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A Journey to the Heart of 'Tropicapitalism'

It all started with the name “The Atlantic Conquest.” Who, in the 21st century, would think of such a name for a project to build a road through indigenous territory? Well, the Panamanian government did.

Atlantic Conquest

A highway across indigenous territories is the first phase of a project that threatens one of the last primary forest reserves in the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor.  How is it that a Dutch businessman is about to achieve what Christopher Columbus could not?

Panama Dam Opposed by Indigenous People

Global warming is heating up the planet. One solution is to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy. But low-carbon energy can sometimes create its own problems.

How the Cuban Migration Story Is Changing

A Cuban family treks through a jungle for seven days on foot. Another Cuban man gets stuck in Central America seeking freedom. Listen to their stories on 1A.

The End of the Journey

In the new era of Cuban migration, Ivo Torres' future depends on being able to answer a key question: in the XXI century, are Cubans political or economic migrants?

The Long Road from Cuba

Between 2014 and 2016, more than 100,000 Cubans entered the United States on foot. This is the story of three Cubans who made a clandestine voyage from Quito, Ecuador, to El Paso, Texas.

Hide and Seek in Panama

Cuban migrants' reluctance to speak with reporters demonstrates the gravity of their situation as they make their way to the U.S.

December 27, 2017

Panama at the Crossroads

Guido Bilbao, Sol Lauría

Heavy machinery is cutting a new road to untouched Caribbean beaches. Extractive industries are threatening the Darien's forests. Who owns these lands? Their ancestral inhabitants are ready to fight.

September 26, 2017

A New Era in Cuban Migration

José Antonio Iglesias, Mario J. Pentón, Luis Trelles, Rolando Arrieta

The Obama administration’s decision to end the "wet foot, dry foot" policy has created a migration and humanitarian crisis in Central and South America and a new era in Cuban migration.

December 08, 2016

Guna Yala Sinking

Zachary Slobig

The sea level rise clock ticks loudly for those who call the Guna Yala islands of Panama home. Will a pending migration to the mainland serve as a model of progressive climate change adaptation?

November 18, 2016

Laboratory Earth

Daniel Grossman

An unintended planet-wide experiment is underway–leading to warming temperatures and an acidifying ocean.

July 19, 2016

Running the Gap

Jason Motlagh

In their bid to reach the United States, a growing number of migrants fleeing poverty and conflicts at home are braving the treacherous Darién Gap. Many never emerge.

April 03, 2016

The Panama Papers: Victims of Offshore

Carrie Ching

The Panama Papers is an investigation that reveals how the world's rich and powerful hide assets and skirt rules by setting up front companies in far-flung jurisdictions.

July 30, 2013

The Ngäbe Buglé: Panama’s Vocal Minority

Nick Swyter

Panama is confronting its electricity crisis by constructing a major dam near a territory designated for the Ngäbe-Buglé, an indigenous people who believe the dam will threaten their way of life.

June 14, 2012

Panama: The New Conquistadors

Mellissa Fung, Lynn Burgess

A battle is being waged in the rainforests of Panama – between those who want to keep their way of life, and those who want economic growth. At stake: billions worth of precious metals.

Meet the Journalist: Guido Bilbao

Panama is facing a serious environmental threat. Investigations have revealed a serious threat to Panama's natural resources that impacts the country's environment and people.

Meet the Journalist: Carrie Ching

Producer Carrie Ching explains how she created an animated video depicting the unseen victims of offshore finance for The Panama Papers project with ICIJ reporters, editors, and artist Arthur Jones.

Panama: The Trek to Nueva Lucha

Mellissa Fung fords rivers, encounters storms, fights mud and choppy waters to reach the indigenous Ngobe village of Nueva Lucha.

Museum of Current Crises

This lesson plan outlines a project that allows students the opportunity to connect with a contemporary crisis somewhere in the world.