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Holiday today also will honor first female soldier
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

This year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Costa Rica’s own Molly Pitcher.  She is  Natalicio Francisca Carrasco Jiménez, who became a national symbol when she left her culinary duties, picked up a rifle and distinguished herself at the Batalla de Rivas.

Today is the anniversary of the Batalla de Rivas and a national holiday.

The Banco Nacional said Friday that it is sponsoring the presentation of  “Cantata La Guerra de 1856” in 20 communities. Two are today. One is at 2 p.m. at the Museo Juan Santamaría in Alajuela, and the other is at 6 p.m. in front of the Correos de Costa Rica building in downtown San José.

The Teatro Nacional will host a major performance Sunday at 7:45 p.m. The presentation has as a main character Francisca Carrasco.

In addition Correos said that it is issuing a commemorative stamp in honor of the woman who was known as Pancha. She is considered to be the first female member of the Costa Rica military.  A Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas boat bears her name as does an award for women police officers.

Molly Pitcher is the nickname of Mary Hays, a woman who provided pitchers of water during the U.S. Revolutionary War Battle of Monmouth in 1778. When her husband either collapsed from the heat or suffered a wound, she took his place at a cannon and fired on the British.

That also is the story of Francisca Carrasco, a Cartago native who took a job as a cook in the Costa Rica army as it marched to confront the forces of U.S. filibusterer William Walker. The Battala de Rivas took place in Nicaragua and turned the tide against the would-be invader’s forces.

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This is the Francisca Carrasco stamp.

This is the same battle at which Juan Santamaria distinguished himself and whose memory is marked today with ceremonies and a parade at 10 a.m. in Alajuela.

The postage stamp was presented Friday at the  Colegio Pancha Carrasco de Guadalupe de Cartago. The stamp has a face amount of 2,060 colons and features a portrait of  Francisca Carrasco by Carlos Aguilar Durán from the collection of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.

Casa Presidencial noted that President Luis Guillermo Solís is headed by train to Alajuela today at 6 a.m. for an 8 a.m. speech. The parade is at 10 a.m.

Other communities plan celebrations for the holiday today. In Cartago, for example, there will be various games for youngsters outside the mercado central today starting at 10 a.m. The event is sponsored by students and merchants.

Government sets up a commission for lionfish threat
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government finally acted Friday to confront the invasive lionfish in the Caribbean. A decree created the Comisión Nacional para el Manejo y Control del Pez León.

The lionfish has been a problem for years, and the role of the committee was described as coordination by Fernando Mora Rodríguez, a vice minister of  Agua, Mares, Costas y Humedales.

The lionfish has no natural enemies because it is so well protected by spines. The fish uses its
large dorsal fins to herd small creatures into
 groups where they may be consumed. The main way to reduce the species is with divers. Commercial fishermen in the southern Caribbean coast hold lionfish derbies each year to encourage spearing and cooking.

A.M. Costa Rica has been reporting on the threats posed by the lionfish since 2010.

The commission will include representatives from 10 public agencies, including the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo and also from universities. Although the government is a latecomer in setting up a commission, university researchers have been studying the lionfish problem for years.

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Fires ravage Nicoya and Los Chiles

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Fire has consumed more than 1,600 hectares of fields and forest since Friday.

Major blazes were in Los Chiles on the border with Nicaragua and on the Nicoya Peninsula where expats homes are threatened above Playa Blanca.

Officials said that the Los Chiles blaze was about 1,500 hectares of private and public lands. That is about 3,700 acres.

A small blaze but a more obvious one has consumed several hundred hectares on the Nicoya peninsula.

The location is on the east side of the peninsula, according to Gerardo Vargas Rojas, a legislator. The blaze also has burned agricultural acreage, he said. Residents also feared that the blaze would damage water and utility lines. Vagas emailed air photos of the blaze.

Expat Ken Beedle said he has a vacation home that has been threatened by the blaze. It is south of the Playa Naranjo ferry landing above Playa Blanca.

He estimated the extent of the blaze to be two square miles.

