Panama http://wlrn.org en How Panama Cut Poor Kids Out Of A Florida Millionaire's Will http://wlrn.org/post/how-panama-cut-poor-kids-out-florida-millionaires-will <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Panama today is best known for its economic boom, and rightly so. But unfortunately, poverty and piracy remain as much a part of the country's image as the Panama Canal.</span></p><p>According to the World Bank, half of Panama’s children are poor. A fifth of them are malnourished. Those underfed kids cram Panama charity centers like Nutre Hogar. On a recent visit there I saw the devastating effects of child malnutrition, including brain damage.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:11:21 +0000 Tim Padgett 35616 at http://wlrn.org How Panama Cut Poor Kids Out Of A Florida Millionaire's Will Canal Quarrel: How PortMiami's Future Is Tied To Tiny Panama http://wlrn.org/post/canal-quarrel-how-portmiamis-future-tied-tiny-panama <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">PortMiami is set to open its new, billion-dollar tunnel next week. It’s the jewel of a $2 billion port makeover, which includes a major dredging project and skyscraper-size loading cranes for sending a lot more auto parts to Brazil and getting a lot more handbags from China.</span></p><p>But the long-term success of that effort may depend to a large extent on whether a quarrel gets solved a thousand miles to the south. In Panama.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 01:33:15 +0000 Tim Padgett 32271 at http://wlrn.org Canal Quarrel: How PortMiami's Future Is Tied To Tiny Panama Should The Panama Canal Join Classes As Well As Oceans? http://wlrn.org/post/should-panama-canal-join-classes-well-oceans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jorge </span>Quijano<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has one of the coolest office views in the Americas: the Pacific port entrance to the Panama Canal. The panoramic vista seems to help </span>Quijano<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who heads the Panama Canal Authority, see the bigger picture.</span></p><p>On the one hand, Quijano understands why Panama has run the canal much more effectively than the United States did.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 10:58:51 +0000 Tim Padgett 31899 at http://wlrn.org Should The Panama Canal Join Classes As Well As Oceans? Panama Election: Is President Martinelli Pulling A Fast One? http://wlrn.org/post/panama-election-president-martinelli-pulling-fast-one <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Panama Canal is expanding, but is Panama's democracy shrinking? The country is holding a presidential election on Sunday, May 4 -- and there are growing concerns that right-wing President </span>Martinelli<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is trying an end run around the constitution.</span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 14:49:50 +0000 Tim Padgett 31703 at http://wlrn.org Panama Election: Is President Martinelli Pulling A Fast One? Venezuela: Maduro's Offensive Puts Human Rights On The Defensive http://wlrn.org/post/venezuela-maduros-offensive-puts-human-rights-defensive <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Caracas suffered another big power outage on Tuesday. The blackout shut down a hospital and a metro line and left large swaths of the Venezuelan capital without juice for much of the day.</span></p><p>One official response could be an upgrade of oil-rich Venezuela’s antiquated power grid. Another might be more spurious arrests of opposition politicians.</p><p>I’m betting on the latter.</p><p>That’s because the socialist government of President Nicolás Maduro seems much more skilled at finding scapegoats than at fixing problems.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:53:33 +0000 Tim Padgett 29775 at http://wlrn.org Venezuela: Maduro's Offensive Puts Human Rights On The Defensive Venezuela: Can Anyone Mediate This Mess? http://wlrn.org/post/venezuela-can-anyone-mediate-mess <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="465" scrolling="no" src="//embed.gettyimages.com/embed/476179565?et=f0gE4oh8sEmAqbG6VrVCSA&amp;sig=CWRp2NIz1LkiQDc7uo7HcqOcpMvNUbdJT0xsoi2O4G8=" width="594"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a shame that Venezuela just severed diplomatic and economic ties with Panama, because their respective presidents – </span>Nicolás<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Maduro<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Ricardo </span>Martinelli<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> – have a lot in common.</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:51:58 +0000 Tim Padgett 28832 at http://wlrn.org Venezuela: Can Anyone Mediate This Mess? Panama Charges North Korean Ship's Crew http://wlrn.org/post/panama-charges-north-korean-ships-crew The crew of a North Korean ship carrying a clandestine cargo of Cold War-era weapons from Cuba has been charged with endangering public security by Panamanian authorities, who seized the vessel earlier this week.<p>The North Korean vessel en route from Cuba was seized as it attempted to transit the Panama Canal.<p>According to the <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-23354279">BBC</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"[Panamanian] Prosecutor Javier Caraballo accused the 35 crew members of endangering public security by illegally transporting war material.<p>"The charges came just hours afte Thu, 18 Jul 2013 22:15:43 +0000 Scott Neuman 17627 at http://wlrn.org Panama Charges North Korean Ship's Crew Cuba Acknowledges N. Korean Ship Carried Its 'Obsolete' Weapons http://wlrn.org/post/panama-seizes-north-korean-ship-allegedly-carrying-weapons-war <strong>(Updated 9:40 p.m. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:39:40 +0000 17510 at http://wlrn.org Cuba Acknowledges N. Korean Ship Carried Its 'Obsolete' Weapons