Not only Nicaragua, but Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Colombia and Costa Rica are all promoting 'wet' or 'dry' canal projects to join the two oceans. Chinese money is backing all of them.
The Isthmus is almost the last place on Earth where The People's Republic of China and Taiwan still compete for recognition.
The rise of the Brazil's giant construction companies is intimately linked to power, corruption and bank loans
Route 4, from Rivas to Punta Gorda, is the lead candidate for the new interoceanic Grand Canal.

Panama City: buses as art

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A treasure trove of popular art heads for the scrapheap, as Panama City's famous buses are replaced by more modern and safer vehicles.
Indigenous leaders withdraw their recognition of the national government due to plans to mine the Cerro Colorado mountain. A plan which is likely to cause environmental destruction and contamination of the water supply.
21 April 2020 LAB has just published our first true photo-story: São Paulo – the streets under social isolation a collaboration between sociologist Fraya Frehse and photojournalist Tiago Queiroz, and with the help of our web-designer Wes Boden. Do take a look and let us know if you think...
An open letter from Panamanian singer Rubén Blades calls for an international crusade to end corruption and abuse.
Police use force to end indigenous blockade of Interamerican Highway. Two protestors have been killed.
Thousands of Cuban migrants trying to reach the United States through Central America have found themselves stranded as countries close their borders to them.

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