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After a three-day job action, veterinarians settle

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They might tell you that REAL doctors can deal with more than one species: staff at one of Panama’s farm animal health laboratories. Photo by MIDA.

Veterinarians back to work

by Eric Jackson

There is much strange lore about the meat on a stick sold on the streets of Panama’s cities, but it’s generally safe to eat. We have a food safety system here that does inspections from the farm to the consumer.

We see some pitiful homeless dogs scrounging a living in this country’s rural and urban areas, and a lot of them show some serious health problems. But none of them have rabies.

Things are that way in part because Panama’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agricultural Development fields 246 veterinarians as part of the national public health defenses. They inspect the cattle herds, pigpens and poultry farms to detect and suppress disease outbreaks. They ensure that sick animals are not processed for human consumption through the nation’s slaughterhouses. They supervise and enforce the animal quarantines that are an annoyance to people taking dogs and cats into or out of Panama, but have kept this place rabies-free for many years.

These men and women are highly educated professionals, living a lower middle class existence that has been ravaged by inflation and made less secure by the political machinations of officials who tend to be less educated than themselves. And because he was a lame duck, defeated in his attempted proxy re-election despite massive illegal expenditures of public funds to boost his party’s campaign, a couple of weeks before leaving office in 2014 Ricardo Martinelli made them a promise that would not be up to him to keep or break. Executive Decree 168 of June 10, 2014 declared a pay raise for the nation’s public sector veterinarians, with a base pay for the newest and least qualified vets to be $1000 per month.

That was then, but now Panama’s present economy has slowed down and our prospects for the near future are more dismal than a lot of people or institutions care to admit. The Varela administration, which had implicitly ratified Martinelli’s degree by publishing it in the Gaceta Oficial, sought to go back on that pledge. With the public sector veterinarians’ contract expiring, the issue was brought to a head.

On May 16 the members of the Asociacion Panameña de Medicos Veterinarios reported for work, but did no work. Production at slaughterhouses was slowed but not stopped and the nation’s supermarkets and meat and poultry exporter expressed alarm at the prospect of a stoppage. Two days later, people were finding it impossible to bring dogs and cats into the country at our airports, seaports and border crossings. Later on May 19., the veterinarians and the government settled. The starting base pay for a veterinarian with a four-year degree will be $960 per month. Those with graduate degrees or certifications will have between $250 per month to $1000 per month added to that base pay, and beyond that there are raises based on seniority. The pay scales within and between the two affected ministries have varied and over the course of the coming year they will be equalized. There is also a commitment to parity between public and private sector veterinarians starting in 2018, but at first glance that would appear to be difficult to calculate and enforce.

 

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Purge notice — identity thief Sean apparently intends to keep the location secret

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This is a quick reminder that tomorrow – Friday the 13th will be the Democrats Abroad Panama Happy Hour at Sortis Hotel, Spa and Casino in Obarrio.

We hope that you can join us for some networking, socializing and fun.


Also, every organization must go through some growing pains and this is one of ours: As an official announcement and in accordance with the Bylaws of Democrats Abroad Panama (whereas 30 days’ notice must be given in the case of a motion for board removal), please accept this notice that a motion has been made by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors to remove Eric Jackson from his position as At Large Board Member. The motion will be voted upon at the June 11 meeting.

If you have further questions, please contact Info-Panama@democratsabroad.org

 

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Violencia después del semifinal de la LPF en Estadio Maracaná

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Ganó Plaza Amador, perdió futbol panameño

 

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Vote June 11 — NO on fraud, NO on a purge of Democrats Abroad Panama

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Caught in a web of lies yesterday…

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Fraud artist Sean Hammerle tries to erase them overnight…

http://plaidconsulting.com/

Vote June 11

NO on fraud, NO on a purge of Democrats Abroad Panama

 

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¿Wappin? Sherman, set the Wayback Machine to…

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Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.

