Date: February 19, 2010

The Implication of the Kuna Case for the Miskito

Although historical parallels can never be more than partial and suggestive, the remarkably strong similarities between the revolution of the San Blas Kuna of Panama and the struggle going on today involving the Miskito of Nicaragua's Atlantic coast can inform and illuminate as well as divert.

Date: February 17, 2010

A Study of Convergent Interests

Date: February 17, 2010

The visitor who spends a few days in Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, will be impressed with the feelings of open space the city inspires, the modern look of the governmental center at Waigani, and the stores at Boroko. All give the appearance of a thriving and successful capital city. Visits to other coastal cities, such as Lae or Madang, will reinforce this impression of a young nation with bustling city life.

Date: February 9, 2010

The San Blas Kuna of Panama are an indigenous population of 30,000 people. Their reserve, the Comarca de San Blas or Kuna Yala, is a strip of land between the Caribbean coast and a mountain chain which runs from Colombia to approximately 60 miles east of the Panama Canal. Supporting themselves by subsistence agriculture, marine fishing, cash-cropping of coconuts, migrant wage labor, and tourism, the Kuna are relatively well fed, prosperous, and secure.