Saturday, August 11, 2007


Ah well...so much for tyranny. RCTV is back on the air. Well, not exactly the air, they're on cable.

But wait! There's hope...in Costa Rica:

[There is] an October vote on whether or not to join the Central American Free Trade Agreement. Like NAFTA, CAFTA promises to be a boon for U.S. corporations while screwing over small businesses on both sides of the treaty.

Most Costa Ricans strenuously oppose the treaty, as evidenced by polls commissioned by various prestigious universities.

These polls directly contradict President Oscar Arias, who claims that Costa Ricans actually support the agreement, which is, of course, embarrassing both for Arias and the U.S. officials who want to make this deal happen.

The Costa Rican Supreme Court saves the day by issuing a ruling that universities are no longer allowed to release polls on the topic.

Oh, and while they’re at it, universities are hereby banned from studying, debating, or otherwise discussing CAFTA until the vote, activities that President Arias has deemed “verbal violence.”

I eagerly await the deluge of editorials denouncing President Arias for his dangerous and worrisome freedom-killing autocratic megalomania. If anyone would be so kind as to let me know when to stop holding my breath, I'd appreciate it.

via BoRev.net


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