Colon’s revolution

Colon was once known as the “Tacita de Oro,” the little golden cup. A lot of money has been made in that city, and a lot is still being made. But the place tends to get sucked dry. It was like this before the latest extraordinary suction, the Odebrecht contract to “renovate” the city. Archive […]

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Símbolos Patrios

Día de la Bandera Sí, los políticos cambiaron el nombre. Piensan que pueden cambiar los nombres tradicionales, pero prohíben cualquier cambio, si no obtengan su parte de las rentas. Es el Día de la Bandera. Los que salen a la calle y exigen que cambiar la forma en que se maneja Panamá sí respetan los […]

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Los detenidos y los argumentos

Manifestantes cerca de la Asamblea, foto anónima tomada de Twitter. Exclusión y que pasa [Nota de la redacción: Hubo reclamos de que las personas que no tenían nada que ver con la protesta fueron detenidas, y de los manifestantes que fueron detenidos hubo personas que no violaron ninguna ley. Esta es una lista indirectamente de […]

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El Plan B: Anular derechos humanos y bloquear el cambio

Diputado Jairo “Bolota” Salazár y alcalde Alex Lee, ambos del PRD en Colón, endel poder de políticos para subir sus salarios, que también es parte del intentoconstitucional de la asamblea. El mando y la competencia del Tribunal Constitucional que contempla la asamblea [Nota de redacción: En su último borrador de cambios constitucionales, la Asamblea Nacional […]

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Bernal, Constitutional convention time

Justo Arosemena Quesada 19th century jurist, diplomat, writer, activist and statesman. Governor of the federal state of Panama within Colombia, he was forced out under the pressure of the US-owned Panama Railroad Company, which wanted special tax favors to which he objected. Would any of today’s grasping legislators belong in the same room with him? […]

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House arrest for Arquesio Arias

Arquesio Arias Felix was not removed from his seat in the National Assembly pending trial, nor ordered not to do public business. But if the ordinary terms of house arrest apply and the legislature does not change its rules to allow him to vote or take part in debates remotely via electronic communications, it would […]

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Behind Portobelo’s October 21 Festival del Nazareno

The life-sized wooden statue of the Black Christ in St. Philip Church in Panama. Dan Lundberg/Flickr, CC BY-SA Panama celebrates its Black Christ, part ofa protest against colonialism and slavery by S. Kyle Johnson, Boston College Panama’s “Festival del Cristo Negro,” the festival of the “Black Christ,” is an important religious holiday for local Catholics. It […]

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The October 11, 1968 coup

Omar Torrijos Herrera, the son of a Veraguas school administrator of Colombian origin, speaks into the microphone that evening to announce a change of government. October 11 by Eric Jackson If you look at the PRD flag, the circle with the number 11 is no mere geometric pattern – it’s the letter “O” to go […]

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