Thursday, September 22, 2011

In China, the Times points out, a state agency has a built-in conflict; in Brooklyn, a not dissimilar conflict gets a pass

A New York Times article yesterday headlined Anger and Suspicion as Survivors Await Chinese Crash Report, about a rail crash involving a high-speed train that killed 40 people and injured 191, described the delay in releasing an official investigation.

The China Railways Ministry, the Times pointed out, has two million workers and has significant power:
It owns the railways it regulates, a built-in conflict that critics say encourages corruption, endangers safety in the name of profit and hinders accountability. Its safety data are not publicly released. It runs its own court system and, until recently, its own police force.
A built-in conflict? What about the conflict involving a state agency that partners with developer Forest City Ratner on the Atlantic Yards project and also oversees that project?

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