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Editorials: Nito’s foreign policy, and Joe’s

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Panamanian President Laurentino Cortizo and US Southern Command commander General Laura J. Richardson. Some of the controversy about this meeting is driven by stereotypes derived from history, but surely there are mutual concerns as well as US concerns being imposed on Panama. No transcript of their conversation is published nor expected to be. Photo by the Presidencia.

Nito and his delegations in the USA and elsewhere

Nito Cortizo really isn’t the sort of man to speak uncomfortable truths to powerful people in public setttings.

He’s not the sort of guy to be seen embracing the US-imposed pretender Juan Guaidó as a peer. Nor is he one to recall to the press that Venezuela is a sister Bolivarian republic, a natural ally that is stuck under both wretched leadership and intense US pressure, nor recall in public what Venezuela did when it was Panama being strangled and about to be invaded.

The Panamanian president held his tongue about the exclusions of Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba that led other Latin American and Caribbean countries to downgrade their delegations to the Summit of the America or to skip the gathering altogether. He attended and allowed Joe Biden to save that little bit of face. Meanwhile, however, a delegation of Panamanian legislators went to Havana and met with their Cuban counterparts, a statement that Panama is taking orders from neither Republican exiles in Miami nor a Democrat in the White House with respect to Panama’s sovereign relationship with Cuba. And in the run-up to the gathering in Los Angeles, was Joe playing up to neocon advisors and their Cold War II with respect to China hopes with talk of Sino-American rivalry in the Americas? Nito was talking about an upcoming Panama-China free trade deal.

Nito went to the USA hoping for loosening of the trade agreement with the United States to favor a bit of Panamanian agricultural protection. He’s been for that all along. Did he get any of that. We’ll find out soon enough, but the whole summit raised widespread suspicion of transactional politics, of something like an old Portobelo trade fair moved in time, place and subject matter. Reinforcing that appearance would serve neither Mr. Cortizo nor Mr. Biden.

We got a sketchy hemispheric agreement on migration — a problem created in great part by US policies in our region and a political time bomb up north due to racism in US society. Nito didn’t go pointing any fingers about that. The US War on Drugs, which has for been imposed on the Americas to nobody’s benefit other than those who make military gear and who build or run prisons, was not much discussed. At least Joe had the sense not to declare victory.

In the side shows to the summit, National Police chief Dornheim spoke with US and international colleagues about this remnant of a once US-allied paramilitary death squad, now both the international Clan del Golfo drug cartel and the AGC death squads within Colombia. These vicious thugs have allied with creepy Panamanian street gangs AND movers and shakers in the Panamanian political caste, plus have infiltrated our courts, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors’ offices. So, how to deal with this grave threat to Panamanian national security without this country becoming a protectorate of the United States? It’s a tricky game, but there is a confluence of interests. They’re not going to show their cards to the enemy, but let’s hope that the United States and Panama have made some solid and mutually beneficial action plans.

Cortizo’s foreign policy is cautious to the point of banal, at a time when things like neoliberal economics are discredited and the situation of the Western Alliance is in flux. It’s a great time for Panama to be as non-aligned as Omar Torrijos professed to be, but the possibilities are limited — as they were back then. Best for Panama to look to its neighbors, behind the scenes rolling its eyes at some of them, and strike up some more solid friendships with some of the emerging forces. Without reference to the United States, Panama has mutual interests with other countries in our region and ought to explore these via bilateral talks.

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Joe Biden was all smiles at the Summit of the Americas, which was mostly a dud. White House photo.

When will the US electorate allow a
decent and realistic foreign policy?

So many of the leading “thinkers” in US society, certainly in the Republican Party, never learned another language or culture or the tenets of anyone else’s religion, but way back when, in their formative years, it seems that they read things like “Looking Out for Number One” and “Winning Through Intimidation.” Cruelty is cool and bullying is all the rage, for which assault rifles become important tools for these people. They couldn’t find Bolivia or Belarus on the map, but they think that the United States ought to dictate what those countries do.

