All About Panama

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.

ELITES AND CRIME / 6 MAR 2015

The former head of Panama’s Supreme Court will serve jail term after being found guilty on corruption charges, marking a success for the country's justice system in what is a…

ARGENTINA / 10 FEB 2015

Latin America has a ways to go towards greater financial transparency, as indicated in a recent data dump that tracked private HSBC bank accounts in Switzerland -- and the wealth…

PANAMA / 6 JAN 2015

150 former gang members graduated from an amnesty program in Panama with diplomas in vocational skills meant to make them competitive candidates for employment, as the government looks for solutions…

PANAMA / 17 DEC 2014

Panama, one of the most peaceful countries in Central America, reportedly spent about 7 percent of its GDP on preventing and dealing with violence last year, far less than its…

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 9 DEC 2014

With indigenous communities in Panama and Peru reportedly planning to use drones to monitor rainforest destruction, this raises all kinds of possibilities for how drones could be used in the…

GUATEMALA / 3 DEC 2014

A quantitative assessment of USAID’s community crime prevention work in Central America suggests that these programs have a significant positive impact on citizen security -- some of the first empirical…

COLOMBIA / 3 SEP 2014

Two key players in Colombia's Pacific coast drug trade with links to Buenaventura gang La Empresa have become the latest Colombians to be arrested in Panama, highlighting the country's role…

PANAMA / 1 AUG 2014

Panama's Minister of Security has indicated the government may extend a one-month amnesty period that has led to the disarming of over 1000 gang members, although the program is not…

COLOMBIA / 22 JUL 2014

The director of Colombia's tax and customs agency has resigned and left the country after stating he had received death threats from a shadowy businessman with alleged ties to Pablo…

COLOMBIA / 15 JUL 2014

Panama's border police have killed two alleged FARC members in combat near the border with Colombia, a dense jungle region where security forces from both countries have been coordinating to…

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