Archive for November 24th, 2002

Wireless and Wi-Fi: The way to go

November 24, 2002

Just read two interesting articles on the last issue of of Fortune magazine. The firts one was about WI-Fi networks (IEEE 802.11 standard) and how companies are installing them and loving them. They are easy to use, increase efficiency and the are actually cheaper!. In the same issue there was an article about how Sony is coming up with products that are really ahead of their time and guess what, they all have wireless capabilities!!. Add to that that I think that wireless is going to be the way to cover the last mile and its a full package. (I know that Nicholas Negroponte already said that, but I came up with it independently!)

Interesting interview with the Governor of Aragua State

November 24, 2002

Anyone interested in the Venezuelan political crisis should read today’s interview with Didalco Bolivar in page D-1 of El Nacional. Governor Bolivar is a supporter of the President from what is called the “MAS-oficialista” or Podemos, a splinter group from Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) who kept supporting Chavez after MAS withdrew their support of the President. Bolivar essentially urges the President to allow the refeendum or elections, to use reason and not violence and says he refuses to accept any discussion about the Government interferring with municipal or state police forces.

What is important is that Governor Bolivar is saying these things. Up to now he had been a staunch supporter of Chavez and his Government and this clearly sounds like he is trying to separate himself from the Government’s actions (past and future). Combined with the little known fact that three Podemos Deputies (needed for a majority in any vote) did not attend National Assembly sessions this week, the message is quite important and significant.

Why Chavez is afraid of the referendum

November 24, 2002

Primero Justicia Deputy Carlos Ocariz made a list of the  attempts by Chavez and his partisans to boycott the possibility of a referendum as evidence that he is afraid of having it:

-Chavez’ MVR tried to block the process of signature collection destroying eight tents where the referendum drive was being held, removing the referendum form from newspaperes where it was distributed for free and destroying them.

-MVR’ bolivarian circles tried to destroy the signatures on the way to the National Electoral Commission.

-MVR has denounced the “illegality” of the signatures without presenting any evidence.

-A member of MVR was copying national identification numbers during the process of checking out the validity of the signatures, when caught he actually swallowed the piece of paper.

-The resignations of two members of Chavez’ MVR were accepted by the National Assembly as a way of making the CNE  inoperable with too few members. The resignations had taken place long ago, but no action was taken at the time.

-Chavez asked the Supreme Court to declare the new electoral power law unconstitutional and attempted to modified 41 articles of the bill, returning it to the National Assembly which was not legal.

-A former member of the CNE, who had taken other positions in Government since then and had actually been hired as a consultant by the CNE, attempted to occupy her position once more.

-The National Assembly named a new member of the CNE. Naming one member without two thirds majority is not within the power of the Assembly. the Assembly may replace all members at once only after a public call for candidates and two thirds majority.

-The Government asked the Supreme Justice to declare the referendum question illegal.

This is what Chavez and his MVR consider “fair play” and the “democratic system”.