Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $75,428
85%  
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 85%!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: panama

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Concrete Sample from the New Panama Canal Locks Does Not Look Good (trunc)

    08/28/2015 2:10:05 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 82 replies
    gcaptain.com ^ | 08/27/15 | Mike Schuler
    A core sample pulled from the concrete of the Cocoli Locks where cracks and leaks have appeared does not bode well for the Panama Canal expansion project, which is on a strict deadline for completion in April 2016.
  • Panama Lifts Ban on Gun Imports amid Rising Crime Wave More Firearms Will Mean Fewer Homicides,...

    08/09/2015 4:51:10 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    PanAmPost ^ | August 5, 2015 | Unattributed
    As Panama deals with increases in crime rates, forged gun permits, and rising gang activity, the government is set to lift the ban on firearm imports, in an effort to promote personal safety. panama-guns The UNODC estimates that an average of 700,000 firearms circulate within Panama’s streets. (Entorno Inteligente) Public Safety Minister Rodolfo Aguilera said the country will follow in the footsteps of the United States and Switzerland, where the right to bear arms is believed to lead to fewer homicides. “Everything seems to indicate that there is no direct correlation in the aphorism that says more guns mean more...
  • Trump Fallout Continues: Panama Pulls Out of Miss Universe Pageant

    07/05/2015 6:12:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    NBC News ^ | 07/05/2015 | by ELIZABETH CHUCK
    Panama announced Saturday it is boycotting the Miss Universe pageant — the latest Latin American nation to drop out in protest to Donald Trump's incendiary remarks about Mexican migrants. The Miss Panama Organization and the Telemetro TV station said they wouldn't be a part of the Miss Universe contest, or broadcast it, "in a message of solidarity for our Mexican brothers and sisters." The contest is partially owned by Trump. Trump, a 2016 presidential candidate, has faced searing criticism and lost numerous business deals since his comments about Mexicans during his campaign announcement earlier this month.
  • The dozen rebels targeted by GOP leaders

    06/28/2015 1:28:54 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 27th, 2015 | Scott Wong and Cristina Marcos
    To keep conservative rebels in check, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his allies have been doling out punishments at an aggressive clip in the 114th Congress. From kicking unruly members off the Rules Committee and GOP whip team to stripping a lawmaker of his subcommittee gavel, leadership has been growing more comfortable with taking retaliatory measures to try to enforce party discipline. But several Tea Party targets haven’t gone quietly. They’ve been fighting back with help from Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan’s conservative House Freedom Caucus, which successfully pressured leaders this week to return a subcommittee gavel to one of their...
  • Spanish Treasure Ship Missing Since 1681 Found

    11/02/2003 5:21:26 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 2,027+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 11-2-2003 | Rich McKay
    Sunday, November 02, 2003 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M. Spanish treasure ship missing since 1681 found By Rich McKay The Orlando Sentinel JESSICA MANN / KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS Hired treasure hunter Joel Ruth found a seafarer's map that led to the identification of the Spanish treasure ship Santa Maria De La Consolacion. E-mail this article Print this article Search archive ORLANDO, Fla. — Six pirate ships closed in on the Spanish treasure ship the Santa Maria De La Consolacion as the galleon sailed up the Pacific coast of South America, slow and bloated with silver, gold and gems mined...
  • Scientists Identify Mysterious, Sword-Filled Caribbean Shipwreck

    05/13/2015 6:44:07 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 33 replies
    huffingtonpost ^ | Posted: 05/13/2015 3:02 pm EDT | By Ryan Grenoble
    In 2011 archaeologists happened upon a stunningly well-preserved shipwreck off the coast of Panama. The wreckage, a mere 40 feet underwater, was untouched by looters and still carrying a full load of tools and weapons. Now, after years of work, scientists finally know the ship's story.
  • Video: Obama Chimes In With Socialist Third World Dictators Trashing America

    04/21/2015 8:57:40 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 15 replies
    Watch in horror as the left-wing community organizer we are asked to regard as the President joins rabidly anti-American socialist dictators Raul Castro and Nicolás Maduro in bashing America.
  • Sheriff: Hundreds watched ‘gang rape’ in Panama City Beach, did nothing

