Study details rampant government corruption worldwide

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The bloody civil war in Syria is having yet another impact: The nation is now considered one of the most corrupt in the world, according to newly released data from the anti-corruption group Transparency International.

The organization’s annual “Corruption Perceptions Index,” first published in 1995, is one of the most closely watched barometers of the issue. The group surveyed experts on public sector corruption in 177 countries, grading each nation on a scale of zero to 100, with zero being “highly corrupt” and 100 being “very clean.”

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