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Las manos de Cepeda. Foto por Angel Xavier Viera-Vargas.

Cuando el yoruba tradujo al español y se dirigió en direcciones del Nuevo Mundo

Cuba Feliz – Lagrimas Negras
https://youtu.be/tozhe0yTAqo

Ismael Rivera – Satélite
https://youtu.be/qCBlGekuglQ

Amado, El Negro, Miguel Angel, Juan de Dios – Rumba en Atarés
https://youtu.be/oQDtOVFZuxI

Mario Dreke – Palo Quimbombó
https://youtu.be/8_tbklRBdKE

Eddie Palmieri & Cal Tjader – Ritmo Uni
https://youtu.be/mI8E3A2tU7U

Justi Barreto – Campana Tin Tin
https://youtu.be/xt3qDS-Cbk8

Jerry Gonzalez – Agueybana Zemi
https://youtu.be/PgEdL28HO24

 

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Jackson, Back to work on a big news day

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I don’t have a decent camera after the break-ins, home invasion, beating and robbery, but I AM getting out and back to more actively covering the beat. Penonome protested yesterday. Photo by Eric Jackson, using a camera on a laptop.

The Morning After

by Eric Jackson

A campaign can be therapeutic when afflicted by depression, but then if the affected one is the candidate it can be an oozing, slow-moving hell. An election day defeat can make it worse, or, seemingly paradoxically, be like a burden being lifted.

As a Panagringo and engaged citizen in each sense, yesterday was a big political day and in neither sense a defeat. I’m not a candidate, nor planning any personal run for any public or party office. I am who I am and have been what I’ve been. Chronicler, outcast, elder organizer, I have my roles and having gone the distance against a major crime wave (for me) this past summer, I may be set back several paces but the health recovers and the energy recharges. And yesterday in Panama and California was a large slug of double jolt cola for me. And, in each country, for the cause of democracy and for recovery from delusions.

California recall election results the morning after, with 70% of precincts reporting.

In California…

I don’t know exactly how the vote went within the family. Got at least one disappointed Larry Elder fan in the mix.

Defeat tends to be an orphan, so you have Republicans running away and assigning blame to others. They ran against science, against any shared sense of community, for cruel rejection and expulsion of those who have little or nothing. It was 80s “Me Generation” stuff on steroids and amphetamines and in California, except for a few pockets here and there, this stuff just doesn’t sell very well.

When the AP called the election for the No campaign early on, there were reservations and projections that when late-arriving or late-counted votes came in the margin will be closer. It seems, however, that these were forlorn and exaggerated expectations. Californians abroad who cast their ballots by mail or fax, like Americans living abroad generally, trend more Democratic.

All this distorted self-congratulation for heavily redacted versions of what previous generations of Americans were or did becomes a hallmark of the unpleasantly delusional among foreigners. Especially so in places which the United States has colonized, occupied or attacked, but in general. You will find expat communities where people revel in such stuff, but Americans who talk and act this way are increasingly isolated among other expatriates.

There are weird Panamanians, usually those suffering the delusion that they can buy their way out of anything at all times, who have embraced the anti-vaxxer, anti-masker propaganda that right-wing elements in the USA have tried to propagate here. MOST Panamanians look at the more than 7,000 deaths as shocking and horrible, and wear their masks and get vaccinated as soon as possible. Going unmasked into a bar to drink, smoke cigarettes and play pickup games isn’t taken as chic and rebellious here, it’s taken as deviant anti-social behavior, punishable by law. It’s not a good way for Americans to act in this country while the state of emergency is still on.

The way that the US election system works, we don’t get totals on a country-by-country basis about how the vote divided. How did the California recall Yes and No campaigns fare in Panama? I would expect that it did not clearly reflect the numbers of nominal or registered Democrats and Republicans here – you find some nominal Coronado Democrats who stood up for Florida Republicans trying to spread COVID denial stuff in Facebook groups here – but I would expect that the Yes side got crushed among California voters who cast their ballots from Panama. I would expect that Democrats of the left who don’t particularly like either Newsom nor corporate Dems in general, and Republicans of the old “don’t do anything too bold or costly or too novel and above all be prudent with the purse strings” conservative “good government” voted No. But I really can’t show numbers to back up this belief.

