The Panama Mall Craze

More than $160 million will be invested in the enlargement and construction of at least eight malls throughout Panama, reports La Prensa’s Martes Financiero. That’s a lot of malls but developers want into the business that has made Albrook Mall, Multicentro and Multiplaza popular money-makers, and there can never really be enough food courts. $65 million…

Le Méridien Panama Seeks Aspirational Audience

Invidious consumption of passion points by the creative mind, the envy of many. Le Méridien hotel chain opens in Panama on Avenida Balboa and Calle Uruguay with a series of lavish launch parties this week, elaborately touring guests around the installations. Eva Ziegler, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien and W Hotels Worldwide says of the…

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…