Naso Indians Kicked Out of Casco

The Naso people who had become an on-again off-again  fixture on Casco Viejo’s Plaza Catedral were escorted to the Red Cross today.  Since May, they had been camping out in the central gazebo protesting the destruction of their land in Bocas del Toro by a wealthy cattle company (Ganadera Bocas)  and hydroelectric project (Hidroeléctrica del Teribe).…

Dengue Incidences Up

High temperatures, rainy season, sitting water, a mosquito paradise This year, The Department of Epidemiology of Panama’s Ministry of Health reported 1,193 cases including several  hemorrhagic cases in the Panama Metropolitan Area, Chiriquí, San Miguelito and Panama West.  There have been four deaths confirmed (as of September 25, 2009). Dengue (pronounced DENG-gay), also known as “breakbone”…

Montauk Monster Visits Panama and is Killed

Photos of a pale rubbery creature that was found and subsequently beaten to death by teenagers in Panama are making the Internet rounds this month and showing up in international news articles. Panama’s Environmental Authority is investigating.  A leading theory suggests it is not some strange monster but a hairless sloth. As printed in the…

Freedom of the Press in Panama

It could be said that Panama has had an institutionalized system of legal harassment against the press that interferes with an unfettered flow of news and information. In 1972, Panama’s Constitution established the country’s desacato or gag laws in Article 33 that criminalized criticism of country leaders or government policies by the press. It read…

Travel Writer Quotes

“Panama has long been a safe harbor for adventurers, schemers, and those with a piratical turn of mind.” – Amy Wilentz, Travel + Leisure, November 2005 “Panama is a strange destination. Part of it is the kind of Americanised non-place you’d flee to if you were pretending to be dead, part-transit zone and part-central American…

Panama’s Advertorial Clichés

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