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How One Retired Couple Started A New Life In Panama

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 04.24.2015 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Two-and-a-half years ago, Peg Fairbairn and April Hess moved, together, from Texas to Panama. Here's their story, in their own words...

Don't Book a Return Flight: 6 Destinations That Are Pricey to Reach, But Cheap to Stay

Oyster | Posted 04.22.2015 | Travel
Oyster

Unless consumer demand drops (which we don't expect anytime soon), flying just about anywhere in the world will remain a costly affair. But that doesn't mean you should put off your travel plans. Instead, we suggest grinning and bearing it, and ponying up for the flight -- but choosing a destination that's cheap once you're there.

How Birding Can Help Conservation Efforts

Craig Newmark | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
Craig Newmark

This year, the Cornell's bird lab's centennial year, they're inviting everyone around the globe who loves birds to be a part of the Global Big Day team. Their goal is to raise $500,000 for conservation and, with help from birds everywhere, collectively tally 4,000 of the world's 10,300 bird species in a single day. This is the real deal for conservation and birding.

No Room for Business as Usual at the Summit of the Americas

Medea Benjamin | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wooed the crowd with his plan to provide internet access to everyone in Latin America, more traditional speakers included the CEOs of Coca-Cola, Cargill, Boeing, Associated Petroleum Investors, AES Corporation, Citigroup Latin America and Walmart Latin America.

The Shake Heard Around the World

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Allen Schmertzler

Last week a handshake, and now, removing Cuba from our Terrorist State list, brings hope for harmony to our natural neighborhood. Obama's composition is Nobel Peace Prize and the tune is a Shake Heard Around the World. Bravo! Encore!

Cuba, The US and the VII Summit of the Americas

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 04.13.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

A mature dialogue between Cuba and the U.S. that stresses the common interests and values of both can mark new beginnings for our hemisphere. It's counterproductive that the U.S. State Department still includes Cuba in the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. Such baseless inclusion is a clear obstacle for U.S. interests.

Cuba's Coming Out Party at the Summit of the Americas

Medea Benjamin | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

There were expectations that President Obama would use the summit to announce that Cuba would be taken off the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, a critical step in the normalization of relations. But unfortunately, that didn't happen.

Barack Obama And Cuba President Raul Castro Make History With First Sit-Down Meeting

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Barack Obama sat down with Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday, the first substantial meeting between the countries' ...

How To Land The Best Housesitting Gigs Around The World

InternationalLiving.com | Posted 04.11.2015 | Fifty
InternationalLiving.com

Do you want to travel and sample different retirement lifestyles, but have a limited budget? Housesitting may be your answer. Our first housesit was three years ago. Since then we have lived rent-free in Tuscan farmhouses, French vineyards, Spanish casitas and luxury Costa Rican villas.

6 Things To Know Before Retiring To Panama

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 04.10.2015 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Panama has been recognized for more than a decade as one of the world's top choices for retirement. This is truer today than ever, for all the reasons you've likely read about.

U.S. And Cuba Begin Historic Talks In Panama

AP | Posted 04.10.2015 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. and Cuban diplomats have met in Panama in the highest-level meeting between the two governments in more than half a c...

The Panama Summit of the Americas: What to Expect

Richard E. Feinberg | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Richard E. Feinberg

The Panama summit could be yet another contentious conclave and wasted opportunity -- or it could be a triumphal moment for multilateral diplomacy and U.S. leadership in its own hemisphere.

A Man, a Plan, a Canal -- Panama

Laura Grier | Posted 03.31.2015 | Travel
Laura Grier

I was completely wrong about Panama. I was wrong to think I could sum up everything this country has to offer in only a week. I honestly left feeling a bit teased by my experience. There is SO much to do here and so much more ground to cover.

That Other Panama

See.Place | Posted 03.15.2015 | Travel
See.Place

'Teddy Roosevelt': this was the correct answer in 5th grade to all pop quiz questions that included the word Panama. If memory serves, Theodore made h...

Measuring Misery in Latin America 2014: More Dollarization, Please

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 04.11.2015 | World
Steve H. Hanke

In my misery index, I calculate a ranking for all countries where suitable data exist. My misery index -- a simple sum of inflation, lending rates, and unemployment rates, minus year-on-year per capita GDP growth -- is used to construct a ranking for 108 countries.

Why Panama Is Still One Of The World's Best Retirement Spots

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 03.23.2015 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

I first recommended Panama as a top choice for living, retiring, investing, and doing business overseas more than 15 years ago, and I'm more bullish on this country's prospects and the opportunities it offers today than ever.

How to Depose a Dictator

Robert Strong | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics
Robert Strong

Though brief in duration, the American military operation in Panama was years in the making. Many people were involved in Manuel Noriega's gradual transition from "our man in Panama" to "public enemy No. 1."

The War to Start All Wars

Greg Grandin | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Greg Grandin

As we end another year of endless war in Washington, it might be the perfect time to reflect on the War That Started All Wars -- or at least the war that started all of Washington's post-Cold War wars: the invasion of Panama.

The 25th Anniversary of the U.S. Invasion of Panama

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

With a thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations we might have an opportunity to come to terms with the long and sordid history of the United States' actions in the Caribbean divorced from the anti-communist hyperbole we still hear from some politicians and pundits.

Celebrating and Forgetting One Hundred Years at the Panama Canal

Blake Scott | Posted 02.14.2015 | Travel
Blake Scott

The water rises and another ship - an oil tanker - passes through a set of giant steel gates. Thousands of people have gathered at the Miraflores viewing center in Panama City to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Panama Canal.

In Panama, Ex-Gang Members Lead Tours of Former Danger Zones

Mark Chesnut | Posted 02.08.2015 | Travel
Mark Chesnut

Jafet Glissant was 14 years old when he joined Ciudad de Dios, a gang named after Cidade de Deus, the Brazilian film about street gangs in Rio de Janeiro. Today, he's a tour guide with Fortaleza Tours.

A Ride on the New Panama Metro, Central America's First Subway

Mark Chesnut | Posted 01.03.2015 | Travel
Mark Chesnut

Panama's capital is truly in growth mode. Consider this: Panama City is home to the tallest buildings in Central America, the first Waldorf Astoria and Trump hotels in Latin America, and the first Frank Gehry-designed museum (the BioMuseo) in Latin America.

5 Amazing Cities for Raising a Family (and They Aren't Where You Think)

Ombretta Di Dio | Posted 01.03.2015 | Travel
Ombretta Di Dio

You've always imagined, even as a teenager, that most of your days would be spent commuting from the aforementioned suburban paradise to your workplace, so that you could just to come back home and do it all over again the next day.

Couple's Home Invaded by Baby Sloths (PHOTOS)

Lucy Cooke | Posted 12.30.2014 | Green
Lucy Cooke

Rescued adult sloths are released back into the jungle as soon as they are fit but orphaned babies are extremely vulnerable and need 24-hour care. So the couple have had to give up their home to their sleepy adopted babies until they are old enough to be released back into the wild.

The 5 Best Clothing-Optional Resorts In The World

Thrillist | Posted 12.10.2014 | Travel
Thrillist

While the world has a lot of beautiful beach resorts where sunscreen's more important than pants, they -- like their naked guests -- come in all shapes and sizes.