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Saturday, April 19 2014 @ 12:46 AM EDT

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Just Cause: 16 Years Later

History & Reference The United States invaded Panama on 20 December 1989, sixteen years ago today. There were ceremonies in several parts of Panama City today to mark the occasion. Family members of Panamanians who lost their lives in the invasion petitioned the National Assembly to have this date declared as a national day of mourning. This date marks a turning point in Panamanian history, and is clearly the end of 21 years of military dictatorship and the start of Panama's journey towards democracy and freedom.
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On a day like today...

History & Reference On Nov. 18, 1903, the United States and Panama signed a treaty granting the U.S. rights to build the Panama Canal.





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Plane Wreck not that of Omar Torrijos

History & Reference Over the weekend residents of El Copé were stopped when they were seen towing parts from a crashed plane into town with a Jeep. People thought they had found the remains of the plane crash that killed Omar Torrijos. Upon further investigation, authorities discovered the parts were from a Cessna 206, tail number HP-740 that crashed on the 9th of July in 1979. Captian Félix Valenzuela died in that crash. In any case, the wreck they found was not that of Omar Torrijos.
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Airmen Missing from World War II Identified

History & Reference The remains of three U.S. servicemen, missing in action since 1941, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors. They are Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Augustus J. Allen, of Myrtle Springs, Texas, Staff Sgt. James D. Cartwright, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Cpl. Paul R. Stubbs, of Haverhill, Mass. On June 8, 1941, Allen, Cartwright and Stubbs departed France Field, Panama in an O-47A aircraft, en route to Rio Hato, Panama. When the aircraft failed to arrive at its destination, a search was initiated by both air and ground forces, but with negative results.
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COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS IN PANAMA CANAL WATERSHED

History & ReferenceThe Inter-American Development Bank today announced the approval of a $19,860,000 loan to Panama for a project to finance priority investments in local communities and key activities for an integrated management of the Panama Canal Watershed.
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The Panama Canal Watershed

History & ReferenceDid you know that more than 35,000 people live in the Western Region of the Panama Canal watershed? It's amazing the things you learn...
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The "Black Christ" of Portobelo

History & ReferenceThousands of muggers, burglars and drug dealers, some crawling on their knees, have paraded through a Panamanian town, seeking forgiveness from Christ for their crimes. Wrongdoers lined up at the San Felipe church to pay homage to the Black Christ statue in an annual event to mark what many in Panama see as the patron saint's day of criminals.
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Four Years Later...

History & ReferenceToday is the fourth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States and the world, and its appropriate to take a momement to remember the event and the victims.
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"Did you know that..."

History & ReferenceAugust 15 in a national holiday in Panama. Today is the 486th anniversary of the foundation of Panama, at the site where the ruins of "Panama Viejo" are located. The builders of the Panama Canal choose this date to open the Panama Canal to traffic in 1914. Finally, Mireya Moscoso inaugarated the new Centennial Bridge on this date in 2004, even though the access roads had not been completed. We went out the bridge and took a look yesterday. Nice bridge, but no traffic (yet). In any event, congratulations, Panama, and happy anniversary (x3).

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Darien letters on loan to Panama

History & ReferenceScotland hoped a Panama colony would increase its wealth. Recently uncovered documents relating to a failed attempt to create a wealthy Scottish empire in the jungle are being sent to Panama for an exhibition. A collection of three letters, which recently resurfaced at the National Archives of Scotland, shed fresh light on the infamous Darien scheme. The 300-year-old documents are thought to be the only original, surviving letters sent from Darien. They were found after the archives catalogue was computerised. The 17th century scheme - known as the Darien Venture - cost 2,000 lives, lost about half of the country's wealth and is said to have changed the course of Scotland's political history. See: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/4136702.stm
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Essay Contest

History & ReferenceAnnouncing the first Panama Guide Essay Contest. The topic - "My Panama Experience." Essays should be about 2,500 words or so. Submit entries via email to donwin@cableonda.net. Not everyone is a photographer, and there are a lot of people out there who have always wanted to write a book or document their experiences. I thought that an essay contest might be a great way to let people tell their personal stories about living in or visiting Panama. Please send in your submissions via email, and I'll publish the submissions as articles. Readers will pick the winners. Good luck.
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Tall & Proud

History & Reference(Balboa, Former Canal Zone, Panama; 16 July 2005, By Art Mokray) After standing tall and proud for some 60 years and guarding the field, providing illumination to many sporting events, parades, drills, practices, and who knows what else, these poles, these metal poles, these tall poles, had to come down.
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The Hunters

History & ReferenceWhat a great story about life in Panama. We've opened up a new category called the "History of Panama" and this story fits right in. It was originally posted to the Zonelink (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zonelink/) Yahoo! email group by Tom Kinnaird on 15 July 2005 and is reposted here with his permission. Enjoy...
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A link to Flickr Panama Photo Group

History & ReferenceHere's a link to the "flickr" webpage about Panama; http://www.flickr.com/groups/panama507/
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International Living Pumping Panama on MSN

History & ReferenceInternational Living put this out on MSN today in their money section.
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Measurement Conterter (Reference Tool)

History & ReferenceThis is a cool little site that contains all kinds of conversion tools to change pounds to kilos, feet to meters, etc. The best part is there's a second part down on the page where you can convert sqaure meters to square feet. People in the US are accustomed to thinking of living spaces in square feet, and all of the apartments and properties in Panama are usually advertised in square meters, so this is a nice tool to have access to.
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Researching Panama - 101

History & ReferenceA summary of available resources for those interested in Panama.
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Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

History & ReferenceMission Statement
To increase understanding of the past, present and future of tropical biodiversity and it's relevance to human welfare.
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Energy Information Administration - Panama Page

History & ReferenceThe Energy Information Administration maintains a page on Panama's energy conspumtion and generation, and it contains other reference information about the country as well.
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US State Department - Background Notes (Panama)

History & ReferenceThe US State Department maintains a database of information called Background Notes on all countries in the world, including Panama. The basic report contains the most current information, and from there you can link out to historical information and reports on such things as human rights and the environment.
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BBC News Country Profile - Panama

History & ReferenceHere's the BBC News' Country Profile on Panama. It's a nice little summary, with basic information about the country, a little history, and some links to media resources.
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Wikipedia, The free encyclopedia... (Panama Entry)

History & ReferenceMan, if you have not seen Wikipedia's entry for Panama you should really check it out. This is a fantastic resource for basic reference and background information.
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University of Texas LANIC Panama Page

History & ReferenceWhat a fantastic resource. This link will take you to UT Lanic's Panama Page, a collection of links about Panama.
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Yahoo! Country Directory - Panama

History & ReferenceThis link will take you to the Yahoo! Country Directory for Pamama, a comprehensive collection of links to sites related to Panama.
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Library of Congress - Panama Country Study

History & ReferenceThe Library of Congress maintains a database of basic information about all of the countries in the world. Their Panama Country Study contains a vast about of excellent basic background information about the country.
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The Lonely Planet's Panama Page

History & ReferenceLast night I was talking about Panama and international visitors with the owner of the famous Pavo Real. Sarah says European visitors come in clutching their copy of The Lonely Planet as their travel guide, which is why she advertises there.
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CIA World Factbook - Panama

History & ReferenceHave you seen the CIA World Factbook - Panama entry?
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