“Around me, in a semi-circle is the burning remains from a fire that swept through our valley leaving it with a few trees and not much more,” he said via email. “A large tree still burns. Cut in two by the fire, it fell across another, and they appear like a KKK cross on the hillside. Our dry season suntan turned to a hellish black in thirty-minutes. What did not outrun the inferno died a horrible death. Thinking about the wild things we lost, I am sad. The toll is without number. Our wind chimes continue their melody to the living.”

He said that for a time he lost water pressure and later a transformer exploded cutting the power.

Then over the night he watched hot spots burst into new fire. The peninsula  has been a victim of the severe drought.

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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

There’s really no argument about the 2016 political campaign being one of the most interesting and contentious in recent history. I live with constant indigestion over the level of civility coming from Trump, Cruz, and Rubio.

Bernie Sanders is an obvious exception. Although I disagree vehemently with him, and in spite of his 74 years, he appears intellectually alert and energetic and in this campaign to win it.

So I ask myself, why is he doing it? At 74 years of age it is unbelievably grueling. Clinton’s facial expression is a constant one of dread while Sanders is one of enthusiasm. How? Why?

Sanders admiration for the Russian form of communism with his admitted socialist beliefs and virtual hatred of capitalism doesn’t bode well for our current economic system. While Barack Obama nipped around the edges of a basic change in the way our government works, Sanders wants to complete the job. His key to getting there is free higher education.

A higher education today is in reality a higher liberal education. Tenured professors are predominately liberal, and there are very few conservative universities or conservative professors in major universities. Therefore, when all our youth are attending free universities, there will be few if any people attending vocational schools learning the mechanical skills needed in repairing a high-tech electric car or a leaking faucet. Our universities will be turning out cadres of young socialists to spread the gospel.

More concerning is the fact that we’ll become a nation of squishy-minded individuals expecting a socialistic government to care for us from cradle to grave, with zero chance of regaining international leadership.

Clifford F. Dukes
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This is the state of construction of the artificial island at Moín
Government says Moín terminal is more than 25 percent completed
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Despite opposition by Limón dock workers and environmentalists, the artificial island that will become the $1 billion container handling port in Moín is about 27 percent complete.

The central government gave this estimate Friday after officials toured the job site. APM Terminals, a Dutch firm, is building the facility as a concession. The job involves dredging the existing port inlet and installing breakers and fill for the artificial island.

The central government noted that the firm plans to have two docking locations by January 2018 when the facility goes into service. Eventually there will be 20 hectares of artificial island in the first stage.

The government is obligated to improve the existing gravel

access road and make it into a four-lane paved strip of some 2.5 kilometers. That is a $78 million job, officials said.

Dock workers fought the project legally and have also staged road blockades because they know ship captains will prefer the more efficient APM Terminal for loading and unloading their cargos.

Environmentalists fought the dredging of the port and the depositing of rock to create the artificial island. They also fought the removal of some mangroves to provide the access road.

For a time, APM Terminals was denied the use of a local quarry to obtain rock. The firm had to import the rock from abroad while the matter was litigated.

Government officials see the terminal as a key part of plans to develop Limón.

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Injuries in Friday's train collision could have been much greater
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

More than half of the passengers were able to walk away from the collision of two commuter trains Friday morning. Health officials estimated that of 245 persons on board, some 106 went to medical centers.

The Cruz Roja said that 90 persons were treated at hospitals and released and just six were seriously hurt. Among these were front cab occupants of both trains.

All of the train cars stayed on the tracks, and videos shot seconds after the collision showed most passengers unhurt and milling around the car.

The Cruz Roja, the Cuerpo de Bomberos and the Fuerza Publica each had their own reports which varied slightly.

The Instituto Nacional de Seguros noted that the national rail service, the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles, maintains a liability policy and that its system handled 90 patients. Some of the most seriously hurt were being treated at the insurance institute’s Hospital de Trauma in La Uruca.

Guillermo Santana, executive president of the rail institute, said at the scene in Pavas Friday that the cause of the crash was human error and a lack of communication.

