If Chavez Wins

The comments section has had some not-very-enlightening debate on how the opposition may react in case Chavez wins. With my last post, I wanted to make clear that it’s not only an opposition problem, since chavismo contains its own radical fringe that may not accept a defeat. However, the problem is altogether dicier for the…

If Chavez Wins

The comments section has had some not-very-enlightening debate on how the opposition may react in case Chavez wins. With my last post, I wanted to make clear that it’s not only an opposition problem, since chavismo contains its own radical fringe that may not accept a defeat. However, the problem is altogether dicier for the…

El 28, el 28, el 28…

The real threat to the integrity of the referendum is not the possibility of fraud. It’s not ballot stuffing or triple voting or voting from beyond the grave. The real threat is that, like in May 2000, CNE just won’t be ready to hold the vote in time. 2.5 weeks to go, and the voter…

El 28, el 28, el 28…

The real threat to the integrity of the referendum is not the possibility of fraud. It’s not ballot stuffing or triple voting or voting from beyond the grave. The real threat is that, like in May 2000, CNE just won’t be ready to hold the vote in time. 2.5 weeks to go, and the voter…

About English, Spanish, Rhetorics and Rhythm

(For Quico and Coral, in the middle of my insomnia). Coral wrote: “I agree with Quico. In the USA, the finest, most enduring, historical manifestos and speeches have been written in notably simple English. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was written in language a baby could understand”. An example: “Four score and seven years ago our fathers…

About English, Spanish, Rhetorics and Rhythm

(For Quico and Coral, in the middle of my insomnia). Coral wrote: “I agree with Quico. In the USA, the finest, most enduring, historical manifestos and speeches have been written in notably simple English. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was written in language a baby could understand”. An example: “Four score and seven years ago our fathers…

The Style is the Message

or, Despair over an opposition that doesn’t seem to have learned anything at all… From the National Accord for Social Justice and Democratic Peace: La reconciliación es más que un acto político: es la expresión concreta de la unidad nacional en torno a un proyecto de nación. Por ello el centro de la acción del…

The Style is the Message

or, Despair over an opposition that doesn’t seem to have learned anything at all… From the National Accord for Social Justice and Democratic Peace: La reconciliación es más que un acto político: es la expresión concreta de la unidad nacional en torno a un proyecto de nación. Por ello el centro de la acción del…

Hoover Digest: Hugo’s Last Stand?

The Hoover Digest’s Primer on the Venezuelan Crisis for chronically clueless gringos: by Michael Walker CARACAS-A national recall referendum scheduled for August 15 will decide the fate of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez – and that of his country. Assuming the referendum actually takes place – and with Venezuelan politics, one should never assume anything –…

Hoover Digest: Hugo’s Last Stand?

The Hoover Digest’s Primer on the Venezuelan Crisis for chronically clueless gringos: by Michael Walker CARACAS-A national recall referendum scheduled for August 15 will decide the fate of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez – and that of his country. Assuming the referendum actually takes place – and with Venezuelan politics, one should never assume anything –…

Demonization

It should be too obvious to state, but it bears raining on this particular bit of wetness. The government’s referendum campaign is centered on demonizing all who disagree with Chavez. I don’t mean that figuratively, I mean it literally. Just to clarify for foreign readers, the Chavez government has chosen Florentino y el Diablo as…

Demonization

It should be too obvious to state, but it bears raining on this particular bit of wetness. The government’s referendum campaign is centered on demonizing all who disagree with Chavez. I don’t mean that figuratively, I mean it literally. Just to clarify for foreign readers, the Chavez government has chosen Florentino y el Diablo as…

Lying as State Policy: Lies that make us go SI!

I know Quico’s list of lies is more methodical, and better documented, but I just thought I’d keep it short and sweet. So here it goes: Hugo Chávez: If there are any abandoned children left on the streets, I’ll change my name.(Just call him Claus, Santa Claus). Hugo Chávez: I’ll turn Miraflores into Latin America’s…