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Friday, December 31, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor


Another Year in the books.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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Thursday, December 30, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

Until Next Year

365.364 (12/30/10)

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Wednesday, December 29, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

Via the BBC:  Colombia drug lord Pedro Guerrero ‘may be dead’

Colombian police say they may have killed one of the country’s top drugs traffickers, Pedro Guerrero Castillo.

Guerrero, known as Cuchillo (The Knife), led a 1,200-strong army and largely controlled the drugs trade in eastern Colombia.

Police had been hunting him for several years and had offered a $1.25m (£800,000) reward for his capture.

He was allegedly injured in a shoot-out with police in the eastern province of Meta and later died of his injuries.

The piece notes that Guerrero’s bodyguard was killed and seven of his associates were arrested, including a fellow who goes by the name “Madman Harold.”

Say what you will about the ongoing conflict in Colombia, but one thing is for sure:  the nicknames abound.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

I have been a bit lazy in making sure that my post-Christmas blogging at OTB has been cross-linked to PoliBlog, so here you go.

From me at OTB:

  • Alvin Greene to Throw his Hat in the Ring Again
  • Romney Fades in Florida
  • The Return of the Panachurian Candidate
  • Hugh Hefner Engaged Again
  • Coburn and the Lifespan of Republics
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Sunday, December 26, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

Christmas Morning 2024

365.359 (12/25/10)

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By Steven L. Taylor

Christmas Eve 2024

354.358 (12/24/10)

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Friday, December 24, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

The continued move to a more and more authoritarian state in Venezuela continues.

Via the BBC:  Venezuelan parliament votes to tighten internet rules

Under the bill, online messages inciting hatred, or political and religious intolerance, are banned.

The new law also prohibits contents which is deemed to disrespect public officials.

Heaven forbid that someone might disrespect a public official.

I must confess, I am missing the connecting logic in the following:

Under the new rules, providers of online contents and internet portals could be fined if images or messages appearing on their sites "disrespect public authorities, incite or promote hatred or create anxiety in the citizenry or alter public order".

President Chavez says the law will shield citizens from messages promoting drug use, prostitution and other crimes.

Perhaps this law will stop people from asking public officials if their mothers are prostitutes? 

Meanwhile, also via the BBC:  Venezuela students protest at university law

Venezuelan police have used water cannon and rubber bullets to break up a protest against a law that increases government control over universities.


The new law "imposes socialism as the sole ideology and does away with university autonomy because it concentrates all powers in the minister for higher education", the university’s student federation leader, Diego Scharifker, told the Associated Press news agency.

The government says the law makes universities more democratic by giving university workers, as well as students and teachers, a say in how they are run.

One university worker, Carlos Lopez, said the law would break the control of education by Venezuela’s "oligarchy" and make universities truly autonomous.

Part of what is going on here:

A new National Assembly, with many more opposition members, will be sworn in on 5 January.

The opposition has accused Mr Chavez of rushing laws through to increase his hold on power and avoid proper parliamentary scrutiny.

Last week the assembly gave Mr Chavez special powers to pass laws by decree for 18 months to deal with the aftermath of devastating floods.

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By Steven L. Taylor

Via the BBC:  Brazil’s Lula bids farewell at end of presidential term.

Lula’s biography is quite amazing:  from metal worker to union head to jailed dissident to seemingly perennial failed presidential candidate to, eventually, successful two-term president.

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Thursday, December 23, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor


365.357 (12/23/10)

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By Steven L. Taylor


365.356 (12/22/10). Twenty-five years ago we had our first date.

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