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Opposition lawmakers quickly called for his resignation. A statement by the Partido Liberación Nacional said that Santana declined to set up geolocational devices on the trains.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The next U.S. presidential primary contest is more than a week away, but there is no lull in campaigning as front-runners in both parties look to boost their delegate leads and challengers argue the nomination could still fall within their grasps.  The all-critical delegate math is far more straightforward on the Democratic side than on the Republican.

Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Bernie Sanders won big last week in Wisconsin, but face tough odds next week in New York, Donald Trump’s home state.

“It is great to be home.  This is home,” Trump said about New York.

New York also is the state Hillary Clinton once represented as a senator.

“Whoa, hello Sunset Park!  Hello Brooklyn!” she said.

With time dwindling to overtake the front runners in the delegate count, challengers are waging battles of perception.  Sanders insists he retains a path to the nomination.

“If we can win here, it absolutely opens the door to a path toward victory to the White House," said Sanders.  "When the voter turnout is high, we win.”

Cruz, meanwhile, is making a more complicated argument: that he could win the nomination even if he trails Trump in delegates heading into the Republican National Convention in July.

“If we go into a contested convention, we are going to have a ton of delegates," said Cruz.  "Donald [is going to have a ton of delegates.  We will go in with an overwhelming advantage.  I believe the first ballot will be the highest vote total Donald Trump receives.  And on a subsequent ballot, we are going to win the nomination.”

After a poor showing in Wisconsin, Trump shook up his campaign staff.  But his rhetoric is unchanged.

“Lying Ted Cruz came today," said Trump. "He could not draw 100 people.  A hundred people.”

Mrs. Clinton, meanwhile, says she is impatient to wrap up the Democratic contest so she can focus on the general election.

“We are on the path to the nomination, but I need to win big here in New York, because the sooner I can become the nominee, the sooner I can turn and unify the party and the sooner we can go after the Republicans full time,” said Mrs. Clinton.

Polls show Clinton and Trump with substantial leads in New York.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Boston Globe does not support Donald Trump's campaign for U.S. president.

The newspaper, one of the most prominent in the United States, published a page of fake articles Sunday that it said are a vision of how the United States will look if Trump wins.

"This is Donald Trump's America," the Globe said. "What you read on this page is what might happen if the GOP front-runner can put his ideas into practice, his words into action. Many Americans might find this vision appealing, but the Globe's editorial board finds it deeply troubling."

There is a long history of newspapers endorsing candidates in the United States, usually with an article written by the editorial board that lays out why voters should support that candidate and not their opponents.

The Globe's approach is unique, with the mock front page dated April 17, 2017, featuring a large banner headline declaring "Deportations to Begin."

The accompanying article has Trump calling on Congress to create a massive deportation force while protesters rally against his policies outside the White House.

The page further highlights Trump's most controversial campaign promises, including his plan to build a wall at the Mexican border and renegotiate trade deals.

One article notes a stock market plunge following the Trump administration's announcement of massive new tariffs on Chinese and Mexican imports.

Another article discusses the refusal of U.S. soldiers to carry out Trump's orders to kill the families of Islamic State militants.

The Globe satirically predicts Trump being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize because of his work in uniting Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims, presumably against the United States.

​Trump's use of Twitter also gets some attention in an article about him angering China by naming his new dog after the country's first lady.

"I don't know why she's so offended, I love cute puppies, and I love women!" the Globe imagines President Trump writing.

There was no immediate reaction from the Trump campaign to the satire.  The page is not likely to soften Trump's stance toward the media, which he has often derided throughout his run for the Republican nomination.

One of the fake articles addresses Trump's stance, predicting a Republican-controlled Congress following through on his pledge to overhaul libel laws.

A more traditional editorial from the Globe calls Trumps vision for the country "as deeply disturbing as it is profoundly un-American."

It calls on Republicans to use every legitimate roadblock to block Trump from being the party's nominee, and to choose an honorable and decent man such as House Speaker Paul Ryan or former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

Sanders and Cruz victorious
in weekend caucuses in West

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders won Saturday's Democratic caucus in the Western state of Wyoming, but even in victory he failed to gain ground on his rival, former secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the race to become U.S. president.

