All About Panama

ELITES AND CRIME / 30 AUG 2017

Panama's attorney general has warned that political and economic elites have made threats against anti-graft prosecutors, mirroring a pattern seen in other countries in Latin America with major unfolding corruption…

ARGENTINA / 9 AUG 2017

From kidnapping and mass murder to money laundering and misuse of public funds, contemporary Latin American leaders have been investigated for a broad range of crimes, underscoring the structural challenges…

ARGENTINA / 17 JUL 2017

On the surface, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's 9-year sentence for corruption seems reminiscent of numerous corruption cases targeting former or current presidents in Latin America. But…

HUMAN TRAFFICKING / 17 JUL 2017

A Panama court has convicted and sentenced three members of a Nicaraguan-led human trafficking network focused on exploiting people for manual labor, a promising sign for a region still…

PANAMA / 21 JUN 2017

President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama visited Washington, DC this week, where he presented development-focused proposals for dealing with security challenges in Central America that differed sharply from the enforcement-centric…

ELITES AND CRIME / 13 JUN 2017

Panama's former President Ricardo Martinelli has been arrested in Miami and may now be extradited to face multiple criminal charges in his home country, at time when the future of…

COLOMBIA / 30 MAY 2017

Deceased Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega was said to have turned his country into one of the most emblematic examples of a "narco-state" in Latin American history, and his dealings with…

PANAMA / 20 APR 2017

Panama may be moving away from a softer approach to its gang problem toward a more firm-handed and potentially violent strategy resembling those of its Northern Triangle neighbors, at a…

HUMAN RIGHTS / 10 APR 2017

A video recorded in a Panama prison showing inmates holding weapons casts new doubts on the state of the country's prison system.

ELITES AND CRIME / 31 MAR 2017

After a multi-country hunt across Central America, authorities grounded a helicopter owned by former President Ricardo Martinelli's son and linked to a money laundering scheme of bribes from the Brazilian…

BELIZE / 9 MAR 2017

The US State Department named seven Central American countries as havens for laundering the proceeds of drug trafficking and organized crime, and described the region as a main cocaine…

EL SALVADOR / 6 MAR 2017

Over the past several years, the United States has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on crime and violence prevention programs in Central America, with few evaluations of the impact…

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