibition explores Ireland’s economic collapse and its shaky future in the euro…
Voices
Column: Cronyism and corruption – one quick change would help fight them
It would be swift work to repeal the 2003 Freedom of Information Act, but it could have far-reaching consequences, writes Donal Ó Brolcháin.
# Libya
Libya's Irish health minister defends hiring sister as assistant
Fatima Hamroush – who was based in Ireland before being appointed to the Libyan cabinet – says her sister is fully qualified.