    04/13/2015 4:03:43 PM PDT · by chasio649 · 91 replies
    http://wgntv.com ^ | 4/13/15 | Tribune Media Wire
    BAY COUNTY, Fla. – Two college students are under arrest after police found cell phone video allegedly showing the gang rape of an intoxicated teen outside a popular Panama City Beach bar during spring break. Hundreds stood by in “broad, open daylight” as the 19-year-old woman, who appeared to be passed out on a chair behind the Spinnaker Beach Club, was sexually assaulted by one man after another, Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen told AL.com. Many watched, some recording with their phones — but no one tried to intervene, officials said.
  • In Panama, Obama Trashes America - 'They Are Dark Chapters in Our Own History'

    04/12/2015 10:13:41 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 35 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 2015-04-12 | LSUDVM
  • American Citizens Beaten by Castro Agents in Panama

    04/09/2015 11:57:54 AM PDT · by LibFreeUSA · 23 replies
    Capitol Hill Cubans ^ | Thursday, April 9, 2015 | Capitol Hill Cubans
    A half-dozen Cuban dissident leaders and American citizens were attacked this afternoon by a group of Castro regime agents in Panama City. The activists were placing flowers at the statue of Cuban independence hero, Jose Marti, when approached by a group of Castro regime agents, who began to violently beat them. Among those attacked were a group of American citizens, including Orlando Gutierrez of the Democratic Directorate, Silvia Iriondo of Mothers Against Repression and Gus Monge. The Cuban dissidents include former political prisoner Jorge Luis Garcia Perez "Antunez," his wife Yris Perez Aguilera and Leticia Ramos Herreria of The Ladies...
  • Today in Politics: Obama’s Trip to Panama Includes a Cuban Subplot - body language

    04/08/2015 4:45:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    New York Times - First Draft ^ | April 8, 2015 | Julie Hirschfeld Davis
    President Obama on Wednesday embarks on a trip to Jamaica and to Panama where the formal agenda is summitry with Caribbean and Latin American leaders. But the powerful subtext will be the body language between him and President Raúl Castro of Cuba. Four months after Mr. Obama ordered the restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba, he and Mr. Castro are likely to share a stage, a conference table, a “family photo” with attendees and potentially even a one-on-one meeting.
  • "No Ugly or Fat People on the Rope Line!" Remembering a Visit by Hillary Clinton

    03/11/2015 6:29:48 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 37 replies
    thediplomad.com ^ | Sept 2013
    "No Ugly or Fat People on the Rope Line!" Remembering a Visit by Hillary Clinton The Place: Panama. The Date: 1997. The Event: Visit by First Lady Hillary Clinton to attend the Conference of Spouses of Heads of State and Government in the Americas (AKA, First Ladies of the Americas Summit). Holding the Bag: The Diplomad I was reminded of the above event in Panama by a news story out a couple of days ago reporting on a Hillary Clinton event in Miami. It seems that her security personnel seized the camera from a member of audience and deleted a...
  • Reagan Calls for End to World's Farm Subsidies

    03/07/2015 9:51:40 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 06, 1987 | |JAMES GERSTENZANG and JACK NELSON
    VENICE, Italy — President Reagan, who less than two years ago signed the most expensive farm aid bill in history, called Friday for the elimination of agricultural subsidies worldwide by the year 2000 as a way of promoting better world economic health.At the same time, Reagan said that the United States has made "real progress" in trimming its budget deficit, despite ongoing spending battles with Congress, thereby freeing for private investment abroad some of the foreign capital that has been tied up financing the U.S. debt.Reagan's remarks, made in a speech televised by Worldnet and provided to networks around the...
  • Joe Biden Looking for Reason to Flee the Country when Bibi Speaks

    02/19/2015 5:13:50 AM PST · by Dave346 · 34 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | February 19th, 2015 | Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
    The Obama administration’s new excuse to explain why Vice-President Joe Biden will be “out of the country” when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addresses Congress next month is that he has to attend a Panama government inauguration – that occurred last July. The vice president of the United States normally attends joint sessions of Congress, but National Security Council Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan stated last month, “As a matter of long-standing practice and principle, we do not see heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections…. The President has been clear about his opposition to Congress passing new legislation...
  • Can a Chinese billionaire build a canal across Nicaragua?

