On Sunday, voters in Panama upset the predictions of pollsters by electing dissident Vice President Juan Carlos Varela, of the Panameñista Party, as their new president.
The president of Panama is putting on a big show right now. Is it for the benefit of the voters in the 2014 presidential and legislative elections, or is it for the U.S., the historical kingmaker of Panamanian politics?
Protests against a privatization scheme in Panama's second city, Colon, have resulted in many arrests and the death of a 9 year old boy and two others.
Clashes between police and workers' groups in Panama have been suppressed with tear gas, leaving at least two workers dead.