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Independence Day Marches On

The first day of parades celebrating Panama’s 1903 independence from Colombia was a persistent show of ceremony under a tropical downpour.  From early morning to afternoon, the drums of marching bands reverberated through the streets and shook building walls. Batons and pollera skirts twirled.  Symbols clashed and bazooka-toting forces marched. According to a New York Times…

Health Tourism Could Lead to Blindness

Panama is fast becoming a leading health tourism destination with modern medical facilities, internationally-trained doctors, operations at a fraction of the cost, and in certain cases, procedures not offered in Europe and the United States. One such procedure is the NewColorIris procedure offered by Dr. Delary Alberto Kahn in Panama City, Panama. The NewColorIris website…

U.S. Troops Sign-in to Neighboring Colombia

Colombia and the United States have signed an agreement to allow the U.S. military to use seven of its bases over the next 10 years. Colombia shares borders with Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and Venezuela. Several Latin American countries are violently opposed to today’s agreement, particularly allies Ecuador, Venezuela and Bolivia, who see this as part of…

Books: About Panama

A list of reading about Panama, most about the Canal, Manuel Noriega and the U.S. Invasion, and titles making good use of the colon. The Path Between the Seas:  The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 – Author:  David McCullough Divorcing the Dictator:  America’s Bungled Affair with Noriega – Author:  Frederick Kempe Panama Canal By Cruise…

President Is Paid His One Dollar

President Ricardo Martinelli has transparently published his $1 check on the National Government’s website. The Panamanian multi-millionaire president donates the rest of his $7,000 ($5,421 after taxes) monthly salary to charity. Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City, whose net worth is $16 billion, popularized symbolic renumeration by accepting $1 of his annual $195,000 salary.…