    02/04/2015 10:42:14 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 52 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 4, 2015 | By Joshua Partlow
    PUNTA BRITO, Nicaragua — One of the largest engineering projects in history would start here, on this desolate and pristine crescent of dark-sand Pacific beach. From in front of the hammock-swinging shrimpers on the porches of their tin-and-wood shanties, the trench would run east in sinuous curves up through the mangroves and banana fields until it reaches the shores of Central America’s largest freshwater lake, then cut across the Caribbean highlands and through indigenous territory, ending its journey 172 miles away on the beaches of the Atlantic. They call it the Grand Inter-Oceanic Canal: an audacious $50 billion plan by an...
  • Panama’s ex-president’s hunger for gossip at center of wiretap probe

    01/30/2015 12:47:42 PM PST · by Theoria · 7 replies
    McClatchy ^ | 28 Jan 2015 | Tim Johnson
    When the United States rejected former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli’s request for spying equipment to eavesdrop, U.S. diplomats feared, on his political enemies, the former supermarket baron turned to another source: Israel.Now scores of Panama’s political and social elite are learning that the eavesdropping program that Martinelli’s security team set in place sprawled into the most private aspects of their lives – including their bedrooms. Rather than national security, what appears to have driven the wiretapping was a surfeit of the seven deadly sins, particularly greed, pride, lust and envy.Nearly every day, targets of the wiretapping march to the prosecutors’...
  • Report: Obama Toasted Saddam's Frontman at Rezko Party who is the guy..far right?

    12/17/2008 7:40:19 AM PST · by OL Hickory · 4 replies · 839+ views
    gateway pundit ^ | april 6th 2008 | gateway pundit
    Mr. Nadhmi Auchi is a business partner of Syrian-born businessman Antoin "Tony" Rezko, who has supported US Presidential candidate Barack Obama financially since his first run for the Illinois state senate in 1996.
  • Panama Immigrants Flood US for Surprising Reason

    01/01/2015 4:25:47 PM PST · by Coleus · 26 replies
    cbnnews ^ | January 01, 2015 | Chuck Holton
    The crisis on our southern border has many searching for reasons why thousands of immigrants are seeking to live in the United states.  The influx of illegals has been attributed to poverty and crime in Latin America, but that isn't the only reason.  Panama has the highest per capita income of any country in Latin America. It's also the farthest from the southern U.S. border. But its citizens are heading to the United States as well. Only it isn't the kind of people you might think.Sarah is a well-educated business owner in Panama.  "I have two businesses...a bar and an...
  • Panama Canal claims $737 million in cost overruns

    12/26/2014 3:41:58 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    AFP ^ | 27 December 2014
    The consortium building the third set of locks for the Panama Canal is making fresh claims for cost overruns totaling $737 million ... Work began in 2007 to expand the canal with a third set of locks to enable it to handle the modern mega-freighters that global shipping companies prefer. But the $5.25 billion project has been plagued by delays, strikes and a bitter dispute over $1.6 billion in cost overruns with the consortium carrying out the upgrade, led by Spanish construction firm Sacyr. Initially scheduled for completion in 2014, the project's due date has been pushed back to early...
  • Nicaragua canal to break ground, hoping to rival Panama

    12/22/2014 10:44:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 44 replies
    AP ^ | December 21, 2014 | Staff
    As a conscripted soldier during the Contra War of the 1980s, Esteban Ruiz used to flee from battles because he didn't want to have to kill anyone. But now, as the 47-year-old farmer prepares to fight for his land, Ruiz insists, "I'm not going to run." Ruiz's property on the banks of Nicaragua's Rio Grande sits in the path of a $50 billion transoceanic waterway set to break ground on Monday. Nicaraguan officials will start building access roads on state-owned land as the first step in creating a canal expected to rival that of Panama - a project supporters say...
  • ANSWER's Steering Committee: Traitors, and Commies, and Jew-haters - oh my!

