How did Venezuela get so unstable?

Time to step back from the political play-by-play – in this post, I want to explain to a broader audience how on earth Venezuela got into such a huge mess in the first place. I realize how baffling our political crisis must seem to an outsider. Here’s a conceptual primer. It seems like it’s been…

How did Venezuela get so unstable?

Time to step back from the political play-by-play – in this post, I want to explain to a broader audience how on earth Venezuela got into such a huge mess in the first place. I realize how baffling our political crisis must seem to an outsider. Here’s a conceptual primer. It seems like it’s been…

The oracle speaks…

…other pundits I read, but Teodoro Petkoff I follow. Teodoro is more than an analyst. He is a consistent voice for reason, principle and good sense in a political atmosphere where these qualities are sadly too rare. So today, when he uses his TalCual editorial to warn CNE head Francisco Carrasquero to look again into…

The oracle speaks…

…other pundits I read, but Teodoro Petkoff I follow. Teodoro is more than an analyst. He is a consistent voice for reason, principle and good sense in a political atmosphere where these qualities are sadly too rare. So today, when he uses his TalCual editorial to warn CNE head Francisco Carrasquero to look again into…

New on Caracas Chronicles

Things are changing on this blog! 1.By sisterly demand, now you can post your comments at the end of each entry. 2.Check out the very silly, very fun mixed websites you can make with this very cool toy: TopFX website mixer. Great fun. 3.Also by reader demand, the RSS site feed is up! Now you…

New on Caracas Chronicles

Things are changing on this blog! 1.By sisterly demand, now you can post your comments at the end of each entry. 2.Check out the very silly, very fun mixed websites you can make with this very cool toy: TopFX website mixer. Great fun. 3.Also by reader demand, the RSS site feed is up! Now you…

Caracas journalism good enough to translate

Aliana Gonzalez must be one of the gutsiest and most talented journalists in Venezuela today. Though I don’t know her personally, I contacted her to ask permission to translate and reprint this powerful piece. Too often my polemics about the rule of law and the chaos of the zero-prosecution society must seem abstract, distant, irrelevant.…

Caracas journalism good enough to translate

Aliana Gonzalez must be one of the gutsiest and most talented journalists in Venezuela today. Though I don’t know her personally, I contacted her to ask permission to translate and reprint this powerful piece. Too often my polemics about the rule of law and the chaos of the zero-prosecution society must seem abstract, distant, irrelevant.…

The epicenter of crunch time

or, Let the observers observe! Zamora: Can-of-worms opener. The last 24 hours were awful for the National Electoral Council. In the middle of a politically explosive process to verify the several million signatures backing the opposition’s request for a recall referendum against Chavez, the council now faces some very serious allegations. One of the five…

The epicenter of crunch time

or, Let the observers observe! Zamora: Can-of-worms opener. The last 24 hours were awful for the National Electoral Council. In the middle of a politically explosive process to verify the several million signatures backing the opposition’s request for a recall referendum against Chavez, the council now faces some very serious allegations. One of the five…

More notes on CNE…

I’m not sure what’s up with Venezuelanalysis.com’s weasel tactic of not giving their write-ups by-lines. They just say “by Venezuelanalysis.com” and leave it at that. Hmmm…leaves me unsure who to yell at when they write things like this: Government officials and political groups that support the Chavez administration have made numerous claims of alleged fraud…

More notes on CNE…

I’m not sure what’s up with Venezuelanalysis.com’s weasel tactic of not giving their write-ups by-lines. They just say “by Venezuelanalysis.com” and leave it at that. Hmmm…leaves me unsure who to yell at when they write things like this: Government officials and political groups that support the Chavez administration have made numerous claims of alleged fraud…

Time to get off CNE’s case…

Today, OAS head of mission Fernando Jaramillo (pictured) said there is no basis for the skepticism surrounding CNE. He said the Carter Center/OAS mission has closely watched every part of the verification process so far, and it seems to be going well. Given the mission’s unparalleled access, impartiality, and international credibility, it’s senseless to contradict…