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Fifth Round of Panama Papers Coverage

Modigliani’s Man Seated with Cane was seized after the Panama papers revealed its current owner’s real identity. The painting was allegedly looted by the Nazis and the descendants of the original owner have been fighting to get it back. Famous (or infamous) Nigerian evangelist TB Joshua is named in the Panama papers Bradley Birkenfeld, who […]

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Friday News Flip 15 April 2016

CORRUPTION I mentioned that someone was making a documentary about the alleged link between the funding for The Wolf of Wall Street and Malaysian money laundering. Now Netflix is planning a series around the Brazilian corruption scandal. A right-wing Spanish union official renowned for his anti-graft campaign Manos Limpios (clean hands), has ironically been charged […]

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Wednesday News Wall 13 April 2016

Corruption A former FIFA vice-president, Alfredo Hawit, pleaded guilty to corruption charges. The Kyrgyz Prime Minister resigns days before the release of a parliamentary report into corruption within a road construction program from which he allegedly benefited. A Chinese road construction company is also implicated in the corruption. Another former leader dealing with corruption allegations […]

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Monday News Muse 12 April 2016

Corruption The Catholic Church in Kenya speaks out on corruption. It’s a growing chorus- but the tone from the top (State House) is woefully lacking. Criminal Law Another blogger arrested: this time for an amorphous collection of complaints related to the receivership of Chase Bank. Some reports, quoting the case detectives, suggest it was for […]

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The Fourth Round of the Panama Papers Coverage

Geo-politics meets the Panama papers: an EU official is threatening Panama with sanctions unless it gets tough on money laundering and cooperates with investigators. Another geo-political effect is to hand Japan a stick to beat China with. In particular the Japanese are gloating over the fact that there are precious few Japanese names and a […]

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Friday News Flip 08 April 2016

CORRUPTION Here’s one you don’t see every day: an ambassador charged with corruption. The Cambodian ambassador to South Korea was recalled by his home country and charged with embezzlement and abuse of office.   China has stepped up online censorship in the wake of the Panama papers, but the revelations themselves are unlikely to budge […]

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Third Round of Panama Papers Coverage

The alleged fraudsters behind a Kenyan pyramid scheme (and their lawyers) are named in the Panama papers. The Panama Papers have not only embarrassed Chinese leaders, they’ve also posed a red-hot challenge to the Chinese anti-corruption campaign because they fuel perceptions that the campaign is full of double standards and is a veiled political purge. […]

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Wednesday News Wall 06 April 2016

CORRUPTION The use of shell companies is a thing of wonder in Kenya: the chairman of the Youth Enterprise Fund was allegedly paying himself while pretending to hire service providers for the Fund. The Kenya Police Service regularly finds itself at the top of corruption rankings. But even Kenya’s crooked cops might chuckle at NYPD […]