    03/12/2003 12:09:14 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 29 replies · 30,466+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | Wednesday, March 12, 2003 | By Ryan Anderson O’Donnell
    ANSWER's Steering CommitteeBy Ryan Anderson O’DonnellFrontPageMagazine.com | March 12, 2003 The group at the forefront of the recent anti-war rallies, International A.N.S.W.E.R (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) is in reality a front organization designed to further the radical agenda of several extremist movements from the political Left. Despite the media’s assertions to the contrary, present incarnation of the peace movement, led by ANSWER, is anything but representative of mainstream America. ANSWER’s steering committee reads like a "Who’s Who" of radical political organizations. The most influential member of ANSWER’s steering committee, Ramsey Clark’s pet project known as the...
  • M6.6 - 20km ESE of Punta de Burica, Panama

    12/08/2014 1:42:20 AM PST · by George Varnum · 32 replies
    USGS Earthquake Monitor ^ | Dec. 8, 2014 | USGS
    M 6.7 - 20km ESE of Punta de Burica, Panama PAGER - GREEN ShakeMap - VIDYFI? - VTsunami Warning Center Time: 2014-12-08 03:54:52 UTC-05:00 Location: 7.967°N 82.689°W Depth: 10.0km
  • Rising Turkish Menace: U.S. and NATO Ally Wants Islamic Advance in Latin America

    11/25/2014 8:01:53 AM PST · by juliosevero · 27 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Rising Turkish Menace: U.S. and NATO Ally Wants Islamic Advance in Latin America By Julio Severo The president of Turkey has re-written history by claiming Muslim explorers, not Christopher Columbus, discovered America. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Recep Tayyip Erdogan, chief of America’s NATO ally, said November 15 that Islamic sailors found the New World in 1178. He said, “Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus.” Turkey is the only Islamic nation in the NATO. His theory — which is supported only by Islamic historians — came to light in a televised speech during an Istanbul summit of...
  • The Democrats Lost Big Tonight. Why Obama Should Double Down

    11/05/2014 9:45:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Nation ^ | November 4, 2014 | Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor & publisher
    If I were advising the White House right now, I would encourage President Obama to take advantage of the end of this year's election cycle—the next fifty or so days—to immediately try to change the subject, in a big way. The Obama administration should act right away to use its executive powers to take steps to deal with long-ignored issues that need to be dealt with for the good of the nation. This cannot be done quietly. To change the media narrative, issues acted upon will have to be controversial enough to dominate the news. President Obama should embrace good...
  • At 90, Jimmy Carter hammers away in Oak Cliff for Habitat for Humanity [Hurl to the Max]

    10/08/2014 10:21:45 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 51 replies
    Dallas Morning (Lies) News ^ | 08 October 2014 11:06 PM | ROY APPLETON
    The guy wearing the red bandanna didn’t mess around. Measuring, cutting and hammering away, he made sure the siding was just right for the new house in Oak Cliff. Nothing like having a seasoned leader on the job. Former President Jimmy Carter didn’t let a little heat and his age (90) get in the way Wednesday morning at the house on Exeter Avenue.
  • Panama, Dr. Smythe, and Grizzly Attack

    10/05/2014 5:22:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I spent nearly five years in Panama, working for the Army.   It was a formative experience that forever shaped my life.   I intend to visit Panama again someday.  While there, I met and became friends with Dr. Nickolas D. Smythe.   We had a number of conversations about science, biology, and research.   I always have appreciated being around exceptionally smart people, and Dr. Smythe was one.   I have lost track of him, and I hope that he is doing well. His research was centered around the domestication of the agouti.   It was a very ambitious project, as the number of...
  • State Department approved 215 Bill Clinton speeches, controversial consulting deal, worth $48m

