Panama: A Day at the Races

During a weekend jaunt to Mexico City for the annual running of the "Caribbean Classic," Panama's strongman, General Omar Torrijos, ran into a stretch of bad luck. First, the general, who seized power in a coup 14 months ago, lost a bundle on a Panamanian nag that had the nerve to finish fifth in a field of twelve. Then, back in Panama City, a couple of colonels tried to make it a daily double by turning him out of office in a countercoup. The result, within 48 fast-moving hours, was a counter-countercoup, something that not even Panama...

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