Censor the Beeb

Katy says: This fawning BBC photo essay about a Chávez-sponsored organic farm in the middle of Caracas is not to be missed. Like any good Islington lefty, reporter Nathalie Malinarich and photographer Emma Lynch are just tickled pink to see newly empowered swarthy latin peasant types making organic – organic! – vegetables right in the…

Censor the Beeb

Katy says: This fawning BBC photo essay about a Chávez-sponsored organic farm in the middle of Caracas is not to be missed. Like any good Islington lefty, reporter Nathalie Malinarich and photographer Emma Lynch are just tickled pink to see newly empowered swarthy latin peasant types making organic – organic! – vegetables right in the…

National icon gangbang update…

Quico says: First Chávez banged the name of the country, slapping his political movement’s buzzword on our passports. Then he moved on to the flag and the coat of arms, turning what had been symbols of national unity into divisive, partisan irritants. Recently, he talked about freelancing some extra lyrics for the national anthem. Surely,…

National icon gangbang update…

Quico says: First Chávez banged the name of the country, slapping his political movement’s buzzword on our passports. Then he moved on to the flag and the coat of arms, turning what had been symbols of national unity into divisive, partisan irritants. Recently, he talked about freelancing some extra lyrics for the national anthem. Surely,…

The impossibility of Scandal…

Quico says: Scandal is not possible in the Chávez Era. I don’t mean that there’s any shortage of scandalous behavior in the country – au contraire! – or of people eager to call attention to it. I mean that Scandal no longer operates as a mechanism for holding the powerful to account. Revelations of official…

One of my heroes passes…

Quico says: It’s a sad day for me: Ryszard Kapuscinski passed away in Warsaw yesterday. He was an inspiration for a generation of aspiring journalists, myself included: something about his writing made me want desperately to be a journalist. He made flawless writing look easy, and journalism itself seem incredibly romantic. His bravado, his insouciance…

One of my heroes passes…

Quico says: It’s a sad day for me: Ryszard Kapuscinski passed away in Warsaw yesterday. He was an inspiration for a generation of aspiring journalists, myself included: something about his writing made me want desperately to be a journalist. He made flawless writing look easy, and journalism itself seem incredibly romantic. His bravado, his insouciance…