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"JB"

La Prensa PODCAST: ALL should watch regarding Panama ENVIRONMENT

OP ED: by James “JB” Bryson I wanted to hopefully extend the reach of this attached La Prensa podcast to any of the visitors of PNO.com, as I feel it is very informative and brings light to an issue that any of the readers of this site will know is …

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Legal

Martinelli sons no longer detained in US, Immigration judge has granted bail

Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares will continue in the United States, where a migratory judge set the bail of release for each one in one million dollars. Migratory hearing of the Martinelli will be behind closed doors Brothers Martinelli Linares: From Coral Gables to the Everglades Martinelli Linares …

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Following up on the PROPERTY SCAM issues PNO.com is involved in. Attached separate story.

by James “JB” Bryson I am preparing to update PNO.com on the two cases we have intervened with. The first in BOCAS del TORO, and the second in PEDASI. I am not breaking the ceiling in saying these issues are “new”, quite the contrary. People have been getting screwed with …

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US News of note

US prepares for Memorial of PRESIDENT George H.W Bush

Washington (CNN)The official schedule of memorial services for former President George H.W. Bush, who died late Friday at the age of 94, was released Saturday evening. An arrival ceremony involving both the House and Senate will be held at 4:45 p.m. ET on Monday at the US Capitol, where Bush will …

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International Relations

Varela stance on China is in direct opposition to the US.

The President of China, Xi Jinping , is already on Monday, December 3, the Palace of the Herons. This, as part of the official agenda for his first visit to the isthmus. In the Palacio de las Garzas, Xi was received by the president Juan Carlos Varela, with whom, immediately …

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Legal

Judge observes and validates the 4 alleged crimes of Martinelli as charged by Prosecutor Diaz

Everything presented in this note has didactic purposes, and does not imply or affirm the guilt of Ricardo Martinelli for the commission of any crime. Former President Martinelli maintains the presumption of innocence for all the charges against him. In his opinion on Monday, November 26, Supreme Court Justice Jerónimo …

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Legal

“No justice” screams Martinelli. If Varela is main PLAINTIFF, will he agree to questioning by defense??

OP ED: Just a wandering thought from me “JB”.    Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli said today that “there is no justice in Panama”, after a judge of Guarantees decided to send him to oral and public trial for a cause of alleged illegal wiretapping during his term (2009-2014), by …

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Crime

PNO.com presents your DAILY ODEBRECHT BRIBE UPDATE. We admit it is hard to keep up.

The lawyer Mauricio Cort, key witness who would provide evidence of the final destination of bribes paid by Odebrecht – “is telling the Special Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office the way, time and place of how all the facts occurred.” In addition, the defendant in the Odebrecht case has given “key information …

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International Relations

Interesting CHINA, US, and……….PANAMA blog.

At the end of November the G20 , the group of 20 countries of the most important economies in the world , will meet in Buenos Aires, Argentina . The United States, Mexico and Canada will sign the revised Naphtha, which will henceforth be called Usmca. Argentina will seek an …

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Legal

Judge of Guarantees has hands full to assure compliance in Martinelli trial.

The magistrate J erónimo Mejía – acting as judge of guarantees – dictated yesterday the opening of judgment to president Ricardo Martinelli, as part of the process that is followed by the alleged commission of crimes against the inviolability of secrecy and the right to privacy , embezzlement for embezzlement …

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Environmental

LaEstrella: Great article about PNO concerns over Progress vs Environment of Panama

Development and environmental protection: a political dilemma The Government is promoting two road projects that have resulted in the destruction of forested areas and the questioning has come to the fore. There are those who consider it inevitable. Others, which is part of the inconsistencies in government policy     ALWAYS THERE …

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Energy/Infrastructure

Chinese contractors finishing studies for massive train project to Chiriqui.

OP ED: So no engineering firms in US, UK, Canada, Spain, Germany, etc.  Apparently just China and Odebrecht. The feasibility study for the establishment of a rail transport system between Panama and Chiriquí “is basically finished”. Chinese President will visit Panama from December 2 to 3 Know the 25 agreements …

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To all PNO.com visitors both here and back in the States: HAPPY THANKSGIVING

by James “JB” Bryson So it has been quite a busy year since we first went “live” earlier in 2018. And while I personally have been quite pre-occupied with many of the things that are “wrong, askew, questionable, off” or downright “criminal” over here in Panama since making it my …

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Panama Tourism

On the positive: PANAMA still ranks high in places to visit. Encouraging for tourism

The publication Lonely Planet highlighted Panama in the fourth position among the top 10 countries in the world to visit in 2019. “Welcome to the crossing of the Americas. In Panama, the north meets the south at a tropical biodiversity festival held at a world-class BioMuseo. The east meets the …

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Legal

Counsel and victim states Martinelli offered to settle with wire tap accusers to the tune of $75K

Carlos Herrera Morán and Mitchell Doens , defense counsel and victim, respectively, in the case of the punctures, revealed that former President Ricardo Martinelli offered up to $ 75,000 to the plaintiffs as part of a compensation agreement for the victims. Oydén Ortega issues draft ruling in favor of Martinelli …

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International Relations

It seems US agrees with PNO.com; Criticizes Varela and Panama for siding with China and freezing Taiwan

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- Look at my PNO.com archive about the decisions of the “Opus Dei” President of Panama Varela. I am not even in the need to type more. I am all over this stuff.   US Vice President Mike Pence criticized China on Friday for convincing Panama, …

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Crime

President of Peru in Panama for deposition of ODEBRECHT.

