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The Panama News blog links, January 16, 2016

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Usually there is Panamanian music here, but this is a British thing that Panamanians should take to heart.

The Panama News blog links, January 16, 2016

The Maritime Executive, Criminal complaint filed in Panama Canal dispute

El País, Sacyr eleva los sobrecostes del Canal de Panamá a €3.220 millones

JOC, Hapag-Lloyd won’t upsize PanCanal tonnage this year

Seatrade, Panama moves to adopt two maritime treaties

Ship & Bunker, New record low for Baltic Dry Index

Liu & Lu, Navigating China’s New Silk Road

Mongabay, New indigenous challenge to Nicaragua Canal

Bloomberg, Japan to finance $2 billion monorail across the Panama Canal

The National, Emirates delays world’s longest flight from Dubai to Panama

ESPN, Panama and Haiti qualify for Copa Centenario

Bloomberg, Renewal in Panama coming at a high cost

Fresh Plaza, Watermelons from Panama

IntraFish, Ocean shrimp out of season starting February 1

La Estrella, La marihuana es la droga más decomisada en el 2016

Mundiario, La República Saharaui y Panamá restablecen relaciones

All Africa, Saharawi ambassador received at Panama’s National Assembly

The Tico Times, Panama police convicted of burning teens alive in cell

Telemetro, Condenas hasta de 46 años por muerte de menores quemados

Video, What they did

Beluche, Que se castigue ahora a los autores intelectuales

BBC, First stranded Cubans reach the USA

Prensa Latina, Maniobra gobierno de Puerto Rico para mantener operaciones

WOLA, Colombia set to promote officers linked to ‘false positives’ scandal

BBC, Tsai Ing-wen elected Taiwan’s first female president

NBC, Obama won’t endorse a Democratic primary candidate

Doctors Without Borders, Hospital bombed in northern Yemen

AP, Pregnant women advised to avoid Panama and other places with Zika virus

Mogabay, Is eco-certification the solution to forest destruction?

Video, Howler monkeys on Isla Colon

Warren, The secret sex lives of crop plants

Science, Vaginas shaped evolutionary history

Susan the Bruce, Nipples and nonsense

Time, Hillary Clinton on running and governing as a woman

The Hill, Chelsea Clinton: Sanders wants to scrap ObamaCare

Dayen, Hillary Clinton whiffs on reforming Wall Street’s ratings agencies

Hamilton, How Bernie Sanders wins

Weisbrot, Democratic primary contest gets real

Brin, As the campaigns heat up…

Chittister, The worst of religious sins

Boff, The 2015 annus nefastus does not destroy hope for an annus propicius

Eyes on Trade, Falsely sweet story exemplifies TPP sales job

Mitchell, The Pink Tide recedes

Beinstein, Argentina swings between crisis and mafia dictatorship

Paterson, The missing pages of Merida

Simpson, Afrontando la crisis del agua

Sagel, El país que estamos destruyendo

Blades: Danilo, Patricia y el Festival de Jazz de Panamá

 

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Vic Brown’s scenes from opening night at the Panama Jazz Festival

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Trumpeter Dave Douglas, with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute band.

Opening night at the Panama Jazz Festival

photos by Victor Brown

 

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Arild Andersen Trio

 

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Norwegian bassman Arild Andersen.

 

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What Republicans are saying: the January 14 debates

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These videos are “unofficial” and may be taken off of YouTube at any time, but if “official” versions become available we will post those.

The main debate transcript

What Republicans are saying

The undercard debate transcript

 

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Reborning, now at the Ancon Theater

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Starring Valerie Troncoso, Keitha Kushner and Rob Getman, directed by Malky Zebede. This show goes on at the Theatre Guild’s playhouse next to the DIJ in Ancon on January 16 and 16, 21-23 and 28-30. All shows at 8 p.m.

Zayd Dohrn’s acclaimed turn for the weird

Are you sufficiently jaded so that latex love holds no attraction for you? Is Alice Cooper quaintly stale stuff from another generation? Do the deceptive video montages of the born-agains who style themselves as “pro-life” fail to excite you? Zayd Dohrn may have written just the play for you. There will be plenty of seats at the Ancon Theater for this dark dramatic comedy about two artists who make creepy dolls and their even more bizarre customers. This play is an LA Times Critics’ Choice, nominee for the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award and winner of the ENCORE! Producer’s Award.

 

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Scenes from the Day of the Martyrs 2016

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Her generation remembers. Photo by José F. Ponce.
Her generation remembers. Photo by José F. Ponce.

Scenes from the Day of the Martyrs 2016

 

President Varela and the cabinet pay respects at the eternal flame, where the Balboa High flagpole once stood. Photo by the Presidencia.
President Varela and the cabinet pay respects at the eternal flame, where the Balboa High flagpole once stood. Photo by the Presidencia.

