Conatel Breaks 4,832,000 Eggs to Make One-Egg Omelette

After a long battle, the central government can finally say they took down the real mastermind behind the evil “parallel dolar”: DolarToday’s mobile app. Sure, it couldn’t be done without breaking the Venezuelan internet by blocking all content hosted by Amazon’s S3 cloud service, one of the world’s largest, which hosts literally trillions of pieces of content and…

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…

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…

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…

teleSUR, the Workers’ Paradise? A Caracas Chronicles exclusive

(The full 5,500-word leaked email in Spanish and English) As teleSUR prepares to launch an English-language satellite station in July 2015 (its 10th anniversary), there is unrest in the Caracas and Quito headquarters. Several high-level employees have been mistreated and/or expelled by the inner circle in Caracas, and disparities in wages, shift schedules and workloads are…

The teleSUR email in English

Sent: Thursday, 25 September 2014 15:38:02 Subject: Re: the farewell that wasn’t If anyone still doesn’t believe how things are done around here, Telesur contracted a firm to do the website design, and approved a graphic that the firm had casually found on the Internet, and which has already been used for lots of purposes,…

The teleSUR email in Spanish

Enviados: Jueves, 25 de Septiembre 2014 15:38:02 Asunto: Re: la despedida que no fue Si alguien sigue sin creer cómo se hacen las cosas, Telesur contrató una empresa para que haga el diseño….se le aprobó algo que simplemente agarraron de internet y que se usa para un montòn de cosas, por ejemplo, en tono azul,…