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Chinese Internet giant Tencent's HQ in Shenzhen, China
Chinese Internet giant Tencent's HQ in Shenzhen, China
Wu Xiaobo

BEIJING — If one were to think of the Internet as a person with flesh, blood and a soul, then what would be the source of its soul? The answer will be a very different one depending on which country's Internet we are talking about.

In the United States, a Time magazine article explored the idea that what shaped today's personal computer and the Internet is the spirit of the hippies of the 1960s. The American generation born after World War II, bored with their rich but mediocre lifestyle, occupied universities and advocated sexual liberation, with rock music as its soundtrack. Though the movement was bound to end with the arrival of the oil embargo in 1973, the hippy spirit lingered on in music, films and art. And inevitably, the engineers who'd smoked marijuana carried it into the information revolution. They aspired to break the mechanical kingdom with an innovative technology culture that is freer than the one built by the likes of Henry Ford.

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Venezuela-Iran: Maduro And The Axios Of Chaos In The Americas

With the complicity of leftist rulers in Venezuela, Bolivia and even Argentina, Iran's sanction-ridden regime is spreading its tentacles in South America, and could even undermine democracies.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro visiting Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran, Iran on June 11. Venezuela is one of Iran's closest allies, and both are subject to tough U.S. sanctions.

Julio Borges

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CARACAS —The dangers posed by Venezuela's relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran is something we've warned about before. Though not new, the dangers have changed considerably in recent years.

They began under Venezuela's late leader, Hugo Chávez , when he decided to turn his back on the West and move closer to countries outside our geopolitical sphere. In 2005, Chávez and Iran's then president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, signed collaborative agreements in areas beyond the economy, with goals that included challenging the West and spreading Iran's presence in Latin America.

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