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Hegemony goes global

Since the efforts of lobbyists and PSFs are not yielding positive results lately, the central government has decided to take a new direct approach in the “media war”: the Vice-Ministry of International Communication, under control of the Communication & Information Ministry (MinCI). The mission of this new Vice-Ministry will be to not only present the government’s side…

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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…

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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…