Reflections of a suspicious comeflor

by Gustavo Soto-Rosa I want to warn you, first off, that I’m a die hard comeflor, but at the same time I am very distrustful. What if the Coordinadora, seeing itself on the losing end, invented the story of the fraud to hang on to the 41%, plus those “they stole from us”? If the…

Reflections of a suspicious comeflor

by Gustavo Soto-Rosa I want to warn you, first off, that I’m a die hard comeflor, but at the same time I am very distrustful. What if the Coordinadora, seeing itself on the losing end, invented the story of the fraud to hang on to the 41%, plus those “they stole from us”? If the…

The political dynamics of crying fraud

Whether or not there was fraud is one question. The political dynamics of the Fraud-claim are something else altogether. Who gains from the fraud claim? 1-The Current CD Leadership: Claiming fraud shields the CD leadership from an uncomfortable debate about what they did wrong, how they managed to lose the election, and what they should…

Return to Interactivity

One week ago, I pulled the plug on the simple “comments” feature due to the turn the discussions had taken…straight into the gutter. This week, thanks to the initiative of several readers, Caracas Chronicles returns to interactivity on a far fancier, moderated forum platform: Nueva-Venezuela.org. The new software is far more powerful and flexible than…

The political dynamics of crying fraud

Whether or not there was fraud is one question. The political dynamics of the Fraud-claim are something else altogether. Who gains from the fraud claim? 1-The Current CD Leadership: Claiming fraud shields the CD leadership from an uncomfortable debate about what they did wrong, how they managed to lose the election, and what they should…

Return to Interactivity

One week ago, I pulled the plug on the simple “comments” feature due to the turn the discussions had taken…straight into the gutter. This week, thanks to the initiative of several readers, Caracas Chronicles returns to interactivity on a far fancier, moderated forum platform: Nueva-Venezuela.org. The new software is far more powerful and flexible than…

Something very strange happened in Venezuela

Readers of this blog know I’ve had a very hard time trying to piece together what happened during and after the August 15th referendum. Like everyone in the opposition, I’ve gone through a lot of confusing, contradictory information on whether or not claims of fraud make any sense. It’s a disorienting exercise. Both sides have…

Something very strange happened in Venezuela

Readers of this blog know I’ve had a very hard time trying to piece together what happened during and after the August 15th referendum. Like everyone in the opposition, I’ve gone through a lot of confusing, contradictory information on whether or not claims of fraud make any sense. It’s a disorienting exercise. Both sides have…

Turning Japanese

“When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” I show this sentence to Kanako, my Japanese friend. She looks at it for a second, thinks about it, and in her broken Italian says, “No, it’s not right.” “Hmm?” “Maybe it’s right in Europe, but somebody Japanese would never believe…

Turning Japanese

“When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” I show this sentence to Kanako, my Japanese friend. She looks at it for a second, thinks about it, and in her broken Italian says, “No, it’s not right.” “Hmm?” “Maybe it’s right in Europe, but somebody Japanese would never believe…

Why is this blog so quiet…

Because, to cite Sumate’s Aug. 23rd statement… Sumate has received hundreds of reports of fraud from citizens, civil associations and other organizations [...] Some of these reports have already been investigated and discarted, while others have given rise to more in-depth investigations that will allow, in due time, to demonstrate or rule out the reports…