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Franklin Brito….another victim of Oliver Stone’s ego

Today this blog would like to tell you about Franklin Brito, someone whose name most of you will almost certainly have never heard. For those who are unfamiliar with Brito’s story, he had a productive livestock farm in Venezuela until a certain Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías decided to “expropriate” it, declaring property rights to be […]

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Guess who said, “The internet cannot be something free, where anything can be done or said.”

So who do you reckon? Some right wing fascist despot like….erm….George W Bush? Benjamin Netanyahu? Margaret Thatcher? Nigel Farage? Álvaro Uribe? An easy mistake to make, I agree, but no. It was everyone’s favourite champion of democracy and freedom (it says here), El Comandante himself, Hugo Chávez, the saviour of Venezuela, sorry, Latin America sorry, […]

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Lula and the cornered Caudillos

It’s been a busy few days for Brazil’s peripatetic President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Last week he was in Cuba for a cozy chat with the Hermanos Castro, and this week he attended the Latin American Summit in Cancún, on which occasion President Felipe Calderón of Mexico gave him this glowing reference…. President Lula is the undisputed leader […]

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Laughing all the way to the Lubyanka

As Brazil enters the final year of Luis Inácio Lula da Silva’s presidency and October’s election looms closer, his Workers Party (PT) administration is frantically abandoning the centrist mixed economy policies that have stood the country in such good stead for the last eight years, and lurching alarmingly to the left. Two clear examples of […]

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Never let it be said that He’s Spartacus shies away from tackling the serious issues in life head on.

I invested in a new rug yesterday. I regret to report, however, that I got it home and discovered it is just wrong on every conceivable level. It would, I have decided, suit the apartment of a homosexual drug dealer. Ah well, I shall just have to heave a sigh of resignation and return to […]

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English as she is spiked

I had occasion yesterday to visit one of Copacabana’s most celebrated beachfront eateries for lunch. It is so celebrated, in fact, that I have absolutely no idea what it’s called, which doesn’t matter in the slightest as I shan’t be returning there any time soon. Aside from the food being borderline inedible and the service […]

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