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1. US Military Presence in Panama
The presence of US military forces in Panama has been a hot-button issue for many Panamanians since the implementation of the Torrijos-Carter treaty and the closing of military bases in Panama. During 1998 and 1999, the US and Panama held talks about the possiblity of allowing a continued but substantially ...

2. Political Cartoons - A Great Tool To Learn ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - This political cartoon appeared in today's copy of the La Estrella newspaper. During his campaign leading up to the national general elections held in May 2009, Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli put a lot of emphasis on "change." In Spanish "Cambio" means "change" and the ...

3. "El Toro" Challenges the US to Present Evidence
La Critica - Ex-Panamanian president Ernesto Perez Balladares alleged yesterday that the United States committed a "serious injustice" by cancelling his visa to enter the country for supposedly trafficking in Chinese aliens. Perez Balladares, who spoke on the radio program of Mario Velasquez on radio station KW that his innocence ...

4. Juan Carlos Varela - New President of the ...
Juan Carlos Varela was elected as the President of the Panameñista Party over the weekend in Santiago. During his swearing-in ceremony he announced he would present the party's position on the proposal to expand the Panama Canal on 29 September after having conducted a national survey of party members to ...

5. Dominador Kaiser Bazán Killed in Auto Accident on ...
Dominador Kaiser Bazán, the second vice-president of the Republic during the government of Mireya Moscoso (1999-2004), died yesterday afternoon in a traffic accident as he returned to Panama City from Colon. His driver Gregorio Leinis was injured in the accident and was taken to the Social Security hospital and was ...

6. Manuel Noriega's Daughter - Now a Secretary in ...
By Leonardo Flores for La Prensa - Gilberto Succari, who is a Deputy in the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN) and a politician from the Partido Revolucionario Democratico (PRD) in Panama, was elected on Thursday as the new Vice President of that regional body. Sandra Noriega, the daughter of former dictator ...

7. Torrijos Does Away with ARI
Yesterday the cabinet of Panamanian President Martin Torrijos approved a resolution eliminating the Interoceanic Region Authority (Autoridad de la Región Interoceánica or ARI). All property, equipment, and remaining personnel will be transferred to the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF.) ARI was created in 1993 to oversee and administer the ...

8. Balbina Herrera Wins PRD Primary - Now What?
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Well, I was wrong. I had predicted that Juan Carlos Navarro would win the PRD primary yesterday and he lost by 9%. And, it should be noted that the "also ran" third candidate Laurentino “Nito” Cortizo siphoned off exactly 9% of the vote - ...

9. Martinelli Announces Cabinet Selections
By Carlos Estrada Aguilar for La Critica - Just hours after being proclaimed the President Elect of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli presented some possible members of his new cabinet. Yesterday he revealed some of the names of people who would be working for his administration. He confirmed that lawyer Jaime Alemán, ...

10. An Interview with Billy Ford
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Billy Ford is an icon of Panamanian politics. His photo on the cover of "Time" magazine, covered in the blood of his murdered bodyguard and being attacked by a pipe-wielding thug, cemented world opinion against Noriega and US commitment to removing him from power. ...

11. Panamanian Official Resigns, Citing U.S.
PANAMA CITY, Panama — Panama's agricultural minister resigned Tuesday, accusing the United States of pressuring the Central American country to accept lower agricultural inspection standards during free trade talks. Agriculture Minister Laurentino Cortizo quit as Panama and the United States held talks in Washington on a proposed bilateral free trade ...

12. Reuters - John McCain Born in Racially Segregated ...
By Andrew Beatty COCO SOLO, Panama (Reuters) - John McCain's birthplace in Panama was an idyllic tropical posting for U.S. sailors that the Republican presidential candidate speaks fondly of but the Caribbean port has crumbled into poverty and decay. McCain was born in 1936 on the Coco Solo submarine base ...

13. Pedro Miguel Quite Contrary - How Does Your ...
.autotagframe1 { float:right; padding:5px; width:159px; border: silver solid; border-width: 1px; text-align:center; } What's Driving Pedro Miguel Gonzalez? By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - If you listen to the newly elected President of Panama's National Assembly of Deputies Pedro Miguel Gonzalez, you would think he's the most pro-Panama guy on the ...

14. Balbina Herrera - Popular and Breaking Records
.autotagframe2 { float:right; padding:5px; width:110px; border: silver solid; border-width: 1px; text-align:center; } Balbina Herrera, Panama's Housing Minister Panama America - Balbina Herrera is perhaps the most popular political figure of recent times, according to a poll conducted by CID-Gallup on behalf of the Panama America newspaper. The Panama America will ...

15. Fistfight In The PRD Headquarters!
By Carlos Estrada Aguilar for La Critica - Enrique "Kike" Flores and Franz Wever came to blows this Thursday in the headquarters of the Partido Revolucionario Democratico (PRD) (Revolutionary Democratic Party) political party in Panama City, during a meeting in which the party leadership was discussing who should run as ...