¿Wappin? Sherman, set the Wayback Machine to…

The Ronettes – Be My Baby
https://youtu.be/QzhbGaCwBzs

Dion – Runaround Sue
https://youtu.be/ID-jsd0HGZs

The Rivingtons – Papa Oom Mow Mow
https://youtu.be/EQrQjNNZCAo

Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs – Little Red Riding Hood
https://youtu.be/_FA85RO89HA

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Put a Spell on You
https://youtu.be/PwXai-sgM-s

Sippie Wallace – Devil Dance Blues
https://youtu.be/KNLycOPIbuE

Janis Joplin – Turtle Blues
https://youtu.be/-B41dXQp6Bw

The Who – Summertime Blues
https://youtu.be/yQpiv2vNmV8

War – City Country City
https://youtu.be/DZmeFGmiQDI

Hozier – Take Me To Church
https://youtu.be/MYSVMgRr6pw

Chaka Khan – Angel
https://youtu.be/-ykVAtOr4mY

Adele – When We Were Young
https://youtu.be/HDpCv71r-0U

Enrique Bunbury – Mar Adentro
https://youtu.be/-kNM9aG93CA

 

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The falling out — looking for motives

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It’s not just the Wakeds. Look at the families represented on the board of the now seized Balboa Bank & Trust and some of the family ties to the Panama Canal Authority.

The falling out — looking for motives

by Eric Jackson

In just about any crisis, prudent investors move to cut their losses, opportunists move to squeeze advantage and conspiracy theorists move to promote coincidences real or imaginary into central facts. Motives can be awfully hard to prove and the background noise can make events difficult to follow. For instance, the Citi card. On March 10 that institution pulled out of a $625 bond issue for Tocumen Airport, alleging that circumstances were not as they agreed. So, a nefarious plot to trash Panama? On March 12 Citi agreed to buy the bonds after all, but at a more favorable to itself interest rate. So maybe it was just a business move in light of a riskier climate.

Balboa Bank & Trust is one of the institutions first banned by its inclusion on the US Treasury Department’s “Clinton List” of money launderers, then seized by Panama’s banking superintendent. The Securities Market Superintendency likewise intervened to take over Balboa Securities, the stock brokerage branch of this bank. These actions were taken due to allegations linking the institutions to the “Waked Money Laundering Organization.” Panamanian corporate secrecy keeps us from knowing just who owns just what, but it is alleged and commonly believed that the Waked family owns controlling stakes in these institutions. But as to the bank, there are some gaps in the veil of Panamanian secrecy.

First of all, the current owners of Balboa Bank & Trust, a corporation known as Strategic Investments Group, were chosen by the US government. That institution used to be the Panama branch of Stanford Bank and in the US move to shut down that operation the sale to the Waked-dominated group was negotiated by a US federal court appointed receiver, Ralph Janvey, and approved by US District Judge David Godbey. That deal was struck after — based on some undisclosed information from an undisclosed source, but we might easily guess — a well advanced process to award the bank to a group of investors led by former HSBC Panama branch executive Joe Salterio was vetoed. So in a sense, just like the US relationships with Manuel Antonio Noriega, Osama bin Laden, Colombia’s AUC paramilitary — and according to some allegations, now imprisoned ponzi scheme operator Allen Stanford — this was a falling out among people who had at one point worked together.

But who else? Does Panama live up to its reputation as a place where family means everything? Look at the board of directors of Balboa Bank & Trust and you the Quinano and Roy families represented. As in, relatives of the Panama Canal administrator Jorge Luis Quijano and of Minister of Canal Affairs Roberto Roy. Families with various stakes in the Panama Canal expansion are also represented on that board.

The suggestion that “you’re guilty because you’re related to ___, who is associated with ___” is obnoxious. But the Wakeds are not the only family affected by the US moves against those nearly 70 businesses (and indirectly others). Nor are the Mossacks and Fonsecas the only lawyers affected by the international furor over the Panama Papers revelations. Is the problem that Washington perceives not about one family but about Panama? This appears to be the case. But if it is about Panama in general, then the question of why the Americans moved against this group of businesses, about which they have known for years, at this particular time probably becomes important. It may at some point be an easy one to answer in retrospect, but at this point there are only shreds of evidence on which to draw inferences.

