Joint Statement on Venezuela Signature Verification Process: OAS, The Carter Center

Published February 24th on the Carter Center website. CARACAS, VENEZUELA. The Organization of the American States and The Carter Center have been observing the process of collection, verification, and validation of signatures developed by the National Electoral Council to determine whether current requests for recall referenda will be adequate. This work has been at the…

Joint Statement on Venezuela Signature Verification Process: OAS, The Carter Center

Published February 24th on the Carter Center website. CARACAS, VENEZUELA. The Organization of the American States and The Carter Center have been observing the process of collection, verification, and validation of signatures developed by the National Electoral Council to determine whether current requests for recall referenda will be adequate. This work has been at the…

The measure of my ignorance…

I don’t know what is happening inside CNE. I think very few people know. The presumption of bad faith runs so strongly in both directions, it’s almost impossible to peel away the truth from the rumors from the wishes from the spin from the slurs. I can’t pretend to understand why CNE acts the way…

The measure of my ignorance…

I don’t know what is happening inside CNE. I think very few people know. The presumption of bad faith runs so strongly in both directions, it’s almost impossible to peel away the truth from the rumors from the wishes from the spin from the slurs. I can’t pretend to understand why CNE acts the way…

Reconciliation Redux

This is what I was writing in October 2002. Fifteen months have gone by, but nothing has changed. “…it’s critical that Chávez is replaced through an election. Aside from all the valid idealistic reasons for demanding democratic decision-making, the fact is that he does retain the support of a third of the population. Much more…

Reconciliation Redux

This is what I was writing in October 2002. Fifteen months have gone by, but nothing has changed. “…it’s critical that Chávez is replaced through an election. Aside from all the valid idealistic reasons for demanding democratic decision-making, the fact is that he does retain the support of a third of the population. Much more…

Beating Plan Colina III

Today, my inbox is replete with furious/ranting/despondent emails about CNE’s decision to put almost 150,000 forms “in the fridge” because they contain “planas”. This Bloomberg article explains why the opposition is so mad, but the reporting is somewhat careless: it blurs the all-important distinction between outright invalidation and what the council actually did. CNE has…

Beating Plan Colina III

Today, my inbox is replete with furious/ranting/despondent emails about CNE’s decision to put almost 150,000 forms “in the fridge” because they contain “planas”. This Bloomberg article explains why the opposition is so mad, but the reporting is somewhat careless: it blurs the all-important distinction between outright invalidation and what the council actually did. CNE has…

One time only!

Can’t let a Golden Opportunity like this go by: for once I get to earnestly and unambiguously praise something the government does. Chavez has dropped the silly, longstanding Venezuelan obstructionism to Guyanese development on the “disputed region” West of the Essequibo river – a region “disputed” on paper only, recognized by everyone and their cousin…

One time only!

Can’t let a Golden Opportunity like this go by: for once I get to earnestly and unambiguously praise something the government does. Chavez has dropped the silly, longstanding Venezuelan obstructionism to Guyanese development on the “disputed region” West of the Essequibo river – a region “disputed” on paper only, recognized by everyone and their cousin…

South Korea, HaloScan, and Flames

Well, I’ve spent most of the last few days reading about the East Asian economic miracles – particularly South Korea’s – fascinating stuff, suggestive and encouraging. I’ll post something detailed about the lessons of the East Asian tigers sooner or later, but will try to wet your appetite with this tidbit: 45 years ago, Korea’s…

South Korea, HaloScan, and Flames

Well, I’ve spent most of the last few days reading about the East Asian economic miracles – particularly South Korea’s – fascinating stuff, suggestive and encouraging. I’ll post something detailed about the lessons of the East Asian tigers sooner or later, but will try to wet your appetite with this tidbit: 45 years ago, Korea’s…

We interrupt this study break…

To report that I’ve succombed to total despair about Venezuela. The email I’m getting from Caracas is truly terrible: the government’s extremism is worse than ever; the opposition’s haplessness has reached new heights. The space between the Scylla of civil war and the Charybdis of open dictatorship is closing fast. The space was always narrow,…

We interrupt this study break…

To report that I’ve succombed to total despair about Venezuela. The email I’m getting from Caracas is truly terrible: the government’s extremism is worse than ever; the opposition’s haplessness has reached new heights. The space between the Scylla of civil war and the Charybdis of open dictatorship is closing fast. The space was always narrow,…

Away…

In a last ditch effort to keep from getting kicked out of my doctoral program, I’ve decided to cloister myself for the next two weeks to study far from the distractions of the net. Before signing off, I’ll post the rather irate email of one reader who think I mischaracterized Amesty International Canada’s reasons for…