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

lush and verdant – nestled – luxurious gated community – in harmony with the environment – privileged location – exclusive – intimate and secluded – ecological building methods – unparalleled ocean views – Niklaus design championship golf course – best kept secrets – getaway – an array of – wealth of natural delights – ultimate in personal pampering

What’s Panama?

Panama is a country on an isthmus connecting North and South America. 59th of 144 on the Global Peace Index (2009), tied with Zambia and Tanzania, down from 48th place in 2008. 41st of 141 on the Reader’s Digest Greenest Most Livable Places (2008) 32nd of 149 on the  Environmental Performance Index (2008) 22nd of…