Immigration

US Ambassador plans to deal with immigration. Homeless and incoming migrants huge threat to tourism.

Mari Carmen Aponte, the new United States ambassador to Panama, arrived yesterday in the capital to fill a diplomatic vacuum that had persisted for four years, since the departure of her predecessor John Feeley (2018). “After a long wait, I am finally in Panama,” the diplomat said at the airport. A …

Immigration

Ousted Venezuelans from US protest on the border. DOWN TO MADURO!!!!!!!!!!

Hundreds of Venezuelans are demonstrating silently Thursday in camps on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border on the edge of the Rio Grande in the face of Washington’s new immigration restrictions. Migrants consulted by EFE in Ciudad Juárez, on the border with El Paso, Texas, said that this silent protest …

Human Interest

US firmly behind Guaido among the chaos of the immigration issue. THIS affects PANAMA.

During this storm in Venezuela, US remains in strong support of Guaido.    The U.S. government has clarified that it recognizes opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s “interim president” and is collaborating with him to “restore democracy,” in response to speculation about a potential imminent end to key support for …

International Relations

Varela pal Xi oversees a “Putin” like move in China. Ousting those that oppose.

The apparent and unexpected public purge of former President Hu Jintao, the immediate predecessor of the current Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, today convulsed the closing of the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China (PCCh), in which Xi cemented his already enormous power by perpetuating himself for another five …

International Relations

Brazil epitomizes that Political and Divisive season is upon us.

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Jair Bolsonaro will face each other in a second round of the presidential elections, since neither candidate has exceeded 50 percent of the votes in this first round that was held this Sunday in Brazil. With 97.07 percent of the votes counted, Lula da …

"JB"

Never TOO early. PNO push for MARTINELII. ALL THE WAY 100%

OP ED: “JB” As Panama is my “HOME”, and has been for quite some time, I encourage those “tweeners” of Ex-Pats to take the same stance that if you are RETIRED and spend the majority of their time here should become more involved in the political process. With all of …

International Relations

Brazil opposite of Panama, and showing gains in jobs as unemployment falls.

The unemployment rate in Brazil fell to 8.9% of the economically active population in the quarter ended in August, which fell to its lowest level in the last seven years, the government said Friday. The unemployment rate in Latin America’s largest economy was not that low since the 8.7% measured …

International Relations

Seven year moratorium on border passage ends between Colombia and Venezuela.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/internacional/america/220925/colombia-venezuela-ultiman-detalles-reabrir-totalmente-frontera?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc The governments of Colombia and Venezuela finalized this Sunday the details for the total reopening of their border crossings that were closed to vehicle traffic during seven long years of distancing that will end this Monday. Tomorrow’s symbolic act will take place on the Simón Bolívar international bridge, the …

Economy

Winds of change in the East as Singapore passes China as Financial hub.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/economia/220925/singapur-desbanca-hong-kong-principal?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc Singapore has overtaken Hong Kong as the main financial center in Asia, and ranks third in the world, according to the latest report from the Global Financial Centers Index, one of the reference sources for classifications in this sector, which places New York and London in the top positions. …

Conservation

Studies of oceans in Latin America are presently occurring in PANAMA.

http://elsiglo.com.pa/panama/expertos-analizan-panama-situacion-retos-mares-america-latina/24209795 The event started yesterday, and will run until Friday. Today continues the second day of activities of the XIX Latin American Congress of Marine Sciences (Colacmar), which takes place in Panama, with the aim of analyzing the environmental and conservation challenges facing the seas in this region and throughout …

Church

Ortega continues to attract enemies to Nicaragua. This time he has issues with “GOD”. LOL

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/internacional/america/220904/cardenal-brenes-papa-francisco-informado-situacion-nicaragua?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc Nicaraguan Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes said this Sunday that Pope Francis is “super informed” about the situation in Nicaragua, where the government of President Daniel Ortega is keeping a bishop and seven priests under arrest for different reasons. “The pope is super informed. The (Vatican) secretary of state is well …

