Mugabe makes Chavez look like an amateur

I didn’t know that I could despise any political message more than I despise Chavez’s, but today, I was proven wrong. Robert Mugabe’s speech to the G15 summit was a document of such far reaching criminal cynicism it made JVR look like a grammar school kid, and Chavez himself like an amateur. To rapturous applause,…

Chavez, Mugabe, and the Credibility Gap

Hermanazo! Chavistas constantly acuse the press of treating their guy unfairly. They’re not always wrong. But last night’s little sound-bite, when Chavez lavished praise on the stomach-churningly violent dictator of Zimbabwe, confirms what we’ve known all along: the most damaging of the media “hits” on Chavez are always self-inflicted. For a quick introduction to the…

Chavez, Mugabe, and the Credibility Gap

Hermanazo! Chavistas constantly acuse the press of treating their guy unfairly. They’re not always wrong. But last night’s little sound-bite, when Chavez lavished praise on the stomach-churningly violent dictator of Zimbabwe, confirms what we’ve known all along: the most damaging of the media “hits” on Chavez are always self-inflicted. For a quick introduction to the…

Chavez, Mugabe, and the Credibility Gap

Hermanazo! Chavistas constantly acuse the press of treating their guy unfairly. They’re not always wrong. But last night’s little sound-bite, when Chavez lavished praise on the stomach-churningly violent dictator of Zimbabwe, confirms what we’ve known all along: the most damaging of the media “hits” on Chavez are always self-inflicted. For a quick introduction to the…

Notes from my other identity…

As most of you probably know, I moonlight as an economics researcher at the United Nations University’s Institute for New Technologies in Maastricht, the Netherlands. On the theory that it will help me concentrate on my schoolwork to blog about my research, I’ve started a second blog – Maastricht Chronicles – just to write about…