    07/30/2014 6:01:51 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 7-30-14 | Luke Rosiak and Micah Morrison
    A joint investigation by the Washington Examiner and the nonprofit watchdog group Judicial Watch found that former President Clinton gave 215 speeches and earned $48 million while his wife presided over U.S. foreign policy, raising questions about whether the Clintons fulfilled ethics agreements related to the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. According to documents obtained by Judicial Watch and released Wednesday in an ongoing Freedom of Information Act case, State Department officials charged with reviewing Bill Clinton's proposed speeches did not object to a single one. Some of the speeches were delivered in global hotspots...
  • Sunwing flight escorted by F-16 jets back to Toronto for emergency landing

    07/25/2014 10:21:44 AM PDT · by balk · 11 replies
    CBC News ^ | CBC News
    Sunwing Flight 772 took off for Panama City on this morning, but was turned around after 45 minutes in the air for an emergency landing at Toronto's Pearson International Airport because of an "unruly passenger." Sunwing officials say a passenger was making threats, some of which concerned the security of the plane. Pilots activated their emergency response plan and returned to Toronto. Two U.S. F-16 fighter jets from Toledo, Ohio, were dispatched to escort the plane back to Toronto, North American Aerospace Defence Command (Norad) confirmed. The F-16s flew with the commercial plane out of U.S. airspace to Toronto as...
  • Panama's Election Seals A Strong Free Market Orientation

    05/07/2014 6:54:54 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 20 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 05/06/2014 | Editorial
    Latin America: Defying polls, conservative Juan Carlos Varela won Panama's election Sunday, showing that five years of free-market policies merit another five. If he holds course, it's the best possible outcome.Nobody thought the openly conservative Juan Carlos Varela could pull off a five-year term in Panama. The former vice president had been been running third in the polls and faced the negative headwinds of Ricardo Martinelli's five-year conservative rule. It especially didn't help that Panama's incumbent parties almost always do poorly in successive votes.But Varela, who is believed to be at least as conservative as his predecessor, managed to distinguish...
  • More renounce US citizenship but deny stereotype

    04/27/2014 8:08:31 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 34 replies
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | April 27, 2014 | ADAM GELLER
    Inside the long-awaited package, six pages of government paperwork dryly affirmed Carol Tapanila's anxious request. But when Tapanila slipped the contents from the brown envelope, she saw there was something more. "We the people...." declared the script inside her U.S. passport — now with four holes punched through it from cover to cover. Her departure from life as an American was stamped final on the same page: "Bearer Expatriated Self." With the envelope's arrival, Tapanila, a native of upstate New York who has lived in Canada since 1969, joined a largely overlooked surge of Americans rejecting what is, to millions,...
  • Foreign Ministry goes on strike, all Israel's embassies and consulates abroad to close

    03/23/2014 6:46:32 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/23/2014 15:50 | Herb Keinon
    Services needed for everybody from new immigrants to employers bringing in foreign workers will be brought to a halt. Foreign Ministry’s workers committee declared a full-fledged strike on Sunday, closing the ministry and all the country’s embassies and consulates around the world for the first time. The strike is the latest development in a nearly two-year-old work dispute that the workers declared for improved salaries and work conditions. Seven months of mediation efforts exploded on March 4 when the workers rejected a Finance Ministry proposal. The workers then resumed crippling labor measures that had been put on hold during the...
  • Panama Canal expansion project: Have American fears come true?

    01/14/2014 7:28:00 AM PST · by Theoria · 59 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 Jan 2014 | Thomas Sparrow
    More than four years ago, when Panama awarded the lucrative contract to expand its inter-oceanic canal to a mostly European consortium, the United States was not pleased. An American company whose bid was unsuccessful, Bechtel, thought the winning tender would barely pay for pouring the concrete and that the consortium would probably try to renegotiate the price at some stage during the construction process. Some might argue that those American doubts have been justified, especially in view of the ongoing economic row between the European consortium and the Panamanian government agency that runs the waterway. The spat has threatened to...
  • China's plan to build £25bn rival to the Panama Canal across Nicaragua

