PRI's The World: 04/04/2016
April 04, 2016
Documents from a Panamanian law firm and leaked to a coalition of news organizations allegedly show how offshore financial centers are used by the rich and powerful to hide their fortunes. The scandal touches everyone from Russian President Vladimir Putin to global soccer superstar Lionel Messi. We also follow up on a story involving women freed from Boko Haram slave camps. For many of them, freedom doesn't mean the end of their nightmare. Plus, host Marco Werman has an appreciation of the late Argentine jazz great Gato Barbieri.
Stories in this Edition
Every election season, politicians, pollsters and media talk about "the Latino vote." But that's not exactly right.
If you want to upset French language purists, learn to speak Chiac. It's a dialect of Acadian French spoken in New Brunswick that borrows liberally from English. Even as other North American dialects and languages are vanishing, Chiac seems to be sticking around.
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?
Survivors of Boko Haram's 'rape camps' arrive home to accusations and suspicion.
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.
The resignation came after a huge protest, as Icelanders felt betrayed after his cheerleading of the Icelandic economy.
After many months of being the primary target destination for more than a million refugees, the European Union is starting to turn people back. It’s part of a controversial deal signed by the EU and the government of Turkey.
You may have heard of the slow food movement. But have you heard of the slow fashion movement? It's all about clothes that are built to last and are better for the environment.
Know someone who's worried about Muslim immigration? Show them this.
Gato Barbieri was one cool cat, and it wasn't just the trademark fedora. He earned his nickname while sneaking in and out of nightclubs around Buenos Aires when he was a kid. He went on to be regarded as a master saxophonist and band leader. The World's Host Marco Werman has an appreciation.
Two researchers who interviewed Syrian ISIS defectors say many of them joined up for a job and food — not because of ideology.
What's the big deal with the Panama Papers, and how is it relevant to ordinary folks?