In any case, both in and out crowd Democrats in Panama plugged the No campaign and there was remarkable Democratic unity within California. We beat the GOP by nearly 30 points and still counting at the margins. We even shut down their fraud conspiracy theorists for a moment. It’s something to celebrate, uplifting news for this Democrat in the morning.

ALSO, it’s a sure path to defeat in 2022 if Democrats take this result as a sign that we can let things slide toward our “inevitable” victory. This was CALIFORNIA, and with Republicans acting very weirdly during an epidemic. It doesn’t translate into a prediction for a national midterm election in a little more than a year’s time.

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The PRD and some factions of the left are alleging that the protests – the crowd in front of the legislative palace being truly huge – were not “popular.” There were many sorts of people at Penonome’s small sampling. Health care workers and artists were well represented. Ask us why and beyond defending democracy and opposing corruption we’d all probably have a different answer. To me its not especially a matter of today or this month, but this attempt to rig the 2024 election is a threat to breach the peace. The protesters got a thumbs up sign from a Transito cop on a motorcycles. Police are not supposed to make political statements, but I took it not as politics but as this “Right on! You’re NOT moving onto the street to block traffic!” gesture.

In Panama

The COVID politics of it here, among Panamanians? The death toll is still frightening, but the epidemic appears to be at ebb tide in the face of waves of mass vaccination, so people are less afraid to put on their masks and gather in crowds for causes.

The cause of the day? Perhaps best illustrated by the condition of the soccer field at Rommel Fernandez Stadium, where a politically connected in the legislature contractor did a horrible job of putting in a new playing turf and it was bad enough to for the whole world to see and talk about. Not just shoddy work, but shoddy work at several times the going price.

What a coalition of PRD, CD and MOLIRENA legislators want to do is, among other things, make the above paragraph a crime under the Electoral Code.

They especially want to rig the campaign finance laws and the petitioning to get on the ballot laws so that the possibilities of them getting knocked off by independents are greatly diminished. They want to make it possible for legislators who have disgraced and alienated the rank-and-file of their own political parties to get renominated without the possibility of primary challenges. They want to beat back gender parity rules, so that no influx of women busts up their boys’ club. They want to increase the amounts of money that they and their parties can raise, one thinks mainly just in case they do lose they can convert these funds into their own funds and live luxuriously after their stop to disembark from The Gravy Train.

It’s a more complicated question, and can be a much longer answer, but a friend on Facebook and otherwise asked it simply:

“What did they protest?”

My long-winded yet necessarily incomplete answer?

The legislature was amending the election laws to favor the incumbents, essentially. And it’s THIS batch of incumbents, who are very unpopular. If the face of massive public criticism, THAT crowd is pointing fingers at their demonized villains du jour, pressing some very ugly buttons.

Various media were there, the first of which — after The Panama News — was TVN. That channel’s main shareholder is reputedly Panama’s richest man, Stanley Motta, who also controls COPA airlines, ASSA insurance, a large minority stake in Banco General, a share of the Manzanillo International Terminal port in Colon, a stake that they just sold to AES in an electric generation company, a share of the original Motta family business empire that was in the Colon Free Zone import / export business and so on.

Not sure of Stanley’s confessed religion. The founders of the Motta business dynasty were Sephardic Jews, but Stanley and the late Pancho were sons of an American Catholic mother, who married their dad in an Episcopalian church. Pancho was an Anglican, or at least when he died the funeral was at St. Luke’s in Ancon. In the extended Motta family there are those who variously self-identify as Christians or Jews, but we have this mostly whispered undercurrent of anti-Semites here who will point to the Mottas as “The Jews” whom they blame for everything wrong with Panama.

Thing is, as a democratic socialist I can and do say nasty things about the system by which Stanley Motta has thrived, but as a micro-business informal economy guy I do have to concur with him that the games played by the politicians on the current shift are not only ugly and way out of line, but they are bad for the Panamanian economy.
So the PRD / MOLIRENA / CD caucuses in the National Assembly and their acolytes are Motta baiting the protesters. They want to paint us all as the pawns of this evil conspiracy run by the Mottas.