    12/14/2013 6:02:25 AM PST · by mandaladon · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14 Dec 2013
    Six months after the Sandinista government granted a Chinese businessman a 100-year concession to build a vast canal across Nicaragua, most of the nation is in the thrall of the imagined waterway. In the capital, Nicaraguans snap photographs of the plaster Virgin Mary perched on an altar against the backdrop of a supertanker traversing the country's biggest lake. 'Virgin Mary, bless the great trans-ocean canal!' declares the government-sponsored invocation behind her. From boardrooms in the capital to hamlets where goods move by horse cart, Nicaraguans say they are confident the £25billion ($40billion) canal will become reality, lifting their country from...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Rare Hybrid Solar Eclipse

    11/03/2013 7:02:13 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    NASA ^ | November 03, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: A spectacular geocentric celestial event of 2005 was a rare hybrid eclipse of the Sun -- a total or an annular eclipse could be seen depending on the observer's location. For Fred Espenak, aboard a gently swaying ship within the middle of the Moon's shadow track about 2,200 kilometers west of the Galapagos, the eclipse was total, the lunar silhouette exactly covering the bright solar disk for a few brief moments. His camera captured a picture of totality revealing the extensive solar corona and prominences rising above the Sun's edge. But for Stephan Heinsius, near the end of the...
  • Same Old, Same Old in Syria

    09/05/2013 3:46:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 5, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    President Obama's on-and-off-again planned American attack on Syria is nothing new. Besides its five declared wars, America has a habit of intervening all over the world. Even apart from clandestine CIA operations, and even after the unhappy end of the Vietnam War, we have attacked lots of countries and non-state militias. The roll call of recent American military interventions is quite astounding: Cambodia, Iran, Libya, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Liberia, Iraq, Haiti, Somalia, the former Yugoslavia, Zaire and Afghanistan. Even the notion of Past American isolationism is a myth. In the four years between 1912 and 1916 alone, the U.S. sent...
  • Failed 'terrorist' attack on Suez Canal ship

    09/01/2013 6:36:47 PM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | Sept 1, 2013 | AFP
    A container ship in the Suez Canal was the target of a failed "terrorist" attack on Saturday aimed at disrupting traffic through the key waterway, the head of the Suez Canal Authority said. Admiral Mohab Mamish confirmed that "a terrorist" had launched the attack against a Panamanian-flagged ship, adding in a statement that "the attempt failed completely and there was no damage to the ship or the containers it carried". The statement gave no details of the nature of the attempt at 1230 GMT Saturday, but sources said they heard loud explosions from the container ship which had been passing...
  • CATO Institute: Yes, Ted Cruz Can be President

    08/30/2013 12:02:15 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 1,032 replies
    CATO Institute ^ | Aug 26, 2013 | By Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow In Constitutional Studies, Cato
    By Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow In Constitutional Sudies and Editor-In-Chief, Cato Supreme Court Review As we head into a potential government shutdown over the funding of Obamacare, the iconoclastic junior senator from Texas — love him or hate him — continues to stride across the national stage. With his presidential aspirations as big as everything in his home state, by now many know what has never been a secret: Ted Cruz was born in Canada. (Full disclosure: I’m Canadian myself, with a green card. Also, Cruz has been a friend since his days representing Texas before the Supreme Court.) But...
  • The $40 Bil. Chinese Plan To Build A Panama Canal-Like Waterway Across Nicaragua Sounds Ridiculous

    06/14/2013 8:43:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/14/2013 | Michael Kelley
    Nicaragua has approved plans for a mysterious Hong Kong-based company to build an estimated $40 billion canal across the middle of the country, Luis Manuel Galeano and Michael Weissenstein of The Associated Press report. The waterway, which would have to be roughly three times as long as the 50-mile Panama Canal, would be one of the largest infrastructure projects ever. The plan has some serious detractors: Environmentalists say it would devastate Lake Nicaragua, the country's primary source of fresh water, while shipping experts say that it may be an economically unfeasible power play by China. The company, HK Nicaragua Canal...
  • Nicaragua waterway to dwarf Panama canal (China Connecting to Atlantic)

