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  • Dirty Little Secrets: Inside the Panama Papers

    Under the mantle of its “Naked Truth” investigative documentary series, Fusion was chosen by the the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) as one of only two US English-language partners -- and the only one to produce a full-length video documentary -- for its investigation into the Panama Papers, a leak of more than 11.5 million documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.
  • Panama Papers

    The Panama Papers investigation reveals the offshore links of some of the globe’s most prominent figures. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung and more than 100 other media partners spent a year sifting through 11.5 million leaked files to expose the hidden financial dealings of world leaders, fraudsters, gangsters, drug traffickers, billionaires, celebrities, sports stars and more. The investigation revealed companies that helped fuel Syria’s deadly air war and a network of people close to Russian President Vladimir Putin that secretly moved as much as $2 billion through banks and offshore companies.
  • The Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the Rich & Powerful Hide Their Money

    Late one evening, investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer receives an anonymous message offering him access to secret data. Through encrypted channels, he then receives documents revealing how the president of Argentina has sequestered millions of dollars of state money for private use. This is just the beginning. Obermayer and fellow Süddeutsche journalist Frederik Obermaier find themselves immersed in the secret world where complex networks of letterbox companies help the super-rich to hide their money. Faced with the contents of the largest data leak in history, they activate an international network of journalists to follow every possible line of inquiry. Operating in the strictest secrecy for over a year, they uncover cases involving European prime ministers and international dictators, emirs and kings, celebrities and aristocrats. The real-life thriller behind the story of the century, The Panama Papers is an intense, unputdownable account that proves, once and for all, that there exists a small elite living by a different set of rules and blows their secret world wide open.
  • Panama Papers

    The Panama Papers investigation, based on a massive leak of secret offshore records, exposed shell companies linked to 140 politicians in more than 50 countries – including 12 current or former world leaders. The investigation also exposed offshore companies tied to mega-banks, bribery scandals, drug kingpins, American fraudsters, arms traffickers and a network of people close to Russian President Vladimir Putin that shuffled as much as $2 billion around the world. The project was led by the Center for Public Integrity's International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and involved more than 100 news organizations from 80 countries. In all, more than 370 journalists were involved in the collaboration.
  • Panama: Dam Promises or Dam Lies?

    Panama is embracing its role as one of Latin America’s fastest growing economy by undertaking massive infrastructure projects, such as the expansion of the Panama Canal and a metro in Panama City. However, as these projects develop Panama is on the brink of exceeding their electricity capacity. To address the national crisis the country is investing in the Barro Blanco hydroelectric dam in Western Panama. The completion of the dam is expected to result in cheaper and more sustainable energy by reducing dependence on fossil fuels. However, not everybody is optimistic about the prospects of the dam. Standing in the way of the project is Panama’s largest indigenous group, the Ngäbe-Buglé. Even though the dam is not being built inside their semi-autonomous region, they say its reservoir threatens their way of life.
  • Budget Drain: Leaky pipes, slow response, cost city millions

    Panama City cannot account for 575 million gallons of water. The problem is attributed in part to leaky pipes, old water meters and municipal consumption which is not recorded. The amount of water missing equates to approximately $1.3 million.
  • Toxic Pipeline

    "Before China was implicated in the Panama poisoning, Bogdanich began investigating the incident because of similarities to another poisoning ten years earlier in Haiti," where a Chinese company was involved." Reporters at The New York Times traced the deaths from a cough syrup back to China. In the process, they exposed a frightening lack of oversight on imported products. When the FDA learned of the Times' story, it immediately halted all imports of Chinese glycerin. And more than 30 countries recalled Chinese made toothpaste containing anti-freeze.
  • We Did Nothng Wrong: Why Software Quality Matters

    "Software programs are killing people." At the National Cancer Institute in Panama City, five cancer patients died after an overdose of radiation during their treatments. The U.S.-made software that calculated the dosages of these treatments doubled the dosages during treatment of 27 patients. The International Atomic Energy Agency's investigation of the five deaths blamed radiation poisoning, and said that the remaining patients would be at risk for developing "serious complications" from the radiation. Two of the Panamanian technicians were convicted of second-degree murder and are serving four-year sentences in a Panama prison. And the makers of the software, Multidata Systems International in St. Louis, Missouri, deny any wrongdoing.
  • Rogue Nation U.S.A.

    Mother Jones looks at how "the United States exempts itself from the standards that it applies to others." The report finds that the country often "refuses to sign international treaties and ignores U.N. resolutions." The author points to a number of cases - the Washington's refusal to recognize the jurisdiction of the World Court for the crime of mining civilian harbors in Nicaragua, the invasion of Panama in 1989, the government's reluctance to impose economic sanctions on repressive China - that exemplify "this fat and superior mentality." The story sheds light on "the U.S. refusal to pay U.N. membership" and "to sign on to the land-mines treaty." It also reveals that the U.S.A and Somalia are the only country that have "not yet ratified the convention that forbids the execution of minors."
  • Secret Agent Man: Fashion Photographer Scores Big Off Pals In the Narcotics Trade; Baruch Vega made millions as a federal informant, but was justice served?; A private jet to Panama City

    The Wall Street Journal tells the story of Baruch Vega, a fashion photographer with a secret life: Vega worked as an informant for the DEA; he had connections with the world's most-powerful drug trafficers. Vega would often persuade traffickers to surrender to U.S. lawmen. He bought their trust by appearing to have influence with the Justice Department. In reality, however, Vega was a double agent for the DEA. But, Vega's act might have worked too well: he is now charged with "receiving million-dollar fees from drug lords in return for promising to use his influence with U.S, agents to help them with their legal problems."