Today, I will break a personal rule…

…and blog about a subject other than Venezuela. Kind of. The BBC (and everyone else) reports today that US authorities have named a special counsel to lead an investigation into who leaked the identity of a CIA agent whose husband opposed the Iraq war. Demonstrating that, battered though it clearly is, US democracy keeps on…

Today, I will break a personal rule…

…and blog about a subject other than Venezuela. Kind of. The BBC (and everyone else) reports today that US authorities have named a special counsel to lead an investigation into who leaked the identity of a CIA agent whose husband opposed the Iraq war. Demonstrating that, battered though it clearly is, US democracy keeps on…

Radicales y comeflores

Most newspaper readers in the English speaking world know alarmingly little about Venezuela in general, so it’s hardly a surprise that their notions about Venezuela’s opposition movement remain vague and contradictory. On the one hand, almost every newspaper article on Venezuela has some throw-away phrase about Venezuela’s “diverse and disjointed opposition, a loose coalition of…

Radicales y comeflores

Most newspaper readers in the English speaking world know alarmingly little about Venezuela in general, so it’s hardly a surprise that their notions about Venezuela’s opposition movement remain vague and contradictory. On the one hand, almost every newspaper article on Venezuela has some throw-away phrase about Venezuela’s “diverse and disjointed opposition, a loose coalition of…

Perceptive as usual…

…Erica Stephan writes in to let me know I totally missed the point in my last entry… From “Erica Stephan” Date Sat, 20 Dec 2003 9:03 PM To “Francisco Toro” Subject Re: Why am I blogging? for the record, I don’t think your latest entry really addressed what for me is the key venezuelan question…

Perceptive as usual…

…Erica Stephan writes in to let me know I totally missed the point in my last entry… From “Erica Stephan” Date Sat, 20 Dec 2003 9:03 PM To “Francisco Toro” Subject Re: Why am I blogging? for the record, I don’t think your latest entry really addressed what for me is the key venezuelan question…

Back-and-forth with Greg Wilpert I really don’t agree on much with Greg Wilpert, the Venezuelanalysis.com guy, but I respect his integrity and his intellect, and have a great time sparring with him. With his permission, I’m publishing this back and forth argument between us. Long, too long, like everything I write (currently accepting applications for…

Back-and-forth with Greg Wilpert I really don’t agree on much with Greg Wilpert, the Venezuelanalysis.com guy, but I respect his integrity and his intellect, and have a great time sparring with him. With his permission, I’m publishing this back and forth argument between us. Long, too long, like everything I write (currently accepting applications for…

Back-and-forth with Greg Wilpert I really don’t agree on much with Greg Wilpert, the Venezuelanalysis.com guy, but I respect his integrity and his intellect, and have a great time sparring with him. With his permission, I’m publishing this back and forth argument between us. Long, too long, like everything I write (currently accepting applications for…

This blog… …is about to go more or less quiet, since I’m off to Romania for the holidays starting today. I may post from net caf�s now and then, but obviously not as often as I’m doing now. It’s really been a historic week in Venezuela, and even though I’m far away now, it has…

This blog… …is about to go more or less quiet, since I’m off to Romania for the holidays starting today. I may post from net caf�s now and then, but obviously not as often as I’m doing now. It’s really been a historic week in Venezuela, and even though I’m far away now, it has…

In breathless praise of Sumate: (or, Essay on the difference between voter intimidation and colossal bullshit) From: “Erica Stephan” Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2003 1:06 AM To: “Francisco Toro” Subject: & what about These reports that people were having slips of paper stamped as they signed, to take to their employers?  if you’re going to rant about pdvsa…

In breathless praise of Sumate: (or, Essay on the difference between voter intimidation and colossal bullshit) From: “Erica Stephan” Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2003 1:06 AM To: “Francisco Toro” Subject: & what about These reports that people were having slips of paper stamped as they signed, to take to their employers?  if you’re going to rant about pdvsa…

In breathless praise of Sumate: (or, Essay on the difference between voter intimidation and colossal bullshit) From: “Erica Stephan” Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2003 1:06 AM To: “Francisco Toro” Subject: & what about These reports that people were having slips of paper stamped as they signed, to take to their employers?  if you’re going to rant about pdvsa…

Last thing If you need any more convincing of which side collected the signatures it says it collected, witness the Bs:$ rate on the semi-legal bond-dollar market. The currency has rebounded all the way to Bs.2,133 (from lows at one point of over 3,000 to the dollar) according to descifrado. Suddenly, a bolivar at that…