Jagshemash, dear legislators…

This one’s crazy enough you could pass it off for a Borat skit, “In US and A, first you go to university and then you become congressman. But in Kazakhstan, first you go to parliament, and then to university!” Turns out that the Chavez government, shocked by the ignorance of the people they nominated to…

Jagshemash, dear legislators…

This one’s crazy enough you could pass it off for a Borat skit, “In US and A, first you go to university and then you become congressman. But in Kazakhstan, first you go to parliament, and then to university!” Turns out that the Chavez government, shocked by the ignorance of the people they nominated to…

Baffling Chavista Imbecility du Jour

El Universal sez: The Venezuelan Central Bank, the National Institute of Statistics and various executive branch agencies are developing new mechanisms to measure the impact of the government’s social programs. Referring to the effects of Mision Mercal on inflation, Minister for Nutrition Erika Farías, said “the current indices and methods are neither ours nor caribbean.…

Baffling Chavista Imbecility du Jour

El Universal sez: The Venezuelan Central Bank, the National Institute of Statistics and various executive branch agencies are developing new mechanisms to measure the impact of the government’s social programs. Referring to the effects of Mision Mercal on inflation, Minister for Nutrition Erika Farías, said “the current indices and methods are neither ours nor caribbean.…

The Antidote to Petropopulism

Here’s a question I’ve been mulling: is Mi Negra, Manuel Rosales’ plan to hand out a portion of Venezuela’s oil rents directly to poor families via a debit card, a populist proposal? That, certainly, is how Vicepresident José Vicente Rangel, feigning unawareness of the massive glass palace chavismo inhabits on this topic, described it: “pure…

The Antidote to Petropopulism

Here’s a question I’ve been mulling: is Mi Negra, Manuel Rosales’ plan to hand out a portion of Venezuela’s oil rents directly to poor families via a debit card, a populist proposal? That, certainly, is how Vicepresident José Vicente Rangel, feigning unawareness of the massive glass palace chavismo inhabits on this topic, described it: “pure…

Chavez and his seven friends

Katy says: This has been a hectic week for me here in Caracas, and I will be sharing my impressions with you next week. But this little news item made me want to give you a preview. It is about the Portuguese government’s displeasure with the use of its Prime Minister’s picture in Chavez’s presidential…

Chavez and his seven friends

Katy says: This has been a hectic week for me here in Caracas, and I will be sharing my impressions with you next week. But this little news item made me want to give you a preview. It is about the Portuguese government’s displeasure with the use of its Prime Minister’s picture in Chavez’s presidential…

Chavez and his seven friends

Katy says: This has been a hectic week for me here in Caracas, and I will be sharing my impressions with you next week. But this little news item made me want to give you a preview. It is about the Portuguese government’s displeasure with the use of its Prime Minister’s picture in Chavez’s presidential…

"Though President Chavez maintains in excess of 50 percent support, only 16 percent of Venezuelans agree with his confrontational style with the US"

In this excellent introduction to the politics of Chavez’s US-bashing, Vinod Sreeharsha skillfully brings gringo readers up to date… A taste: While many Americans may have heard President Chavez’s extreme rhetoric for the first time last week, William Brownsfield, the U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela, carries a list with him of all the accusations President Chavez…

"Though President Chavez maintains in excess of 50 percent support, only 16 percent of Venezuelans agree with his confrontational style with the US"

In this excellent introduction to the politics of Chavez’s US-bashing, Vinod Sreeharsha skillfully brings gringo readers up to date… A taste: While many Americans may have heard President Chavez’s extreme rhetoric for the first time last week, William Brownsfield, the U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela, carries a list with him of all the accusations President Chavez…

Chavismo as Slapstick

In this New Republic piece, Sacha Feinman has a look at the zanier side of boliparanoia. Great reportage. Great fun. LA GUAIRA DIARISTBananas “It isn’t a secret as to who might come. Venezuela is oil-rich, and the imperialist countries have kept an eye on our natural resources for some time now,” explained Captain Jose Nuñez…

Chavismo as Slapstick

In this New Republic piece, Sacha Feinman has a look at the zanier side of boliparanoia. Great reportage. Great fun. LA GUAIRA DIARISTBananas “It isn’t a secret as to who might come. Venezuela is oil-rich, and the imperialist countries have kept an eye on our natural resources for some time now,” explained Captain Jose Nuñez…

Focus, damn it, focus!

Sorry to carp, but seeing this story about Rosales’s campaign on Globovision’s website made me despair all over again. The Globo journo had to write up five – count them, FIVE – different themes in a five paragraph piece to cover what Rosales had said. So what’s a poor voter to make of it? Is…

Focus, damn it, focus!

Sorry to carp, but seeing this story about Rosales’s campaign on Globovision’s website made me despair all over again. The Globo journo had to write up five – count them, FIVE – different themes in a five paragraph piece to cover what Rosales had said. So what’s a poor voter to make of it? Is…