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iPhone Diplomacy With Dmitry Medvedev

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Posted on Jun 24, 2010
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AP / RIA-Novosti, Dmtiry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service

Geeking out: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, left, beams at a new iPhone 4 with Apple Chairman and CEO Steve Jobs at Apple Inc. in Cupertino, Calif., on Wednesday.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has enjoyed a couple of down-home American traditions on his visit to the States this week, involving such time-honored rituals as the consumption of unnecessary gadgetry and hamburger meat. Wednesday found Medvedev in the Silicon Valley for a meeting with Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who came bearing the coveted gift of the new iPhone 4, and on Thursday, Medvedev joined forces with his American counterpart, Barack Obama, for a taste of haute burger cuisine in Arlington, Va.  —KA

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Jobs’ gift confirmed rumors, reported here previously, that he’d make a pre-release iPhone part of “elected” Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev’s tour of Silicon Valley this week. The optics are unfortunate; Americans are exposing themselves to muggers and heat stroke in long, Soviet-style lines outside Apple stores while the elite swap precious goods among themselves.

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By rollzone, June 25, 2010 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment

hello. second attempt here: sometimes ‘submit’ means
to who knows what; or where. capitalism fosters
better international relations, amongst the elitist
animals in control of the system. the best capitalist
in Russia was just convicted of inhumane exemplary
models of capitalist success, and journalists trying
to report the truth have been systematically
murdered, and the government has even gone so far as
to use its military against its own people.
capitalism harms the people unable to afford
upgrades, by further empowering those few in control.
try choosing a less totalitarian example, when
remarking about a kid being blown away by the new
Vlokphone.

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By hidflect, June 25, 2010 at 4:21 am Link to this comment

Nice photo. It conveys the implication that capitalism has the power to assist in the fostering of better international relations.

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