So Joe Biden started out his presidency as a peacemaker amidst chaos, ending US participation in an Afghan War that could never end neatly and civilly so that everyone lives happily ever after. He did what had to be done, it was a mess not of his making, and the sad thing was that too many of the antiwar Democrats — most of whom did not support him in the primaries — hesitated to state a “Take the political hit, and we will take it with you, Joe” attitude. The solidarity movements and stop the wars folks who did not support Joe Biden as the flak came his way for pulling out of Afghanistan ought to be terribly embarrassed.

Did Donald Trump’s big hero, Vladimir Putin, see weakness in Biden’s poll numbers and decide to make his move in a bad situation that the Obama – Biden administration did so much to create via sponsorship of a 2014 coup in Kyiv? Seems that this is exactly what Putin did, with all the audacity of calling Ukraine’s elected Jewish president a Nazi and boasts about restoring Russia’s past imperial glory.

So not by choice, and taking measured if decisive steps, Biden became something of a war president, along with various allies in and outside of NATO arming Ukrainians’ fervent desire to have their own sovereign country.

Putin ought to be embarrassed because one can’t long stay leader of Russia in light of his armies’ poor performance and his country’s alienation from the rest of the world. Those US politicians who joined with Putin in piling on the Ukrainians — and those American “anti-imperialists” who found reasons to support the Russian invasion of Ukraine — ought to be embarrassed, but most of all ought to be defeated by the US electorate. Most US voters actually don’t see bullying as God’s plan for how people and nations ought to relate to one another. Moreover, most would see a person’s combination of End Times religion and politics plus an arsenal of military-style weapons to be a clear and present threat to public safety.

As Joe Biden tiptoes between the surrender of a European country to a bullying neighbor and going overboard into mushroom cloud times we witness great skill and pragmatism. Watch Proud Boys sneer and listen to Jimmy Dore whine and that alone kind of tells you that on this Joe is doing the right things.

What really needs to happen, however, is a realistic understanding and declaration of the present state of the world and a wise look into a desired future for the United States in it. This is not the Woodrow Wilson era when Democratic policy toward the Americas was gunboat diplomacy. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Josef Stalin and Winston Churchill all died long ago. Nikita Khrushchev and John F. Kennedy are likewise among the departed.

Long before the USA became an imperial power, it was US policy to avoid as much as possible any one power coming to dominate either the Eurasian land mass or world maritime routes, so as to be in a position to shut down American navigation and foreign trade. Really, this policy came out of the American Revolution against the constraints that London imposed through its Navigation Acts.

It’s still a wise cornerstone of US foreign policy, and need not be taken to such extremes as to go to war with China. In fact, once this Ukraine fiasco and Putin’s strutting imperialism have run their courses, it would be a good basis for the United States of America and the Russian Federation to forge some more friendly new relationships.

The prerequisite, however, is to come clean with the American people. The age of exaggerated imperial power is over. The world can’t be run from a situation room under the White House. Can the voters take that? Would they stand for it? Or is it like an ancient Greek tragedy, in which a great nation has been driven mad as it is about to be destroyed?

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¿Wappin? We’ll learn some day / Aprenderemos algun dia

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Ya vemos a los jinetes del apocalipsis cada vez que compramos comida
We see the riders of the apocalypse every time we shop for food now

Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms
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Holly Near & Ronnie Gilbert – Harriet Tubman
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Zahara & Santi Balmes – Guerra y Paz
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Peter Gabriel – Biko
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Rubén Blades & Seis del Solar, for AI on 1986
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Buffy Sainte-Marie – Universal Soldier
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Playing for Change with Yusuf Islam – Peace Train
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Castro Rodríguez, The Radio Mambí sale in Miami

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So the “freedom fighters” aren’t for THAT MUCH liberty, like freedom of the press in Miami. A mostly Democratic group of investors, with some Republicans too, wants to buy a far-right Spanish-language radio station that Univsion is selling in Miami. The Trumpsters are livid.