Sanders won 56 percent of the vote. Democratic Party rules left each candidate with seven of Wyoming's 14 delegates.

The win was the eighth in the past nine contests for Sanders, who has pointed to the streak as a sign of momentum for his campaign.

But he will need to win by much bigger margins under the proportionate delegate system in order to catch Mrs. Clinton and win the Democratic nomination for president.

Mrs. Clinton finished Saturday ahead 1,287-1,037 from state voting and has another roughly 500 so-called super delegates pledging to back her.

Sanders will try to continue his streak on April 19 when delegate-rich New York holds its primary.

Mrs. Clinton holds a double-digit lead in polls there, and will be looking for a win to push her closer to clinching the nomination.

Republicans will also compete in New York, the home state of businessman Donald Trump who leads the race for the party's nomination.

Trump also has a big lead in polls, with some putting him 30 points ahead of Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Rafael “Ted” Cruz of Texas.

Last week, Cruz scored a big victory in Wisconsin, and on Saturday completed a sweep of delegates in the state of Colorado.

Cruz would have to win more than 90 percent of the remaining delegates in order to earn the majority needed to clinch the Republican nomination before the party's convention in July.

But his recent wins have made it increasingly unlikely that Trump could reach that level either.

Cruz and Kasich are hoping for an open Republican convention where they could try to persuade delegates to select them as a consensus candidate in the fractious contest.

Obama vows not to intervene
In FBI Clinton investigation

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Barack Obama is guaranteeing he won't intervene in the government's investigation of how the leading Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, used a private server email account while she was his secretary of State from 2009 to 2013.

Obama told Fox News Sunday in an interview taped last week that Mrs. Clinton did not jeopardize national security through use of the private email server routed through her home in New York, rather than a government email system in Washington.

But he added that there's a carelessness in terms of managing emails that she has acknowledged.

For her part, Mrs. Clinton has called her use of the private email system while she was the country's top diplomat a mistake, but said that she did not send or receive any documents marked as classified at the time, although dozens have subsequently been redesignated as secret or top secret material.

The top U.S. law enforcement agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has for months been investigating whether her use of the private email server compromised classified government documents, leaving a cloud over her campaign to become the country's first female president.

Her Republican presidential opponents have often attacked her as endangering national security with the use of the email system.

Some critics have suggested the Democratic president would intervene to protect the chances for his fellow Democrat to win the November election and replace him when he leaves office next January. But Obama rebuffed that idea.

"I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department, or the FBI, not just in this case, but in any case," Obama said.

NASA is trying to nurse
sick space probe to health

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is struggling to revive its fading Kepler space probe, which has entered into a state of emergency more than 120 million kilometers from Earth.

The space agency says its last contact with the aging planet hunter was one week ago. Ground controllers were preparing to direct Kepler toward the center of the Milky Way. It says the probe was showing no signs of distress at that time.

Since then, NASA says Kepler has entered what it calls the lowest operational mode, and says saving it from oblivion is the Kepler team's top priority.

NASA launched Kepler in 2009 and it has detected more than 1,000 confirmed planets outside the solar system.

Its primary mission to hunt for planets ended in 2012, but despite numerous breakdowns, NASA has always been able to resuscitate Kepler and keep it going.

Tobacco firms counting on
hooking Third World kids

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Children younger than 10 years old lighting up cigarettes, some hooked on one to two packs a day, is a familiar sight in many developing countries. It’s estimated, for instance, that 41 percent of boys in Indonesia between the ages of 13 and 15 smoke cigarettes regularly.

And an illustration of an extreme example appeared on the internet, where a video of an Indonesian 2-year-old lighting up went viral several years ago.

The children see billboards advertising cigarettes a short distance from schools, and they can buy cigarettes cheaply at kiosks run by tobacco companies.

“When we see somebody dying of lung cancer or oral cancer in adulthood, virtually always that’s the last chapter in the book that began with a child,” said Matt Myers, president of the group Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

The organization aims to cut the number of adult daily smokers, estimated to be 740 million people worldwide, by actively partnering with countries to adopt anti-tobacco programs and policies.