Unfortunately as far as I am concerned, the FRENADESO / FAD / MLN-29 strain of the left has jumped onto the Motta bashing. What SUNTRACS says about the Mottas lately is muted, as that union may have MLN-29 members as leaders but has a rank-and-file that likes hardcore commies dealing with the boss for them but are mostly not devotees of the party line. (And get into the old rule of thumb that anyone with a surname that ends in “ez” descends from the quarter of the population of Arab Spain that was Jewish and what might THAT say about labor leaders Genaro López and Saúl Méndez?)
Both as a gringo and as a panameño, my attitude is that we on the left should self-identify as that, move openly and democratically and make common causes issue by issue and more general alliances more cautiously than that, but never submerging ourselves. Democrats but a specific kind of Democrats; independents but a specific kind of independents, in neither case trying conceal who and what we are.

By those lights, we might be at the same protest as those who fancy themselves as Civilistas 2.0 but we recognize the death, destruction and misery caused by the 1989 invasion and the increased inequalities of the neoliberal post-invasion political economy. We all agree that massive looting of the public trust and rigged elections to keep the looters in power are abominations. When the folks at the same protest call for a merely cosmetic restyling of the constitution, though, we don’t jump on that bandwagon.

One of the things that was in the legislators’ changes was a redefinition of the campaign finance laws to say that anything that someone says about a party or candidate via news corporations or in the social media, paid or unpaid, solicited or unsolicited, part of a concerted hue and cry or an individual’s expression, is regulated and potentially criminalized campaign speech. So playwrights, rappers, artists, actors, journalists and so on are alarmed by and against that. As are gay rights, feminist and other sorts of campaigners who get baited from the National Assembly chamber by the guttersnipes promoting such censorship on a regular basis.

We didn’t block traffic, throw stones or bombs or post raunchy videos supposedly of Panamanian elected officials. However, enough people coming from enough different directions protested. So starting with Nito, wiser heads in the PRD camp told their legislative caucus to back down. Very much like in 2019, when the same suspects tried to amend the constitution to, for example, enshrine religious right principles and strip those born in Panama to foreign parents of our Panamanian citizenship.

The legislature put this matter on hold. It may return.

Some of the feminist component of the protest in front of the legislature yesterday.
The Electoral Tribunal had proposed to require half of a party’s slate of candidates be women. The existing requirement was lower. The legislature proposed to eliminate gender parity.
Moreover, the legislators proposed to regulate all expressions for or against any political figure as campaign propaganda, whether paid or unpaid, solicited or unsolicited, via news corporation either as news coverage or opinion, via social media by what people post.
SO, if some guy stands up in the National Assembly chamber and says something particularly creepy and some woman posts on Facebook about it and calls him a sexist, she could be charged with illegal, unauthorized campaign propaganda. Which, of course, is one of the aims of the religious right component of the legislators trying to jam their things into the Electoral Code.
Photo from the Plataforma Feminista Twitter feed.

 

 

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Editorials: Why protest? and ANOTHER “joint task force?”

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Unity with those who are taking advantage?

Tomorrow’s protests against an election theft in the making, and a new route for politicians to criminalize journalistm that does not favor them, are not an endorsement of Stanley Motta. Nor of the Chamber of Commerce and other business groups. Nor of the weak and fragmented opposition groups in the National Assembly. Nor of the corporate mainstream media. Nor of the banks. Nor of the Electoral Tribunal. Nor of Nito Cortizo’s concerns about what his party is doing in the legislature.

Nobody is asking labor to march under the banner of big business, nor for unions to roll over and play dead in negotiations with management.

It’s about a political caste – or some particularly malignant factions of an overall discredited political caste – that has alienated everybody, driven the nation deep into debt with nothing of much value to show for what was bought, and flaunted their misconduct in front of the public. It’s about gangsters on the public payrolls. It’s about more than 170 public servants arrested for organized crime activities this year, nearly every one of them with a political sponsor. It’s about a looming some two and a half years off reckoning that the worst thugs in Panamanian politics are trying to cancel.

There’s no transparency, even to the legislative committee members who aren’t in with the plot. There is no real debate being allowed. There is no respect shown for democratic institutions. All that we have seen is a power play to enrich and entrench malevolent politicians who are under any ordinary circumstances headed for career-ending defeats.

If a billionaire with whom labor has legitimate grievances finds what a cabal of legislators is doing to be bad for business, he’s probably right about that. If some personality from the corporate mainstream media who has defended nobody else’s freedom of expression but her own is alarmed at news coverage and fair commentary being regulated and in some cases criminalized under the election laws, the multicolored and multimedia schools small media don’t have to validate her snobbery when recognizing that her alarm isn’t false.

