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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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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Notes on Panama’s religious right and its local and international ties

On August 27 this legislative committee held one of a series of what are surely just pro forma hearings on a constitutional “reform” package. This long document, with its origins in business lobbies, will be modified mainly to protect and extend the privileges and impunity of the legislators themselves, then submitted to the voters. We […]

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Gandasegui, The Monroe Doctrine then and now

The Monroe Doctrine was pronounced in 1823, first in a letter to Russia, whose ambassador suggested that its holdings in Alaska might expand down the West Coast into what is now California but was then part of Mexico. It was also prompted by a suggestion by France, which had invaded Spain, that it wanted to […]

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