Police moves away from Martinelli?

theTnational police, it appears, is not willing to assume its habitual role of enforcer of Martinelli's interests as it has been doing during previous struggles, asking for dialog and contradicting the government's violent rhetoric.

Mulino, the dishonorable

Is it too much to expect that a minister who - together with his colleagues - constantly worries about attacks on his honor and seeks to protect it with ever wackier anti-press laws, in fact acts honorably? In Panama it is.

Remember, remember, the fifth of November

"... while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there?"

Martinelli ramps up war on indians

Five children were killed in Bocas as a result of irresponsible government and police abuse, an official report says. Yet, Martinelli is getting ready for another war on the indigenous people; this time in Ngöbe-Buglé over mining rights.

Palacios reappears, walks on water

We don't know about you, dear reader, but we have tremendously enjoyed the great Palacios show over the last days. He was missing. The police said "we know nutting". Then everybody got angry and demanded an investigation and, voilá! There was Palacios!

The day after the week before

Street battle may be over in Bocas del Toro and daily life may slowly resume in the town of Changuinola, but we're only now getting a first glimpse at the size of the stinking mess president Martinelli and his government have caused.