Category: Panama

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Beverly Bell: Rapping About Land Rights and Revolution in Panama

Inatoy Sidsagi and his cousin Esteban Herrera, from the indigenous Kuna Yala (also known as Guna Yala) nation in Panama, make up the indigenous rap group Kunarevolution. They rap about Mother Earth and the Kuna’s inalienable right to protect their lands and waters. The Kuna Yala people recently prevailed over a threat to their lands, Read more…

Robin Oisín Llewellyn: In The Valley Of The Invisible

The village of Quiabda sits in a clearing a little way above the Tabasara River, in the territory of the Ngäbe-Buglé people of Western Panama. The woods shade the village’s cacao fruit, guava and avocado, and harbour plants that treat snakebite and fevers. But to the villagers, one zapoté tree just below their houses is Read more…

Stephen Flohr: Ecovillage Sows Resistance And A Sustainable Panama

In the lush countryside of the Panamanian province of Cocle lies the small community of Membrillo. The locals here are humble campesinos carrying on the labor-intensive traditions of rural subsistence living. By the standards of modernity and capitalist progress, people here are poor. And it is precisely for this reason that every day more and more Read more…

Jose Alcoff: Panama Awakes

Antonio Smith, a 25-year-old "bananero" or banana worker, hailed from the modest Panamanian town of Changuinola, smack in an expanse of tropical flatlands bordering on Costa Rica and the Caribbean Sea. A leader in the Banana Industry Workers' Union (Sitraibana), Smith and his fellow workers, mostly indigenous, were veterans of street actions to defend gains Read more…

Frederico Fuentes: Panama: General Strike Rejects Killings, Anti-Labor Laws

A protest against anti-worker Law 30, Panama 2010. The law includes dramatic restrictions on the right to strike and immunity for the police to use force against strikers. When right-wing billionaire Ricardo Martinelli was elected Panama’s president in May 2009, political commentators heralded it as a sign that Latin Americans were becoming disillusioned with the Read more…

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Eduardo Galeano: Dangerous Rainbow

[This essay is part of the ZNet Classics series. Three times a week we will re-post an article that we think is of timeless importance. This one was first published September 3, 2003.] "Five centuries are a drop in the immense ocean of our history…" Richard Nixon, prestigious historian, had it clear.  In 1972, when he Read more…

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Manning Marable: Green Party 2000 Convention – Manning Marable plenary speech

Green Party 2000 Convention – Manning Marable plenary speech

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Badri Raina: Kashmir Revisited

In a recent Znet article, Nirmalangshuâ€â€

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Hector Mondragon: Armed Gamonales (or Colombian Fascism)

It is impossible to understand the phenomenon of â€Ëœpara-politicaâ€â„¢ that has come out to public light in Colombia in recent months, without analyzing it as an evolution of the deepest structures of power in Colombian society. The roots of paramilitary power grow from the regime of the â€Ëœgamonalesâ€â„¢, characteristic of the diverse regions of the Read more…

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Stephen Soldz: Aid and Comfort for Torturers:

On January 24, 2003, National Guardsman Sean Baker, stationed as a military policeman at Guantánamo detention center, volunteered to be a mock prisoner, donning an orange suit and refusing to leave his cell as part of a training exercise. As planned, an Immediate Reaction Force team of MPs attempted to extract him from the cell. Read more…

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