Panama Papers: Africa’s ‘Big Men’ Aren’t Who You Think They Are …

African leaders from left, President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, King Mswati III of Swaziland, Thabo Mbeki, of South Africa, Morgan Tsvangirai, Former Prime Minster of Zimbabwe nd others (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)African leaders from left, President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, King Mswati III of Swaziland, Thabo Mbeki, of South Africa, Morgan Tsvangirai, Former Prime Minster of Zimbabwe nd others (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

By Kathleen Brophy – From Oxfam America

The ugly stereotype of Africa’s “big man” normally shows a corrupt leader walking out of a negotiation with briefcases full of dollar bills and gold rings on every finger, grinning from ear to ear. It is the all too familiar story of African corruption, portrayed as a uniquely African problem. However, this depiction is as crude as it is wrong and incomplete.

New investigative stories released this week by the International Consortium of Investigative

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