16. Jose Domingo Arias Wins CD Primary - And ...
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17. Want to Know Why Balbina Isn't Going to ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - In Panama, Balbina Herrera is closely associated with former military strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega, who has been in a US prison since 1989, convicted of money laundering and drug trafficking. The people who spent years protesting against Noriega calling for a return to democracy ...

18. Panameñista Party Joins Right-Wing International Organization
.autotagframe3 { float:right; padding:5px; width:172px; border: silver solid; border-width: 1px; text-align:center; } Arnulfo Arias By Osiris Jurado Ávila for La Estrella - The world is again being polarized ideologically. To the left or the right. It is part of the political debate in Latin America. The growing wave has arrived ...

19. Political Cartoon - US Ambassador Goes To PRD ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - On Friday, 24 September 2010, the new US Ambassador to Panama, Phyllis Marie Powers, visited the headquarters of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) and met with the party's leadership. Anything that can even remotely be interpreted as meddling in internal Panamanian politics by the ...

20. Hector Alemán Will Head Canal Expansion Effort
Employees of the Ministry of Government and Justice still don't know if they will soon have a new boss. Rumor has it that the Minister of Government and Justice Héctor Aleman has resigned. Speculation increased at noon yesterday when reporters saw Aleman entering a restaurant in front of the old ...

21. National Assembly Rejects Blandón's Proposal To Shelve Electoral ...
#Panama - The Deputies of Panama's National Assembly got a late start this morning, but they eventually resumed their debates to discuss the proposed amendments to the Electoral Code. As soon as they were in session, a proposal from the Panameñista lawmaker José Isabel Blandón was read and considered, which ...

22. Jaime Abad, Former PTJ Director, Switches to CD
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The former director of the (now defunct) Panamanian Judicial Technical Police (PTJ) Jaime Abad resigned from the Panameñista Party and signed up with Ricardo Martinelli's Cambio Democratico (CD) party. Abad said one of the reasons he decided to support the presidential candidacy of Ricardo ...

23. "Noriega 2 - The Return of Pineapple Face"
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Where is all of the videotape of Balbina Herrera back in the late 1980's when she was the Mayor of San Miguelito and a staunch supporter of Manuel Antonio Noriega? I'm sure her speeches from that era were just filled of vitriolic diatribe - ...

24. Balbina Herrera Refuses To Pledge to Countermand Executive ...
By Leonardo Flores for La Prensa - The intention of the Citizen's Democracy Network to pressure all candidates for president to commit to countermand the executive orders on public security approved by the Executive Cabinet found their first stumbling block. Yesterday the presidential candidate for the Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD), ...

25. Demetrio ‘Jimmy’ Papadimitriu Resigned - Links To Juan ...
.autotagframe4 { float:right; padding:5px; width:210px; border: silver solid; border-width: 1px; text-align:center; } Demetrio 'Jimmy' Papadimitriu - Panama's Minister of the Presidency By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The Minister of the Presidency - Demetrio ‘Jimmy’ Papadimitriu - has resigned from the Executive Cabinet Council. For at least the past four ...

26. Opposition Political Leaders Meet and Eat at Los ...
.autotagframe5 { float:right; padding:5px; width:210px; border: silver solid; border-width: 1px; text-align:center; } The Leaders of the Opposition By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Five people ate lunch together today. This afternoon the five most important opposition political figures gathered for a working lunch at the Los Años Locos restaurant in ...

27. Morales asks U.S. to reconsider aid cuts
LA PAZ, Bolivia - President Evo Morales asked the United States on Tuesday to reconsider a proposed cut in anti-drug aid to Bolivia, and called on the world to strengthen drug-fighting alliances. Morales' appeal came day after President Bush asked Congress to reduce anti-narcotics funding to Bolivia to $67 million ...

28. Terrorism in Panama
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - This comes from the Patterns of Global Terrorism: 1997, Department of State Publication 10535, Office of the Secretary of State, Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Released April 1998 - "The United States was deeply disappointed with the manner in which defendants in Panama ...

29. National Assembly Approves Methodology To Debate Electoral Reform ...
The deputies of Panama's National Assembly this afternoon approved the methodology that will be used to discuss Bill No. 292, which reforms the Electoral Code, and includes the second round of voting in national elections. After two hours during which the various sides analyzed the issue of methodology, the full ...

30. Beby Valderrama Calls Chello Gálvez An "Ass Kisser"
The clashes between Panamanian Deputies in the National Assembly are increasingly frequent. There have been clashes between the Deputy Marylín Vallarino and her colleague Noriel Salerno; Vallarino and Marco González; González and Sergio “Chello” Gálvez; José Luis ‘Popi’ Varela and González; Adolfo “Beby” Valderrama and Miguel Fanovich. This is only ...