 

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Panama reels under a combination of blows, said to be against corruption

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It has been nearly 48 years since an Arnulfista president was ousted in a coup d’etat. But will President Juan Carlos Varela’s tone-deaf response to foreign pressures, failure to carry out campaign promises and protection of criminal elements among his cabinet, party and government contractors combine with an economic slowdown to cut short his term? And even if things don’t get that extreme, will posing with law enforcement officers convince the world that he’s not shielding crooks? Photo by the Presidencia.

Panama reels under economic blows from without

by Eric Jackson

In light of the US sanctions against some 70 businesses controlled by the Waked family — which along with the Motta family controls the duty free areas at Tocumen Airport — CitiValores, a bond trading division of the US-based but largely Saudi-owned Citi group of companies, has pulled out of its offer to buy $625 million in bonds to finance the national airport’s expansion. In a May 10 letter sent to LatinClear and Panama’s Bolsa de Valores, CitiValores claimed that unspecified conditions had not been satisfied, so the bond purchase was called off. Certainly a US ban on any American citizen, resident or entity doing business with the Wakeds’ duty-free shops affects the potential value of an expanded airport.

Long ago the American Embassy fingered the Motta family as well as the Waked family as Tocumen Airport money laundering suspects. US action against the Mottas should not entirely be ruled out. In recent days the Motta-dominated Manzanillo International terminal was eliminated as a potential bidder for the Panama Canal Authority’s projected Corozal / Diablo port project. Also, the largely Motta-funded Independent Movement (MOVIN) that played a major role in getting Juan Carlos Varela elected as president has expressed its annoyance with “public contracting reform” legislation that bans companies convicted of bribery in Panama (of which there are none) from doing business with government agencies here, while permitting companies convicted of such abroad (Odebrecht, plus more than a dozen other companies with Panamanian public contracts at various stages of confronting corruption charges in foreign courts) to continue as before. (Varela may yet back down on the pro-Odebrecht stand.) Whether Motta setbacks and disappointments have any causal connection with the global uproar over the Panama Papers and US moves against the Wakeds — either way — the cloud of suspicion can only hurt Tocumen SA as a business. For the Mottas the duty free concession is a minor factor compared to their ownership of a controlling interest in Copa Airlines, which uses Tocumen as its international hub.

These problems come to Varela and Panama as OECD and European Union pressures that have been on again and off again are raised because the Panama Papers revelations indicate that the “know your client” reforms and pledges to get dirty money out of Panama’s financial systems exist on a continuum that runs from ineffective to insincere. The Fonseca family’s continuing sinecures in Varela’s administration and party do not help appearances.

Also forming the backdrop to the unfolding crisis is a miserable Latin American economy that hurts business for the import/export sector, the Panama Canal and Panama City’s financial institutions. The downturn is mainly due to a weak economy in China, which had been buying more raw materials at higher prices from Latin American countries before problems set in. That governments of most stripes are in trouble across the region is in turn largely a function of this economic slowdown.

Have businesses large and small in the Wakeds’ and Mottas’ original stronghold, the Colon Free Zone, been dabbling in money laundering schemes that they had been avoiding just to survive through a time of plummeting sales? Does the United States move now to control a situation that Washington has known about for years because the problem is getting worse?

We are left to speculate about many things. The stone-faced reception that President Varela got during his recent trip to Washington does not bode well for Panama. The pledge that Panama will start to share tax information in 2018 seems not to impress. The notion that this will all blow over and everything will go back to the way it was before may be a traditional outlook, but the way things are going it appears to be more conventional than wisdom.

 

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Good news for folks with TB that resists drugs

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DNA testing for TB
Rapid test and shorter, cheaper treatment give new hope to multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patients.

Advances against TB

by the World Health Organization

New WHO recommendations aim to speed up detection and improve treatment outcomes for multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) through use of a novel rapid diagnostic test and a shorter, cheaper treatment regimen.

