Our alligator

Quico says: I apologize for the hiatus on CC. Truth is, I can find nothing to post about. I thought about writing a suitably alarmed post about Seniat’s regal announcement that it will implement the Constitutional Chamber’s decision on Income Tax, despite the National Assembly’s call to ignore it. I wanted to pick apart the…

Our alligator

Quico says: I apologize for the hiatus on CC. Truth is, I can find nothing to post about. I thought about writing a suitably alarmed post about Seniat’s regal announcement that it will implement the Constitutional Chamber’s decision on Income Tax, despite the National Assembly’s call to ignore it. I wanted to pick apart the…

A preemptive purge?

Quico says: A consensus of sorts seems to be emerging to explain the sudden move against the Supreme Tribunal’s Constitutional Chamber. It’s based on three premises: The pretense that this whole fracas is about the Constitutional Chamber’s decision to change an article of the Income Tax Law is just transparently bogus – too silly for…

Laureano does Babel

Quico says: I’ve been finding it more and more difficult to write about Venezuela without sounding either alarmist or flippant, (or even worse, an odd combination of the two.) It’s a sign of the times here, that’s for sure. These days, what I find it hardest to convey to my friends abroad is the strong…

Laureano does Babel

Quico says: I’ve been finding it more and more difficult to write about Venezuela without sounding either alarmist or flippant, (or even worse, an odd combination of the two.) It’s a sign of the times here, that’s for sure. These days, what I find it hardest to convey to my friends abroad is the strong…

Cabrerita en su salsa

Quico says: For the last several years, Supreme Tribunal Magistrate Jesús Eduardo Cabrera has been Venezuela’s leading purveyor of tortured and bizarre (but always government friendly) legal interpretations. Whether it was delaying the 2004 referendum, backing the “Las Morochas” voting trick, or weakening proportional representation, Cabrerita has been the government’s go-to guy on the tribunal.…

Cabrerita en su salsa

Quico says: For the last several years, Supreme Tribunal Magistrate Jesús Eduardo Cabrera has been Venezuela’s leading purveyor of tortured and bizarre (but always government friendly) legal interpretations. Whether it was delaying the 2004 referendum, backing the “Las Morochas” voting trick, or weakening proportional representation, Cabrerita has been the government’s go-to guy on the tribunal.…

Defining delivery down…

Quico says: The sign reads: The President and the Mayor CAME THROUGH Construction of the new building for the Pérez de León Hospital and Mother and Child Unit. Sucre Municipal Government. And yes, the concrete shell you see is the building they “came through” on.

Defining delivery down…

Quico says: The sign reads: The President and the Mayor CAME THROUGH Construction of the new building for the Pérez de León Hospital and Mother and Child Unit. Sucre Municipal Government. And yes, the concrete shell you see is the building they “came through” on.

The ins and outs of zero zapping

Quico says: A few of you have written in with questions about monetary reform. Here’s my attempt to clear things up: First off, the practice of striking zeros from a devalued currency is nothing new. France, Laos, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil have all done it. Just a couple of years ago, Turkey zapped 6 (count…

The ins and outs of zero zapping

Quico says: A few of you have written in with questions about monetary reform. Here’s my attempt to clear things up: First off, the practice of striking zeros from a devalued currency is nothing new. France, Laos, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil have all done it. Just a couple of years ago, Turkey zapped 6 (count…

Who stands up for Maria Campos?

Katy says: Maria Campos came to Venezuela from her native Colombia 33 years ago, looking for a better life. She had three Venezuelan children. One of them, Nay José, 22, was a carpenter. He lived with his mom in a slum appropriately called “Bolivarian Invasion.” Nay José was walking to his girlfriend’s house last Tuesday…