Correspondence with a California Lefty… > Francisco, > > Read your latest pieces, and I’ve got more questions for you (no doubt a bit naive to you, perhaps) but > bear with me! Paul, I’d have to write a book to answer your email fully (which I intend to, some day!) but for now I’ll…

Correspondence with a California Lefty… > Francisco, > > Read your latest pieces, and I’ve got more questions for you (no doubt a bit naive to you, perhaps) but > bear with me! Paul, I’d have to write a book to answer your email fully (which I intend to, some day!) but for now I’ll…

Correspondence with a California Lefty… > Francisco, > > Read your latest pieces, and I’ve got more questions for you (no doubt a bit naive to you, perhaps) but > bear with me! Paul, I’d have to write a book to answer your email fully (which I intend to, some day!) but for now I’ll…

[The OpEd I would have liked to write for the Wall Street Journal – and would’ve written, if I’d had a more pliable editor and 1800 words to play with.] Venezuela’s Narcissist-in-Chief If you’re looking for insight into Venezuela’s political crisis, section 301.81 of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual is an excellent…

[The OpEd I would have liked to write for the Wall Street Journal – and would’ve written, if I’d had a more pliable editor and 1800 words to play with.] Venezuela’s Narcissist-in-Chief If you’re looking for insight into Venezuela’s political crisis, section 301.81 of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual is an excellent…

The opposite of freedom It sounds a bit melodramatic, I know, but in Spanish the post of Human Rights Ombudsman is translated as Defensor del Pueblo – literally “defender of the people.” Switch just a couple of letters around and you end up with Defensor del Puesto – Defender of his Post. Sure, it’s a…

The opposite of freedom It sounds a bit melodramatic, I know, but in Spanish the post of Human Rights Ombudsman is translated as Defensor del Pueblo – literally “defender of the people.” Switch just a couple of letters around and you end up with Defensor del Puesto – Defender of his Post. Sure, it’s a…

How to slide from political crisis to civil war without really trying …or… How the chavistas learned to love their guns It’s a tricky subject to write about, mostly because the opposition has been so irresponsible in talking about it. Listen to the strike leaders speak, and you’d think we’re in Argentina in 1977, if…

How to slide from political crisis to civil war without really trying …or… How the chavistas learned to love their guns It’s a tricky subject to write about, mostly because the opposition has been so irresponsible in talking about it. Listen to the strike leaders speak, and you’d think we’re in Argentina in 1977, if…

Revolutionary priorities My friend Erica was telling me the other day about an essay by Gabriel García Márquez she read. In it, he explains that the only reason people think his books have all these fantastic, supernatural elements is that they’ve never been to Latin America. Around here, that stuff’s not fantastic at all, it’s…

Revolutionary priorities My friend Erica was telling me the other day about an essay by Gabriel García Márquez she read. In it, he explains that the only reason people think his books have all these fantastic, supernatural elements is that they’ve never been to Latin America. Around here, that stuff’s not fantastic at all, it’s…

Update: Chávez flies into New York today to meet Kofi Annan [Clarification for the hopelessly gringo: Antigovernment protests here traditionally feature much banging of kitchen pots.]

Blocking the exits Most opposition supporters have been looking forward to Feb. 2nd with some anxiety, seeing that day’s referendum on whether Chávez should resign as our last best hope, short of an (impossible) negotiated agreement, to settle the crisis peacefully. But today’s papers bring bad news. They’re full of reports today that the Supreme…

Update: Chávez flies into New York today to meet Kofi Annan [Clarification for the hopelessly gringo: Antigovernment protests here traditionally feature much banging of kitchen pots.]

Blocking the exits Most opposition supporters have been looking forward to Feb. 2nd with some anxiety, seeing that day’s referendum on whether Chávez should resign as our last best hope, short of an (impossible) negotiated agreement, to settle the crisis peacefully. But today’s papers bring bad news. They’re full of reports today that the Supreme…