Tic tac tic tac tic tac… Luis Alcalá was leaving his house to go pick up his eight year old kid from school. The man he’d seen scoping out his home several times in the last few days walked up to him, pulled out a 9 mm, shot him twice, and ran off. Two days…

Tic tac tic tac tic tac… Luis Alcalá was leaving his house to go pick up his eight year old kid from school. The man he’d seen scoping out his home several times in the last few days walked up to him, pulled out a 9 mm, shot him twice, and ran off. Two days…

“Please crush our movement, sir.” The thing about these “Security Zones” is that by decreeing them, the government set out an implicit dare. “You can`t come here,” Chávez said, “off limits!” So, of course, following the 6-year-olds-at-the-playground mentality that dominates opposition strategizing these days, they obviously had to go and protest inside the security zone,…

“Please crush our movement, sir.” The thing about these “Security Zones” is that by decreeing them, the government set out an implicit dare. “You can`t come here,” Chávez said, “off limits!” So, of course, following the 6-year-olds-at-the-playground mentality that dominates opposition strategizing these days, they obviously had to go and protest inside the security zone,…

“We’ve reached the breaking point and nothing is improbable.” It’s a scary thought. But it’s much much scarier as a screaming headline leading the nation’s most widely read newspaper. Especially when it’s in the mouth not of some pundit, but of a Major General on active duty, one of the top ranked commanders in the…

“We’ve reached the breaking point and nothing is improbable.” It’s a scary thought. But it’s much much scarier as a screaming headline leading the nation’s most widely read newspaper. Especially when it’s in the mouth not of some pundit, but of a Major General on active duty, one of the top ranked commanders in the…

Reinventing the hyperinflation wheel Probably the hardest part of my job is writing about monetary and fiscal policy, impossibly technical topics that tend to make readers’ eyes glaze over. Inspired by the great and mighty Paul Krugman, I go to any lengths necessary to try to make these topics easily digestible. Not sure if I…

Reinventing the hyperinflation wheel Probably the hardest part of my job is writing about monetary and fiscal policy, impossibly technical topics that tend to make readers’ eyes glaze over. Inspired by the great and mighty Paul Krugman, I go to any lengths necessary to try to make these topics easily digestible. Not sure if I…

Correction… The previous post wrongly reported that the La Carlota security zone includes Francisco de Miranda Avenue and the Plaza Altamira. It doesn’t. It does include a big part of the East-side highway, and Chacaito’s Plaza Brión. In other late-breaking news, TalCual reports that the government is planning to take these security zones nationwide, with…

Correction… The previous post wrongly reported that the La Carlota security zone includes Francisco de Miranda Avenue and the Plaza Altamira. It doesn’t. It does include a big part of the East-side highway, and Chacaito’s Plaza Brión. In other late-breaking news, TalCual reports that the government is planning to take these security zones nationwide, with…

Security zones? OK…but for whose security? Another Monday, another feverish political row in Caracas. This week, the hot issue is the decree Chávez issued last week declaring eight “security zones” around key installations in Caracas: Four military bases, two presidential facilities and the state-owned TV and Radio stations. It will have escaped no one that…

Security zones? OK…but for whose security? Another Monday, another feverish political row in Caracas. This week, the hot issue is the decree Chávez issued last week declaring eight “security zones” around key installations in Caracas: Four military bases, two presidential facilities and the state-owned TV and Radio stations. It will have escaped no one that…

Correction… The previous post wrongly reported that the La Carlota security zone includes Francisco de Miranda Avenue and the Plaza Altamira. It doesn’t. It does include a big part of the East-side highway, and Chacaito’s Plaza Brión. In other late-breaking news, TalCual reports that the government is planning to take these security zones nationwide, with…

Security zones? OK…but for whose security? Another Monday, another feverish political row in Caracas. This week, the hot issue is the decree Chávez issued last week declaring eight “security zones” around key installations in Caracas: Four military bases, two presidential facilities and the state-owned TV and Radio stations. It will have escaped no one that…

Notes on a civil war that may or may not happen… How tense is Venezuela these days? It’s an odd, difficult question. If you go by what’s published in the newspapers, you’d think that a huge society-wide train-wreck is imminent. The tenor of political debate here is incredibly bellicose, far, far outside the bounds of…