Wednesday, September 26, 2007

in the news

From Their Nation-Turned-Bunker, Burmese Generals Peer Out, and In

Sputnik's Anniversary Raises Questions about Future of Space Exploration

Cafferty Files

While going through the NYT today, I came upon this politically-acute announcement by the US based oil company, CITGO, which is a subsidiary of the state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA). The ad celebrates Venezuela's economic partnership with the Bronx. I remember watching the news circulating around Hugo Chavez's controversial visit to the UN in September 2005 when he stood before the General Assembly and referred to President Bush as 'the devil' and I remember the laughs and debate that ensued on the cable news networks. During that same trip to NYC, Chavez made a visit to the Bronx, where he offered cheap oil to low-income residents. I had forgotten, however, about all of this, so my memory was rekindled by this ad which was an obvious stab at the failures of the Bush administration. I just found this example of state propaganda to be interesting.


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