Radio Mambí is a leader in disinformation targeted at Miami’s Latino communities

by Manuel Castro-Rodríguez

TelevisaUnivision is selling 18 Spanish-language radio stations in 10 cities — including Miami’s ultraconservative Radio Mambí. A long string of Latinos are investors in the purchase — which still requires Federal Communications Commission approval — including Cuban American Al Cárdenas, who is a former Republican Party chair in Florida and a critic of former President Donald Trump.

But Miami’s GOP Members of Congress — María Elvira Salazar, Carlos Giménez, Mario Díaz-Balart, and Marco Rubio — and Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Núñez oppose this business transaction because they want to continue with disinformation culture in Spanish-language radio in South Florida, which reminds me of Castro’s Cuba.

Although disinformation, which is “false information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumors) in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth,” has spread to Latino communities across the USA, South Florida in particular is a hotbed for false information. Radio Mambí and Actualidad Radio are doing a disservice to our democracy by spreading false information and embraced conspiracy theories.

For instance, Congresswoman María Elvira Salazar and her affirmation that in Pennsylvania in the 2020 election there were “200,000 more votes” cast than there were registered voters is typical of communists and fascists.

Miami’s GOP Members of Congress understood the power of repeating untruthful statements. “Socialism” was the magical word that Congresswoman Salazar and Congressman Carlos Giménez used to come to Federal Congress in the 2020 general election. The message no doubt resonated among voters in two districts that are home to a sizable population of Cuban Americans who are sensitive to such charges. “When you say the word socialism in my district,” María Elvira Salazar said, “people run the other way.”

In March 2021, during an interview about immigration on Actualidad Radio, Republican Representative Carlos Giménez, didn’t push back when hosts claimed that the Biden administration is letting in thousands of unauthorized immigrants as part of a “Machiavellian plan” to turn them into Democratic voters. Instead, as WLRN reported, he replied “no te lo dudo,” which translates to “I don’t doubt it.”

In spite of right to information is not only a human right, but an essential tool that empowers citizens to demand accountability from governments and private sector, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and many Republicans leaders like María Elvira Salazar, Carlos Giménez, Mario Díaz-Balart, and Marco Rubio can be successful in sending any of his lies to Hispanic who live in Miami-Dade, because Spanish-language disinformation continues.

Where were Miami’s GOP Members of Congress and Florida Lieutenant Governor when Gov DeSantis refused to denounce Florida Nazis? Where are they when Gov DeSantis violates the rights of the LGBTQ community? Where were they when Gov DeSantis significantly distorts the map in favor of Republicans?

The right to vote, and the federal Voting Rights Act, are “under siege,” a federal judge said on March 31 in throwing out parts of a Florida voting law passed in the wake of the 2020 election. Where were Miami’s GOP members of Congress and Florida’s Lieutenant Governor when this occurred?

Convinced, it seems, that he can do whatever he wants in Florida, Governo Ron DeSantis seems to be taking his dictatorial cues from Putin or Viktor Orbán, who just won a fourth consecutive term as Hungary’s prime minister and extends his autocratic rule in Hungary.

Miami’s GOP Members of Congress and Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Núñez are Cuban Americans. The evidence shows that if María Elvira Salazar, Carlos Giménez, Mario Díaz-Balart, Marco Rubio, and Jeanette Núñez had lived in Castro’s Cuba they have been apparatchiks of the Communist Party. They are enemies of democracy in the United States.

On May 3, for the World Press Freedom Day, Reporters Without Borders published their annual World Press Freedom Index. Why have not journalists in South Florida talked on this yet? RSF’s 2022 World Press Freedom Index ranks 180 countries and territories; the United States occupies the position 42, a mere two-place increase from its 2021 ranking, with a press freedom index of 72.74 points, while Cuba ranks 173 with 27.32 points, being one of the 8 worst countries for press freedom in the world. According to RSF’s 2022 World Press Freedom Index:

In the United States, once considered a model for press freedom and free speech, press freedom violations are increasing at a troubling rate…. According to recent studies, there are unprecedented levels of distrust in the American media. The disinformation affecting American society has created an atmosphere where citizens no longer know who to trust.

