Sarah Chayes, a senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says politicians from both sides of the aisle are not taking seriously enough their duty to ensure they're not turning their government role into an opportunity to make a buck.
Panama says it's setting up an independent commission to review regulations governing financial and legal services, in the wake of a massive leak exposing the murky world of offshore finance. The Panamanian company at the heart of the crisis, Mossack Fonseca, says it's done nothing wrong.
They've been called "the Panama Papers." That's because Mossack Fonseca, the financial firm that helped thousands of clients avoid taxes and launder money is based in Panama. So what makes Panama the perfect spot for firms like these to operate?
Leaked documents show that close friends of Vladimir Putin own multiple companies in offshore tax havens worth billions of dollars. One such friend is a famous cellist, a guy who once ran with Putin on the streets when they were teenagers.
For our Geo Quiz today we were looking for a Central American country that's a popular stopover for migrating hawks. Panama is the answer, and reporter Murray Carpenter takes us to a hawk watch in Panama City.
Today's answer is Camino de Cruces in Panama. It's part of centuries old path that crosses the country from the Caribbean to the Pacific. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with biologist Roland Kays, who's following the trail with 4 of his friends.
The World reports on a program launched in Panama to vaccinate ten-year-old girls against HPV, a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer, but the government isn't saying the virus is spread by sex, and that's raising some ethical concerns.
Julia Kumari Drapkin reports from Panama on efforts to protect jaguars, the biggest cats in the all of the Americas. She profiles one group's work to find the corridors that jaguars use to move between protected areas.
For today's Geo Quiz, we asked what direction you're traveling in if you're crossing the Panama by train from the Pacific to the Atlantic. The answer is northwest. Reporter Murray Carpenter recently took the train ride and sent us an audio postcard.
We're going to hear a little music from Panama for today's Global Hit. It's from a CD is called Panama 3. It's part of a three CD collection of historic music from Panama released by Sound Way records. We hear from music critic Tom Schnabel.
Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega appeared before a French judge today after being extradited from the United States on money laundering charges. Marco Werman gets details from Christopher Dickey, Paris Bureau Chief for Newsweek.