WTO Posts

When I’m not rambling about Chavez, I’m preparing a doctoral dissertation about the World Trade Organization. Here are a few posts on that entirely unrelated topic. First off, there’s my attempt to syntethize, in non-technical language, why it is the current round of WTO negotiations is hopelessly deadlocked: Primer on the WTO’s Triangular Deadlock Second…

WTO Posts

When I’m not rambling about Chavez, I’m preparing a doctoral dissertation about the World Trade Organization. Here are a few posts on that entirely unrelated topic. First off, there’s my attempt to syntethize, in non-technical language, why it is the current round of WTO negotiations is hopelessly deadlocked: Primer on the WTO’s Triangular Deadlock Second…

Unconstitutional decisions #4,931,674 and #4,931,675

It’s a detail, but telling: three of the “substitute National Electoral Council members” elected by the National Assembly are party hacks: Freddy Díaz, who worked on Chavez’s campaign steering committee in 1998, Luis Salamanca – who was a Causa R adviser, and Pedro Díaz Blum who was actually a Proyecto Venezuela assemblymember until a few…

Sovereignty is in the eye of the beholder…

Is it just me, or have Chavez’s lunatic outbursts been getting exponentially weirder? Yesterday, Chávez ripped brutally into Peruvian presidential candidate Alan García – calling him corrupt, a thief, and vowing to break diplomatic relations with Peru if he wins the election. Showing for the Nth time that he doesn’t grasp the fact that “Hugo…

Unconstitutional decisions #4,931,674 and #4,931,675

It’s a detail, but telling: three of the “substitute National Electoral Council members” elected by the National Assembly are party hacks: Freddy Díaz, who worked on Chavez’s campaign steering committee in 1998, Luis Salamanca – who was a Causa R adviser, and Pedro Díaz Blum who was actually a Proyecto Venezuela assemblymember until a few…

Sovereignty is in the eye of the beholder…

Is it just me, or have Chavez’s lunatic outbursts been getting exponentially weirder? Yesterday, Chávez ripped brutally into Peruvian presidential candidate Alan García – calling him corrupt, a thief, and vowing to break diplomatic relations with Peru if he wins the election. Showing for the Nth time that he doesn’t grasp the fact that “Hugo…

By their fruits ye shall know them…

Well, we finally have a new CNE. How does it look? At first sight, not great: Tibisay Lucena: Only re-appointed CNE member, has always voted faithfully alongside Jorge Rodriguez. Government cadre. Sandra Oblitas: Until now head of CNE’s Caracas office, she signed to ask for the recall of opposition Assembly-members and has contributed to pro-Chavez…

By their fruits ye shall know them…

Well, we finally have a new CNE. How does it look? At first sight, not great: Tibisay Lucena: Only re-appointed CNE member, has always voted faithfully alongside Jorge Rodriguez. Government cadre. Sandra Oblitas: Until now head of CNE’s Caracas office, she signed to ask for the recall of opposition Assembly-members and has contributed to pro-Chavez…

Jurassic Trade Policy

You can always count on Maria Cristina Iglesias to come up with aggressively ill-conceived policies. While her boss promises to further the cause of Latin American integration by threatening to break up the Andean Community unless Peru and Colombia do what he wants, the Minister of Light Industries and Trade delivers the coup de grace:…

Jurassic Trade Policy

You can always count on Maria Cristina Iglesias to come up with aggressively ill-conceived policies. While her boss promises to further the cause of Latin American integration by threatening to break up the Andean Community unless Peru and Colombia do what he wants, the Minister of Light Industries and Trade delivers the coup de grace:…

Jurassic Trade Policy

You can always count on Maria Cristina Iglesias to come up with aggressively ill-conceived policies. While her boss promises to further the cause of Latin American integration by threatening to break up the Andean Community unless Peru and Colombia do what he wants, the Minister of Light Industries and Trade delivers the coup de grace:…

A CNE prediction

Katy says: Venezuela’s National Assembly (AN) will elect a new Electoral Council today. The board will be elected from a list of 126 candidates filtered by a Committee mostly made up of government representatives. While this may be a routine appointment in normal democracies, it is hard to over-estimate how key this decision is for…

A CNE prediction

Katy says: Venezuela’s National Assembly (AN) will elect a new Electoral Council today. The board will be elected from a list of 126 candidates filtered by a Committee mostly made up of government representatives. While this may be a routine appointment in normal democracies, it is hard to over-estimate how key this decision is for…