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…

The creeping criminalization of protest

Quico says: It’s a worrying and under-reported trend: protesting in public is increasingly liable to land you in jail in Venezuela. PROVEA, a homegrown human rights NGO, documented nine violently suppressed protests in February alone. We’re not talking about political rallies here; it’s protests over bread-and-butter issues by regular people that are increasingly dealt with…

The creeping criminalization of protest

Quico says: It’s a worrying and under-reported trend: protesting in public is increasingly liable to land you in jail in Venezuela. PROVEA, a homegrown human rights NGO, documented nine violently suppressed protests in February alone. We’re not talking about political rallies here; it’s protests over bread-and-butter issues by regular people that are increasingly dealt with…

The Locha Angle

Quico says: Simón Romero hangs this whole long NYTimes story about monetary reform on the 12.5 cent bit. Seems to me he knows full well that this kind of tokenism is not going to bring down inflation on its own, but he’s awfully polite about it.

The Locha Angle

Quico says: Simón Romero hangs this whole long NYTimes story about monetary reform on the 12.5 cent bit. Seems to me he knows full well that this kind of tokenism is not going to bring down inflation on its own, but he’s awfully polite about it.

Et tu, Barbara?

Quico says: So Barb Walters’ drooling interview with Chávez pretty much blows a hole in my earlier, only-cranks-take- Chávez-seriously-in- the-US argument. Deep, deep sigh. Frankly, I find it all confusing and upsetting. Gringo liberals have no trouble at all seeing George W. Bush’s overheated demonization of “terrorists” for what it is: an ideological alibi designed…

Et tu, Barbara?

Quico says: So Barb Walters’ drooling interview with Chávez pretty much blows a hole in my earlier, only-cranks-take- Chávez-seriously-in- the-US argument. Deep, deep sigh. Frankly, I find it all confusing and upsetting. Gringo liberals have no trouble at all seeing George W. Bush’s overheated demonization of “terrorists” for what it is: an ideological alibi designed…

Idi Rafael Amin Frías

Quico says: I went to see The Last King of Scotland the other day and frankly I didn’t much like it. I thought the script was poor and the plot was contrived and insufferably Hollywoodesque. What got on my nerves the most, though, is how weirdly politics-free it was, considering the subject. It’s an old…

Idi Rafael Amin Frías

Quico says: I went to see The Last King of Scotland the other day and frankly I didn’t much like it. I thought the script was poor and the plot was contrived and insufferably Hollywoodesque. What got on my nerves the most, though, is how weirdly politics-free it was, considering the subject. It’s an old…

The Ann Coulter of the Left

Quico says: So Chávez has wound up his Bushwhacking Tour 2007, to the general delight of the kind of people who generally delight in that sort of thing. This time, he dissed Pol Pot, Hitler and Attila the Hun by calling the US “the cruellest, most terrible, most cynical, most murderous empire that has existed…

The Ann Coulter of the Left

Quico says: So Chávez has wound up his Bushwhacking Tour 2007, to the general delight of the kind of people who generally delight in that sort of thing. This time, he dissed Pol Pot, Hitler and Attila the Hun by calling the US “the cruellest, most terrible, most cynical, most murderous empire that has existed…

Monetary literalism

Quico says: Say a long history of devaluations, interest rate swings and double digit inflation has left people skeptical that your currency can function as a reliable store of value. Say you want to make it strong again, but you’re not sure how. What do you do? Well, you could clamp down on the runaway…

Monetary literalism

Quico says: Say a long history of devaluations, interest rate swings and double digit inflation has left people skeptical that your currency can function as a reliable store of value. Say you want to make it strong again, but you’re not sure how. What do you do? Well, you could clamp down on the runaway…