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Jackson, Maleantes colonenses y sus jefes

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Mariela Jiménez y sus maleantes colonenses. Foto por Eric Jackson.

“El que no brinca es sapo”

por Eric Jackson, cédula 3-721-1318

“El que no brinca es sapo” –un lema de un grupo de manifestantes importados desde Colón para apoyar a Ricardo Martinell durante la audiencia sobre la detención de Ricardo Martinelli. Los supervisores de este grupo de empleados eran los transfugas multiples Eduardo Camacho y Mariela Jiménez. Sus otros gritos fueron por la majoría robados de otras fuerzas: “el pueblo unido jamás será vencido” robado de la Unidad Popular de Salvador Allende; “la pelea es peleando” robado del general guerrillero liberal Victoriano Lorenzo; “sin lucha no hay victoria” del FRENADESO.

Pero la surgencia por Mariela Jiménez, la ex-Papa Egoró que traicionó al pueblo por su desempeño perverso y desleal como directora de carrera administrativa en el régimen de Martinelli, que cualquier otra persona es un sapo –un traidor, un soplón– es bastante irónico.

¿Y estas colonenses? Son peores. Son sinvergúenzas. Ellos vendieron a todos los otros colonenses, todos de nosotros quienes portamos la cédula tres. Vendieron a los asaltadores de Colón. Pero la traición del pueblo, los delitos en contra del pueblo — ¿no son estas las características de maleantería?

 

"El Sapo"
“El sapo”. Foto por Eric Jackson.

 

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“El que no brinca es sapo”. Foto por Eric Jackson.

 

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“El sapo” después. Foto por Eric Jackson.

 

Los hechos de maleantería martinelsta en Colón.
Los hechos de maleantería martinelsta en Colón.

 

 

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December 21, 3 p.m. high court hearing on an arrest warrant for Martinelli

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Il Duce
Take him away! Photo by the Presidencia.

Martinelli loses a second round in court, setting up a hearing on an arrest warrant

by Eric Jackson

In a curt two-sentence announcement by the Supreme Court, the magistrates announced that in a December 16 session the court, via a decision written by suplente Gisela Agurto, found that Ricardo Martinelli’s habeas corpus motion to challenge a request for “a measure to restrict bodily freedom” aimed at the former president was “not viable.” The court will meet again in plenary session on Monday, December 21 to consider magistrate and acting judge Harry Díaz’s request for such a measure — an arrest warrant. Martinelli is in self-imposed exile in Miami, so any attempt to take him into custody would have to pass through INTERPOL and US legal or political systems. The process could be blocked in the United State or stall there for years, or could unfold with blinding speed, if a warrant is issued.

In the December 21 hearing the court, having dispensed with months of assertions of immunity and procedural motions, is expected to rule on whether the underlying evidence and law justify the arrest of Ricardo Martinelli for an electronic eavesdropping program that followed at least 150 people. The equipment that was used and the two men who operated it have been missing for more than one year. However, computer files and the testimony of multiple witnesses indicate that this spying did happen and that it was done at Martinelli’s behest. The most damning piece of evidence is a file, which someone tried unsuccessfully to erase from a National Security Council computer, with surveillance reports on some 150 people. The ex-president’s operatives could and did remotely and surreptitiously turn on programs like Skype or telephone connections in people’s computers and mobile devices, converting them into bugs that could pick up nearby activities or conversations even when it appeared that the things were turned off. Some of the intercepted conversations were used to make crude political attack videos that the Martinelli regime circulated in collaboration with Google on YouTube.

 

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Harrington, El invernadero del tráfico de influencias

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¿Sal sosa ó salsosa?

por Kevin Harrington-Shelton
Let the people know the truth, and the country will be safe.
Abraham Lincoln

 

El Día del periodista encuentra a Panamá en un imbroglio sobre la administración de justicia –tolerado por el Cuarto Estado desde hace décadas. En abstracción de las plumas privilegiadas de iconos del periodismo panameño (Gaspar Octavio Hernández, Víctor Florencio Goytía, Gil Blas Tejeira, Ernesto de la Guardia, Carlos Iván Zúñiga, Guillermo Sánchez Borbón, Bolívar Pedreschi, Miguel Antonio Bernal, Julio Miller, Sabrina Bacal, “entre otros”) la llegada de tantísimas otros medios de comunicación para educar a la población hacia una democracia sustentable, no ha sido más inspiradora nuestra historia reciente. Particularmente en la televisión, donde los controles corporativos que (además) tienen intereses que dominan otros sectores económicos, matizan la calidad e independencia de sus periodistas profesionales y los convierten más en poder hacia un fin (de por sí y ante sí), que en medios hacia el fin de una ciudadanía suficientemente informada para participar en una verdadera democracia.

