Credibility Gap …or: the broken record defense December 5th Inter-Press Service In a nationally broadcast message Thursday, Chvez stated emphatically that “I will not allow our leading industry to be brought to a halt.” December 8th Reuters “They are not going to break PDVSA, they are not going to stop it,” the president said on…

Credibility Gap …or: the broken record defense December 5th Inter-Press Service In a nationally broadcast message Thursday, Chvez stated emphatically that “I will not allow our leading industry to be brought to a halt.” December 8th Reuters “They are not going to break PDVSA, they are not going to stop it,” the president said on…

A plausible defense of the lunatic’s legacy… As I talk about Venezuela with people abroad, some variation on it always comes up sooner or later. “Come on, Chávez can’t be all bad…he must have some redeeming qualities, right?” It’s usually an awkward moment, cuz I really can’t think of any, so I end up coming…

A plausible defense of the lunatic’s legacy… As I talk about Venezuela with people abroad, some variation on it always comes up sooner or later. “Come on, Chávez can’t be all bad…he must have some redeeming qualities, right?” It’s usually an awkward moment, cuz I really can’t think of any, so I end up coming…

Extra! Extra! Nothing happens! Today, the streets of Caracas are witnessing a totally unprecedented development: calm. For the first time in the lat 17 days, there are no marches in the streets today. For the first time since the strike started, tens of thousands of people will not march to demand the government’s ouster. The…

Extra! Extra! Nothing happens! Today, the streets of Caracas are witnessing a totally unprecedented development: calm. For the first time in the lat 17 days, there are no marches in the streets today. For the first time since the strike started, tens of thousands of people will not march to demand the government’s ouster. The…

First casualty: everyday life… Last night, my sister Cristina asked whether I’d go visit her today, relieve some of the tedium of these claustrophobic strike days, and chat about the project the NGO she belongs to is working on. I was a bit weary of using up the carefully hoarded gas in my gas-tank, but…