From the publication in 1690 of the first American newspaper, Publick Occurrences, the news has been disseminated to inform its audience about what is going on in the world. But Floridians who don’t have internet service don’t even know what is happening in their country currently. Florida reminds me of Castro’s Cuba.

Why have not the journalists in South Florida talked about DeSantis is turning Florida into his own mini-autocracy? Where are the journalists in South Florida who are not reporting these serious attacks on our democracy? They should follow the example of the independent journalism in Cuba.

Donald Trump’s corrosive impact on our politics continues. What does misinformation on Spanish talk radio in South Florida mean for democracy in our country? Can liberal democracy survive if journalists don’t do their job well?

Cuba native Manuel Castro-Rodríguez lives in and writes from the Miami area.

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The Panama News blog links, June 9, 2022

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The Panama News blog links

a bilingual Panama-centric selection of other people’s work
una selección bilingüe Panamá-céntrica de las obras de otras personas
If you are not bilingual Google Translate usually works
Si no eres bilingüe, el traductor de Google generalmente funciona

Canal, Maritime & Transport / Canal, Marítima & Transporte

Mundo Marítimo, Cuarta terminal de contenedores en Colón

Hellenic Shipping News, Panama backs amendments to improve seafarers’ lot

Mundo Marítimo, Puerto Futuro de Colombia en tramite en Barranquilla

Reuters, Greek court overturns decision allowing US seizure of Iranian oil cargo

Wonderful Engineering, First autonomous cargo ship transoceanic voyage

Reuters, Automakers back restoration of California emissions authority

EFE, El aeropuerto de Santiago de Chile busca tener hidrógeno verde

road crew
The road crew. Mostly jobless PRD members and not much of a “Put Panamanians back to work” program. Nor even a thorough fixing or maintenance of the roads. Photo by the editor.

Economy / Economía

Metro Libre, Cinco años del establecimiento de relaciones comerciales con China

Prensa Latina, Panama to import more rice

TVN, Valderrama apuesta por mantener Plan Panamá Solidario

Stiglitz, Getting deglobalization right

yahoo!, Goldman Sachs: dos claves para afrontar la desaceleración

Baker, Impediment to productivity growth: waste that makes some people rich

E&N, Colón costarricense entre las monedas más depreciadas de Latinoamérica

CITES bust

Science & Technology / Ciencia & Tecnología

Mongabay, Noise pollution spooks whales the way predators would

ONU Noticias, Una ráfaga de radio rápida a 3 mil millones de años luz de distancia

Mongabay, Why are tropical birds more colorful?

Gizmodo, Earbuds designed especially for kids

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There is always a lag of several years in these US national statistics. The COVID epidemic has made the lags worse, and the death tolls worse. However, the general proportions of suicides, criminal homicides, justifiable homicides and accidental deaths still hold.

News / Noticias

TVN, Primer trimestre escolar: deficiencias, ausentismo y miedo

Telemetro, Chepo complacido con veto de proyecto sobre lago Bayano

Metro Libre, Médico pidió licencia sin sueldo y quedó San Félix, Chiriquí, sin alcalde

Prensa Latina, Cuba and Panama seek to strengthen parliamentary ties

El País, El Salvador accused of torture, arbitrary arrests and deaths in custody

Al Jazeera, Moscow’s chief rabbi leaves Russia amid pressure to back war

AP, Vietnam’s health minister arrested over COVID test gouging

EFE, Papa Francisco: Recortes en salud es un atentado contra la humanidad

AP, Biden sidelines Guaidó for summit

Daily Dot, TPUSA’s Benny Johnson demands underage girls start getting pregnant

AP, Great resignation’ reaches White House with staff turnover

Tallahassee Democrat, DeSantis aide belatedly registers as a foreign agent

Miami Herald, Florida undercounted COVID cases and deaths

El País, CIA spying on Assange’s lawyers could annul US extradition bid

Opinion / Opiniones

Buruma, Stop blaming the Russian soul

Klein, Did the assault weapons ban of 1994 bring down mass shootings?

