aerial view of the Amazon river

Panamá

Spring 2013 | Volume XII, Number 3

Table of Contents

Editor’s Letter →

by June Carolyn Erlick

First Take

The Canal: Shaping History

A Tale of Two Flags

A Tale of Two Flags

A Tale of Two Flags The Last Hurdle When in 1995 President Ernesto Pérez Balladares appointed me to head the commission responsible for the transition of the Panama Canal from U.S. to Panamanian hands, it never crossed my mind that yet another negotiation—unexpected...

Who Remembers Panamá?

Who Remembers Panamá?

There was a time, many decades ago, when the Isthmian country of Panamá—dividing the Americas—made near daily headlines from Canada to Argentina…

A Hidden Dictator

A Hidden Dictator

On Saturday, December 16, 1989, four U.S. military officials decided to go for dinner at the Marriott Hotel in Panama City. One of them never came back…

Ethnic Diversity

Muslims and Jews in Panamá

Muslims and Jews in Panamá

The Muslim community in Panamá, understood as a group that maintains its cultural and religious traditions, became rooted in the second half of the 20th…

Culture

 

The Panamanian Novel

The Panamanian Novel

Pueblos perdidos, the novel which earned Gil B. Tejeira Panamá’s Miró Literary Prize for 1963, tells the story of Gatún Lake, at the time the largest artificial…

Panama City

Panama City

On May 8, 2003, the Bay of Panamá suddenly turned red. The Coca-Cola factory had spilled a massive amount of non-toxic red chemical dye and was eventually…

Biodiversity

Building the Biomuseo

Building the Biomuseo

Panama City, the first city in the Western Hemisphere to be founded on the Pacific Coast, is today a vibrant, busy tropical metropolis. Panama City is a place…

Book Talk

Making A Difference

The Last Word