What this is all about is one more chapter in an intra-system hardcore financial war. To have the ICIJ remote-controlled by Soros, the Ford Foundation, the CIA itself, is a beauty. And obfuscation -- as in informative selectiveness -- works wonders; remember the initial emphasis on "axis of evil" characters, old -- as in connected to former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad -- and new (Putin, relatives of Xi Jinping).
The heart of the matter is that the Panama Papers disclosure didn't disturb the global financial casino one bit, because the (transnational) system badly needs fiscal paradises to evade national laws. What the Panama Papers may succeed in is to eliminate competition. From now on, your fiscal paradise of choice must be in U.S., U.K. and Dutch jurisdictions. We control every global financial flow -- legal or otherwise. Defy us -- or else.
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Pepe Escobar is an independent geopolitical analyst. He writes for RT, Sputnik and TomDispatch, and is a frequent contributor to websites and radio and TV shows ranging from the US to East Asia. He is the former roving correspondent for Asia (more...)