Woischnik & Hügel, La Cumbre de las Américas de Joe Biden

Mena, Minería sin dios y ley

Noriega, Conflicto de intereses

Turner, SOS ante el manejo de los desechos de Panamá

Zúñiga, Cuando la ambición se impone sobre los valores

Radar, Candidaturas independientes: ¿Camino cuesta arriba?

Blades, Sobre el fallo del 20 de mayo del 2022 y los Martinelli

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Culture / Cultura

La Estrella, Entradas al Festival Alfredo Saint Malo con opción de pago por donación

BBC, Canada’s men go on strike forcing Panama friendly to be called off

La Estrella, Honor al Tristán Solarte

Remezcla, Sech Releases Summer Anthem ‘Noche De Teteo’

USA Today, PGA suspends Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series participants

Sjölin, Old lesbian expresssions to remember when watching Gentleman Jack

Clarín, ¿Por qué Banksy es un artista anónimo?

The Onion, Abortion law requires women to spend night in creepy old house on hill

AP, Rafael Warnock’s children’s book coming this fall

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Banco Mundial, Aumenta el riesgo de estanflación

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La guerra en Ucrania provoca inflación y condiciones financieras restrictivas. Foto de Santo Domingo, por CEPAL.

En medio de una abrupta desaceleración del
crecimiento, aumenta el riesgo de estanflación

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CIUDAD DE WASHINGTON, 7 de junio de 2022. Como agravante de los daños provocados por la pandemia de COVID-19, la invasión rusa a Ucrania ha exacerbado la desaceleración de la economía mundial, que está entrando en lo que podría convertirse en un período prolongado de escaso crecimiento y elevada inflación, según el último informe Perspectivas económicas mundiales elaborado por el Banco Mundial. Este contexto aumenta el riesgo de estanflación, con consecuencias potencialmente perjudiciales tanto para las economías de ingreso mediano como para las de ingreso bajo.

Se prevé que el crecimiento mundial descienda del 5,7 % en 2021 al 2,9 % en 2022, un porcentaje considerablemente menor que el 4,1 % que se anticipó en enero. Se prevé que oscile en torno a ese ritmo durante el período 2023-24, a medida que la guerra en Ucrania afecte la actividad, la inversión y el comercio en el corto plazo; la demanda reprimida se disipe, y vayan eliminándose las políticas monetarias y fiscales acomodaticias. Como resultado de los daños derivados de la pandemia y la guerra, este año, el nivel de ingreso per cápita de las economías en desarrollo se ubicará casi un 5 % por debajo de su tendencia previa a la pandemia.

“La guerra en Ucrania, los confinamientos en China, los trastornos de la cadena de suministro y el riesgo de estanflación afectan el crecimiento. Para muchos países, será difícil evitar la recesión”, afirmó el presidente del Grupo Banco Mundial, David Malpass“Los mercados están expectantes, por lo que es urgente fomentar la producción y evitar las restricciones comerciales. Se requieren cambios en las políticas fiscales, monetarias, climáticas y de endeudamiento para contrarrestar la asignación inadecuada de capital y la desigualdad”.

En el informe Perspectivas económicas mundiales del mes de junio se presenta la primera evaluación sistemática de la forma en que las actuales circunstancias económicas mundiales se comparan con la estanflación de la década de 1970, con especial énfasis en la forma en que la estanflación podría afectar los mercados emergentes y las economías en desarrollo. La recuperación de la estanflación que se registró en los años setenta exigió fuertes aumentos en las tasas de interés en las principales economías avanzadas, lo que contribuyó en gran medida a desencadenar una serie de crisis financieras en los mercados emergentes y las economías en desarrollo.

