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1. Ambush at the Pacora River Bridge
This article will eventually tell the story of the combat at the Pacora River Bridge during Operation Just Cause. I'm just starting to research right now, and I'm using this article as a place-holder for the photos. People who were involved in the combat at the bridge are collaborating on ...

2. Panama's Independence Day Parades and Celebrations
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Panama is getting ready to celebrate its 104th year as an independent republic tomorrow and Sunday with parades in Panama City. One of the things you can always count on, every year, is that it will rain on the parade. I'm not trying to ...

3. Airfield Under the Sea - Special Submarines Designed ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I received the following today via email. It tells a very interesting story about a Japanese plan to destroy the Panama Canal during WWII. "His Imperial Japanese Majesty’s “Sensuikan Toku” [Special Submarines]. Designed specifically to attack the Panama Canal. JAPAN’S SUBMERSIBLE I-400 AIRCRAFT CARRIERS ...

4. The "Black Christ" of Portobelo
Thousands 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 ...

5. The Panama Canal Watershed
Did 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...

6. We Should "Never Forget" Operation Just Cause
Hundreds of deaths, people missing and a neighborhood destroyed were some of the scenarios experienced on 20 December 1989, exactly 22 years ago, when U.S. troops invaded Panama in an operation called "Just Cause", to capture one man, Manuel Antonio Noriega, then the de facto ruler. The images of that ...

7. The Panama Canal Administration Building - Putting Things ...
The Panama Canal Administration Building was inaugurated on July 15, 1914, exactly a month before the official opening of the Canal. According to records dating back to the construction era, the entire building cost $879,000, a sizeable sum at the time. The building is at the top of a hill, ...

8. Roosevelt Medal Descendants Ceremony at the Panama Canal ...
Yesterday afternoon the Roosevelt Medal Descendants organization held their annual ceremony to recognize and preserve the memory of the American citizens who were engaged in the construction of the Panama Canal, and who, for their noble effort, were awarded the Roosevelt Medal by the President of the United States. The ...

9. "Semana Santa" (Holy Week) Coming Up in Panama
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Don't forget next week is "Semana Santa" (Holy Week) in Panama. Everything will be closed starting on either Wednesday, April 8th or Thursday, April 9th. Good Friday is on 10 April and Easter Sunday is 12 April. Being a Catholic country most Panamanians take ...

10. Hugo Spadafora's Killer Released From Prison
.autotagframe1 { float:right; padding:5px; width:210px; border: silver solid; border-width: 1px; text-align:center; } Hugo Spadafora David, Chiriqui - After having served a prison sentence of 19 years, 11 months, and four days, Julio César Miranda (a.k.a. "Muñecón"), one of those convicted in the murder of Hugo Spadafora, was released from prison. ...

11. Omar Torrijos
Omar Torrijos.Omar Efraín Torrijos Herrera (February 13, 1929 - August 1, 1981) was a Panamanian army officer and military ruler of Panama from 1968 to 1981. Torrijos was often referred to in the American press as the military strongman of Panama. A son of Torrijos, Martín Torrijos Espino, won the ...

12. Today is Panama's Independence Day From Spain - ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - During the month of November to the outsider it sometimes seems Panamanians are celebrating one kind of Independence Day or another, all month long. On this date, 28 November 1821, Panama formalized its Independence from Spain, and became part of Gran Colombia, which at ...

13. A Replica Of "La Niña" To Visit Panama
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - A replica of "La Niña," one of the ships used by Christopher Columbus, will be visiting Panama from 19 to 29 March at the marina on the Amador Causeway at Isla Flamenco. From their website: "To see a near perfect example of a type ...

14. The Original "Diablo Rojo"
SF Gate.com Isthmus greetings: A whip-snapping devil oppresses Congos, or African slaves, in the Congos y Diablo carnival ritual in Nombre de Dios, Panama. The devil represents Spanish conquerors in the rite, which dates to colonial times. (Photo: AP/Arnulfo Franco)

15. Scientists discover extinct giant shark nursery in Panama
Washington, May 18 (ANI): An extinct giant shark nursery has been discovered in Panama. The six-foot-long babies of the world's biggest shark species, Carcharocles megalodon, frolicked in the warm shallow waters of an ancient shark nursery in what is now Panama, report paleontologists working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute ...

