Thursday, August 25, 2011

The U.S. Whitewashes Panama’s Fatal Flaws to Champion Their Free Trade Agreement

[i] Binyamin Appelbaum,“Hurdle Cleared for Trade Agreements with 3 Countries,” The New York Times, June 28, 2011, <>.
[ii] AFP, “S Korea Deal Unlikely Before September: US Lawmaker,” AFP, July 27, 2011, .
[iii] Sara Murray and Douglas Belkin, “Americans Sour on Trade,” The Wall Street Journal, October 2, 2010, .
[iv] Dan Froomkin, “Free Trade Deals: Lobbying Fever Foreshadows Winners, Losers,” The Huffington Post, July 25, 2011, .
[v] Ibid.
[vi] Ibid.
[vii] Ibid.
[viii] Dylan Ratigan, “Trading our Future: Tax Cheating and the Panama Free Trade Agreement,”The Huffington Post, July 19, 2011, .
[ix] Everett Eissenstat, Statement before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance: “United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement,” United States Trade Representative for the Americas, May 21, 2009, .
[x] Ibid.
[xi] “Trading our Future: Tax Cheating and the Panama Free Trade Agreement”
[xii] Office of the Press Secretary, “Benefits of the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement,” The White House, April 19, 2011,   <>.
[xiii] WikiLeaks Cable, “Subject: Panama’s Off Shore Corporation Industry,” WikiLeaks, September 2006, .  (Accessed via .)
[xiv] “Benefits of the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement”
[xv] Eric Jackson, “Scandals Entangle the Martinelli Administration,” The Panama News, December 22, 2010, .
[xvi] Eric Jackson, “Panamanian Corruption Concealed Amidst Free Trade Negotiations,” The Council on Hemispheric Affairs, April 28, 2011, .
[xvii] Ibid.
[xviii] Don Winner, “U.S. Embassy Reported Bribery of Panamanian Supreme Court in 2004 (WikiLeaks),” Panama Guide, March 17, 2011, .
[xix] Ibid.
[xx]Kathia Martinez, “Panama’s Top Court Silent on WikiLeaks Accusations,” Associated Press(reprinted in Seattle Times), May 31, 2011, .
[xxi] “Panama’s Top Court Silent on WikiLeaks Accusations” .
[xxii] Alexander Brockwehl and Devin Parsons, “Hungry for Justice: Corrupt Courts in Panama Deny Impoverished Children $50 Million in Inheritance,” The Council on Hemispheric Affairs, July 12, 2010, .
[xxiii] Ibid.
[xxiv] Due Process of Law Foundation, “Between Alarm and Expectations: The Challenge to Strengthen Judicial Independence in Panama – Executive Summary,” 2009, .
[xxv] U.S. Government Accountability Office, “Aid to Panama: Improving the Criminal Justice System,” May 12, 1992, .
[xxvi] Jurist, “Panama: Panamanian Law, Legal Research, Human Rights,” The University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 2003, .
[xxvii] European Commission, “Panama Country Strategy Paper: 2007-2013,” European Union, 2007, .
[xxviii] Brendan Riley, “Free Trade with Martinelli’s Panama: A Bad Deal for All,” The Council on Hemispheric Affairs, August 23, 2010, .
[xxix] Ibid.
[xxx] Robin Burnette and Sonja Salzburger, “Martinelli’s ‘Chorizo Law’ Gets Sliced, but Concerns Remain Over His Past and Potential Future Machinations,” The Council on Hemispheric Affairs, Dcecember 9, 2010, .
[xxxi] Latin News, “Martinelli Performs Another U-Turn,” March 4, 2011, .
[xxxii] Ibid.
[xxxiii] Latin News, “Martinelli Faces More Sleaze,” June 15, 2011, .
[xxxiv] Ibid.
[xxxv] Eric Jackson, “Martinelli’s WikiLeaks Control Strategy Fails, Scandals get Worse,” The Panama News, May 7, 2011, .
[xxxvi] Eric Jackson, “US-RP Free Trade Ratification Closer, but the Deal is Still Uncertain,” The Panama News, June 30, 2011,
[xxxvii] Latin News, “Martinelli Swallows up Another Party,” July 4, 2011, .
[xxxviii] Latin News, “Martinelli Receives Temporary Setback,” August 8, 2011, .
[xxxix] Ibid.
[xl] “Martinelli Swallows up Another Party”
[xli] “Scandals Entangle the Martinelli Administration”
[xlii] Ibid.
[xliii] Ibid.

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