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Venezuela: The Tower of David: Highest Vertical Squat in the World

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I first read about the Tower of David in the New Yorker magazine last year, in these stories:

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Slumlord and its successor piece The Real “Tower of David”, both written by Jon Lee Anderson.

The Guardian has also written about The Tower of David here

Here's a BBC video about it.

From YouTube

n Venezuela, Hugo Chavez has been dead for a year. Since then the country has been engulfed by runaway inflation, rampant crime, food and housing shortages. The crisis is clearest in one building in downtown Caracas. It's called the Tower of David - an unfinished skyscraper planned as a glittering monument to capitalism, It's now home to thousands of squatters. They police it, renovate its rooms, and plumb it into the city's electricity and water, and all for peppercorn rent. Olly Lambert has been to the Tower. He met three of its residents: Elvys Merclan, elected president of the tower cooperative, Miriam Figueroa - a shop keeper on the 22nd floor, and Yecenia Polanco, a young mum with 5 children.

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Thursday Links

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US House of Representatives approves Venezuela sanctions

Flood Gates Open As Another GOP Congressman Comes Out For Gay Marriage

Fox Fail: Benghazi Scandal is Destroying Fox News as Ratings Plunge 27% in May

Bernie Sanders Shreds Republican Hypocrites For Not Understanding The Real Cost of War

Virginia Republican Praises Tyrant Bashar Assad as a ‘Defender’ of Religious Freedom

Gun Fanatics Express Their Support For a Mass Murderer’s Second Amendment Rights

American trade delegation in rare Cuba visit

Rep: Trent Franks: Obama Wouldn’t Care If Al Qaeda Attacked Texas

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Saturday Links

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Darrell Issa Declares War on John Boehner as Benghazi Investigation Turns Into a Circus

Desperate Liar Mitch McConnell Gets Caught In His Own Obamacare Trap

Virginia county board says no followers of ‘pre-Christian deities’ allowed to deliver prayers

California drive-by gunman kills six in Santa Barbara

US 'losing patience' with Venezuela - John Kerry

Militants attack Somali parliament

Vladimir Putin condemns Prince Charles's 'Nazi' remarks

Images: Texas Open Carry group does it again, pour into another restaurant carrying weapons

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The Crimea of Russia's imagination

Judge rules against creationist teacher who called Buddhist student’s faith ‘stupid’

Ralph Reed: Making divorce harder for women is a ‘better solution’ than food stamps

Southern Baptist official: The words ‘zygote’ and ‘embryo’ oppress unborn persons

Mitch McConnell Freaks Out and Calls The Police on Reporter Who He Feared Questions From

Mississippi joining the Republican fad for pointless drug testing of welfare applicants

Gender-specific books demean all our children. So the Independent on Sunday will no longer review anything marketed to exclude either sex

Jenny McCarthy Asks; the Internet Slam Dunks (on Vaccination)

Bryan Fischer: God Hasn't Struck Down Bill Maher Because He's Giving Him A Chance To Repent

Whale watching on Ireland’s newest coastal route

Air Canada suspends Venezuela flights over 'civil unrest'

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