So you gather with your friends or organization, recognizing that there are folks with whom you have some major disagreements will be in the crowd. Perhaps you march there separately, under your own banners. Perhaps you laugh at the pretenses of some of the other people in the crowd.

But you join with the nation and say enough. You insist that this stuff shall not be pulled on us. You show up with other people very unlike yourself to make your insistence stick.

 

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Katherine Dueholm at the ground breaking ceremony. Public Ministry photo.

Another “Joint Task Force?”

At the moment Panama has an ex-president on trial for using the Israeli Pegasus program to collect information on people, with no warrant or legitimate reason turning people’s cell phones into room bugs.

Among the more than 170 government employees arrested this year, mostly for this or that sort of racketeering, we now have a captain of the SPI presidential guards, a prosecutor and someone from the enlisted ranks of the National Aeronaval Service, among the allegations against them being that they shared information with gangsters to assist them with their crimes.

Now we have Katherine Dueholm, the chargé d’affaires at the US Embassy gathering at Amador with various law enforcement people to break ground on a new headquarters for a new “joint task force” to confront money laundering and public corruption.

Another “joint task force” that’s going to WIN the “War on Drugs” this time? Or adding the prefix “narco-” to whatever political adversary Washington has at the moment, and using the new facility to pursue that demon du jour? Another stride toward the remilitarization of Panama, again not for the defense of Panama? Those are the sorts of things one expects when Uncle Sam starts talking about joint task forces here.

Not to worry, we are assured. It’s about a Panamanian program that shares information with the Americans about money laundering and public corruption.

If that’s not a lie, things need to change in the Panamanian government. There has been no will to track down and prosecute financial crimes and Panama is on various international blacklists because of it. Public corruption is constantly waved in our faces here, and rarely are there any unpleasant consequences for those who do it.

So will the USA solve Panama’s problem? Perhaps like the Noriega problem was solved, at the cost of hundreds of innocent Panamanians who were killed in the 1989 invasion?

That skepticism expressed, there seem to be shifts in US information policies. How far they will go remains to be seen, but notice that Joe Biden has opened the archives about the September 11, 2001 al Qaeda attacks, and expressed skepticism of US “regime change” efforts. It would actually be nice for the United States to be more open with Panamanians about what it knows about public corruption in Panama, and more forthcoming with Americans about which US companies are using Panama to cheat on their taxes.

All to be seen. One key indicator will be the routine about “operational security” – would information passing through the new building be kept from public perusal, but filtered to the crime cartels? It’s an outrageous question, but that stuff has happened so many times.

 

President Kennedy at the wheel of the Coast Guard Yacht “Manitou,” Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. August, 1962. Photo from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch, we are going back from whence we came.

John F. Kennedy

Bear in mind…

 

Being an Irishwoman means many things to me. An Irishwoman is strong and feisty. She has guts and stands up for what she believes in. She believes she is the best at whatever she does and proceeds through life with that knowledge. She can face any hazard that life throws her way and stay with it until she wins. She is loyal to her kinsmen and accepting of others. She’s not above a sock in the jaw if you have it coming.

Maureen O’Hara

 

Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.

Ella Fitzgerald

 

If you are pining for youth I think it produces a stereotypical old man because you only live in memory, you live in a place that doesn’t exist. I think aging is an extraordinary process whereby you become the person that you always should have been.

David Bowie

 

 

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Lombana (y ellos): Su propósito primordial

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A medida que nos enteramos de sus cambios al Código Electoral, hemos sabido una cosa desde el principio

desde el Twitter de Ricardo Lombana:

“Unos meses después de las elecciones, ya se veían intentos de legislar con nombre y apellido. Aquí un recuerdo de modificación que limita la libre postulación en la que alegremente escribieron NO LOMBANA en la hoja de firmas. Después del susto que se llevaron, se van a blindar.”

 

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Bernal, September’s anniversaries

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Dr. Hugo Spadafora, shown here when he was with the guerrillas fighting the Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua in the 1970s, was assassinated by Noriega’s goons on this day in 1987.

A month of memories and observances

by Miguel Antonio Bernal – with links to things by others, most of them in Spanish

September is a month full of memories and observances. These are dates that do not detract from those of other months but that, in our country, must be remembered over and over again. This is so in a particular way in the times we live in, in which the joint criminal enterprise that governs, tries by various means to plunge the population into absolute amnesia.

