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Why the Pandora Papers matter

Once again, there has been a massive leak of confidential data from offshore jurisdictions—this time, the biggest one ever, called the Pandora Papers—and once again, we find the names of several diamond industry members in that data.

Has De Beers cracked the fair trade diamond code?

Fifteen years ago, I went on a trade mission to Sierra Leone organized by Martin Rapaport. It was right before the movie Blood Diamond, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, came out, and people in the country were worried the film would hurt its already fragile economy—in particular its diamond industry, which employs an estimated 300,000 to 400,000 people.