International Relations

CHILE: Apparently not one for social change as new “Magna Carta” voted down by 2/1 margin.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/internacional/america/220904/chile-rechaza-aplastante-62-2-propuesta-nueva-constitucion?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc Chile rejected this Sunday by an overwhelming 62.2% the proposal for a new Constitution and decided to maintain the current text, inherited from the dictatorship, according to 88.08% of the votes counted. “Today there are no winners or losers. There are Chileans who have to meet again,” said the …

Economy

USA: Please opine on state of affairs and poverty in the United States.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/internacional/mundo/220830/mujeres-ninas-vulnerables-guerra-bandas-haiti?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc Violence and lack of sanitation grip hundreds of women and girls who have been living in a camp installed since July 8 in a public square in the Haitian capital, where they settled after fleeing the war between gangs in Cité-Soleil, an area Metropolitan Port- au-Prince. They are women …

Conservation

UN finally at the point where progress and agreements can be finalized to protect the oceans.

https://elsiglo-com-pa.translate.goog/internacional/entra-recta-final-para-lograr-tratado-proteja-oceanos/24207311?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc&_x_tr_sch=http After four previous rounds and two years of delays due to the pandemic, it is expected that over the next two weeks the governments will finally agree Countries around the world began this Monday the last round of negotiations for an international treaty to protect the high seas with …

Entertainment

Don’t look now, but MLS is more than aging pasture for old Superstars.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/deportes/futbol/220812/crecimiento-exponencial-major-league-soccer?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc That Major League Soccer (MLS) has had exponential growth in recent years is no secret. Different incidents have made soccer in the United States more enjoyable for fans. The export of young stars, European and experienced players who come to bring quality to the league, state-of-the-art stadiums, multi-million dollar television …

Crime

Bullshit Politics of the Week: Makes for a Big Headline

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/internacional/america/220810/colombia-reconoce-fracaso-politicas-eeuu-luchar-narcotrafico?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc The new Colombian ambassador to the United States, Luis Gilberto Murillo, has called for a paradigm shift with regard to the joint fight between Washington and Bogotá against drugs, since so far not only has it not worked, but it has also come to be a “failure”. Murillo has …

International Relations

International CHESS: China responds to Pelosi visit to Taiwan with Massive show of MILITARY FORCE.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/internacional/america/220804/china-sacude-estrecho-taiwan-practicas-disparo-misiles-alcance?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc Less than 24 hours after the visit to Taiwan of the president of the US Legislature, Nancy Pelosi, China has begun military exercises with live fire around the island, considered by Taipei as a “blockade” and a “violation of their rights”, and which have included the use of long-range …

Canal

US and China remain at loggerheads over the commerical power of Canal.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/220803/disputa-china-ee-uu-comercial This is not the first time that Daniel Runde, a senior executive at the Center for International Strategic Studies, has written about the Panama Canal. He did it in 2011 when he analyzed the impact of the road expansion. In 2017 he described the exchange of messages between President Donald Trump …

International Relations

Russia Detainee Deal: Trade you a WNBA Player and a Decorated Marine- for a Known Terrorist?!?!

Russia has received a request from the US to arrange a telephone call between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and his US counterpart, Antony Blinken, the head of Russian diplomacy confirmed today. “We learned about it (Blinken’s desire to hold a phone call) when we were (on tour) in …

International Relations

History will show EU inclusion of Ukraine will represent major shift in conflict.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/internacional/220728/parlamento-europeo-dice-ayudara-ucrania-paso-adhesion-ue The president of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, has indicated this Thursday that the institution will help Ukraine in “every step” of its candidacy to join the European Union, although it has recognized that the process may not be “easy”. “The granting of candidate status to Ukraine on June …

International Relations

What a surprise,,,,,,Human Rights cites multiple Russian violations.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/internacional/mundo/220728/torturas-humillaciones-campos-filtracion-rusos-ucrania Humiliation, beatings, constant hunger, overcrowding and no medical assistance. These are the experiences told by some of the victims of the so-called “filtration camps” that Russia has set up in occupied areas of Ukraine. The nightmare of Ihor Talalay, 25, lasted exactly 88 days and began on March 19 because …