16. El Caño de Natá - "The Golden Lords ...
Remains of bodies, weapons, tools and pieces of gold, whose antiquity dates between 700 and 1,000 years were found in the Archaeological Park of El Caño de Nata, in the province of Cocle. The Panamanian archaeologist Julia Mayo revealed that these bodies may be part of a 'pre-Columbian cemetery' where ...

17. Manuel Noriega, Dignity Battalions, and Cuba's AK-47's in ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - On Tuesday, 10 March 2009, the Director of Panama's National Institute of Arts and Culture (INAC), Anel Omar Rodriguez, was shot and killed in a crossfire of bullets between five assailants who were trying to steal money from an armored car in front of ...

18. Torrijos - Carter Treaty Signed 35 Years Ago ...
The Torrijos - Carter Treaty and other related documents were signed in Washington DC on September 7, 1977 between General Omar Torrijos Herrera and the US President Jimmy Carter. This treaty progressively transferred sovereignty over the Panama Canal from the United States to Panama, on 31 December 1999. These agreements ...

19. Historical: Jaime Abad Identifies Pedro Miguel Gonzalez as ...
.autotagframe2 { float:right; padding:5px; width:131px; border: silver solid; border-width: 1px; text-align:center; } Jaime Abad as the Director of the PTJ in 1992 Note The Date: This article was published in La Prensa on 28 July 1992. The Chief of Panama's Judicial Technical Police (PTJ) Jaime Abad said yesterday in Colón ...

20. Ash Wednesday - Start of Lent in Panama
For the Western Christian calendar, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and occurs forty-six days (forty days not counting Sundays) before Easter. It is a moveable fast, falling on a different date each year because it is dependent on the date of Easter. It can occur as early ...

21. 11 Oct 1968 - The Start of 22 ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - On 11 October 1968 I was six years old. I vaguely remember this day mostly because of the launch of Apollo 7. But while the world was watching dumb-struck as the huge Saturn rocket blasted into orbit, then Lieutenant Colonel Omar Torrijos of the ...

22. That's Mighty "Christian" of 'ya...
The Public Ministry in investigating the discovery of 12 bags of human bones in a store room of evangelical Hossana Church located in La Cresta of Bella Vista. José Vicente Pachar, the director of the Legal Medicine Institute of the Public Ministry said the remains were transferred to his office ...

23. Panama Religous Freedom Report (2003)
(Source) - The Constitution provides for freedom of religion, with some qualifications; however, the Government generally respects this right in practice. There was no change in the status of respect for religious freedom during the period covered by this report, and government policy continued to contribute to the generally free ...

24. Set Your Phasers to "Chill" - Panama's Holiday ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Ah yes, it's now just about the "most wonderful time of the year" in Panama. It rains like hell in November which then turns into the Panamanian Summer (dry season) - and during these months nobody wants to work - at all. The holiday ...

25. Fort Benning today marks 20th anniversary of the ...
BY LILY GORDON for the Ledger-Enquirer - Fort Benning will mark the 20th anniversary of Operation Just Cause, the invasion of Panama, with a jump at 11 a.m. at Fryar Drop Zone. Col. Charles Durr, Maneuver Center of Excellence chief of staff, was involved in both the operation and the ...

26. Panameñistas Commemorate The Death Of Dr. Arnulfo Arias ...
#Panama - Today is a very special day for all who follow the legacy of three-time president of the Republic of Panama, Dr. Arnulfo Arias Madrid, said the former president Mireya Moscoso, his widow. Twenty three years after his death, those who continue his legacy held a mass in his ...

27. Panama's Chinese Community Welcomes the Year of the ...
I went down to Chinatown yesterday afternoon to catch a little bit of the Yew Year's celebrations. The Year of the Pig started with the new moon on 18 February 2007 and yesterday the business community near Chinatown was holding a traditional ceremony in which a parade with a dragon ...

28. 'Operation Just Cause': An Historical Analysis
Press Release: Council on Hemispheric Affairs. Operation Just Cause: A Historical Analysis - On September 7, 2007, seventeen years after Manuel Noriega's violent removal from power in Panama, a legal order for his release was issued in Miami; however, to this day, the former Panamanian strongman remains imprisoned in a ...

29. Researching Panama - 101
A summary of available resources for those interested in Panama.

30. Pilgrims Visit the Jesús Nazareno de Atalaya
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Starting today you might begin to see people walking along the Inter American Highway, dressed in purple robes. They are pilgrims who are on their way to celebrate their devotion to the "Jesus of Nazareth of Atalaya" in the province of Veraguas in Panama. ...