“Las economías en desarrollo deberán equilibrar la necesidad de garantizar la sostenibilidad fiscal con la necesidad de mitigar los efectos de las múltiples crisis en los ciudadanos más pobres”, señaló Ayhan Kose, director del Grupo de Perspectivas del Banco Mundial. “Comunicar con claridad las decisiones en materia de política monetaria, aprovechar la credibilidad de los marcos de política monetaria y proteger la independencia del banco central puede anclar eficazmente las expectativas inflacionarias y reducir el grado de restricción monetaria requerida para lograr los efectos deseados sobre la inflación y la actividad”.

La coyuntura actual se asemeja a la de la década de 1970 en tres aspectos principales: perturbaciones continuas del lado de la oferta que favorecen la inflación, precedidas por un período prolongado de política monetaria altamente acomodaticia en las principales economías avanzadas; perspectivas de menor crecimiento, y vulnerabilidades que los mercados emergentes y las economías en desarrollo afrontan respecto de la aplicación de una política monetaria restrictiva que será necesaria para poner freno a la inflación.

Sin embargo, el episodio actual también difiere del que se vivió en los años setenta en múltiples dimensiones: el dólar es fuerte, lo que refleja un marcado contraste con la grave debilidad que tenía la divisa en esa década; los porcentajes de aumento de los precios de los productos básicos son menores, y los balances de las principales instituciones financieras son en general más sólidos. Lo que es más importante, a diferencia de los años setenta, los bancos centrales de las economías avanzadas y muchas economías en desarrollo tienen, en la actualidad, mandatos claros para la estabilidad de los precios y, durante las últimas tres décadas, han establecido un historial creíble de cumplimiento de sus metas de inflación.

Se prevé que la inflación mundial será moderada el próximo año, pero probablemente seguirá estando por encima de las metas de inflación en muchas economías. En el informe se observa que, si la inflación continúa siendo elevada, una repetición de la resolución del anterior episodio de estanflación podría traducirse en una marcada desaceleración mundial, acompañada de crisis financieras en algunos mercados emergentes y economías en desarrollo.

En el informe también se ofrecen nuevas perspectivas acerca de cómo los efectos de la guerra sobre los mercados de la energía empañan el panorama del crecimiento mundial. La guerra en Ucrania provocó un alza en los precios en diversos productos básicos relacionados con la energía. Los precios más altos de la energía reducirán los ingresos reales, aumentarán los costos de producción, restringirán la situación financiera y limitarán la política macroeconómica, especialmente en los países importadores de energía.

Se prevé que el crecimiento en las economías avanzadas se desacelere drásticamente del 5,1 % en 2021 al 2,6 % en 2022 (1,2 puntos porcentuales por debajo de las proyecciones de enero). Se prevé que el crecimiento se modere aún más al 2,2 % en 2023, lo que reflejará en gran medida la retirada del apoyo mediante políticas monetarias y fiscales proporcionado durante la pandemia.

Entre los mercados emergentes y las economías en desarrollo, también se prevé una caída del crecimiento del 6,6 % en 2021 al 3,4 % en 2022, muy por debajo del promedio anual del 4,8 % durante el período comprendido entre 2011 y 2019. Los efectos secundarios negativos de la guerra neutralizarán considerablemente cualquier estímulo de corto plazo para algunos exportadores de productos básicos derivado de los precios de energía más altos. Se revisaron los pronósticos del crecimiento de 2022 en casi el 70 % de los mercados emergentes y las economías en desarrollo, que incluye la mayoría de los países importadores de productos básicos, así como cuatro quintos de los países de ingreso bajo.

En el informe se destaca la necesidad de tomar medidas de política decisivas a nivel nacional y mundial para evitar que la guerra en Ucrania provoque peores consecuencias para la economía mundial. Esto incluirá esfuerzos globales para limitar los daños provocados a quienes se hayan visto afectados por la guerra, amortiguar el impacto del alza en los precios del petróleo y los alimentos, agilizar el alivio de la deuda y ampliar la vacunación en los países de ingreso bajo. También implicará contar con enérgicas respuestas de la oferta a nivel nacional y, a la vez, mantener el adecuado funcionamiento de los mercados de productos básicos a nivel mundial.

