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The taming of El Universal

Six months have passed since HegemonCorp. (the private arm of the hegemony) bought El Universal, one of Venezuela’s oldest and largest newspapers. Since then, the paper has turned into a parody of itself, with many of its journalists leaving and with an editorial line so insipid that it makes fully state-owned counterparts like Ciudad CCS seem fully alive in…

Charlie

Los venezolanos también somos Charlie

The only sane way to respond to the horrific events in Paris today … is to make sure the artists’ pictures get the maximum worldwide exposure. Because this is not just a fight of radical Islam against a French newspaper. This is the latest battle in the fight of backwardness versus modernity, a battle that our…

Pessimism

Learned pessimism

As a new year dawns, we can all agree that things are looking dour for Venezuela. The economic outlook is ghastly, and the political one is not brighter. It takes enormous energy to will oneself out of a pessimistic mood. And that’s exactly how the government wants it. For many in the opposition’s rank-and-file, everything the…