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Panama Noriega's Money Machine

For two days he sat bent toward a microphone under glaring television lights, a small man with gray hair and rimless glasses who could pass for an apothecary. In...

Backing Away from a Latin Dictator

Even by the old standards of Latin American despots, Panama's strongman General Manuel Antonio Noriega is no slouch. He has been accused of drug running, money...

Trials: Noriega Makes His Case

"This case hasn't been much like L.A. Law, has it?" joked Jon May, one of General Manuel Antonio Noriega's defense lawyers, to the 12 jurors sitting in the...

Panama: Sincerely, Manuel

Stuck in a subterranean Miami jail cell and facing charges that could keep him imprisoned for life, Manuel Antonio Noriega would seem to be a beaten man. So much...

The Postinvasion Blues

After the U.S. invasion of Panama, the Bush Administration quietly passed the word that however much other Latin American nations might protest in public, their...

Panama Moving Against The General

Firecrackers exploded over Panama City last week as the main opposition newspaper, La Prensa, prepared to resume publication for the first time since it was...

Passing The Manhood Test Operation

"It was probably the best-conceived military operation since World War II," declared retired Army Chief of Staff General Edward Meyer. Insisted a veteran...

Panama The General Who Won't Go

All week long, while his rebellious country simmered, General Manuel Antonio Noriega, the besieged ruler of Panama, calmly went about preparing for the wedding...

Showing Muscle

All afternoon George Bush acted the gracious host to 50 old friends and family members at a White House Christmas party, singing carols and taking groups of...

Lead-Pipe Politics

The scene, no matter how often it is played back in the mind, still shocks and horrifies. At the end of a rally of opposition forces protesting the blatant...

Still in Charge: An attempt to oust Panama's boss

For days the rumors flew between the U.S. and Panama: a major shake-up was expected momentarily in the troubled Latin country. At 5:30 p.m. last Thursday,...

Sowing Dragon's Teeth

Operation Just Cause was less than eight hours old, but General Colin Powell was all but declaring victory. As Defense Secretary Dick Cheney looked on...

Panama A Colonel Takes On the General

Prosperous and calm, Panama has long been an anchor of stability in turbulent Central America. But despite the placid facade, resentment has been building...

Press: How Reporters Missed the War

When Allied troops stormed the Normandy beaches in 1944, American correspondents and photographers were on hand to tell the story. But two weeks ago, when U.S...

Panama's Would-Be President: Guillermo Endara

The ceremony was rich with symbolism, but the circumstances were awkward, to say the least. Shortly after U.S. troops began to move, a new government was...

Wanted: Noriega

The ritual was familiar, but the specifics were unprecedented. When U.S. Attorneys in Miami and Tampa announced two major criminal indictments last Friday, it...

From Hubris to Humiliation

Does anyone deliver bad news with a more mournful mien than Secretary of State George Shultz? Last week, as President Reagan headed off to Moscow, his dispirited...

The Devil They Knew

As early as 1972, a U.S. antinarcotics official had a suggestion for cutting down the shipment of drugs through Panama into the U.S.: assassinate Manuel Antonio...

Postdated Counterinsurgency

When U.S. troops rushed to Panama's National Police Headquarters two weeks ago to confront a small-scale revolt, they did so without waiting for President...

Short On Cash, Long on Coping

After hiding for more than two months behind shuttered windows and CLOSED signs, Panama's bankers were ready for a stampede of cash-starved customers when the...