International Relations

Biggest NON-NEWS/NEWS of the DAY: Venezuela and Maduro denounces sanctions against Russia.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/economia/220704/venezuela-condena-sanciones-impuestas-rusia-envio-material-militar-ucrania?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, Carlos Faría, has condemned this Monday from Moscow the sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies on Russia for the invasion of Ukraine and has also criticized the shipment of military material to reinforce the Ukrainian Army. “We express our …

International Relations

EU shows massive support for UKRAINE acceptance. Would be vital in terms of military support.

https://www-laestrella-com-pa.translate.goog/internacional/mundo/220620/ministros-exteriores-27-expresan-favor-candidatura-ucrania-ue?_x_tr_sl=es&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc The foreign ministers of the European Union expressed themselves this Monday in favor of Ukraine’s candidacy for the bloc, in the first meeting of Twenty-seven after Kyiv received the favorable opinion of the European Commission for its European integration and requested the status of candidate. After Brussels advocated in …

Conservation

Keep an eye here…..PNO just posted about OVER-FISHING. Here is agreement with Panama and her “Prince” future husband in Ghana.

This reeks of INSIDER BS. Bust as I have stated….’THIS IS PANAMA”.  http://elsiglo.com.pa/panama/principe-diputada-harding-prometen-apoyar-panama-tema-pesquero/24201569 Harding assured that from the National Assembly he will provide all the necessary support The Prince of Ghana, Anthony Bart-Appiah, together with his Panamanian fiancee, Deputy Kayra Harding, met with the General Administrator of the Aquatic Resources …

International Relations

Russia cuts off gas to Poland and Bulgaria in response to Western sanctions.

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/04/26/energy/poland-russia-gas/index.html Russia has cut off natural gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria, dramatically escalating its response to Western sanctions imposed on Moscow over the war in Ukraine. Russian state energy giant Gazprom said in a statement Wednesday that it had fully halted supplies to Polish gas company PGNiG and Bulgaria’s Bulgargaz after they refused …

International Relations

US visit prompts opinion of investment to combat migration issues.

From La Estrella: A call for unity and regional cooperation to face the challenges of irregular migration echoes during the Ministerial Meeting on Migration, which takes place on the Isthmus (April 19 and 20) with the presence of the Secretaries of State and Security from the United States, Antony Blinken …

International Relations

US arrives for first talks on Migration issue.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/220419/secretario-eeuu-inicia-gira-panama The Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken, travels to Panama City, Panama, on April 19 and 20 to co-lead a Ministerial Conference on Migration and Protection and meet with President Laurentino Cortizo Cohen and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Erika Mouynes, as well as other leaders from across the …

International Relations

International outcry a wake up call to Russia. “COLD WAR” a thing of the past.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/nacional/220327/guerra-ucrania A necessary reflection The editors of the Monthly Review are right when they point out that the war unfolding in Ukraine “represents a turning point in the New Cold War and a great human tragedy.” Understanding the origin and impact of this situation is a necessary task for those of …

International Relations

Ambitious, Young, Costa Rican President states what we have knows for years……Nicaragua is a MESS.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/internacional/america/220328/nicaragua-rasgo-democracia-afirma-presidente-costarricense The president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, affirmed this Monday that Nicaragua no longer presents “any trace of democracy”, during a visit to Spain before leaving power in May. “What is happening in Nicaragua is very unfortunate, as the democratic institutions have progressively been eroded, destroyed; it no longer …

International Relations

Nito forms “Commission” to clarify Panama position on Ukraine. Should be easy decision.

https://www.laestrella.com.pa/economia/220325/comision-alto-nivel-evalua-impacto-pais-guerra-rusia-ucrania President Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, accompanied by the Vice President and Minister of the Presidency, José Gabriel Carrizo Jaén, met yesterday Thursday with the members of the High Level Commission (CAN) to analyze the impact on the country of the war between Russia and Ukraine. The head of the Executive …