Mirador morning You turn on the tube, and there he is, giving yet another speech. But after a couple of minutes, you start to realize this isn’t just any old Chávez speech. “I’ve had it, frankly,” he says, “the state redistribution system is just not working here.” Weird. You watch on. “The way we’ve been…

Mirador morning You turn on the tube, and there he is, giving yet another speech. But after a couple of minutes, you start to realize this isn’t just any old Chávez speech. “I’ve had it, frankly,” he says, “the state redistribution system is just not working here.” Weird. You watch on. “The way we’ve been…

Life without Janet Like everyone who knew her, I was shocked and saddened to hear of Janet Kelly’s passing this morning. Janet was that rarest of public figures in Venezuela – truly democratically-minded, fiercely intellectually honest, allergic to extremism, willing to take uncomfortable positions on principle, and gleefully irreverent. Both sides in the political conflict…

Life without Janet Like everyone who knew her, I was shocked and saddened to hear of Janet Kelly’s passing this morning. Janet was that rarest of public figures in Venezuela – truly democratically-minded, fiercely intellectually honest, allergic to extremism, willing to take uncomfortable positions on principle, and gleefully irreverent. Both sides in the political conflict…

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After four years as a freelance journalist in Caracas, I’ve run off to become a doctoral candidate in innovation economics at the United Nations University’s Institute for New Technologies in Holland. I’m working on a dissertation on the impact of WTO rules on developing countries’ ability to implement effective technology policies. Yes, I think that’s…

About the Author

After four years as a freelance journalist in Caracas, I’ve run off to become a doctoral candidate in innovation economics at the United Nations University’s Institute for New Technologies in Holland. I’m working on a dissertation on the impact of WTO rules on developing countries’ ability to implement effective technology policies. Yes, I think that’s…

About the Author

After four years as a freelance journalist in Caracas, I’ve run off to become a doctoral candidate in innovation economics at the United Nations University’s Institute for New Technologies in Holland. I’m working on a dissertation on the impact of WTO rules on developing countries’ ability to implement effective technology policies. Yes, I think that’s…

The Power of Blogging There’s nothing to blog about out of Caracas, but I am becoming frankly obsessed with the stunning writing going on at Where is Raed? so I’m just going to republish his writing today. Last night, I had nightmares that this kid got hurt in a bombing raid. I woke up in…

The Power of Blogging There’s nothing to blog about out of Caracas, but I am becoming frankly obsessed with the stunning writing going on at Where is Raed? so I’m just going to republish his writing today. Last night, I had nightmares that this kid got hurt in a bombing raid. I woke up in…

When blogging isn’t worth it. I’ve been somewhat delinquent about posting lately. In part, the news out of Venezuela has gotten really boring. Also in part, I finally got satellite TV in my house, and CNN and the BBC are much more compelling right now. Mostly, though, there’s just this forlorn feeling hanging in the…

When blogging isn’t worth it. I’ve been somewhat delinquent about posting lately. In part, the news out of Venezuela has gotten really boring. Also in part, I finally got satellite TV in my house, and CNN and the BBC are much more compelling right now. Mostly, though, there’s just this forlorn feeling hanging in the…

About the Author

I am a Ph.D. student in Innovation Economics at the United Nations University’s Institute for New Technologoes in Maastricht, the Netherlands. I used to be a freelance journalist/magazine editor in Caracas. Blog email goes to: caracaschronicles at fastmail.fm School email goes to: toro at intech.unu.edu Personal email goes to: franciscotoro at fastmail.fm

About the Author

I am a Ph.D. student in Innovation Economics at the United Nations University’s Institute for New Technologoes in Maastricht, the Netherlands. I used to be a freelance journalist/magazine editor in Caracas. Blog email goes to: caracaschronicles at fastmail.fm School email goes to: toro at intech.unu.edu Personal email goes to: franciscotoro at fastmail.fm

Please direct all anguished rants, appalled tirades, horrified lectures and mentadas de madre to the email address on the right. It’s perfect Carlos Ortega, the country’s top labor leader and the brain-behind-the-national-strike, has chosen exile over jail (can’t blame him.) Carlos Fernández, his business federation buddy, sits under house arrest. Two days ago, Ibéyise Pacheco,…

Please direct all anguished rants, appalled tirades, horrified lectures and mentadas de madre to the email address on the right. It’s perfect Carlos Ortega, the country’s top labor leader and the brain-behind-the-national-strike, has chosen exile over jail (can’t blame him.) Carlos Fernández, his business federation buddy, sits under house arrest. Two days ago, Ibéyise Pacheco,…