Estamos frente al invernadero del tráfico de influencias –¡y peor!

La ética vigente en nuestros medios refuerza lo enunciado por un director, que “lo que se deja de decir es lo más valioso de tener un medio”. La ilustración más a mano toca sobre la Ampliación. Pese a que nuestro periodismo SABE que la ley obliga a la Autoridad del Canal a comparecer ante el Pleno de la Asamblea a rendir cuentas, no cuestionan cuando ellos ripostan “hábilmente” con la treintena de informes escritos que efectivamente sí entregan y dejan así de contestar lo específicamente preguntado por uno de los mejores comunicadores en nuestros medios — sin que estos últimos insistan… La diferencia entre las dos cosas es abismal: un informe escrito no estaría sujeto a las re-preguntas, implícitas en una comparecencia personal. De haberse ejercido esta fiscalización legislativa otro gallo cantaría. Y mientras tanto –desde 2006– “mi Cristo padeciendo” con una Ampliación que hoy hace aguas (literalmente).

En materia del propio Órgano Judicial, los ejemplos de esta corrupción sobran. Tiene 17 años de estar pendiente en la Corte Suprema un recurso de inconstitucionalidad –quizás el más decidor respecto de cómo una sociedad percibe su cuerpo legal– que cuestiona algo tan delicado como la Superintendencia de Bancos duerme sin que le encuentren manera de resolver, aunque sea “salomónicamente”. Más recientemente, ha desaparecido del panorama noticioso el escándalo destapado en USA sobre una empresa alemana confesa de sobornos a entidades gubernamentales panameñas para vender sistemas de computación. A la luz de la actual cacería de brujas –selectiva– desatada en nuestros medios, brilla por su ausencia seguimiento alguno a esta venalidad que habría sido apetecible por tratarse de un caso DURANTE “el gobierno anterior” (plausiblemente porque involucra a uno de los anunciantes más grandes de Panamá). Se recordará también que hace rato VARIOS magistrados actuales denunciaron el mismo tipo de travesuras que hoy adornan titulares, sin que entonces sus propios confidentes en los medios les dieran seguimiento a tales infidentes. Porque no fue sino una habituada llamarada de capullo, que se engaveta hasta que convenga. Tal es el inventario de chantajistas y de la contabilización de favores.

No es cuestión de opinión. Hay documentación de lo que en el fondo (demasiados) periodistas (y abogados) realmente piensan sobre el espíritu de nuestras leyes. Aparece en 2013 “Una vida póstuma”, autobiográfica del Dr. Fernando Berguido, a la sazón director de nuestro diario de referencia y hoy representante personal del presidente Juan Carlos Varela en Roma, coordinando esfuerzos en el Caso Lavitola. Inicialmente recoge palabras del entrante presidente don Ricardo Martinelli ante el colectivo de La Prensa en conmemoración de su 30 aniversario: “Quiero salir con la frente en alto; si he cometido un error, háganmelo saber.” Mirando muy sinceramente a los ojos de don Roberto Eisenmann –sentado a primera fila– le pidió una cita para poder “escuchar sus consejos” y le pidió que continuara escribiendo.” (p.336). No obstante, a pocos días, también recoge lo que Martinelli le dijera a Berguidoi en reunión privada respecto del manejo de los Wikileaks. “Me dijo que él había decidido “no tener en su gobierno ningún problema con los gringos” y que desde el principio, “lo que los gringos piden, yo se lo doy”. Así me contó que por esos días, los estadounidenses andaban buscando a un capo colombiano que estaba en Panamá. “Acaba de entrar a Tocumen y lo habían identificado, y yo les dije, llévenselo así mismo; nada de recursos formales ni órdenes judiciales.” (p. 370). No aclara por qué tan patente intención de violar la ley panameña no fue reportada anteriormente en páginas de La Prensa por dicho letrado.

Al igual que en la (continuada) omisión en cuanto a rendir cuentas personalmente ante la Asamblea sobre la Ampliación, tan sólo se podría especularse, cuánta perdida de confianza y pérdidas materiales hoy en primera plana nos habríamos ahorrado, si el entonces mandatario no tuviera certeza que en sus primeros 100 días sería beneficiado (ilegalmente) con esa “suspension of disbelief” (carta-blanca) que demasiados dueños de medios otorgan a todo gobierno, en la esperanza de primicias y favores para sus otros intereses económicos que, en un país pequeño, siempre penden sobre la benevolencia presidencial.

