The Nation: Eupeptic over Progress in Panama

Mardi Gras is being celebrated this week on the small island of Contadora off the coast of Panama, and revelers move from one party to the next to the din of drumbeats. The mood seems auspicious for the resumption of negotiations on the Panama Canal. Never before in twelve years of off-again, on-again talks have U.S. and Panamanian negotiators been more confident of success. In their bungalow, overlooking a white sand beach where they occasionally swim and sun themselves, they are quickly getting down to basics. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance has been...

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