“This is a critical step forward in tackling the MDR-TB public health crisis,” said Dr. Mario Raviglione, Director of WHO’s Global TB Program. “The new WHO recommendations offer hope to hundreds of thousands of MDR-TB patients who can now benefit from a test that quickly identifies eligibility for the shorter regimen, and then complete treatment in half the time and at nearly half the cost.”

Shorter treatment with better outcomes

At less than $1000 per patient, the new treatment regimen can be completed in 9–12 months. Not only is it less expensive than current regimens, but it is also expected to improve outcomes and potentially decrease deaths due to better adherence to treatment and reduced loss to follow-up.

The conventional treatment regimens, which take 18–24 months to complete, yield low cure rates: just 50 percent on average globally. This is largely because patients find it very hard to keep taking second-line drugs, which can be quite toxic, for prolonged periods of time. They therefore often interrupt treatment or are lost to follow-up in health services.

The shorter regimen is recommended for patients diagnosed with uncomplicated MDR-TB, for example those individuals whose MDR-TB is not resistant to the most important drugs used to treat MDR-TB (fluoroquinolones and injectables), known as “second-line drugs.” It is also recommended for individuals who have not yet been treated with second line drugs.

WHO’s recommendations on the shorter regimens are based on initial programmatic studies involving 1200 patients with uncomplicated MDR-TB in 10 countries. WHO is urging researchers to complete ongoing randomised controlled clinical trials in order to strengthen the evidence base for use of this regimen.

Rapid diagnostic test to identify second-line drug resistance

The most reliable way to rule out resistance to second-line drugs is a newly recommended diagnostic test for use in national TB reference laboratories. The novel diagnostic test — called MTBDRsl — is a DNA-based test that identifies genetic mutations in MDR-TB strains, making them resistant to fluoroquinolones and injectable second-line TB drugs.

This test yields results in just 24-48 hours, down from the three months or longer currently required. The much faster turnaround time means that MDR-TB patients with additional resistance are not only diagnosed more quickly, but can quickly be placed on appropriate second-line regimens. WHO reports that fewer than 20 percent of the estimated 480,000 MDR-TB patients globally are currently being properly treated.

The MTBDRsl test is also a critical prerequisite for identifying MDR-TB patients who are eligible for the newly recommended shorter regimen, while avoiding placing patients who have resistance to second-line drugs on this regimen (which could fuel the development of extensively drug-resistant TB or XDR-TB).

“We hope that the faster diagnosis and shorter treatment will accelerate the much-needed global MDR-TB response,” said Dr. Karin Weyer, Coordinator of Laboratories, Diagnostics and Drug Resistance, WHO Global TB Program. “Anticipated cost-savings from the roll out of this regimen could be re-invested in MDR-TB services to enable more patients to be tested and retained on treatment.”

WHO is working closely with technical and funding partners to ensure adequate resources and support for the uptake of the rapid test and shorter, cheaper regimen in countries.

 

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MOVADUP, Entre el delito y la impunidad

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Rector MagníficoEntre el delito y la impunidad, se hunde la Universidad

por el Movimiento de Adecentamiento de la Universidad de Panamá (MOVADUP)

Antecedentes

Desde hace más de año y medio, una pluralidad de panameños de distintas dedicaciones y profesiones, así como de diversas partes de la geografía nacional, han unido sus esfuerzos, sin ningún otro interés ulterior que no fuera luchar por el adecentamiento y rescate de la universidad del pueblo, la Universidad de Panamá, de una administración que la ha convertido en todo, menos en un centro de educación superior, al servicio del pueblo panameño y como Octavio Méndez Pereira la proyectara: conciencia crítica de la nación.

Hechos

Los tres últimos años han constituido un fiel registro de lo que ha sido y ha venido siendo la utilización de la Primera Casa de Estudios, no para el engrandecimiento del país, sino para la realización de los actos más sórdidos de corrupción.