“If we can cut off that spigot, if we can cut off and prevent people from ever starting, then we will be able to win the long term effort,” Myers said.

Deaths from diseases such as lung cancer and heart disease are now considered a global public health emergency. Smoking is a major culprit.

Ten years ago, the World Health Organization adopted the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to try to snuff out the use of cigarettes and other tobacco products. The world body, through its non-communicable diseases action plan, has set a goal of reducing smoking by 2025 to a level 30 percent lower than it was in 2010.

And it has made progress: the percentage of people lighting up has gone down worldwide. But population growth means there are more smokers than ever before.

Myers said tobacco companies see their future in young smokers in less affluent countries, but that anti-tobacco forces are making strides.

“Two years ago, for the first time in recorded history, total cigarette sales across the globe were down," he said. "And that’s a direct result of those countries that have taken action beginning to see positive progress. We have a long way to go, but in many countries we have turned the corner.”

Countries where progress has been seen have forced tobacco companies to put graphic pictures of smoking-related diseases on their packs, enacted advertising bans and placed stiff taxes on tobacco products, all to discourage cigarette smoking by young and old alike.

Danny Willet is winner
at Masters golf tourney

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Danny Willet is only the second man from England to win The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

Willet was one of only two players who managed a bogey-free round on the final day Sunday, shooting a 5-under-par 67. His four round total was also 5-under-par, after he was even par for the first three rounds.

But it was the monumental collapse by defending champion Jordan Spieth of the United States, who had led after each of the first three rounds, that will surely be talked about for years to come.

Spieth, the world's second ranked player, appeared to be in command and enroute to his second straight Masters title after he carded four consecutive birdies to complete the front nine holes in the final round. That put him at 7-under-par and gave him a lead of 5 shots over the 12th ranked Willet with nine holes to play.

But Spieth bogied the 10th and 11th holes and then had a disastrous quadruple bogey 7 on the par 3 12th hole after hitting his ball into the water twice. He recovered a bit with birdies at the 13th and 15th holes, but had another bogie at the 17th hole that ended his chances after Willet had birdied three of his final six holes.

Spieth ended up tied for second with another Englishman, Lee Westwood, three shots behind Willet at 2-under-par for the tournament. Spieth shot 1-over-par 73 Sunday.

In describing the disastrous holes when he lost his lead, Spieth said, "I think it was really a tough 30 minutes for me that I hope I will never experience again." He added that he had some weak swings at the wrong time, and is disappointed.

On the other hand, Willet said, "You can't really describe the emotions or feelings. Fortunately, today was my day. Every time I seemed to make ground, Jordan kept pulling way. It was a surreal day as you looked back at the ebbs and flows."

As the defending Masters champion, the 22-year-old Spieth had what was surely an emotional task of presenting the honorary green jacket to the new champion Willet. Willet also won $1.8 million in prize money.

Little known in the United States, the 28-year-old Willet is the fourth European player to win his first major golf championship at The Masters. The only other Englishman to win The Masters was Nick Faldo, who took the title in 1989, 1990 and 1996.
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Sweet corn in no fan of 12-hour days

We had a friend in college who went on to write his doctoral thesis on the King Idrimi of Alalakh. At that time, the king was known only from a small statue in the British Museum. The statue dates to about 1400 B.C.
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and was found in Syria. It is less than a foot in height. A little thing left over from a time almost forgotten.

What does that have to do with gardening in Costa Rica? Good question.

When Idrimi was a king in Syria,
corn was already an ancient thing in the Americas. Along with beans and squash, it was a staple in the diet of many of the native people. Corn is just a glorified grass, like wheat and rye, and has just as long a history. It began life as a primitive and was sculpted by man's hand into something wonderful, rich, and full. The problem? We are used to good ol’ Iowa sweet corn, and you just can’t find it in Cost Rica.

As it turns out, sweet corn is one of those finicky crops that require a certain amount of daylight to thrive.  14 to 16 hours of daylight would be just about perfect, and we get a measly twelve hours. Corn doesn’t care how intense the light is, it only cares how long the sun is in the sky. It would have to be something we can’t fix. Bummer.