Además, los encargados de formular las políticas deberán abstenerse de implementar políticas distorsionadoras, como controles de precios, subvenciones y prohibiciones de exportación, que podrían acrecentar el reciente aumento en los precios de los productos básicos. En el contexto complejo de una mayor inflación, un menor crecimiento, una situación financiera más restrictiva y un limitado espacio para la política fiscal, los Gobiernos deberán redefinir la prioridad de los gastos para orientarlos a brindar apoyo específico a las poblaciones vulnerables.

 

Descargue el informe Perspectivas económicas mundiales (disponible a las 9.30, hora del este del 7 de junio de 2022) : https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/37224/9781464818431.pdf

Resumen ejecutivo: https://thedocs.worldbank.org/en/doc/18ad707266f7740bced755498ae0307a-0350012022/related/Global-Economic-Prospects-June-2022-Executive-Summary.pdf

 

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Wappin? Our belated musical mix / Nuestra mezcla musical, ya tarde

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Friday playlist delayed thanks to Claro
Lista de reproducción del viernes retrasada gracias a Claro

Frank Zappa – Weasels Ripped My Flesh
https://youtu.be/OP-cQa3eEZk

Kany Garcia & Alejandro Sanz – Muero
https://youtu.be/uJrbkz7Hy2E

Roger Waters – The Bravery of Being Out of Range
https://youtu.be/JamLmpVOgE0

Dolly Parton – When Life is Good Again
https://youtu.be/zEUYlo6OoDY

Ulpiano Vergara – Mi Persona Favorita
https://youtu.be/6qRBJiMeuRM

The Barefoot Movement — Bad Moon Rising
https://youtu.be/p4c_zNf9BUg

Jefferson Airplane – When the Earth Moves Again
https://youtu.be/UCmS53zUVZM

Mezcla Mon Laftere 2022
https://youtu.be/MayObo3sYio

Charles Mingus –1965 bootleg / documentary
https://youtu.be/T2KDM6TA6ow

 

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The invocation at the NRA convention

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Psalm 106. Meanwhile Abbott was elsewhere, pointing the finger at black folks in Chicago.

Much has been and will be said,
but what can you say?

 

 

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In gringo lingo, this Claro practice is called “bait and switch”

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They gave me this…

Claro pulls the bait and switch

by Eric Jackson

Hey! They’re big, bad Claro and they’re now bigger and badder due to a merger / acquisition deal. They don’t have to answer to customers, especially since they have divided up the wireless modem turf such that THIS customer has no option for Internet service, except to go someplace that has free WiFi for as long as they’ll tolerate a scruffy old hippie using it.

That’s how this story comes to you. Your editor paid Claro on a contract for unlimited monthly data service, and without even being asked got switched to a more expensive limited deal. As in paid for a month, and got three weeks.

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…but I paid for that.

Do I make an issue of it? I do here, and then there WILL be complaints to Claro management itself and to government regulators.

Not that it’s likely to make much difference. In a business culture wherein it seems that everyone in management – of both private companies and the government and its dependencies – cheated their way through a fourth-rate US university business administration school with a C+ average, there are certain universally-taught norms:

* We gave you what you ordered, even if you have receipts that say otherwise….

* We have never had this problem before. The problem is that there’s something wrong with YOU….

* Who are YOU? We’re the multi-billlion-dollar multinational company, punk….

* If you publish that we’ll get your journalist license canceled and have you thrown in jail for criminal defamation….

* The guy who sold you that contract? He doesn’t work for us anymore….

Maybe they will surprise me, say that there was a mistake somewhere in the system and correct it. I’m not holding my breath.

