The phone rang.
“In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Noriega alleges that “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” portrays him as “a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state.””
I was people watching in the lobby of the Hotel Panama when the hostess slipped me an introductory note.
“These indigenous systems were highly sophisticated. There are over 80 domesticated or semi-domesticated crops in the Amazon,” he said. “In Europe at the time they were working with about six.”
– Ernest Hemingway drinking in Cuba (via historicaltimes)
“What happened when the Russian threat disappeared in 1989? Answer: everything continued much as before.
“The U.S. immediately invaded Panama, killing probably thousands of people and installing a client regime. This was routine practice in U.S.-dominated domains — but in this case not quite as routine. For first time, a major foreign policy act was not justified by an alleged Russian threat.
“Instead, a series of fraudulent pretexts for the invasion were concocted that collapse instantly on examination. The media chimed in enthusiastically, lauding the magnificent achievement of defeating Panama, unconcerned that the pretexts were ludicrous, that the act itself was a radical violation of international law, and that it was bitterly condemned elsewhere, most harshly in Latin America. Also ignored was the U.S. veto of a unanimous Security Council resolution condemning crimes by U.S. troops during the invasion, with Britain alone abstaining.
“All routine. And all forgotten (which is also routine).”
The “DEA is actually one of the biggest spy operations there is,” says Finn Selander, a former DEA special agent …“Our mandate is not just drugs. We collect intelligence.” Selander added that “countries let us in because they don’t view us, really, as a spy organization.””
“President-elect Juan Carlos Varela announced that he will transfer 700 to 1,000 National Border Service, National Air Service and Institutional Protection Service units to provide citizen security. Security experts view this interagency effort as a positive initiative since the National Police is overloaded with crime.”
“For good quality weed, go across the bay in Bastimentos. You can ride on the boat going across the bay and when you get there, you’ll surely meet someone who will offer weed at much lower prices than those you can find in Bocas city. ”
Reader response to Crime in Costa Rica : “On my 10th consecutive year going back and forth to Costa Rica we have officially marked this place off the list for good!
“Because all doors and windows are open to catch the breezes, and all your neighbors’ doors and windows are open as well, and because a lot of living happens on the porches, you get to hear everything. TVs, stereos, arguments, parties, crying babies, barking dogs, phone conversations, political hopefuls driving around and broadcasting their messages over loud-speakers mounted on their vehicles …”