Evidently, though, people in Hawaii have just as much an interest in eating sweet corn and just as much trouble with sunlight as we poor expats in the tropics. Enter the University of Hilo Department of Agriculture which started fiddling with corn varieties decades ago (no GMOs for them, just sampling, cross-fertilizing, and good hard work) and has come up with a short-day sweet corn in several varieties! The problem? Getting the seeds into Costa Rica is the problem.

It would seem to me that a good sweet corn would be a valuable crop for local farmers. Sweet corn loves hot weather and lots of sun (ask anybody in Iowa), and we have both. It doesn’t care much for heavy rain (local corn seems to love the rainy season) so, with a little irrigation, it could be raised in the dry season. And it’s delicious. It would add some more variety to the local diet. It would also be a nice cash crop because those of us who grew up with sweet corn really miss it.

How about it, CR? Ready for good ol’ Iowa sweet corn?

Plant of the Week

Sorry about this, but I just got a new orchid and I love it. This is Coelogyne pandurata, a fast growing pendulant orchid that evidently just loves this hot weather we are having. Originally from the Philippines and Sumatra, this fragrant orchid is usually grown in a pot, but I am trying my luck with it on an outdoor post. If it takes over the entire post, you can expect another picture.
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British territories called hub of offshore finance

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

While British Prime Minister David Cameron has admitted that he profited from a Panamá shell company, Britons are also discovering to their dismay that many of the offshore companies leaked by the so-called Panamá Papers are in British territory.

More than half of the offshore companies implicated in the leak from Panamá-based law firm Mossack-Fonseca are registered in British overseas territories,  110,000 in the British Virgin Islands alone.

In a poll carried out immediately before the release of the papers, a majority of British citizens favored action on the tax havens. Seventy-seven percent of British adults agreed that Cameron has a moral responsibility to “ensure that the U.K.’s Overseas Territories are as transparent as possible.”

The poll was conducted by NGO Global Witness, which campaigns to end corruption in the global political and economic system.

Senior campaigner Rachel Owens says Global Witness is calling for transparency.
“We’re calling for the creation of public registries indicating and disclosing the real owners of all of the companies based in all of the U.K. tax havens,” she said.

Offshore shell companies allow the wealthy to hide illicit gains or avoid paying taxes. But they also deprive the public of vital money, especially hurtful to poorer countries.

“One of our iconic cases showed that in five secret deals done in the Democratic Republic of Congo, $1.4 billion was lost through offshore companies,” Owens said. “And this is double the health and education budget of the DRC.”

London itself has been exposed as a key hub for the global wealthy to park their money, especially in property.
Every month anti-corruption campaigner Roman Borisovitch helps to run a so-called Kleptocracy Coach Tour of the British capital showing off the multi-million dollar mansions owned by, among others, Russian oligarchs and Arab oil billionaires.
Speaking via Skype, he said that London is a key hub in the system.
“Where you have all sorts of enablers, bankers, lawyers, accountants, PR persons, estate agents, you name them. But the whole laundromat is working perfectly well and is equipped with thousands and thousands of people.”

London will host dozens of world leaders in an anti-corruption summit in May. Many campaigners say Britain should start by looking much closer to home.

Opposition Labor Party leaders stopped short of calling for Cameron’s resignation Friday. But they were critical nonetheless.

The BBC reported Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn as saying that the prime minister misled the public and had lost the trust of the British people.

“Any suspicion that the person who makes the rules is playing by a different set of rules from the rest of us is damaging to our political culture and our democracy,” wrote deputy Labor leader Tom Watson in Newsweek.

After days of skirting the issue, Cameron admitted Thursday on ITV that he and his wife, Samantha, had benefited from shares in an offshore company. The Conservative prime minister said that his family owned shares in the Bahamas-based Blairmore Holdings that were worth about $42,000. He said he sold them in 2010, just months before becoming prime minister.
"I want to be as clear as I can about the past, about the present, about the future because, frankly, I don't have anything to hide," Cameron said.