Sunday 23 March 2014

The Procrastinator (some) Times Sunday 23rd of March Edition


This week's edition is quite compact, as we are talking a post-dissertation break(-ish). Venezuela and Turkey are in our news section. In our Science section, climate section is the topic. Cloak, the most anti-social app is featured in our Design, Business & Innovation section, as well as the favorite books of 50 famous designers. In our Culture and Entertainment section there is a nice video about Wes Anderson carefully symmetric composition and an interesting article about the future of reading. In Dog We Trust shares Charlie's adoption story and introduce us to the incredible Riley. And finally our friend and fellow procrastinator/collaborator Marie, invite us to draw a dream.

Happy Sunday and happy reading!


Image via Gigaom.

"Some users trying to open the website are apparently being redirected to a statement by Turkey's telecommunications regulator.It cites a court order to apply "protection measures" on the website. This comes after PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to "wipe out Twitter" following damaging allegations of corruption in his inner circle. The BBC's James Reynolds in Istanbul reports that he is unable to access Twitter. "I don't care what the international community says at all. Everyone will see the power of the Turkish Republic," Mr Erdogan said earlier on Thursday." Read full article in BBC (E.T.P. 2') and a more complete summary in Gigaom (E.T.P. 7').

Photo via Al Jazeera.

This past 21 of March, María Corina Machado, a prominent Venezuelan opposition lawmaker, was schedule to participate in an Organization of America States session. She was accredited by Panama to its delegation so she could speak about the situation in Venezuela where 31 people (then, and 33 people by the time I'm writing this) have been killed anti-government protests since February 4. A student representative, an union leader and the mother of one of the students that have died in the past month (when the National Guards shot rubber bullets at her face) accompanied Machado.

There were high expectations about this session. It was going to be the first time to really share the other side of the story to the press gathered, to the diplomatic representatives of all America, to the world. But when it was the turn to discuss Venezuela's situation, with 22 votes in favor, 11 against and one abstention the OAS decided to close to the session to the press, and the world, as my friend and fellow journalist Leila said, couldn't listen the side of the story that belongs to the opposition, the unions, the students, and the victims.

Soon after the session was over, in social networks it started to circulate a copy of the video that María Corina Machado was prepared to show in the OAS session. This keeps being our only way to tell our story to the world I would really recommend you to see it and share it.

Meanwhile, according to the Foro Penal Venezolano, from February 4th until the March 22nd, 8pm, there's been 1823 students arrested. 

Here more articles:

DW: Opinion: Venezuela Trapped in Violent Stalemate  (Added Monday 24)

Reuters: Venezuela protest death toll rises to 33   "Two Venezuelans died from gunshot wounds during protests against socialist President Nicolas Maduro, witnesses and local media said on Saturday, pushing the death toll from almost two months of anti-government demonstrations to 33."

The Economist: Venezuela's protests: Inside the barrios. "For the past six weeks Venezuela has been gripped by unrest that has left around 30 people dead. In most cities the violence and the barricades have been focused on middle-class districts. "This is an upside-down country,' says Kelvin Maldonado, a chavista activist. "The rich are protesting and the poor are content." The contentment, however, is more apparent than real."

The Star: Venezuela unending tale of murder and sorrow. "Think of Mexico, a country notorious for its drug-fuelled carnage — 80,000 dead in just seven years — then multiply the Mexican murder rate by four. That’s Venezuela."

Al Jazeera: Venezuela: the end of a revolution? "The Bolivarian project has failed to provide for Venezuelan citizens on the political, social and economic fronts."


El País: Video: ¿Acabará Maduro con los líderes opositores?.


The Huffington Post: La tragique solitude des étudiants vénézuélienes. (Added Monday 24)

Liberation: Venezuela portraits masqués (Added Monday 24)

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