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FC: Greg Fasold Global Studies Peace Corps Project 2011

1: Advanced building technology Modern transportation Systems (Highway Systems/Train Tracks) (Trains, Buses, Cars)

2: Dear Dad, My self and my partner just arrived in Panama City! This place is amazing! The skyline is more scenic than Philadelphia’s. Coming over here I expected most of Panama to be behind the United States in terms of technology in building and in transportation. But if I do say so myself, rush hour here is a lot more hectic than in Philadelphia or even Washington D.C. I find it truly incredible the amount of cars, buses, and even trains around. Walking in down town Panama City you can really take a look at the beautiful architecture of some of these high rises. I really didn’t know that they were this advanced over here. Not only is their architecture and transportation technology advanced, but so far I have seen computers and laptops in every coffee shop I have been. These wonderful people know what they’re doing. They are definitely on the ball. So back to the pollution issue I was talking about in my previous letter. As you can guess, the pollution with all of these cars, trucks, trains, and factories is as bad as back home. I’ll right to you again soon. Sincerely, Greg Fasold

4: Many parts of Panama are not as advanced or as lucky as others. Some families make the most of what they have as they live in poverty as shown above.

5: Soil erosion and air pollution are two of the significant environmental problems seen in Panama.

6: Builders Threaten Panama's Forests Some 27 hectares of land in the former "canal zone" have already been sold, with a further 100 hectares demarcated and awaiting the highest bidder. The forests in Panama are rapidly vanishing as builders move in and illegally put in developments. This is a huge environmental issue for the country.

7: Dear Dad, My experience so far as a peace corps worker has been extraordinary. I haven't really moved in to the big cities and population yet though. Myself and my partner have been exploring the forests and wildland that surround the famous panama canal. We have seen the canal itself too. It's huge! It’s hard to believe people dug this out with shovels! Anyways I need to mention that some of the environmental issues I have seen here are sad. On the outskirts of the forests and even in some of the forests soil erosion has presented itself as a significant problem. Part of the problem I believe is that some parts of these lands get an enormous ammount of rain, where other parts get hardly any. And when all of that extra water runs down onto this dry land it eats away at it. Another problem that has infuriated me is that there are a ton of builders that are coming into these majestic forests and just destroying them for their own profit. And they’re not even allowed to do it. It’s illegal! Why can’t they get their wood from somewhere else? Like I said, I havn’t been into the big city yet so I don’t know how the environmental issues out there, but I will right back to you as soon as I get there. Sincerely, Greg Fasold

8: Panama's flag flying high. The flag's colors represent the two political parties. (Liberals=Red/Conservatives=blue) The two stars represent the country's loyalty and resilience. | Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli

9: Historic Panamanian currency dated back to the early 1500's

10: The two ancient artifacts seen here include an extremely old fire pit dating back to before 1300 and an old piece of jewelry worn by wealthy Panamanian women more than 300 years ago.

11: Above is an extremely old and specifically designed piece of pottery used to hold food. The picture to the left is an old war helmet worn by Panamanian soldiers back around the time of the Revolutionary War.

12: OFFICIAL DOCUMENT#1-Autoridad del Canal de Panama (ACP) is the agency of the government of Panama responsible for the operation and management of the Panama Canal. It is established under Title XIV of the National Constitution, and has exclusive charge of the management, administration, maintenance, preservation, operation and modernization of the canal. ACP operates it business through eight reportable segments namely, Traffic, Full Container Vessels, Reefer Vessels, Tanker, Drybulk carrier, Vehicle Carriers, Passenger Vessels and other Maritime Services. It is responsible for the assurance of the electricity energy supply required for operating the Canal. The reliability is achieved through a system of continuous maintenance of hydroelectric and thermoelectric power plants, power distribution systems, transmission lines, substations and repair of electrical equipment. ACP is headquartered in Balboa, Panama.

13: OFFICIAL DOCUMENT#2- (PANAMA CANAL CONVENTION) When Colombia refused to allow the United States to build a canal across the Panama isthmus, in 1903, the US intervened to dissect Panama from the rest of Columbia, set up the Republic of Panama, and established the following convention.For the Construction of a Ship Canal to Connect the Waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Signed at Washington, November 18, 1903. Ratification advised by the Senate, February 23, 1904. Ratified by the President, February 25, 1904. Ratified by Panama, December 2, 1903. Ratifications exchanged at Washington, February 26, 1904. Proclaimed, February 26, 1904.

