Preparations for National Holidays

Last year, La Critica reported 14 deaths during the holiday celebrations.  Between November 1 and 5, four people were fatally shot, six died in car accidents, one of suicide, one of drowning, one from an inebriated fall during home remodelation, and one of unknown causes.  The November holidays also tend to be a time of…

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…

Panama Nightlife Tours and Human Trafficking

Panama is a source, transit, and destination country for women and children trafficked for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation, says the UNHCR’s 2009 Trafficking in Persons Report. In a three-tiered system of evaluation, Panama is considered a Tier 2 country which indicates that it does not fully comply with the minimum standards but is…

Beach Tourists Shot by Masked Men on Horseback

Two tourists were badly injured this afternoon as they headed to their beach hotel near Playa Blanca in Rio Hato, west of Panama City. Two hooded assailants shot the 66 year-old U.S. man and 56 year-old Russian woman in the head, arm and back. The tourist victims were first taken to Aquilino Tejeira hospital in Penonomé…

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…