All About Panama

MONEY LAUNDERING / 15 MAY 2014

New details have emerged about an international money laundering ring stretching between Colombia, Panama and Mexico, with the US government's attack against the network highlighting Panama's crucial role in legitimizing…

MONEY LAUNDERING / 7 MAY 2014

Panama's vice-president has been elected to the country's top office, but amid the congratulations accusations of laundered money funding his campaign less than a month ago seem to have disappeared.

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 22 APR 2014

The high price of an exotic wood has spurred a rash of timber theft in the forests of Panama, threatening the region's tropical jungles as traffickers seek to satisfy demand…

MONEY LAUNDERING / 15 APR 2014

A leading candidate in Panama's upcoming presidential elections has been accused of receiving funds from bank accounts allegedly used to launder money from an international Internet gambling ring.

HOMICIDES / 4 APR 2014

Panama has seen a 19 percent drop in murders over the last five years despite its critical role in the international drug trade and a growing number of street gangs.

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME / 20 MAR 2014

A documentary by indigenous communities in Panama has cast light on the catastrophic effect of illegal logging and ranching on the country's rainforest, in another example of the impact of…

PANAMA / 6 FEB 2014

A one ton drugs bust near the border with Colombia has shone a light on the increasing use of Panama as a transit nation, part of a continuing shift away…

HONDURAS / 14 JAN 2014

The seizure of nearly $7.2 million in cash from three Hondurans by Panamanian authorities highlights both Panama's role as a regional money laundering hub and Honduras' growing involvement in the…

INFOGRAPHICS / 26 NOV 2013

Panama has registered a significant increase in drug seizures this year compared to 2012, underling the country's growing importance to drug traffickers as the region's cocaine routes continue to shift.

COLOMBIA / 7 OCT 2013

Four passengers have died after a US anti-drug plane crashed while monitoring one of Colombia's main drug trafficking corridors in a region dominated by the FARC guerrillas and…

GUATEMALA / 7 OCT 2013

The robbers of drug shipments known as "tumbadores" are the pirates of the Central American cocaine trail, but their stories of theft, corruption, murder and drug trafficking are closely intertwined with the…

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 1 OCT 2013

A former Panama policeman has become a commander in the FARC's 57th Front, demonstrating the Colombian guerrillas' established presence across the Central American border and practice of recruiting foreigners into…

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