A foray into Iraq

Well, it’s carnival now, so in the season’s spirit of reckless abandon I’ll break all my rules and post something that has absolutely nothing to do with Venezuela. This piece is from The New Republic and I’m reprinting it simply because the reporting is so strong and the writing is so compelling. It’s not that…

A foray into Iraq

Well, it’s carnival now, so in the season’s spirit of reckless abandon I’ll break all my rules and post something that has absolutely nothing to do with Venezuela. This piece is from The New Republic and I’m reprinting it simply because the reporting is so strong and the writing is so compelling. It’s not that…

Demands of the Living Dead

There’s tremendous pathos in this El Universal story about the creme de la creme of the Living Dead Opposition making 10 “demands” for improved electoral conditions before they’ll participate in December’s presidential elections. For one thing, Accion Democratica doesn’t seem to have realized that they are no longer a parliamentary party – so ingrained are…

Demands of the Living Dead

There’s tremendous pathos in this El Universal story about the creme de la creme of the Living Dead Opposition making 10 “demands” for improved electoral conditions before they’ll participate in December’s presidential elections. For one thing, Accion Democratica doesn’t seem to have realized that they are no longer a parliamentary party – so ingrained are…

Narcissism-Leninism Chronicles

Teodoro Petkoff writes this spicy Tal Cual editorial on Carabobo Governor Luis Felipe Acosta Carles’s delirious sycophancy after he took out these mammoth billboards all over the country – including in Caracas, miles and miles from his state: Fun bits: This gigantic billboard should give pause to those pious souls who still believe that Venezuela…

Narcissism-Leninism Chronicles

Teodoro Petkoff writes this spicy Tal Cual editorial on Carabobo Governor Luis Felipe Acosta Carles’s delirious sycophancy after he took out these mammoth billboards all over the country – including in Caracas, miles and miles from his state: Fun bits: This gigantic billboard should give pause to those pious souls who still believe that Venezuela…

Narcissism-Leninism Chronicles

Teodoro Petkoff writes this spicy Tal Cual editorial on Carabobo Governor Luis Felipe Acosta Carles’s delirious sycophancy after he took out these mammoth billboards all over the country – including in Caracas, miles and miles from his state: Fun bits: This gigantic billboard should give pause to those pious souls who still believe that Venezuela…

Extra! Extra! Chavismo has a good idea!

Read all about it!! OK, so they’re seven years late, and they’re only reviving an old PDVSA idea, but still, chavismo wants to restart the Natural Gas for Vehicles (GNV) program. The GNV Program is brilliant any way you look at it: Environmental: Natural gas is extremely clean, emitting about half the greenhouse gases associated…

Extra! Extra! Chavismo has a good idea!

Read all about it!! OK, so they’re seven years late, and they’re only reviving an old PDVSA idea, but still, chavismo wants to restart the Natural Gas for Vehicles (GNV) program. The GNV Program is brilliant any way you look at it: Environmental: Natural gas is extremely clean, emitting about half the greenhouse gases associated…

The Broken Input Side

Why is it that Chavez’s government can’t seem to learn? I think it’s worth pondering the way revolutionary dogmatism, conditioned by an automatic assumption that all criticism is animated by a hidden agenda, feeds into intolerance of dissent, leaving the revolution impervious to outside input. When you are are 100% certain you are right, you…