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The whys and wherefores of the $20,000 iPhone

(A guest post from reader/journalist Arnaldo Espinoza) The Whys and Wherefores of the $20,000 iPhone Arnaldo R. Espinoza (@Naldoxx) Prices in Venezuela stopped making sense a while ago, and nowhere more so than at the Apple Store. Long gone are the days of Dame tu PIN and the bidding wars between carriers. It’s become pricey…

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#TropaTelesur under siege

Imagine what would happen to your business if you discriminated among your employees based on nationality alone, and they knew about it. What would your workers do if they found out that some of their colleagues earn 100 *times* their salary by virtue of simply being foreign? Well, could you blame them if they took the story to…

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Oil and bullets

Two interesting stories, from the indispensable foreign press. First, Bloomberg’s Anatoly Kurmanaev explores the lack of progress in reining in guns and munition, and how it shows the powerful sway of the military. He reminds us that, in theory, the military should have begun coding individual bullets as a way of tightening control over munition.…

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Sobremesa Chronicles

You know what I miss? I miss the truth. I yearn for a politician that speaks his or her mind, damn the torpedoes. Consider, for example, the past few weeks in the thorny, cantankerous, dysfunctional relationship between the US and Venezuela. You know what’s happened: embassies are being downsized, then not. Sanctions have been imposed. Marches have…

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A political prisoner dies

(I met Lissette González back in college, when we were both interns at the UCAB’s Institute for Social and Economic Research. We were never close – she, the hipster Sociologist; me, the neoliberal economist – but I liked her. I had not seen nor heard from her in many years, but I got hold of…

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The Misguided MUD

Boy, this communiqué from the MUD in response to Barack Obama’s recent Executive Order is a clear example of the old adage about a camel being a horse designed by a committee. What a mish-mash. Let’s break it down – what is the text saying? 1. Venezuela is not a threat, and the only thing that…