El desempeño de una Administración presidida por el señor Gustavo García de Paredes durante los últimos veinte años ha sido objeto de señalamientos críticos desde un inicio por parte de profesores como Miguel Antonio Bernal, Federico Ardila, Jaime Turner, Ada Villareal y otros no docentes como Luis Chen González, de la Federación de Asociaciones de Profesionales de Panamá; y ha llevado a la comisión de actos de acoso, persecución y destituciones contra los miembros de los distintos estamentos que con valentía levantaron sus voces críticas, apelando a la conciencia del pueblo panameño, de forma que mirara hacia lo que estaba sucediendo a lo interno de la Universidad.

Ciertamente, y no como reproche, las distintas organizaciones de la sociedad panameña, desde los grupos empresariales, obreros y campesinos, jóvenes y no jóvenes, hicieron ciegas miradas, oídos sordos y mudas expresiones al clamor de honorables docentes y ciudadanos que, conscientes de la realidad, clamaban como una voz en el desierto.

Hoy es claro que aquellas denuncias han encontrado caja de resonancia en la constitución del Movimiento de Adecentamiento de la Universidad de Panamá (MOVADUP), al llevar a cabo una radiografía de las múltiples denuncias y exigir, ante las respectivas autoridades, el cumplimiento de los mandatos constitucionales y legales que los obligan a velar por el desempeño correcto, transparente y ético de la administración pública, en particular la referente a la educación superior, en la Casa de Méndez Pereira.

Acciones

La sistemática persecución sostenida contra el profesor Miguel Antonio Bernal, por años, se extendió a otros miembros del cuerpo docente y administrativo, tal como el caso de la profesora Anayansi Turner Yau, Defensora de los Universitarios, y el diseñador gráfico Ricaurte Paz, quienes fueron sometidos a nuevos procesos disciplinarios por denunciar los actos de corrupción, abuso de autoridad, uso indebido de los bienes y patrimonio de la institución, así como la aprobación de reglamentos dirigidos a seguir hostigando tanto a docentes, estudiantes y administrativos, tal como ha sido el reciente caso de las reformas al Reglamento de Carrera Administrativa.

Los despachos del Ministerio Público, Contraloría General de la República, Procuraduría de la Administración, la Autoridad de Transparencia o Contra la Corrupción (hoy ANTAI), Defensoría del Pueblo y muchas otras dependencias, como el Órgano Judicial, se encuentran repletos de quejas, denuncias y demandas, en las que se expusieron, con pruebas, cada una de las acciones de corrupción, abuso de autoridad y uso indebido del patrimonio universitario. Sin embargo, nuestra sociedad es fiel testigo de la inactividad, desidia y poco me importa de los regentes de dichas instituciones, al igual que de la conducta muda y ciega que expresa el inquilino del Ejecutivo, en quien ha encontrado refugio el señor Gustavo García de Paredes para seguir en su acción de corrupción.

Medios de comunicación

Una luz al final de túnel han constituido los medios de comunicación, entre los que destaca La Estrella de Panamá y La Prensa; los cuales, mediante reportajes, entrevistas e investigaciones, han develado la horrible trama por la que atraviesa hoy la Primera Casa de Estudios, la Universidad de Panamá, poniendo a flote toda una serie de acciones de la actual administración de Gustavo García de Paredes que coinciden de manera impresionantemente exacta con las distintas figuras delictivas descritas en nuestro Código Penal Patrio.

Procesos disciplinarios que constituyen claras acciones de violación de los derechos humanos; nombramientos de personas como profesores, incluso regulares, sin haber cumplido los requisitos (caso del señor Adrián Cuevas, en Derecho, el diputado Rubén Frías, ex líderes estudiantiles, y otros tantos más); el nombramiento de múltiples personas en la administración con jugosos salarios, familiares de políticos y diputados, a costa del presupuesto universitario; el manejo de la contratación pública con coimas y designaciones directas en las compras; las construcciones y obras de mantenimiento sobrevaluadas y con adendas escandalosas aprobadas por la Contraloría; el arrendamiento y venta de las tierras y el patrimonio de la Universidad, a centavos por metro cuadrado, a grupos económicos de amigos personales (caso de las empresas Parque Sur y otras) y del “círculo cero” del expresidente Ricardo Martinelli (Btesh, Virzi et al, ver las investigaciones del diario La Prensa); el uso de los fondos a través de la Fundación Universidad de Panamá, son solo algunas de las tantas acciones que se han realizado contra uno de los bienes más preciados de la nación panameña, como lo es su Universidad.

