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Volume 18, Number 4
  April 27, 2012

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Also in this section:
Editorials: Resignations are in order; and Pat Summitt, the greatest there ever was
MPU, We demand Martinelli's removal
APLOMO, Taking it to the streets
Bernal, The Lavitola affair
Youngers, Drug law reform at the Summit of the Americas
Worley, Sex fantasies: what flavor are you?
Harrington, Left to right
Kotz, Mitt Romney: American parasite
Raskin, Romney's Borking strategy
Ruiz-Marrero, The grand botanical chess game
Weisbrot, Argentina's critics get it wrong again
Suver, The failure of US Latin America policy
Johnson, US priorities for meeting new hemispheric defense challenges
Dade, Canada's hemispheric security policies
Thurston, The artist and fundamentalism
Fischer, Which way forward out of the economic crisis?
Amnesty International, Remembering Levon Helm
Jackson, This year's US elections and Panama's American community
Keller, Holocaust deniers and access roads
Nobel laureates, Open letter about Tibet to Hu Jintao
Carlsen, The politics of the drug war in Mexico
Letters to the editor



Valter Lavitola, whose testimony President Martinelli now cites as his
defense, arrives at his new home in the Poggiareale Jail in Naples.

Lavitolagate
by Miguel Antonio Bernal

The fraudulent, byzantine and malicious Lavitola case has turned into such a scandal that the suffix "-gate" can't be left off of it.

This suffix connotes a scandal that's the product of criminal acts that have taken on connotations of larceny, embezzlement of public funds and governmental corruption at the highest levels of power and has caught on in many places around the world, frequently in the headlines of newspapers written in the most diverse languages.

It was in the early 1970s that, in the United States of America, in Richard Nixon's second term, that what started as an eavesdropping scandal turned into a labyrinth of many issues that became known as Watergate. Thanks to the efforts of reporters Woodward and Bernstein, the press of their country in general and the irritation of public opinion, the matter was not laid to rest until proofs of crimes led to Nixon's resignation from the presidency.

Nearly a year ago, there appeared in our country the tip of an iceberg composed of a serise of illegal acts against the public trust, by those at the highest levels of power. Valter Lavitola appeared early on as the "conductor" of a whole series of "deals" with the Pananamanian government, which included helicopters, hospitals, radars, prisons, patrol boats, digital maps --- and now even diamonds are mentioned!

Protected by his very close ties to then Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi, who brought him to Panama and put him into the hands of President Martinelli, Lavitola left out nothing in his execution of a series of acts cloaked in illegality, impunity and overprotection of the state security services.

Despite the null actions of the Public Ministry and other Panamanian authorities, the prosecutors' office in Naples and the Italian press have been unraveling this fabric of corruption. Lavitolagate has just begun. We, as citizens, are now called upon to act.







    

Also in this section:
Editorials: Resignations are in order; and Pat Summitt, the greatest there ever was
MPU, We demand Martinelli's removal
APLOMO, Taking it to the streets
Bernal, The Lavitola affair
Youngers, Drug law reform at the Summit of the Americas
Worley, Sex fantasies: what flavor are you?
Harrington, Left to right
Kotz, Mitt Romney: American parasite
Raskin, Romney's Borking strategy
Ruiz-Marrero, The grand botanical chess game
Weisbrot, Argentina's critics get it wrong again
Suver, The failure of US Latin America policy
Johnson, US priorities for meeting new hemispheric defense challenges
Dade, Canada's hemispheric security policies
Thurston, The artist and fundamentalism
Fischer, Which way forward out of the economic crisis?
Amnesty International, Remembering Levon Helm
Jackson, This year's US elections and Panama's American community
Keller, Holocaust deniers and access roads
Nobel laureates, Open letter about Tibet to Hu Jintao
Carlsen, The politics of the drug war in Mexico
Letters to the editor


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