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The ex-presidents club

Three former Latin American Presidents – Andres Pastrana of Colombia, Felipe Calderón of Mexico, and Sebastián Piñera of Chile – were in Caracas in the last few days to attend a Citizens’ Congress organized by Maria Corina Machado, VP, Ledezma, and various other groups. The visit caused quite a stir in Venezuela when Pastrana and…

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The Bodyguard

On Monday afternoon, rumors started building on a story that would headline the Spanish newspaper, ABC, on Tuesday: “Security Chief of Chavista number 2 flees to the US and acuses him of drug smuggling.” By Chavista number 2 —you may not agree— the reporter, ABC’s Washington correspondent Emili J. Blasco, meant the President of the National Assembly,…

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Ration Card Now

Estimado Nicolás, No te preocupes, no te voy a ladillar más con la cantaleta de siempre: que si que hay que unificar el tipo de cambio, que si que hay que liberar los precios, que si la oferta y la demanda, que si el pato y la guacharaca. Sé que te ladilla, y además sé…

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Sobremesa chronicles

In the last few days, a document has been circulating. In it, sixty well-known Venezuelan economists (most of whom I appreciate and admire) make a list of urgent measures Nicolás Maduro has to undertake. You know what’s missing from it? The pressing need … to privatize. Oops. Did I say that out loud? In Venezuela, it…