De no haber sido por los medios de comunicación y el papel objetivo que han llevado a cabo, hoy el pueblo panameño no habría tenido conocimiento de los negocios millonarios que se han realizado con el patrimonio de la Universidad de Panamá, beneficiando a amigos y en provecho propio.

El mudo papel del Ministerio Público y de la Contraloría General de la República ante todas estas acciones de corrupción, tiene una sola explicación: el silencio cómplice impuesto por el beneficio compartido de políticos (tanto de “izquierda” como de derecha), diputados, ministros, alcaldes, representantes, empresarios y testaferros que obstaculizan e impiden, a través de llamadas y tráfico de influencias, el desarrollo de las investigaciones, para hacer prescribir las denuncias presentadas.

Tanto en el Ministerio Público como en la Contraloría General de la República existen denuncias que llevan dos años de estar investigándose y no han pasado ni siquiera de la admisión en algunos casos, cuando en otros se han cerrado a espaldas de los denunciantes, sin haberse permitido dar seguimiento ciudadano.

Tal es el caso de la Contraloría, donde existen auditorías intencionalmente estancadas, así como la presentada por el señor Ricaurte Paz contra los señores Luis Palacios y Damián Espino, que se encuentran en manos del señor Jaime Vigil Selles, supuesto pariente de la profesora Aida Selles de Palacios, directora del Instituto de Criminología, entidad vinculada a la FUDEP en la lesión patrimonial por cerca de medio millón de dólares.

Igualmente, es un hecho destacable que en el único informe escuálido que ha presentado, la Contraloría tuvo el cuidado de no mencionar a Gustavo García de Paredes, pese a que este ha sido la persona que dio las órdenes para cometer la lesión patrimonial, tal como lo evidenció la periodista-investigadora Mary Triny Zea en su publicación del diario La Prensa, “El rector de la pluma mágica” (La Prensa de 3 de julio de 2015) en la que se demuestra claramente la orden delictiva y de intencional acción de peculado. Es claro que la Contraloría empeñó todas sus fuerzas con tal de no mencionar a Gustavo García de Paredes, lo que constituye una clara muestra de promoción de la impunidad.

Las denuncias en el Ministerio Público duermen todas el sueño eterno esperando que prescriban las delictivas conductas cometidas por el señor Gustavo García de Paredes, gracias a la red de tráfico de influencias que ha logrado tejer con el erario universitario.

No puede ser que los medios de comunicación, con exiguos presupuestos para la investigación, hayan podido develar en corto tiempo todas las acciones delictivas del rector de la Universidad, y no lo hayan podido hacer las instituciones de vigilancia y control. Eso solo tiene un nombre: complicidad, que tiene por propósito alentar la impunidad.

A ello agregamos el papel de algunas personas y opacos comentaristas que, considerándose detentadores de la verdad, sufren de una rara alucinación de creerse dueños de las aguas del río Jordán, en las que pueden bañar a cualquiera y devolverles la reputación.

Defensoría del Pueblo

La Defensoría del Pueblo debe cumplir su papel e iniciar una investigación de inmediato sobre los hechos denunciados que constituyen violaciones graves a los derechos humanos de los universitarios y de nuestro pueblo en general, pues afectar el patrimonio de la UP significa poner en riesgo la educación actual y futura de la juventud panameña.

