Once upon a time Iraq was a proud nation, and then came the fall after the toppling of Saddam Hussein, following the U.S. invasion. Since then, Iraq has been a country with a never-ending series of battles and conflict, and much of it can be attributed to the manner in which the U.S. and its allies took over the country after the invasion, failing to seed the infrastructure necessary to rebuild. Today, Iraq is ruled by President Fuad Masum and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. They are left to oversee a nation rent by civil war as well as external threats posed by the Syrian war, which has crossed over the border into its country. The government’s biggest problem is that it can’t keep people safe, and in the absence of real governing, many members of parliament are stealing as much money as possible before the regime collapses.
Venezuela has oil, and that has lead to much of the political corruption that shackles the country. In 2014, Gallup did a poll in which ¾ of Venezuelans questioned, believed that their government was corrupt. Last year, there were a number of social protests against corruption, many of which were broken up violently by law enforcement. The charismatic but brutal Hugo Chavez ruled for 14 years before dying in 2013, and a former Chavez confidante has recently fled to the U.S., claiming that current government figures are involved in the international drug trade.
Still recovering from a devastating earthquake, Haiti remains the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Members of the government have been implicated in drug trafficking rings, exporting cocaine. In December 2014, the Haitian Court of Justice brought corruption charges against President Michel Martelly’s son Olivier and his wife Sophia, accusing them of money laundering, using public funds for private use and abusing their authority.