Panama

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Group.png Panama   SourcewatchRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
LocationCentral America
Typenation state
Member ofOrganisation of American States, UN
Has a globally important shipping route.

Importance

The Panama Canal is a shipping route of international importance.

History

Full article: United States invasion of Panama

The country was invaded by US when Manuel Noriega ceased being a reliable executor of instructions from the US.

Army abolition

It abolished its army in 1990. Its northern neighbour, Costa Rica, abolished its army in 1949.


 

Related Quotation

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Hoodwinked“Panama's chief of government, Omar Torrijos, foresaw this meltdown and understood its implications back in 1978, when I was an economic hit man (EHM). He and I were standing on the deck of a sailing yacht docked at Contadora Island, a safe haven where U.S. politicians and corporate executives enjoyed sex and drugs away from the prying eyes of the international press. Omar told me that he was not about to be corrupted by me. He said that his goal was to set his people free from "Yankee shackles," to make sure his country controlled the canal, and to help Latin America liberate itself from the very thing I represented and he referred to as "predatory capitalism."

"You know," he added, "what I'm suggesting will ultimately benefit your children too." He explained that the system I was promoting where a few exploited the many was doomed. "The same as the old Spanish Empire — it will implode." He took a drag off his Cuban cigar and exhaled the smoke slowly, like a man blowing a kiss. "Unless you and I and all our friends fight the predatory capitalists," he warned, "the global economy will go into shock." He glanced across the water and then back at me. "No permitas que te engañen," he said ("Don't allow yourself to be hoodwinked.")

Three decades later, Omar is dead, likely assassinated because he refused to succumb to our attempts to bring him around, but his words ring true. For that reason I chose one of them as the title of my latest book, Hoodwinked.<a href="#cite_note-2">[2]</a>

 

Group

GroupStartDescription
Mossack Fonseca1977Panamanian law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers data leak.

 

Citizens of Panama on Wikispooks

TitleBornDiedDescription
Ricardo Alberto Arias11 September 1940US educated Panamanian Ambassador to the United Nations, where he was Chairman of the UNSC's Counter-Terrorism Committee
Gabriel Lewis Galindo19 December 1996Panamanian diplomat-banker with ties to the US deep state.


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