14: Dear Dad, This is my last week in Panama and I’m going to make it count. This week I’m going to try and visit some of the famous museums and institutes around here. From what I’ve heard they contain some artifacts that date back to before the Revolutionary War. That’s incredible! In the one village we visited outside of Panama City I met an elderly women and she showed me some her old pots and pottery. And when I say old, I mean ancient. She said these items had been passed down for generations. I also found it quite incredible how well preserved these artifacts were. In America people usually don’t preserve their old artifacts or items that well. We usually just throw them in our attic or basement and forget about them. She actually still used some of her pots for cooking. The sites I’ve seen, the people I’ve been able to meet and help, and being exposed to this truly amazing culture has changed me as a person in a positive way. This experience will always stay with me for the rest of my life. I will see you in a week! Sincerely, Greg Fasold

15: Works Cited Double Pendant Panama Veraguas Culture 11th-16th Century Cast Gold. N.d. Flickr Creative Commons. Web. 11 Nov. 2011. . The artifact in this picture looks very interesting. This is a piece of gold jewelry that was made back in the 11th century. I got this picture off of Flickr Creative Commons which is a copy right friendly image source in our libraries databases. Government of Panama. Government of Panama. “Title XIV.” Political Constitution of the Republic of Panama - Title XIV. Canal De Panama. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Nov. 2011. . The following document is the constitution that the Panama Canal Authority incorporated into its organization on December 31, 1999. This document is legitimate and reliable because I got it off of the official website of the Panama Canal. This document will be very useful and help me greatly with my project. Herrera, Juan Manuel. Permanent Council Hosts President of Panama. 29 Apr. 2011. Flickr. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Oct. 2011. . I found this image through Flickr which is one of the resources in our school library’s databases. I believe this is a good picture because it display’s my countries political systems and government very well, being that the picture is of Panama’s president. The photographer of this picture primarily focuses on politics and governments of many countries around the world which also makes it quite reliable. Lang, Howard. “Panama Canal Fossils Reveal Ancient Collision of Worlds.” BBC News 20 Sept. 2010: n. pag. BBC News. Web. 10 Nov. 2011. . This article tackles sort of an environmental topic of Panama. It’s a good reliable article because it came from a news source in our library databases. Larry. Birdoca. N.d. Flickr Creative Commons. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2011. . McCall, Becky. “Builders Threaten Panama Forests.” BBC News. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Oct. 2011. . This article is great because it gives you a good insight into what is going on over in Panama in terms of environmental problems. It also comes from Facts on File which is a reliable source in our library databases. Mixtri2. 2007. Flickr Creative Commons. Web. 18 Nov. 2011. .

16: Panama City. N.d. Flickr. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Oct. 2011. . For this picture, I used Flickr through our library’s copyright friendly images sources. This picture shows the good, flourishing side of my country by showing a developed city and strong transportation systems such as cars, highways, and trains. This a very reliable picture that explains a lot about that certain topic. “Panama’s Bobsledders Competing in Americas Cup.” The Panama News. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2011. . This article covers the Panama bobsledding team who will be competing in the American Cup in the up coming Olympics. It’s an important article because it shows how Panama’s culture is expanding. It is a reliable article because I got it off of a source in the library databases. perublackware. 30 Dec. 2007. Flickr Creative Commons. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2011. . This ancient artifact is some sort of head ware that soldiers from Panama wore back in the middle ages. I got this picture off of Flickr Creative Commons which is a legitimate source off of our library copyright friendly images page. Pildora de Panama. 17 Nov. 2008. Flickr Creative Commons. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Oct. 2011. . This image will definitely help me with the scrapbook I am creating for my country. I know it’s reliable because the website I used (Flickr Creative Commons) was on our library database for copyright friendly images. The picture is taken in great clarity and good precision. Pinilla, Rene. Panama View 1. 1 Feb. 2010. Flickr Creative Commons. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Oct. 2011. . This picture is from a very reliable source seeing as that Flickr Creative Commons is a source for copyright friendly images on the library home page. This picture symbolizes what I am trying to represent in my scrapbook very well therefore a good choice for me. “Poor Women Given Government Food Bags to Stage Demonstration.” Newsroom Panama. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2011. . This article came off of an online Panama newspaper. I know it’s reliable because I found it under the peace corps project tab in our libraries databases. It will certainly help me in the long run with this project. Rogers, Tim. “Panam’s Towering Ambitions Strain Its Infrastructure.” BBC News. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2011. . This is another great article on how Panama as a country is growing economically and how it’s affecting its infrastructure. It will be very useful to me in my project. This article came off of the BBC news website which was located in our school library’s databases.

17: Sitio Barriles, Volcán, Chiriquí, Panamá, Centroamérica. N.d. Flickr Creative Commons. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2011. . This image was received from a reliable source being Flickr Creative Commons which is in our libraries databases. It’s a photo of an ancient stone carving in Panama. United States Government. President of the United States. Panama Canal Convention (1903). ABC Clio. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2011. . This is the document written by the President of the United States allowing the Panama Canal to built linking the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. Both Panama and the U.S. saw that it would be extremely beneficial to both countries. I found this document on ABC Clio which is a reliable source off of our library databases.

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