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Old 10-06-2014, 04:06 AM
 
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Panama is the second country in Latin America (the other being Costa Rica) to permanently abolish standing armies, leaving it with only small para-military forces.

Paramilitary - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Panama abolished its army/military in 1990:

Panamanian Public Forces - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Costa Rica abolished it's army/military in 1949:

Military of Costa Rica - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 10-06-2014, 06:50 AM
 
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Panama is the second country in Latin America (the other being Costa Rica) to permanently abolish standing armies, leaving it with only small para-military forces.

Paramilitary - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Panama abolished its army/military in 1990:

Panamanian Public Forces - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Costa Rica abolished it's army/military in 1949:

Military of Costa Rica - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I've heard that this may be potentially changing...due to increased issues with Nicaragua to the north. Apparently their has been a demarcation dispute near where the Nicaraguan/Costa-Rican border meets the carribean and a tiny area of CR that Nicaragua claims was occupíed by Nicaraguan troops..I think? last year or the year before that. CR appealed to the UN and the Hague and if I remember the UN ordered the immediate withdrawal of Nicaraguan troops from this tiny sliver of land. Well, of course everyone knows that the UN is a paper tiger and virtually worthless so obviously nothing happened.

Since then their has been new calls for a Costa Rican military force of some kinds.... rather than a lightly armed nat'l police..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa_R...eign_relations
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Old 10-13-2014, 09:49 AM
 
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I've heard that this may be potentially changing...due to increased issues with Nicaragua to the north. Apparently their has been a demarcation dispute near where the Nicaraguan/Costa-Rican border meets the carribean and a tiny area of CR that Nicaragua claims was occupíed by Nicaraguan troops..I think? last year or the year before that. CR appealed to the UN and the Hague and if I remember the UN ordered the immediate withdrawal of Nicaraguan troops from this tiny sliver of land. Well, of course everyone knows that the UN is a paper tiger and virtually worthless so obviously nothing happened.

Since then their has been new calls for a Costa Rican military force of some kinds.... rather than a lightly armed nat'l police..

Costa Rica - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Costa Rica has had it's share of issues but compared to other nations it's a lot more stable. Belize and Panama are some other nations within the "region" that seem to also likewise have stability compared to other nations.

Costa Rica has had a nasty habit of invading & taking other nations lands, and many people who lost lands not that long ago and their respective nations that were targets & victims of the wrongful loss are seeking to reclaim it. This is especially the case with Nicaragua & Panama. Both Nicaragua & Panama lost large integral chunks & portions of their land to Costa Rica

Costa Rica & Panama were ensconced and ensued in a violent bloody war and series of fights and battles over borders, land, disputes that took place in 1921. It was/is known as & called "Guerra De Coto". It affected the borders of both nations, and damaged relations for a long time between the two sovereign nations.
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Old 10-13-2014, 09:53 AM
 
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I've heard that this may be potentially changing...due to increased issues with Nicaragua to the north. Apparently their has been a demarcation dispute near where the Nicaraguan/Costa-Rican border meets the carribean and a tiny area of CR that Nicaragua claims was occupíed by Nicaraguan troops..I think? last year or the year before that. CR appealed to the UN and the Hague and if I remember the UN ordered the immediate withdrawal of Nicaraguan troops from this tiny sliver of land. Well, of course everyone knows that the UN is a paper tiger and virtually worthless so obviously nothing happened.

Since then their has been new calls for a Costa Rican military force of some kinds.... rather than a lightly armed nat'l police..

Costa Rica - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Something to consider about Costa Rica; Guanacaste region is historically part of Nicaragua, and many Nicaraguans still yearn for the annexation of it back into Nicaragua. Costa Ricans also stole land from the Panamanians in what is now the Puntarenas region, and led to a serious war known as Guerra de Coto. Many people in Puntarenas identify more with Panamanians, and are descendants of people that had been allied with & swore allegiance to the Republic of Panama. Many still identify more so with Panama today

Territorial disputes of Nicaragua - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Old 10-13-2014, 09:55 AM
 
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I've heard that this may be potentially changing...due to increased issues with Nicaragua to the north. Apparently their has been a demarcation dispute near where the Nicaraguan/Costa-Rican border meets the carribean and a tiny area of CR that Nicaragua claims was occupíed by Nicaraguan troops..I think? last year or the year before that. CR appealed to the UN and the Hague and if I remember the UN ordered the immediate withdrawal of Nicaraguan troops from this tiny sliver of land. Well, of course everyone knows that the UN is a paper tiger and virtually worthless so obviously nothing happened.

Since then their has been new calls for a Costa Rican military force of some kinds.... rather than a lightly armed nat'l police..

Costa Rica - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa...border_dispute
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Old 10-13-2014, 09:20 PM
 
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I've heard that this may be potentially changing...due to increased issues with Nicaragua to the north. Apparently their has been a demarcation dispute near where the Nicaraguan/Costa-Rican border meets the carribean and a tiny area of CR that Nicaragua claims was occupíed by Nicaraguan troops..I think? last year or the year before that. CR appealed to the UN and the Hague and if I remember the UN ordered the immediate withdrawal of Nicaraguan troops from this tiny sliver of land. Well, of course everyone knows that the UN is a paper tiger and virtually worthless so obviously nothing happened.

Since then their has been new calls for a Costa Rican military force of some kinds.... rather than a lightly armed nat'l police..

Costa Rica - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Costa Rica initiated the conflict and many people including Nicaragua & Panama want their lands that were stolen from them by the Costa Ricans, to be returned! That's where the bone of contention with Costa Rica lies in. Costa Ricans continue to claim land that has historically belonged to other nations.
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Old 10-16-2014, 04:24 PM
 
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More info here on Panama:

Living in Panama
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Old 10-16-2014, 11:15 PM
 
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Check out the images of old Panama towards the end of the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLER8GpV24c
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Old 10-16-2014, 11:22 PM
 
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Check out the images of old Panama towards the end of the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLER8GpV24c
Are you sure that was Panama, the images towards the end that is?
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Old 10-16-2014, 11:40 PM
 
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Yup
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