Only under Martinelli has Panama had to live through no less than three deadly crises to protect the shady business interests of the government's associates.
With the Italian Finnmeccanica scandal rapidly expanding, the fact that Panama's president Martinelli is an Italian citizen as well may hold unpleasant consequences - for him. Take him away!
Friction between Martinelli and Papadimitriu because of the latter's US citizenship, which may have unpleasant consequences for both.
The authentic protests of the Ngöbes have now accomplished what snotty environmentalists, unions and other "civil society" groups, despite being better "educated" and having more resources, have not: To keep their lands free of open pit mines.
Just like Gaddafi, Mubarak, Ben Ali et al, Papadimitriu blames protests against Martinelli's mining scheme on outside agitators. Meanwhile, the government bought itself a tribal leader for fun and profit.
If you invade you will be met with force, but this simple knowledge, passed from generation to generation over many millenniums, has somehow not reached the failed abortion that currently serves as our president.
Drinking binges, ignoring state affairs, corruption, and his shady business deals - accusations and reports coming from everywhere.
Only the lamest of the Martinelli groupies are still coming out in defense of their supermarket idol, while released cables show the futility of the DEA's "war on drugs".
The number of contradictions, bizarre statements, frantic denials and then confirmations is growing at a speed that makes us wonder, here in the Bananama Republic newsroom, if Panama still has one functioning government.
We predict however that the protests will not be contained, but spread over the country, because Martinelli has been majestically overplaying his hand and he and his people don't seem to be handicapped by such things as "common sense". It's no longer if, but when the first Super99 will go up in flames.
The picture of Salomon Shamah, who was born Colombian and naturalized Panamanian and is now minister of tourism and a key figure in Panama's relations with Israel, is part of documentation revealed by Colombian sources in which also other members of Martinelli's government are exposed. It is not clear when Colombia's security service DAS pinpointed Shamah as part of the trafficking network that supplied Colombia's various armed groups with weapons.
We're getting instant updates from environmental activists who have made their way into the National Assembly in an attempt to put an end to the "sausage law" that eliminates the need for environmental impact studies for Martinelli-approved projects; violates the workers' right to strike and gives the police total impunity for whatever crimes they commit.