    06/13/2013 1:50:09 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 41 replies
    Nicaragua's parliament is due to vote on Thursday on one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Latin America's history – a trans-oceanic canal that is to be built and run by a Chinese company. If it goes ahead, the $40bn (£26bn) scheme, which is twice as expensive as Brazil's Belo Monte dam and likely to be three times longer than the Panama canal, looks set to transform global shipping and jump start the economy of this Central American nation. As well as the waterway, the draft agreement between Nicaragua and a Hong Kong registered firm — Nicaraguan Canal Development Investment...
  • China and Colombia announce 'alternative Panama Canal'

    02/14/2011 11:26:43 AM PST · by Oakeshott · 59 replies
    BBC ^ | BBC
    Colombia has announced it is negotiating with China to build an alternative to the Panama Canal. The proposed transport route is intended to promote the flow of goods between Asia and Latin America. The plan is to create a "dry canal" where the Pacific port of Buenaventura would be linked by rail, across Colombia, to the Atlantic Coast. Trade between Colombia and China has increased from $10m in 1980 to more than $5bn last year. The announcement came from the Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, who told the Financial Times that the project was "a real proposal... and it is...
  • Nicaragua gives Chinese firm contract to build alternative to Panama Canal

    06/07/2013 10:14:17 AM PDT · by BBell · 49 replies
    http://www.guardian.co.uk ^ | 6 June 2013 | Jonathan Watts
    Nicaragua has awarded a Chinese company a 100-year concession to build an alternative to the Panama Canal, in a step that looks set to have profound geopolitical ramifications. The president of the country's national assembly, Rene Nuñez, announced the $40bn (£26bn) project, which will reinforce Beijing's growing influence on global trade and weaken US dominance over the key shipping route between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The name of the company and other details have yet to be released, but the opposition congressman Luis Callejas said the government planned to grant a 100-year lease to the Chinese operator. The national...
  • Bush Backs Enlarging Panama Canal

    11/07/2005 8:25:50 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 82 replies · 1,719+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 11/07/05 | Deb Riechmann - ap
    PANAMA CITY, Panama - President Bush voiced his support on Monday for expanding the Panama Canal to allow bigger ships and more cargo to pass through the shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Bush said Panama must acknowledge that the 50-mile waterway "is to be used by everybody, that the canal is international, that there ought to be ... equal access." Panama is studying plans for widening and deepening the canal that could cost nearly $10 billion. The project must be approved in a national referendum, amid concerns about the environmental impact and the heavy debt involved. White House...
  • Two Soviet-Era Fighter Planes Found On North Korean Ship

    07/22/2013 3:33:58 PM PDT · by drewh · 14 replies
    Agence Presse France ^ | July 22.2013 IST
    Panamanian authorities have found two Soviet-era MiG-21 fighter jets aboard a North Korea-flagged ship seized this month as it tried to pass through the Panama Canal after departing from Cuba. The supersonic jets were found alongside missile and other weapons parts concealed in a shipment of sugar, in what could constitute a violation of tough UN sanctions on Pyongyang. Cuba has claimed the shipment, intercepted earlier this month, consists of "obsolete" weapons it was sending to North Korea to be refurbished and returned. UN sanctions experts plan to travel to Panama to inspect the shipment on August 5. Panama's President...
  • Panama finds MiG fighter jets on N. Korean arms ship

    07/22/2013 1:16:33 PM PDT · by RainMan · 30 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/21/2013 | Lomi Kriel
    Investigators in Panama have found two MiG-21 fighter jets in cargo containers aboard a North Korean ship carrying weapons from Cuba. COLON, Panama — Panamanian investigators unloading the cargo of a seized North Korean ship that carried arms from Cuba have found the two MiG-21 fighter jets the Cuban government had said were on board, the government said Sunday. Alongside the two supersonic planes, originally produced by the Soviet Union in the late 1950s, officials found two missile radar systems on board the Chong Chon Gang, President Ricardo Martinelli told reporters in the Atlantic port of Colón. The discovery, which...
  • Panama Canal Missile Seizure Shows Cuba Remains A Threat

