Panama Awakes

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José Alcoff discusses a new law brought into effect in Panama which circumvents worker rights and environmental considerations.
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.

Panama: Martinelli Blinks

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The controversial Law 30 that was recently pushed though the legislative process in Panama and then suspended in the light of protests, has finished its 90 day consultative period and has been reissued with some major changes. Eric Jackson reports.
Police in Panama have clashed with dozens of indigenous protesters trying to prevent copper mining on their ancestral lands.
The author writes about an initiative that puts an indigenous community in Colombia at the forefront of the fight against climate change.
Police use force to end indigenous blockade of Interamerican Highway. Two protestors have been killed.
National court upholds sentence against El Universo as its editor, Carlos Pérez, is granted asylum in Panama

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.
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.

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