Transparency International’s corruption index for 2009 was released this week and as readers of this blog know I have a bit of a problem with their index – mainly that it ranks Somalia at all. For the past two years TI has been raking Somalia as the #1 corrupt country in the world. Don’t get me wrong. Here’s my problem with this ranking: if a country doesn’t have any functioning government (police, courts, etc), how can there be corruption? Unless TI is counting robbery, murder, public stoning, internal displacement of people, and so on as corruption, then the only thing Somalia can be ranked in is Shit List.