Sunday, December 06, 2015

Word of the day: parastatal

The word of the day is parastatal:
  1. working with the government in an unofficial capacity.

"In March of this year, the former president of Camargo Corrêa, the group that made the original 1979 plans, testified to paying 20 million reals in bribes (over $5 million) to representatives of parastatal power utility Electrobrás during Belo Monte's construction."

 - Mark Sabaj Pérez, "Where the Xingu Bends and Will Soon Break: A hotly contested megadam threatens one of the world's greatest assemblages of rapids-adapted fished and homogenized an incubator for evolutionary diversity", November-December 2015 American Scientist (

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