Do I want to pretend to see through the sensors of an inhuman creature that has human cogs but neither eyes nor a soul of its own? Claro, or whatever they end up calling the entity when the merger is all done, deals with a society in which a lot of people will sell their vote for a bag of groceries, or take the groceries and pretend, but vote for someone else. Corporations doing business in Panama, domestic and foreign, have to deal not only with the products of horrible schools but with wise guys who play the juega vivo games of the private sector. Ripping off a customer and personally pocketing the proceeds rather than letting them accrue to the company’s account is not an unknown scheme here.

The cliché is that a fish rots from the head down, that the one on top is who sets the tone for a corporate culture from top to bottom. Except that he’s selling out to a new entity, I could put the human face of Carlos Slim on my annoyance. Then play on popular resentment against billionaires, xenophobia against Mexicans, racism against Arabs or so on.

But you see, The Panama News ain’t Fox. The editorial stance here is to play to readers’ intelligence, not insult it.

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SUCH A DEAL! When the Internet service goes out, they switch you to this. But then, all this stuff about free navigation that doesn’t work when you chip runs out three weeks into a 30-day contract. Moreover, find another way to connect and you can’t readily connect to a customer service place where you can register your complaint and have it addressed.

  

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And the deal is, limited rather than unlimited service, at a higher price.

 

 

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Protesters ginning up for this weekend’s NRA convention

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“Don’t look away,” said one advocacy group. “Rally against the NRA.” Indivisible Houston created a cardboard cutout of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) ahead of the NRA’s annual convention scheduled to take place on May 27, 2022 in Houston, Texas. The sign reads, “I murder teachers and children.” Photo by Indivisible Houston.

Faith leaders, teachers mobilize for protests at NRA’s Houston meeting in wake of Uvalde massacre

by Julia Conley – Common Dreams

As national and local gun control advocacy groups prepared to rally in Houston on Friday to protest the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting days after a mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Indivisible Houston reported that Senator Ted Cruz “made an early appearance” at the convention with a “startling admission.”

The group installed on Thursday a cardboard cutout of the Republican senator outside the George R. Brown Convention Center, where the NRA gathering will take place. Cruz was pictured giving a thumbs-up sign with the words “I murder teachers and children” written in red across his chest.

Indivisible Houston displayed the cutout as it joined faith groups, Moms Demand Action, Youth for Beto, and the local Black Lives Matter chapter in planning to protest at nearby Discovery Green this weekend.

“Don’t look away,” Youth for Beto urged gun control advocates. “Rally against the NRA.”

The powerful gun rights organization has faced calls to cancel the convention as the nation mourns its latest mass shooting victims, including 19 children and two teachers who were killed by an 18-year-old gunman Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.

Cruz has garnered heightened outrage this week over his opposition to broadly popular guncontrol legislation as he’s scheduled to speak at the convention along with former Republican President Donald Trump and Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

Since the shooting, the senator has proposed equipping schools with bulletproof glass and “one door into and out of the school,” while accusing people calling for stricter regulations on gun purchases of trying “politicize” the students’ and teachers’ murders.

Indivisible Houston meanwhile accused Cruz in the hours after the shooting of profiting “off of the bodies of children” as he plans to speak at the convention.

Faith leaders including Teresa Kim Pecinovsky, an ordained minister with the Disciples of Christ, and Presbyterian elder Megan Hansen, are planning to lead dozens of people from diverse faith backgrounds in a silent march through the convention center on Friday during the meeting.

“Christianity has helped lead us to this place and that is a tragedy,” Hansen told Bloomberg in an apparent reference to right-wing Christian lawmakers who oppose gun control. “We should be leading away from the violence and individualism associated with guns.”

Becky Pringle and Randi Weingarten, the presidents of the nation’s two largest teachers’ unions, announced Thursday that they will also rally outside the convention center, joined by two teachers who survived previous school shootings in Parkland, Florida and Newtown, Connecticut.

“No matter where, educators know: this cannot stand,” said Pringle. “We need action to make our schools safe from gun violence.”

 

 

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