First Past the Post: August 28

It’s now likely that former Panamá City mayor Juan Carlos Navarro will be the presidential candidate for the center-left Partido Revolucionario Democrático in Panamá in 2014 after he won the chairmanship of the party last weekend.

Here in the United States, it’s convention week for the Republican Party, and Uri Friedman in Foreign Policy frisks the G.O.P. platform on foreign policy.

A French prosecutor is investigating whether former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was murdered after an al-Jazeera report last month suggested he may have been poisoned.

The Montreal Gazette ponders whether a victory for sovereigntists next Tuesday in Québec would lead to an anglophone flight from the province.

The Dutch Socialist Party seems to be falling back after the first debate in the Netherlands.

Meet the Dutch version of Todd Akin.

The Philippine economy shines.

Your latest FT Alphaville review of the Greek bailout.

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