 

The comrades of FRENADESO render homage on the streets.
The comrades of FRENADESO render homage on the streets.

 

Labor activists gather at one of the monuments. Photo by José F. Ponce.
Labor activists gather at one of the monuments. Photo by José F. Ponce.

 

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Set in metal and concrete, where once it happened in the flesh. Photo by José F. Ponce.

 

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The PRD youth gather to mark the occasion.

 

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MIREN remembers with a mural.

 

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As it was back then.

 

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Concierto gratis del sábado: acceso, estacionamiento y reglas

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FPS, Los problemas de la ampliación del Canal

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El ministro intenta explicar sin referencia a la corrupción del caso. Foto por la Asamblea Nacional.

Hay que evitar otro escándalo
en el Canal de Panamá

por el Frente Panamá Soberana (FPS)

Sólo si algo inesperado ocurriera, el proyecto de ampliación del Canal de Panamá será recordado como otro gran “escándalo” que involucra al gobierno, la elite empresarial panameña e intereses extranjeros. El pueblo panameño y las futuras generaciones serán los grandes perjudicados. La propuesta de ampliación del Canal –construcción de un tercer juego de esclusas con mayor capacidad que las existentes– fue presentada por el presidente Martín Torrijos en 2006. La Autoridad del Canal de Panamá (ACP), celebro del proyecto, aseguró que el Canal ampliado le rendiría al país enormes beneficios.

Han pasado casi 10 años y el país está todavía enfrascada en un debate sobre las bondades del proyecto presentado. Por un lado, todos los defectos previstos están saliendo a flote. Por el otro, la corrupción de las empresas involucradas e intereses especulativos locales, que no fue un factor analizado, ha aparecido en el corazón del proyecto.

En 2006 el Frente Panamá Soberana (FPS) realizó un esfuerzo extraordinario para analizar la propuesta de la ACP y del presidente Martín Torrijos. El resultado del estudio que efectuó arrojó como resultado serias deficiencias e inconsistencias en la propuesta. Incluso, el FPS recomendó que se rechazara ese proyecto de ampliación del Canal de Panamá. No fuimos los únicos. Desde diferentes sectores de la sociedad panameña surgieron dudas sobre la propuesta.

El FPS no se opuso –ni si opone, en la actualidad– a ampliar la capacidad de tránsitos por el Canal. Se opuso, en aquel momento, a la propuesta que presentó el gobierno de Martín Torrijos, sustentado por la ACP. El FPS presentó sus razones en foros, documentos y en los medios de comunicación. La principal razón era –y sigue siendo– que el proyecto de ampliación presentado por el gobierno y la ACP era ajena a los intereses de Panamá que como país tiene que integrar el Canal a un plan de desarrollo nacional. Igualmente, se demostró –hace casi una década- que la propuesta de ampliación sólo beneficiaría a las grandes empresas trasnacionales de transporte marítimo que tienen un monopolio a escala mundial sobre esta actividad.

Desde el punto de vista ambiental y de ingeniería, la propuesta de ampliación tenía inconsistencias que ponen en peligro la seguridad del mismo proyecto. La ampliación del Canal necesita nuevas fuentes de agua que no fueron incorporados al documento aprobado. Hay indicios, sin embargo, que la ACP y el gobierno sabían que el proyecto de ampliación necesitaría más agua y no fue incluida por razones políticas.

A su vez, aún no hay seguridad alguna que el proyecto presentado para construir el tercer juego de esclusas no contaminará las aguas de los ríos y lagos que alimenta el complejo del Canal. El FPS denunció en forma oportuna la dificultad que representa introducir los barcos pos-Panamax a las nuevas esclusas mediante el uso de los remolcadores.

Los panameños nos enfrentamos, en la actualidad, que todas las advertencias y dudas que generaba el proyecto de ampliación del Canal palidecen frente a las maniobras financieras de las empresas contratadas por la ACP para construir el tercer juego de esclusas. La deficiente administración – para no decir colusión – de la ACP le ha permitido a un consorcio europeo abusar del fisco panameño y hacer demandas desmedidas de sus recursos en abierto desafío de las leyes y contratos celebrados entre las partes. La construcción del tercer juego de esclusas fue presupuestado en 2007 en 3.2 mil millones de dólares. A principios de 2016, con el 94 por ciento de la obra completada, el consorcio europeo ha recibido de la ACP casi 4 mil millones de dólares. Además, está exigiendo otros 2.5 mil millones de dólares en supuestos “sobrecostos”.