Quienes comemos tres veces al día tenemos una obligación hacia quienes no comen, y la mejor forma de cumplirla es perseverando en en una vocación profética en promoción de un Estado de derecho que funcione –con los CUATRO poderes del Estado contribuyendo al bien-común.

 

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What Democrats are saying — the December 19 debate

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What Democrats are saying

We’ve got to go after everything from North Africa to South Asia and beyond.
Hillary Clinton

 

Secretary Clinton is too much into regime change and a little bit too aggressive without knowing what the unintended consequences might be.
Bernie Sanders

 

I am the very first post-9/11 mayor and the very first post-9/11 governor.
Martin O’Malley

The debate transcript

 

 

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Lesley Hendricks’s photos of the poison dart frogs of Bocas del Toro

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Just in case you are one of these open carry blowgun enthusiasts…

photos of poison dart frogs in Bocas del Toro by Lesley Hendricks

If you really NEED to carry a blowgun around, then you would also need to protect these little amphibians, members of the Dendrobates family, to ensure your ammo supply.

LH fungus frog

 

LH black and gold

 

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LH sky blue and orange

 

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Prohibido olvidar

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Prohibdo olvidar

fotos por varias personas, la historia de todos de nosotros

 

Quema El Chorrillo

 

las ruinas

 

Santo Tomás

 

fosa común

 

The Panama News blog links, December 17, 2015

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The Panama News blog links, December 17, 2015

Video: La ACP está perdiendo una gran transparencia, Rainiero Salas

Seatrade, Evergreen’s CCT port in Coco Solo finishes expansion

Hellenic Shipping News, PSA Panama port expansion on track

Q Costa Rica, Panama – Colombia ferry discontinues service

Reuters, Panama’s economy cools a bit in third quarter

ICIS, Chinese company to provide gas for Panama’s ETESA

La Nación, Empresa de diputado tico demandó a Panamá por $100 millones

USDOJ, Former SAP exec sentenced for bribing Panamanian officials

Bloomberg, Credit Agricole to pay $99.2 million in Swiss scam with Panama tie

PR, US Justice reaches deal with three banks under Swiss Bank Program

Smithsonian, Some forests have outsized impacts on local water

Mongabay, Scientists: halve tropical deforestation to avoid climate catastrophe

Smithsonian, Removing a dam can be a net win for the planet

The Intercept, Toxic firefighting foam has contaminated US drinking water

Arghiris, Mexico approves dengue vaccine

Scruggs, The highs and lows of Latin America and the Caribbean at COP21

Gandásegui, Los retos del cambio climático

Open Culture, Some 1.5 million US slave documents being scanned into digital archive

The Guardian, World Court rules for Costa Rica in boundary spat with Nicaragua

Reuters, Colombian government and FARC agree on reparations for victims

Main, Honduran-US call to address corruption and impunity in Honduras

Video: José Stoute, víctima de los pinchazos de Martinelli

The Dichter & Neira December 2015 Panama poll (PDF in Spanish)

 

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¿Wappin? A soul is a terrible thing to waste…

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Isaac Hayes. Photo by IdIOtech.

¿Wappin? A soul is a terrible thing to waste…

Isaac Hayes – Walk On By
https://youtu.be/iqR4CZj0mJQ

Temptations – Papa Was a Rolling Stone
https://youtu.be/pJV2pWFyfn4

Joan Osborne – What Becomes of the Broken Hearted
https://youtu.be/gA0GcXV2njY

Tina Turner – We Don’t Need Another Hero
https://youtu.be/eDMMZuH6fKw

Motown Manifestos – Papa Was a Running Dog Lackey of the Bourgeoisie
https://youtu.be/XF6HgamQ8LU

Smokey Robinson – Quiet Storm
https://youtu.be/iCZ22D2SRD0

Zahara – Imali
https://youtu.be/dXACi4FUPgg

Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody
https://youtu.be/IYj2hex99gY