Peruvian President Alan García appeared today at the office of prosecutor José Domingo Pérez to answer for the bribes paid by the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht in the construction of Line 1 of the Lima Metro, during his second Government (2006-2011). Garcia arrived today in Lima, from Madrid, and immediately …

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Politics

ECONOMIST: First to go on record of predicting Cortizo to oust Varela

A report from the Intelligence Unit (UI) of The Economist projects the future president of Panama to the candidate of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), Laurentino Cortizo. The document entitled ‘Nito Cortizo becomes the presidential candidate of the PRD’, dated in September, reveals that his past as businessman and center-left …

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Legal

Criminal court annuls investigation into those charged with $12.3 Million Grain Sale Fraud

The Fifteenth Criminal Court admitted an nullity incident against the investigations of former ministers Lucy Molinar (Education), Roberto Cohen Henríquez (Presidency), Guillermo Ferrufino (Social Development) and Jaime Ford Castro (Public Works), as part of the investigation by the grain sale with funds from the extinct National Aid Program (PAN). Scandal …

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Agriculture

More shameful expansion as PANAMA environment is prostituted yet again. Camino de Cruces threatened

The Camino de Cruces National Park, in the village of Ancón, has more than 4 thousand hectares of primary forests, which over time have been disappearing to make way for construction projects not only private, but also state. Its creation dates back to 1992 and constitutes one of the basic …

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Crime

ODEBRECHT update: Panama contractor of choice in headlines as key prosecution witness dies.

One of the key witnesses in the corruption plot of the Brazilian firm Odebrecht in Colombia, who died of an apparent heart attack, “believed he was going to be killed” and sought to collaborate with the United States justice, the senator said on Wednesday, November 14. opponent Gustavo Petro. Poison …

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US News of note

US Headlines: All eyes on Immigrant “Caravan” as Mass Exodus approaches Mexican Border

TIJUANA, Mexico — Hundreds of migrants in the caravan traveling from Central America have begun arriving in the northern Mexico border city of Tijuana, setting up a potential confrontation with the American authorities that has been brewing for weeks. Their arrival in Tijuana marked the end of one struggle — …

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PEDASI follow UP: Same story, different Gringo. More on Panamanian SCUMBAGS

by James “JB” Bryson So yesterday, VETERAN’S DAY in the US I might add, I was driving back from a weekend in Pedasi along with Peter AKA “Gustavo” and “Big” Anthony to gather up more due diligence of a real estate swindle that took in Peter. Post was back on …

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BURNS MY ASS: Varela is purported “Opus Dei”- some education versus evidence.

by James “JB” Bryson OK, by now anyone can see that I have a strong distaste for politics in general. I would be a hypocrite if I, as an American Ex-Pat, only pointed my daggers towards the current Panamanian administration. My country of birth is RIFE with hypocrisy, and as …

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Crime

More delays and stalls for scumbags. Judges reviewing FIFER most recent request.

Judges of the Trial Court of Coclé, Amarelis Sucre (speaker), Florelia Bonilla and Omaira Macías, ordered an evaluation by the Institute of Legal and Forensic Medicine of the ex-governor of Coclé, Richard Fifer, as he presented a medical disability and did not attend this act of hearing. The doctor must …

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International Relations

Surprise. Varela back in CHINA.

The President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela, arrived after 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7, local time (Tuesday, November 6 at 3:00 p.m.) at the Pudong International Airport in Shanghai. The president was received by the Chancellor of the People’s Republic of China, Qin Gang, who visited Panama on …

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Legal

Hanging on by a thread!!! Martinelli back to Renacer. Condition “stable” my ASS.

The ex-president Ricardo Martinelli was transferred the morning of this Tuesday to the prison El Renacer , from the Santo Tomás Hospital , where he was admitted a day before, after he presented a picture of vomit . Penitentiary system ensures that Martinelli’s health is stable Mejía concludes assessment of …

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Infrastructure

Humbert at it again! Now he’s even looking up the Olympic Committee rear end. Thank YOU!!

The Comptroller General of the Republic, Federico Humbert , revealed yesterday that the audits of the millionaire funds that the Panamanian Sports Institute (Pandeportes) allocated to the circuital parties of deputies will include all the sports federations and even the Olympic Committee of Panama (COP ). Pandeportes: thousands of dollars …

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READ this article- Then Re-READ PNO.com from weeks ago. JB just saying……..

OP ED: by James “JB” Bryson One line- Can you see the forest between the trees?   The former president of the Republic, Ricardo Martinelli was rushed to Santo Tomás Hospital, confirmed his spokesman Luis Eduardo Camacho. Earlier, Alejandro Pérez, one of Martinelli’s lawyers, announced through a voice note on …

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Politics

LaPRENSA: Interesting article opining on what PNO.com does weekly. The Varela/Martinelli quandry

The traditional bipartisanship that reigned in Panama was broken in the elections of May 2009 with the arrival of a new force: the one led by the presidential candidate of Cambio Democrático (CD) , Ricardo Martinelli , who along with the standard-bearer of the Panameñista Party , Juan Carlos Varela …

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