All About Panama

DRUG POLICY / 11 JUL 2016

Panama and Mexico signed a series of agreements during a regional security summit in Panama City, highlighting the push in Latin America to foster cooperation between nations in the struggle…

PANAMA / 11 JUL 2016

Interpol has warned that drug traffickers could capitalize on the expansion of the Panama Canal, in a reminder of the crucial but often underreported role of maritime shipping in the…

GUATEMALA / 30 JUN 2016

Authorities across Central America have dismantled a migrant smuggling network that spanned from Brazil to Mexico, a remarkable sting operation that comes amid heightened US concerns of potential terrorists using…

MICROTRAFFICKING / 24 JUN 2016

Police operations are cracking down on one of Panama's two main rival gangs at a time when the local groups are becoming increasingly involved in transnational organized crime.

ELITES AND CRIME / 27 MAY 2016

Panama's highest court has asked the foreign relations ministry to approve an extradition request for ex-president Ricardo Martinelli, marking a new step in a case that has seen the former…

COLOMBIA / 10 MAY 2016

Panama has announced that it will temporarily close its border with Colombia in an attempt to halt irregular migration, a decision that could impact the dynamics of human smuggling in…

ELITES AND CRIME / 6 MAY 2016

The US Treasury Department has designated a powerful Panama-based business family for heading an international money laundering network connected to drug trafficking, drawing renewed scrutiny on Panama as a hub…

ELITES AND CRIME / 5 APR 2016

Newly leaked documents from a Panama-based law firm connect a member of FIFA's ethics commission to three individuals facing bribery charges over deals to secure marketing and broadcast rights for…

ELITES AND CRIME / 4 APR 2016

A massive leak of confidential documents from a Panamanian law firm shines a light on how elites across the world use offshore shell companies in order to hide their assets,…

PANAMA / 22 MAR 2016

Authorities in Panama disbanded a suspected Sinaloa Cartel cell, drawing attention to the underworld dynamics of this key transit country in the illegal drug trade.

ELITES AND CRIME / 8 MAR 2016

New revelations about a political espionage ring are another sign that Ricardo Martinelli's presidential administration in Panama employed mafia-like tactics to slow opposition forces and possibly government investigations against him…

HOMICIDES / 22 FEB 2016

Panama's president recently claimed that the majority of murders in the country are linked to drug trafficking and organized crime. But is this figure based on reliable and transparently…

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