All About Panama

MONEY LAUNDERING / 19 FEB 2016

Panama has been removed from an international money laundering watch list, a major step towards cleaning up the Central American nation's reputation as a safe haven for illicit financial…

ELITES AND CRIME / 6 JAN 2016

Panama's Supreme Court has denied a petition to suspend the immunity of a former president and current Central American Parliament (Parlacen) deputy, illustrating how powerful figures can use membership in…

FARC / 5 NOV 2015

Authorities in Panama say they have dismantled a criminal network run by Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel and Colombia's FARC guerrillas, offering further evidence of how the Mexican criminal group has built…

HUMAN RIGHTS / 28 OCT 2015

The remote island prison dubbed the Guantanamo Bay of Panama houses the country's most dangerous prisoners, but concerns are mounting over harsh conditions and human rights violations occurring behind…

MONEY LAUNDERING / 14 SEP 2015

Panama has made some key moves in order to get itself removed from the international "grey list" of nations that aren't doing enough to fight money laundering, but these efforts…

BELIZE / 7 AUG 2015

Top law enforcement officials from seven Central American countries met with the US Attorney General to discuss rising violence, drug-trafficking, and organized crime, underscoring how seriously the US now views…

HOMICIDES / 23 JUL 2015

 A new survey indicates that Panamanians are by far most concerned about insecurity, highlighting how the country's falling homicide rate isn't enough to convince the public that all is well. …

ELITES AND CRIME / 9 JUN 2015

The list of accusations against Panama's former President Ricardo Martinelli is growing rapidly, with illegal wiretaps the latest allegation as his political enemies build a case that Martinelli presided over…

COLOMBIA / 13 MAY 2015

Colombian authorities have recently detained large groups of migrants originating from as far as Asia and Africa, highlighting shifting migration trends and underlining Colombia's strategic importance to these human smuggling…

MONEY LAUNDERING / 21 APR 2015

Panama's legislation is designed to remove the country's notoriety as a regional money laundering hub. But there are powerful reasons to believe this Central American nation will remain a popular…

ELITES AND CRIME / 14 APR 2015

A corruption probe into a welfare program in Panama now involves an ex-president, dozens of congressmen and several cabinet members -- yet also raises questions about the motives of an…

PANAMA / 10 MAR 2015

Panama is continuing to struggle to confront its active and sizeable gang presence, prompting President Juan Carlos Varela to call for international cooperation in combating organized crime.

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