Corruption

Police stand watch Tuesday as protesters gather outside the Parliament building in Reykjavik, Iceland. The prime minister resigned after he was named in the Panama Papers as having set up secret offshore accounts through a shell company that was seeking money from failed Icelandic banks that received government bailout funds. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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Regional analysis by Jessica Ebrard, Transparency International It is not always bad to have headlines about corruption. From the Panama Papers in April to the record US$3.5 billion Odebrecht settlement in Brazil in December, 2016 was a good year in the fight against corruption in the Americas.  The Panama Papers revealed that a Panamanian law […]

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The “Panama Papers”—does this strike anyone else as a very fishy story? It’s like something out of a cheap spy movie. In early 2015, “John Doe” sends (out of the blue) an email to the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), offering 11.5 million documents from a Panamanian law firm relating to offshore shell companies. SZ […]

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A sad “political” truth is that we, the people of the Caribbean, are our own worst enemy. Caribbean nationals are some of the best read citizens you can find anywhere in the world. Not short on opinions on almost any global topic, neither are they shy with offering unsolicited advice. Yet, with all that knowledge […]

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Premieres nationwide on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/americanmasters and PBS apps American Masters – Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People explores the remarkable man behind the prestigious prizes. A Jewish immigrant from Hungary, Joseph Pulitzer began as a gifted journalist before becoming a successful publisher and businessman. Pulitzer was famous in his own time for his […]

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A federal judge reduced prison sentences Tuesday for key players in the Panama Unit scandal. U.S. District Judge Randy Crane approved sentence reductions for former Mission police Inv. Jonathan Treviño, former Mission police Inv. Alexis Espinoza, former Hidalgo County sheriff’s Deputy Fabian Rodriguez and former Hidalgo County sheriff’s Deputy Gerardo Mendoza-Duran. “If the courts want […]

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More on: Europe and Eurasia Middle East and North Africa Politics and Government Human Rights Turkey New Panama Papers Expose Africa’s Offshore Dealings The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) released a second round of Panama Papers. The documents reveal how private firms, business executives, and corrupt officials in fifty-two of Africa’s fifty-four nations hired […]

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That will be difficult to change. The European Commission, which functions as the executive branch of the EU, has proposed giving more authority to the European Banking Authority, allowing it to request national investigations. But extra staffing at this point is budgeted at just 12 people, a very limited number compared with the size of […]

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