Las demandas del consorcio europeo, que cuenta con el apoyo de varios gobiernos de ese continente, son inadmisibles y deben ser rechazadas por el pueblo y el gobierno panameños. Las fallas de la ACP deben ser objeto de un análisis profundo por las fuerzas sociales del país e, igualmente, por parte del gobierno. Pero no sólo corresponde oponernos a estas demandas. Es necesario redefinir el proyecto de ampliación del Canal y presentar una propuesta que ponga el desarrollo del país como objetivo central de esta inversión enorme que se ha realizado.

Las generaciones que lucharon y dieron sus vidas por rescatar la soberanía del país –1947, 1959 y 1964– no lo hicieron para que esta generación de 2016 lo entregara a una pequeña elite de malos panameños y sus socios extranjeros. Todos los recursos del Canal de Panamá tienen que estar al servicio del engrandecimiento del país y de su pueblo.

 

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The very Afrocentric Randy Weston

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Pianist Randy Weston. Photo by Bob Travis.

Via Brooklyn, Jamaica and Panama, Randy Weston’s roots are African

by Eric Jackson

 

Music is before language — language has to have music in it to be properly spoken.
Randy Weston

 

He could be a Panamanian citizen if he wanted to be, and Jamaica would have an even greater claim. But Randy Weston, a lifelong Brooklyn resident and US Army veteran, emphasizes his African identity.

On his mother’s side Weston, who was born in Brooklyn in 1926, is of Jamaican extraction. His father’s people also trace roots back to Jamaica, but his paternal grandmother came from Jamaica to run a bakery during canal construction times, giving birth to his father in Panama. Under Panamanian law the child of a parent who was born in Panama can be Panamanian if she or he wants to be. But Frank Edward Weston, the immigrant businessman raising a family in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, chose things to embrace and things to leave behind. He spoke Spanish as well as English, but “that generation wanted to adapt to America” and he raised his son Randy speaking English in the home. A barber and restaurateur, the elder Weston directed his tall son away from the basketball court and into piano lessons. Across the river in Manhattan the social, cultural and political flowering known as the Harlem Renaissance was in full bloom as Randy was growing up and his dad took him to places in Harlem and the Village to expose him to the likes of Duke Ellington, Eubie Blake and New York’s calypso scene. The elder Weston chose carefully among the educational opportunities available to black people in Brooklyn at the time, sending Randy to Boys High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant and choosing a piano teacher who would let him get beyond the standard classical canon.

What other sorts of values were coming from the Weston home? Randy’s father was not a movement person, but “he loved Marcus Garvey” and passed on that Pan-Africanist leader’s Afrocentric, self-reliant, independent set of values to his son. Later when, at a certain postwar moment in jazz circles, “everyone wanted to go to Europe,” Randy Weston had heard of Europe from his dad and was not terribly interested — the attraction was to Africa. “We grew up with imperialism — everything was about taking advantage of the African.”

As the clouds of world war gathered in Europe and Asia, a teenage Randy Weston growing up in Bed Stuy hung out with drummer Max Roach, who lived in the same neighborhood, and was deeply influenced by the music of Thelonious Monk and Coleman Hawkins. On other cultural fronts, what’s an Afrocentric upbringing without an appreciation for fiery food? Starting about age nine, his father introduced Randy to the acquired taste of hot peppers. “He cooked everything — he made ice cream, beer, wine and baccalao, and cooked pies.”

Boyhood ended with a call to arms at age 18. That took Randy Weston away from Brooklyn and North America — to Okinawa and a year’s exposure to that bit of non-Western civilization.

Back in Brooklyn after the war, Randy took over management of one of his dad’s restaurants, a place called Trios. “That’s where all the music was.” Trios became known as quite the hangout for the bebop scene. Added to Trios was the renewed old friendship with Max Roach, also back in the neighborhood. Weston met Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie at Roach’s house.

“Brooklyn was very family,” Weston explained. Jazz was all over, but a musician from Kansas City or Detroit had to make a certain pilgrimage to get recognition in the business. “New York was the place. Everyone had to come to New York to prove themselves.” And in that concentrated scene Weston proved and improved himself, acquiring a reputation of his own, working with some of the top people and making music outside of overly formatted boxes.

The time came for Randy Weston to take his show on the road — to Africa. In 1960, in collaboration with arranger Melba Liston and with narration by poet and writer Langston Hughes, Weston recorded Uhuru Afrika. In that period he also was noticed for a cover of Nigerian Bobby Benson’s Niger Mambo. The call was getting louder on both ends. A 1963 trip to Nigeria was followed a few years later by a 14-country tour across northern and western Africa, under the auspices of the US State Department. In places like Senegal, Niger, Mali, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Gabon, Algeria and Egypt he met the first leaders of newly independent African nations. The last stop on the tour was in Morocco, where he received an invitation to come back.

And back to Africa Weston did come, playing, learning and running a Tangiers nightclub called African Rhythms. He learned bits of African languages, collaborated with his son and musicians from all over and took a special interest in the music of the Gnawa, originally a sub-Saharan people brought to Morocco as slaves and now a crucial force in Moroccan music and culture.

