All About Panama

ELITES AND CRIME / 27 JAN 2017

Two Honduran executives allegedly used a Panamanian business and a US bank to pay $2.5 million in bribes, suggesting that banks based in Panama and the United States may…

BAGDAD / 9 JAN 2017

When it comes to Central America, all eyes are usually on the Northern Triangle. But 2016 saw local organized crime in Costa Rica and Panama -- traditionally oases…

COLOMBIA / 16 DEC 2016

Authorities in Panama say they have seized more drugs in 2016 than in any other year since 2000, and soaring cocaine production in neighboring Colombia may be the most likely…

COLOMBIA / 16 NOV 2016

Panama's forest areas are seeing a growth in illegal mining, raising the question of which criminal organizations are behind these activities.

PANAMA / 2016-11-04 16:19:36

The FARC's 57th Front is active along the Colombia-Panama border, where it has long used the dense strip of jungle known as the Darién Gap to traffic drugs into Central…

BAGDAD / 19 OCT 2016

Recent murder statistics from Panama reveal that the most violent areas of the country coincide with those where gang presence is strongest.

ELITES AND CRIME / 29 SEP 2016

Panama's foreign ministry has formally requested that the United States extradite the country's former President Ricardo Martinelli, a move that raises questions about the Central American nation's ability to successfully…

COLOMBIA / 8 SEP 2016

A binational operation has reportedly disbanded one of the most wanted criminal organizations in Panama, exposing an intricate drug trafficking network that suggests local gangs could be making the leap…

PANAMA / 5 SEP 2016

Recent arrests of officials for alleged corruption is a sign that Panama's newly created anticorruption task force is off to a good start, but it is also a reminder of…

PANAMA / NOVEMBER 3, 2021

Calor Calor is one of Panama’s two most powerful gangs along with Bagdad, and the two battle fiercely for territorial control.

CARIBBEAN / 26 JUL 2016

Panama and Guatemala have seen a sizeable increase in drug seizures through the first half of 2016, an indication of Central America's persistent importance as a trafficking route to the…

PANAMA / MARCH 24, 2021

Panama's location connecting Central and South America has made it a key transit point for illicit trade, as well as a refuge and negotiating area for criminal organizations. Its favorable…

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