The respected and appreciated compatriot, Carlos Guevara Mann, one of our most distinguished academics, without pretending to emulate Don Jorge Conte Porras and his “Calendar of Nationality,” maintains a meticulous and detailed list of dates that each one of them contains, a valuable contribution of national and world events that should not disappear from our individual and collective memory.

Today I bring some that I consider prudent to highlight:

Leopoldo Aragón Escalona immolated himself in Stockholm, in front of the facilities of the Embassy of the United States of America in that capital, on September 1, 1977.

September also brings us another anniversary of the physical disappearance -on September 2 and 18, respectively, of 2003, of the professors and constitutionalists Simeón Emilio González Henriquez and César A. Quintero Correa.

 September 11: The 48 years of the military coup in Chile,
https://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-america-latina-45458820

the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, https://www.oas.org/oaspage/esp/Publicaciones/CartaDemocratica_spa.pdf

as well as the 20th anniversary of the Al Qaeda terrorist attack in the United States:
https://www.usccb.org/es/news/2021/el-president-de-la-usccb-sobre-el-vigesimo-aniversario-de-los-ataques-terroristas-del-11
https://www.911memorial.org/connect/commemoration/20th-anniversary-commemoration

September 13, 1985: the vile assassination of Hugo Spadafora Franco
https://hugospadafora.org/biografia/

… and the Panamanian autonomist statement 1826
http://www.salacela.net/pdf/4/articulo1.pdf

September 15: International Democracy Day
https://www.un.org/es/observances/democracy-day

… and, the quincentennial of the granting of the title of city and coat of arms to Panama, by means of a royal certificate issued in Burgos by Carlos V, and

the bicentennial of the Independence of Central America

http://ambitointernacional.com/independencia-de-centroamerica-camino-al-bicentenario/

On September 16: Grito de Dolores, first cry for independence in Mexico 1810
https://www.culturagenial.com/es/grito-de-dolores/

September 17: Adoption of the 1787 United States Constitution
https://www.loc.gov/item/today-in-history/september-17/

September 21: International Day of Peace
https://www.un.org/es/observances/international-day-peace

On September 22, 1980, foundation of the Solidarity trade union movement:_

https://www.theguardian.com/world/from-the-archive-blog/2019/sep/18/the-birth-of-solidarity-in-poland-archive-1980

Signing of the first Panamanian treaty: The peace and trade treaty with Costa Rica (1841: 180 years). Starting point of Panamanian Public International Law.
https://www.prensa.com/impresa/vivir/costa-rica-reconocio-la-primera-republica/

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Tribunal Electoral, Los cambios de los diputados al Código Electoral

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¿Wappin? The Man and his acolytes / El Hombre y sus acólitos

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There’s US and then there’s THEM
Hay NOSOTROS y entonces hay ELLOS

Dolly Parton – Coat of Many Colors
https://youtu.be/iaio7f3TR_U

Kafu Banton – Cuando Se Viene De Abajo
https://youtu.be/V5hu7UJur6U

Carlos Vives – La Tierra del Olvido
https://youtu.be/rCjNOETRFl4

Dixie Chicks – Not Ready to Make Nice
https://youtu.be/XYAQayLkzgA

Lion Reggae – Babylon Quiere
https://youtu.be/2L1JWtITvbw

Inti Illimani – Simón Bolívar
https://youtu.be/nlXP4IWpCCE

Joan Baez & Jeffrey Shurtleff – Drug Store Truck Driving Man
https://youtu.be/cTluSxJ1EMI

The Beatles – Taxman
https://youtu.be/l0zaebtU-CA

Holly Near – Hay Una Mujer Desaparecida
https://youtu.be/zuqD-OxLDm4

Any Tovar – Corazón En Huelga
https://youtu.be/GFIKo4YEqFw

Iggy Pop – Gimme Danger
https://youtu.be/EHRaMDOqyqs

Mon Laferte – La Democracia
https://youtu.be/HoF3QCFVFhg

Frank Zappa – Trouble Every Day
https://youtu.be/RymtGaYLe94

 

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Burk, The US Supreme Court allows Texas to sic bounty hunters on women

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A chill wind: Texas unleashes bounty hunters on women

by Martha Burk – OtherWords, National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO)
Caricature by Khalil Bendib – OtherWords

Back in the 19th century, Texas was awash in vigilante groups. In those dark years, various self-appointed “law enforcers” modeled after the Texas Rangers embarked on a decades-long campaign of ethnic cleansing of Indigenous peoples in the western territory.

