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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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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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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…

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An important point on the Venezuelan “threat”

A friend from the States calls me up to say: “the word ‘threat’ and the declaration of an emergency is a technical requirement. The legal body that gives the President the authority to impose sanctions on Venezuelan human rights violators is the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, known in Washington by its acronym IEEPA. In it,…

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What’s in Roy’s head? (Updated: Chaderton sort of apologizes)

Roy Chaderton, Venezuela’s Ambassador to the OAS, has always been a curious little beast. A product of Venezuela’s ancien regime, he is one of the few highly-educated diplomats that remained in good standing with Chávez after the Revolution came to power. After the tides turned, many people in top positions turned in their resignations in disgust – Ambassador…

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Is he a threat?

In today’s Executive Order imposing tough sanctions on seven mid-ranking cogs in the chavista repression machine, Barack Obama had this to say: “I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, find that the situation in Venezuela, including the Government of Venezuela’s erosion of human rights guarantees, persecution of political opponents, curtailment of press…