Panama

Muggers in Colon, Panama: A dangerous street in Colon.

Confronting muggers in Panama

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ou look like a million dallahs,” the mugger leers at Bob Arno, his gold teeth glinting in the Panamanian sun. The dozen or so…

How I mug. Colon, Panama.

“How I mug,” as told by two muggers in Panama

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“The mere mention of Colon sends shivers down the spines of travelers and Panamanians…” —Lonely Planet on Colon, Panama After the brutal armed robbery…

Panama Cannons: gangsters gone good, part 6 of 6

Panama Cannons: gangsters gone good, part 6 of 6

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Panama City, Panama—Bob asked one of our Panama police escorts what serious crimes against tourists had occurred recently. The officer stunned us with a…

Panama Cannons: gangsters gone good, part 5 of 6

Panama Cannons: gangsters gone good, part 5 of 6

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Panama City, Panama—Angel lives in the school building with his mother and assorted siblings. Aha! So that’s who’d done all the neat laundry hanging…

Panama Cannons: gangsters gone good, part 4 of 6

Panama Cannons: gangsters gone good, part 4 of 6

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Panama City, Panama—Bob and I had come to Panama as guests of the national and local police departments and the Panama National Hotel Association….

Panama Cannons: gangsters gone good, part 3 of 6

Panama Cannons: gangsters gone good, part 3 of 6

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Panama City, Panama—As Bob and Angel spoke, a tall, handsome boy appeared dribbling a basketball. Soon he was part of our interview. His name…

Panama Cannons: gangsters gone good, part 2 of 6

Panama Cannons: gangsters gone good, part 2 of 6

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Panama City, Panama—Too much laundry was hung too neatly on a wire line stretched across the broken schoolyard. This boy can’t be that industrious,…

Panama Cannons: gangsters gone good

Panama Cannons: gangsters gone good

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Panama City, Panama—Angel Sanchez is trying to stay clean. Neither crack nor speed produces the high he craves. At 23, Angel is trying to…