After about five years living in Africa and en route back to Brooklyn, Weston did manage to put in his appearance on the European scene, which by then was broadening its horizons to include an appreciation of sounds coming directly out of the continent to the south. He has been back to Europe a few times, including a special session playing for Queen Elizabeth II.

So to what is Randy Weston listening now? Don’t hold your breath waiting for the 89-year-old to release a hip hop album. He doesn’t listen to much new stuff, not even the more recent sounds coming out of Africa. “I collect traditional music, the oldest music I can find,” he said. He’s picking up on new things in the old stuff he visits and revisits. “I’m still listening to Louis [Armstrong]” — and noticing influences and strokes of creative genius that hadn’t been noticed before.

One of the reasons why Weston left for Africa in the 1960s and 70s was that the record industry was concentrating into narrow commercially oriented formats under the leadership of people who knew much about money and little about art. Today’s music business? “Forget it.” Worse yet, “the media ignore art.” But it’s not as if today’s music entirely escapes Weston’s attention. “The African pulse is there wherever you find us. Take the African culture out of the USA and you would be left with nothing. The whole concept of music comes from Africa.”

Well of course. Humanity originally comes from Africa. People and their brains with “wired in” language. People whose damaged brains can lose the power of speech, but can often be healed with music therapy. Weston cites the example of his late collaborator and arranger, trombonist Melba Liston. She suffered a massive stroke that left her paralyzed on her right side, ending her days of playing the trombone. But she fought back to rewire her brain circuitry, learned to type into a computer with her left hand and had more days of composing and arranging in her before another series of strokes ended her life.

And how does a man stay lucid as his 90th birthday approaches? The energy level isn’t there for Weston to be touring anymore, but he says he will never retire. Don’t recent medical studies show that being bilingual delays the onset of Alzheimer’s? And isn’t music a language, or a set of languages?

That question has the concept backwards, according to Randy Weston. “Music is before language — language has to have music in it to be properly spoken.”

 

 

 

 

 

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MOVADUP, Espacios de debate

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MOVADUP para promueve espacios de debate

por el MOVADUP

El Comité de Coordinación Nacional del MOVADUP, con respecto a la contienda electoral universitaria que se avecina, ha decidido adoptar una postura proactiva y mantener una posición supraelectoral para promover el conocimiento y el interés de todo el pueblo panameño con respecto a los asuntos universitarios en general y a los de la Universidad de Panamá en particular, a lo cual no escapa el escrutinio público hacia todos aquellos que tengan aspiración de ocupar cargos de elección en la Casa de Méndez Pereira.

El MOVADUP considera que la Universidad de Panamá le pertenece al pueblo, e intenta modestamente ser un vehículo crítico a través del cual cualesquiera aspirantes a cargos de elección universitarios respondan a sus inquietudes y presenten AL PAÍS ENTERO sus programas. El MOVADUP sigue indeclinablemente el espíritu y la letra de sus documentos fundacionales, los cuales consignan nuestra voluntad inquebrantable de que los procesos universitarios superen el embozamiento del claustro y salgan a la luz de la comunidad, para ser escrutados y perfeccionados por la ciudadanía, única y legítima soberana y dueña de la Universidad Pública.

Por lo tanto, además de que es conocida nuestra posición en la lucha contra la corrupción y los abusos en la Universidad de Panamá, habida cuenta de que la actual administración universitaria se ha descalificado al parcializarse públicamente al llamar “mala” y “basura” a la disidencia y a la oposición, y en virtud de que las organizaciones políticas de los aspirantes naturalmente están ocupadas en la conquista de votos, el MOVADUP considera que es su deber universitario y patriótico crear espacios para promover el escrutinio de los aspirantes, de sus planes y programas de gestión, de cómo será confrontado su proyecto con lo existente en la actualidad y qué proyecciones tendrán hacia el país. Ha llegado la hora de elevar la categoría de las elecciones universitarias y darles el carácter de interés nacional activo y beligerante que tanto merece y necesita, único modo de garantizar su buen gobierno y la evitación de los manejos erróneos de los que ha sido víctima hasta ahora.

El MOVADUP, por consiguiente, invita cordialmente a todos los ciudadanos , ya sea de dentro del claustro universitario como de fuera de él, incluyendo a los distinguidos aspirantes a puestos de elección universitarios, a las mesas redondas que con el tema: El perfil del candidato universitario, se han organizado y en las cuales todos los asistentes tendrán oportunidad democrática de participar.

 

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State of the Union: video, text in English and Spanish, and GOP response

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President Obama’s final State of the Union address. White House photo.

Obama’s last State of the Union speech

Text in English

Texto en español

 

 

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