Minutiae
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The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
--Cornelius Tacitus (c. 116 A.D.)

Tuesday, April 23, 2002
Where are we going and why am I in this handbasket?

Having been asked so nicely, I will comment on the situation in
Venezuela.
When the media is controlled by the state...
When the military intervenes in politics...
When there are riots and looting...
When a leader is ousted and back in power within a week...
When the leader in question is buddies with Castro...
When the country in question produces a lot of oil...
When the US is potentially facing a war with many members of OPEC...
It's time to worry.

Meanwhile in Zimbabwe:
"It is disturbing that this government deploys riot police to deal with peaceful protesters while violent and armed (ruling party) gangs are allowed to cause mayhem with police assistance," the opposition Movement for Democratic Change said in a statement. "Every single effort toward peaceful change has been met with arrests, violence, abductions and murders."
They're dealing with:
"Maintenance of strict price controls was a major election promise by Mugabe, as the country fights 113 percent inflation. The country is also experiencing shortages of sugar, milk and cooking oil. The government blames the food shortages on a two-month dry spell, but most analysts say they are the result of Mugabe's campaign to seize white-owned farms."
Oh and dissidents are being beheaded in front of their children.

posted by Rachel 4/23/2002
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