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Akaash Maharaj

CEO, Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption

Akaash Maharaj is the CEO of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC), an international alliance of parliamentarians working to combat corruption, strengthen democracy, and uphold the rule of law. He is a former National Policy Chair of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Outside of his professional life, he captains Canada's Equestrian Skill-at-Arms Team, was a triple gold medallist at the international championships, and serves as a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

Akaash earned his Master of Arts from Oxford University, in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and was the first overseas student elected President of the student government in the history of the 900 year‑old University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

An active volunteer, he has taught adult literacy, has served as a director on a range of international development and local community boards, and has been particularly involved with UNICEF’s efforts on childhood and maternal welfare.

His personal web site is www.Maharaj.org.
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The IOC And WADA Will Either Save Or Destroy One Another

WADA had called  --  in vain  --  for the IOC to ban the Russian team from Rio. Since, the agency has endured a campaign of vilification by political actors and cyberattacks by hackers. Far more insidiously, too many of WADA's partners appear to feel that the agency has betrayed them by unmasking the ugly truths that lie behind impeccable fictions.
10/24/2016 03:00 EDT
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David Cameron Must Take A Real Stand On Corruption

Corruption breeds in the dark and withers under the glare of public scrutiny. As a result, we believe that the most powerful tools to combat corruption are publicly accessible registers of beneficial ownership of corporations. These registers ensure that the true owners of corporations are known to public institutions, media and citizens.
05/12/2016 11:26 EDT
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We Must Learn From The Lessons Of Afghanistan To Extinguish ISIS

The lessons of Afghanistan were purchased at a bitter cost: the war claimed more lives, more years, and more money than any other campaign in NATO's history. Unless the alliance takes those lessons to heart, a war in Syria and Iraq to extinguish Daesh -- the self-styled "Islamic State" -- will be worse. In any military campaign against Daesh, how will we identify effective allies on the ground, who are less pernicious than our common enemy? How will we ensure that neither chaos nor tyranny fill the vacuum left after a successful campaign? Whom will Syrians be able to trust to rebuild their country?
11/30/2015 08:03 EST
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I Addressed the United Nations on Political Corruption

The world is littered with women and men who feed on the misery of entire societies, who have grown fat in their spoils and comfortable in their impunity, sheltering behind national jurisdictions and national institutions they have been able to twist to their benefit. But there is a higher law. There is a deeper justice. And we will stand up for it.
10/04/2015 06:27 EDT
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Why the Queen Should Stay Mum on Scotland's Independence

With polls suggesting a nail-biting finish to the referendum on Scottish independence Wednesday, it is unsurprising that so many Westminster MPs pleaded for the Queen to make a clear public declaration in favour of the "No" campaign. The unusually blunt response from Buckingham Palace, however, is far more intriguing, especially to Canadians.
09/18/2014 09:22 EDT
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The UN Is Thinking of Canadians and the RCMP

Although I am currently far from home, like all Canadians, I was deeply saddened to read about the deaths of three RCMP officers and the wounding of two more in a shooting in Moncton. My thoughts and sympathies are with their families.
06/06/2014 08:49 EDT
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Sochi 2014 Wins a Gold Medal in Hypocrisy

Vladimir Putin posed as a protector of children, while making gay youth outcasts in their own country. The IOC posed as an organisation above politics, while unabashedly bending national politics to its commercial interests. Barack Obama posed as a defender of human rights by grappling with foreign governments, while he shied from the fight in domestic politics.
02/24/2014 07:51 EST
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Give (and Receive!) Hope for the Holidays

Many of us will come home for the holidays worried about the world we will have to return to in the new year. Dire economic warnings abound. Democracy is being tested across the globe. Insecurity seems to be the only certainty. But Canadians have always found ways to master our fears rather than be mastered by them.
12/21/2013 08:49 EST
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Political Corruption Affects Real People

Every year, political corruption kills as many as 140,000 children worldwide, by depriving them of medical care, food, and water. Yet, far too often, the perpetrators of the most outrageous acts of corruption are able to use their illicit wealth and power to pervert the very laws and institutions that should call them to account.
11/29/2013 12:23 EST
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Is Quebec Fostering Religious Radicalism?

When the state takes an interest in regulating religious expression, it invites religious institutions to reply by using their force of numbers to remake government policy. More seriously still, excluding people of faith from the mass of society is the surest way to isolate and drive them into the arms of radicalism.
09/11/2013 12:15 EDT
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How Do We Fight Corruption?

Corruption takes many forms: the theft of public resources; the sale of political influence; the betrayal of the public trust. In all cases, however, corruption thrives when political power is able to operate in the shadows, and it withers before the glare of public scrutiny.
06/17/2013 05:30 EDT
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Hagia Sofia: Witness to Triumphs and Terrors

One afternoon, I decided to clear my mind and pay a brief visit to the Hagia Sophia, the monumental edifice in the ancient heart of the city. The "Holy Wisdom" is almost 1500 years old, and is -- at least in my amateur opinion -- the single greatest masterpiece of Byzantine architecture.
05/17/2013 05:18 EDT