MOVADUP

La responsabilidad histórica que ha recaído sobre los miembros de este Movimiento ha sido asumida con la valentía, decencia y energía suficiente para señalarle a la Administración Universitaria que no daremos cuartel en nuestra lucha por expulsar del Templo del Saber a mediocres, advenedizos y corruptos.

A las autoridades del Ministerio Público y de la Contraloría General de la República les manifestamos nuestro compromiso de someterlos a la máxima presión ciudadana. En los próximos días procederemos a presentar las denuncias penales correspondientes por la afectación del patrimonio universitario en las transacciones realizadas con las tierras de la Universidad.

A la Defensoría del Pueblo le señalamos que estaremos vigilantes de su comportamiento frente a los hechos denunciados. De no obtener justicia, procederemos a presentar la acciones respectivas frente a las jurisdicciones internacionales de derechos humanos.

Al pueblo panameño, verdadero y único soberano de la Universidad de Panamá, lo animamos a participar activamente en rescatar SU universidad. Cuanto más ha crecido la conciencia de su poder indiscutible, tanto más han retrocedido los enemigos de la Casa de Méndez Pereira, al punto de que su rector ahora no puede reelegirse y se han visto reducidos a realizar acciones pérfidas e indignas para tratar de aferrarse al poder. Pero la complicidad de poderosos elementos de las instancias estatales solo podrá ser superada por la decisiva participación de la ciudadanía. Solo a ella pueden y podrán atribuírsele todos los avances y triunfos contra el delito, la impunidad y la sevicia que reinan en la Universidad de Panamá.

 

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The Panama News blog links, May 11, 2016

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The Panama News blog links

NPR, A wider and deeper Panama Canal prepares to open its new locks

Hellenic Shipping News, PanCanal revenue decline predicted

ITF, Unions stick by their safety critique of the new locks

Mongabay, Study says Nicaragua Canal threatens endangered species

JOC: ACP ousts MIT (Motta) bid, narrows field for Diablo / Corozal port concession

USA Today, Panama-flag ghost tanker washes ashore with no crew

ITCM, New air service between Panama and Istanbul

Xinhua, Avión de Delta aterrizó en Panamá por amenaza de bomba

Goal.com, Panama names Copa America soccer squad

FIBA, Centrobasket tournament at Gimnasio Roberto Duran June 19-25

Financial Times, Panama bows to pressure on international financial data exchanges

Reuters, CitiValores cancela compra de bonos de Tocumen

El Espectador, ¿Qué tanto le importa a Colombia la economía panameña?

CNS, EU blacklist of tax havens coming within six months

AFP, Desempleo en Latinoamérica escalará hasta el 7 % en 2016

TVNZ, Australia’s prime minister named in Panama Papers link

TeleSur, Hillary donors caught up in new Panama Papers release

Reuters, Panama closes border with Colombia

WCEM, Mexico begins to balk about taking Cubans from Panama

La Estrella, Robinson lllama para diálogo adentro del PRD

TVN, Autoridades desmantelan célula del ‘Clan Úsuga’ en Chame

BBC, Colombia to hit drug gangs with air strikes

Chiriqui Natural, Visita solidaria al campamento de protesta contra Barro Blanco

SOA Watch, Four arrested for Berta Cáceres assassination

Tech Crunch, Brazil orders cell phone carriers to block WhatsApp

WOLA, Colombia returns to spraying glyphosate on coca

ABC, Doctors Without Borders pulls out of UN aid summit

The New York Times, Panama confirms Zika-related microcephaly cases

Scientific American, Vaccines put brakes on yellow fever outbreak

The Intercept, GPS tracker catches US recyclers exporting toxic e-waste

STRI, Cooperative fish take turns with gender roles

PLoS, Underground fungi detected from space

PR, Varela: “My country is not corrupt”

Blades, Una oportunidad

Fischer, Reinventing Europe

Snowden, Whistleblowing is not just leaking — it’s an act of political resistance

Süddeutsche Zeitung, John Doe’s manifesto

Greenwald, The spectacular pundit failure about Trump

The Guardian: Ilma Gore, whose nude painting of Trump went viral

 

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