Remember the Panama Papers leak..anyone?? If you do, then several African nations are amongst you. Obscure “customers” within their borders, according to leaks, were linked to offshore activities on the continent. Welcome to a new chapter of a forgotten scandal. It’s complete with inquiries pending and leaders questioned, topped off with journalists allegedly warned to stay away.
Mossack Fonseca, a firm center-piecing the Panama papers leak, sent business cards to several customers in Africa in 2010. According to ICIJ, the firm regarded the continent as “target territory”, filled with wealthy “customers”. However, since the leak–which outed everyone and everything from celebrities to military contractors–many of those customers have been questioned by African governments.
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Would you recognize this man if you passed him on the street? Maybe, but probably not. He’s made international TV news, but you won’t probably won’t find him on American news stations unless it’s in the background of a report on the activities of other people of his status. For the last three years running, the media has covered a meeting of his ilk in DC. Almost none of the participants were named in the reports.
He wakes up and checks his cell phone before he rolls out of bed. He pays particular attention to events in the Middle East and how they impact the political situation in the US. He readily admits making his living off what Americans don’t know. He puts his shoes on. For 1.3 billion of the world’s population, it would take six months of earnings to purchase them. He climbs into an SUV and drives to get breakfast. The custom SUV costs more than the net worth of 85% of the world’s population. His breakfast costs 4 times the daily wage of about half of the world. His dogs are waiting by the door when he returns home. The dogs have a better diet than about 800 million humans. Of course, the dogs are pure bred. The pair are worth more than 39% of the population makes in a year. Today, he’s having a hard time getting his day started. He was up all of last night talking to a team of other elites scattered around the world. He admits to using that team to influence the news you read.
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