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Insider's Book Explores the Past, Present and Future of Panama and the Panama Canal

Books & Reading GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- November 12, 2008 -- Global Passage: Transformation of Panama and the Panama Canal by McMillan explores how Panama shifted to a true democracy after 1989, when military dictator Manuel Noriega was ousted. McMillan asserts that because 69 percent of Panama Canal traffic is to or from the United States, it is crucial for Americans to have an accurate picture of the country, or risk severe economic and political consequences. He discusses the role of China, which has expressed interest in expanding their port facilities, and which he feels could dominate the Panama Canal and become the major economic force in Central America. McMillan also voices concern that Panama's alliances with such leftist-leaning nations as Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua could put more pressure on Panama to distance itself from the United States. McMillan describes the past history of the canal from its creation by Teddy Roosevelt to Jimmy Carter’s Panama Canal Treaty that “surrendered” it to the Panamanians. The challenge for the future, states McMillan, is to encourage the United States to play a large role in financing and building the expanded Panama Canal and canals built in Nicaragua.
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