    07/17/2013 10:12:44 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 16 July 2013 | Editorial
    National Security: Cuba, long derided in international policy circles as a basket case and no threat to the U.S., has been caught smuggling weapons of war to North Korea in blatant violation of U.N. sanctions. This is a wake-up call. Sharp-eyed Panamanian authorities, watching the North Korean freighter Chong Chon Gang since June, received intelligence it might be shipping illegal drugs, something it had been caught doing before. As the vessel lumbered into the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal from Cuba, Panamanian authorities cornered the 450-foot rust-bucket, battled a maniacally violent crew who slashed ship lines to make it...
  • Panama stops North Korean ship carrying missile material from Cuba

    07/16/2013 7:24:45 AM PDT · by don-o · 35 replies
    AFP via Fox News ^ | July 16, 2013
    Panama stopped a North Korean vessel that President Ricardo Martinelli said had sailed from Cuba and tried to illegally sneak suspected sophisticated missile material through the Panama Canal. "The world needs to sit up and take note: you cannot go around shipping undeclared weapons of war through the Panama Canal," Martinelli said, noting that the ship had been inspected to rule out drugs and was found to have other cargo of greater concern. "We had suspected this ship, which was coming from Cuba and headed to North Korea, might have drugs aboard so it was brought into port for search...
  • North Korean ship with 'military cargo' held by Panama

    07/16/2013 2:57:55 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 16 July 2013 Last updated at 03:17 ET
    President Ricardo Martinelli told local media that the ship, which was sailing from Cuba, contained suspected "sophisticated missile equipment". ... The ship was stopped near Manzanillo on the Atlantic side of the canal. Mr Martinelli said the authorities were checking the ship for drugs when they found the suspected weapons in containers of brown sugar. "We're going to keep unloading the ship and figure out exactly what was inside," he told local media. The 35-member crew have been detained, including the captain who the Panamanian president said tried to kill himself during the search. Security Minister Jose Raul Mulino said...
  • Pre-Hispanic Chiefs in Panama Were Born to Rule

    06/23/2013 4:58:22 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    National Geographic ^ | June 20, 2013 | A. R. Williams
    Archaeologist Julia Mayo works at a site called El Caño near the Pacific coast 90 miles southwest of Panama City. During five years of excavation, she has uncovered the burials of gold-laden chiefs from a still-unnamed civilization that flourished for several centuries before the Spanish arrived in the early 1500s... She's exhumed more than three dozen individuals, and three offered an answer: Boys in this culture seem to have enjoyed rank and privilege from the moment of their birth... As Mayo surveyed the deepening excavation one day, the meaning of the artifacts suddenly came to her: They were so small...
  • Inside Iraqi Corruption

    03/29/2005 4:35:34 PM PST · by Softwar · 460+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 3/29/05 | Charles R. Smith
    Inside Iraqi Corruption Charles R. Smith Tuesday, March 29, 2005 John A. Shaw is a curious example of Washington politics gone mad. Shaw is a veteran government employee who served inside the White House under Presidents Ford, Nixon and Reagan and was an associate deputy secretary in the Department of Commerce. In 2001, Shaw was appointed by Bush Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld to head the newly formed Office of International Technology Security. In this post, Shaw began the difficult task of reforming government controls over the export of sensitive technology to foreign countries. In 2003, Shaw began investigating allegations of...
  • Colombian Senate rejects 'gay marriage'

    04/26/2013 5:37:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    By a vote of 51-17, the Colombian Senate has rejected a bill that would legalize same-sex “marriage” in the country. The bill was proposed by Senator Armando Benedetti in August 2011. It received only a fraction of the 50 ‘yes’ votes that would have been needed from the nation’s 98 senators in order to pass. Both supporters and opponents of the bill demonstrated outside the Senate building as lawmakers voted down the measure after several hours of debate on April 23. The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Cardinal Ruben Salazar, had issued a plea to lawmakers to consider...