The Voices of East Harlem – Run Shaker Life
https://youtu.be/IqKH4-P24zw

Adele – Skyfall
https://youtu.be/-6W6NDnKUME

Little Richard – Tutti Frutti
https://youtu.be/F13JNjpNW6c

Martha & the Vandellas – Jimmy Mack
https://youtu.be/obvSFWvgBhg

The Four Tops – Standing in the Shadows of Love
https://youtu.be/7oSYhNVaHwY

Curtis Mayfield – Diamond in the Back
https://youtu.be/ZVANQheoRUw

Bill Murray – Kung Fu Christmas
https://youtu.be/9AKc4QkIH2o

What Republicans are saying

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What Republicans are saying: the GOP
debate at Sheldon Adelson’s hotel

Full debate transcript

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tenor of US discourse: people’s comments to CNN

Editor’s note: Let there not be any pompous pretense of neutrality here. This is the opinion of a Democrat from the progressive side of that spectrum. On this occasion we mostly heard bravado, with a mostly unsaid undertone of bigotry. Rand Paul did inject a few notes of reality into the discussion, in which the Republican mainstream would have America go to war with Iran, Russia, China and the entire Muslim world, snapping imperial fingers to instantly change other countries about which these men and this woman hardly know. Do you think that Americans ought to be very frightened? Think about the rest of the world.

 

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Martinelli survives another round in court, which he loses

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This tweet may be a miscalculation. Panamanians might actually be eager to find tickets for such an event. Taken from Ricardo Martinelli’s Twitter feed.

High court plenum allows Martinelli’s attorneys
to file motions, summarily rejects the first one

by Eric Jackson

On December 11, Ricardo Martinelli had a court date and sent his wife and eight lawyers instead. He was held in contempt, the court would not hear his lawyers that day, and the former president — who generally was less impressive to women voters all along — has surely taken a public relations beating among the relatively macho Panamanian male electorate. The 11th was a Friday and a request was made for a Monday hearing by a nine-member Supreme Court plenum about whether to issue a warrant for Martinelli’s arrest. After some missteps, that hearing was held on the afternoon of Monday, December 4.

Meanwhile, on the 11th Martinelli’s lawyers filed a habeas corpus motion to head off an arrest warrant, and on the morning of the 14th they filed a motion seeking to disqualify five magistrates or suplentes — José Ayú Prado, Oydén Ortega Durán, Hernán de León, Abel Augusto Zamorano y Luis Mario Carrasco.

The purported grounds for disqualification were that all of these jurists are in one way or another involved as judges or prosecutors in pending cases against the former president. But suplente Wilfrredo Sáez, given the task of writing the decision, cited Article 60 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. This provides that the judges or magistrates in charge of ordering or intervening in interim measures are not disqualified by that. The panel, consisting of suplentes Sáez, Gisela Agurto and Luis Carrasco, acting magistrates Abel Zamorano and Nelly Cedeño and regular magistrates Oydén Ortega, Hernán De León, Harley Mitchell and Luis Ramón Fábrega. José Ayú Prado was out of the countr. The issue decided was not close. The plenum took the unusual step of rejecting a motion on the day it was filed. Some of the private attorneys representing some of Martinelli’s victims talked about unheard-of but provided for in the law disciplinary measures against the former president’s lawyers for illegal dilatory tactics.

The habeas corpus motion was not decided that day. Gisela Agurto was assigned to write that that decision and another plenary hearing was set for Wednesday, December 16. A court press release mentioned that in addition to that decision, a ruling might also be made on that day about acting prosecutor Harry Díaz’s motion to issue an arrest warrant for Martinelli.

Díaz was a Martinelli appointee, as was his brother, Javier Díaz, who served as health minister in the Martinelli administration. Javier is facing a number of corruption charges having to do with accumulating inexplicable wealth — five condos and a private foundation — while in public office. So Martinelli sent out a tweet accusing Harry of being the true owner of these things and Javier of acting as a front for his brother. As in, the former president throwing one of his former subordinates who is in trouble and had not turned against him under the bus in order to get at the brother whose job is to sit in judgment. Harry Díaz issued a stinging rejoinder denying any wrongdoing, not defending his brother except to note that unlike Martinelli Javier stuck around to confront the charges against him, and insisting that he will neither be intimidated nor manipulated by the ex-president.

The habeas corpus motion is unlikely to prosper. It’s based on a claim that the motion for an arrest warrant that Díaz made can only be made by a plenum of the court. But Article 492 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, an amendment to the code proposed by one Ricardo Martinelli and rubber stamped by a National Assembly that Martinelli controlled, specifically provides that in such cases it’s up to the magistrate acting as judge to make such motions. The former president’s lawyers now say that the former president’s own legislation is unconstitutional and can’t be used against him. They don’t coherently state why that would be the case.

 

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