The dry decree

IT IS WRITTEN. In Spanish. Just because you are a foreigner who has not bothered to learn the national language does not excuse you from obedience. This is the dry law part of the national state of emergency decree. “The distribution, sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages are prohibited throughout the national territory while the […]

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Plague days diary 1

Computer down blues Do I get my computer back? It will be not much fun if I don’t anytime soon. A hack aimed at me and my machine? A systemic hack? An old computer going out of whack at an inconvenient time? It’s the evening of March 24 and  President Cortizo has just declared a […]

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Heinberg, our connections with one another in this trying time

A barn raising in Lansing (now North York City Centre), Toronto, Canada, circa 1900-1919. Photo by Alexander Galbraith, City of Toronto Archives / Wikimedia. Coronavirus, economic networks and our social fabric by Richard Heinbert — Common Dreams / Resilience The COVID-19 pandemic offers intriguing insights into how networked our modern world has become, and how […]

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Coronavirus: how authorities are reacting

Ministry of Health workers, decked out in regalia that seem more intended to impress than protect, screen passengers coming into Tocumen Airport. So far they have not found anyone infected with coronavirus, but they’re just looking for symptoms so would not catch someone with an infection in this strain’s long incubation period. MINSA photo. Different […]

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Ms. Pelosi vs Ms. Fu, with editor’s notes and questions — US vs Huawei

The editor’s notes and questions In general * First, admissions of bias. Yours truly, the editor, is a dual US and Panamanian citizen, a Bernie Democrat as a gringo and an independent and anti-imperialist man of left as a panameño. I have pretty much assimilated the ethical principle of free expression, and the skeptical views […]

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Some things to do coming up / Algunas cosas para hacer a continuación

The Chinese-Panamanian business and professional women put on their Kite Festival every year, which is for everyone who might be interested. Lots of non-Chinese will be there, and may notice the Confucian family values nature of the festivities.   Las mujeres profesionales y de negocios china-panameñas organizan su Festival de Cometas cada año, que es […]

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Hightower, The next wave of refugees

The prospect of a 2 percent tax on wealth over $50 million has rich Americans considering expatriating. Shutterstock graphic. America’s rich refugee crisis by Jim Hightower — OtherWords This is a make or break year for many migrants seeking to improve their families’ financial conditions. They say they’re being persecuted in their homeland, yet they […]

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