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The mess that is the Panama Canal expansion is beginning to blow up in the faces of some very powerful people. A court case in Italy, involving Mussolini-esque pint-sized ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi, has dragged in construction company Impreglio – part of the consortium at loggerheads with the Panama Canal Authority over cost overruns – with allegations that its directors paid senior Panamanian politicians bribes to smooth contract wins. Make allowances for the fact that the article is translated from Spanish, and rather badly at that, but for further evisceration of the ethics surrounding the project, try this piece,

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