There’s no stopping the referendum… One of the perils of journalism is that you end up writing stories now and then that, though perfectly reasonable at the time of writing, wind up being left behind by developments by the time they’ve hit print. It’s not very pleasent. No sooner had I scoffed at the thought…

There’s no stopping the referendum… One of the perils of journalism is that you end up writing stories now and then that, though perfectly reasonable at the time of writing, wind up being left behind by developments by the time they’ve hit print. It’s not very pleasent. No sooner had I scoffed at the thought…

Wednesday, it must be time for a VenEconomy editorial… Negotiating with a Narcissist Much of what’s happened in Venezuelan politics over the last three years has been unprecedented, but the spectacle in Plaza Altamira over the last week has finally made the leap into the truly surreal. Urged on by a never-ending stream of protestors…

Aggression! Violence! Fascism! It was really heart rending hearing J.V. Rangel’s speech yesterday. The passion in his words, the anger in his eyes, the humanist zeal! In a tone of high moral righteousness, the Vicepresident complained bitterly about the abhorrent treatment meted out to General Eugenio Gutiérrez, the chavista head of the National Guard, on…

Aggression! Violence! Fascism! It was really heart rending hearing J.V. Rangel’s speech yesterday. The passion in his words, the anger in his eyes, the humanist zeal! In a tone of high moral righteousness, the Vicepresident complained bitterly about the abhorrent treatment meted out to General Eugenio Gutiérrez, the chavista head of the National Guard, on…

Wednesday, it must be time for a VenEconomy editorial… Negotiating with a Narcissist Much of what’s happened in Venezuelan politics over the last three years has been unprecedented, but the spectacle in Plaza Altamira over the last week has finally made the leap into the truly surreal. Urged on by a never-ending stream of protestors…

Aggression! Violence! Fascism! It was really heart rending hearing J.V. Rangel’s speech yesterday. The passion in his words, the anger in his eyes, the humanist zeal! In a tone of high moral righteousness, the Vicepresident complained bitterly about the abhorrent treatment meted out to General Eugenio Gutiérrez, the chavista head of the National Guard, on…

“This is the protest that never ends… …it just goes on and on like this…” What to even say about the last 150 hours on Plaza Altamira? What started as a postmodern military antirebellion has slowly transmogrified into a strange new breed of political expression: the neverending-political-protest-cum-party. At this point we’re on the sixth day…

“This is the protest that never ends… …it just goes on and on like this…” What to even say about the last 150 hours on Plaza Altamira? What started as a postmodern military antirebellion has slowly transmogrified into a strange new breed of political expression: the neverending-political-protest-cum-party. At this point we’re on the sixth day…

Sensitive New Age Coup It wasn’t hard to guess that sooner or later General Enrique Medina Gomez would eventually try to piece together some kind of antigovernment action, but who could’ve guessed it would be this? The man called a press conference yesterday with a who’s who of the April coup leaders standing behind him…

Sensitive New Age Coup It wasn’t hard to guess that sooner or later General Enrique Medina Gomez would eventually try to piece together some kind of antigovernment action, but who could’ve guessed it would be this? The man called a press conference yesterday with a who’s who of the April coup leaders standing behind him…

I’m obviously hopping mad about the government’s incredible, howling, flashing, bold-faced lying about yesterday’s “paro.” Thus, this week’s VenEc editorial is about… Getting rid of Chávez well On Monday, Venezuela once again spoke loud and clear, and the government once again refused to listen. The message was, in essence, the same as on Dec. 10th,…

I’m obviously hopping mad about the government’s incredible, howling, flashing, bold-faced lying about yesterday’s “paro.” Thus, this week’s VenEc editorial is about… Getting rid of Chávez well On Monday, Venezuela once again spoke loud and clear, and the government once again refused to listen. The message was, in essence, the same as on Dec. 10th,…

Newsflash: AD toes the line! I think I just saw the most significant event of the whole strike, and I bet most people missed it. Rafael Marin, Secretary General of Accion Democratica, gave a press conference. At one point, a journalist asked him if the strike would be extended beyond 12 hours, or if other…

Strike update… Well, it looks like a pretty good general strike. Not a great strike. We’ve had better ones. December 10th was bigger, but this one’s bigger than April 9th. Most shops shut in the east side, about half I’d say in the west side, varying numbers in the rest of the country. Far from…