Thanks to the Supreme Court, the state is now unleashing another wave of newly minted bounty hunters — this time on women.

The Supreme Court has let stand the Lone Star State’s latest attack on women — a law that criminalizes abortion after six weeks, before most women realize they are pregnant, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

But it goes further than that. It also deputizes ordinary citizens to hunt down and sue anyone who helps a woman defy the ban (e.g. clinic staff, taxi drivers, someone who provided money for the procedure) with a minimum payoff of $10,000 if they’re successful.

Since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, abortion has been legal in the U.S. up to the time of viability, meaning when the fetus can survive on its own outside of the womb (approximately six months into the pregnancy). After that, the ruling allows states to prohibit abortions.

To gin up public sentiment, the “Texas Heartbeat Act” was so named to evoke the image of a beating heart in a fully formed human. According to medical experts, that terminology is inaccurate. At six weeks, there is neither a fully developed heart nor a so-called “heartbeat.” There is merely a collection of embryonic cells that will develop into a heart months later (still well short of viability) if the pregnancy continues.

The Texas statute is a clear violation of Roe and would probably be declared unconstitutional if the state were the entity hunting down women and preventing them from getting abortions. But the law skirts the problem by delegating that job to the new vigilantes, who will be the enforcers.

Citizens are authorized to bring frivolous lawsuits and the threat of $10,000 fines to those caught “aiding and abetting” abortions for women past the six week mark. The bounty hunters don’t even have to be Texans — anybody in the U.S. can bring such a suit.

To be clear, the Court’s action in letting the Texas statute stand for now was not a final ruling. What the justices did was refuse to stop enforcement because abortion providers trying to block the law didn’t properly address “complex and novel antecedent procedural questions.” The Supremes said they could try again with “procedurally proper challenges to the Texas law.”

There is a slim chance that it could be found unconstitutional in a future ruling, but a timetable is unknown. If and until that happens, the de facto overturning of Roe v.Wade remains in place, and anti-choice zealots in states like Florida and South Carolina are already working on ways to copy the Texas strategy.

In 1989, when the Supreme Court first opened the way for state restrictions on abortion in the Webster v. Reproductive Health Services case, Justice Harry Blackmun warned: “For today, the women of the Nation still retain the liberty to control their destinies. But the signs are evident and very ominous, and a chill wind blows.”

In its next term, which starts in October, the Supreme Court is set to decide whether Roe should be overruled in a Mississippi case — a law banning most abortions after 15 weeks currently blocked by lower courts.

Back in Texas, a bill defining all abortions as murder punishable by death has already been debated once in the legislature. It didn’t pass, but there’s no reason to think it’s off the table. And for now, vigilantes appear eager to start their work.

A chill wind indeed.

 

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CNP & F de P: La denuncia de Zulay en contra de Mauricio y periodismo

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Mauricio Valenzuela, acusado de “violencia de género” porque sus reportajes no adulaban a Zulay Rodríguez.
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Kermit’s birds / Las Aves de Kermit

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Gray-necked Wood-Rail ~ Rascón-Montés Cuelligris ~ Aramides cajanea. Encontrado detrás de Krispy Kreme Donuts, Costa del Este, Panama ©Kermit Nourse.

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The Gray-necked Wood-Rail, although widespread from parts of Mexico through Central America to southern Brazil, is a rare find because it seldom ventures into the open. It feeds mostly on invertabrates. It lives along rivers and streams that run through or next to forested areas and in mangrove swamps. It will go up to about 4,000 feet above sea level and is found on both sides of the isthmus – more frequently on the Atlantic Side – and on some of Panama’s larger Pacific islands.

El Rascón-Montés Cuelligris, aunque está muy extendido desde partes de México a través de América Central hasta el sur de Brasil, es un hallazgo raro porque rara vez se aventura al aire libre. Se alimenta principalmente de invertabrados. Vive a lo largo de ríos y arroyos que corren a través o al lado de áreas boscosas y en manglares. Se elevará a unos 4.000 pies sobre el nivel del mar y se encuentra a ambos lados del istmo, con mayor frecuencia en el lado atlántico, y en algunas de las islas más grandes del Pacífico de Panamá.

 

 

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