Reader’s Guide Reloaded

Quico says: Every few months, I take some time to update my “Greatest Hits” compilation – that Reader’s Guide I’ve set up as the first link you see on the right hand column. It’s really meant as homework for the curious but clueless – people who stumble onto the blog for the first time, usually…

Reader’s Guide Reloaded

Quico says: Every few months, I take some time to update my “Greatest Hits” compilation – that Reader’s Guide I’ve set up as the first link you see on the right hand column. It’s really meant as homework for the curious but clueless – people who stumble onto the blog for the first time, usually…

Reader’s Guide Reloaded

Quico says: Every few months, I take some time to update my “Greatest Hits” compilation – that Reader’s Guide I’ve set up as the first link you see on the right hand column. It’s really meant as homework for the curious but clueless – people who stumble onto the blog for the first time, usually…

Putting the Atom back together again

Quico says: I’ve just realized those daily emails haven’t been going out to those of you who’ve subscribed. Turns out my Atom site feed has been broken for ages, and I just hadn’t noticed. My apologies. The good news: the site feed is fixed now, so the email subscriptions should be working again. And if…

Putting the Atom back together again

Quico says: I’ve just realized those daily emails haven’t been going out to those of you who’ve subscribed. Turns out my Atom site feed has been broken for ages, and I just hadn’t noticed. My apologies. The good news: the site feed is fixed now, so the email subscriptions should be working again. And if…

One for the Reader’s Guide

Quico says: Talk about making my blog superfluous. This article by Javier Corrales and Michael Penfold in the April issue of the Journal of Democracy condenses material that’s taken me hundreds of posts to cover into a single, clear, stylish and theoretically-cohesive gem of an academic article. I tried trolling it for a few “key…

One for the Reader’s Guide

Quico says: Talk about making my blog superfluous. This article by Javier Corrales and Michael Penfold in the April issue of the Journal of Democracy condenses material that’s taken me hundreds of posts to cover into a single, clear, stylish and theoretically-cohesive gem of an academic article. I tried trolling it for a few “key…

Venezuela’s two constitutions

Anonymous sources inside the Presidential Committee for Constitutional Reform say their proposals are almost ready, and await only Chávez’s final go-ahead before being presented to the nation. The centerpiece? The government’s long anticipated plan to abolish term limits on the presidency, paving the way for Chávez’s indefinite re-election. The rest? It doesn’t make a difference.…

Venezuela’s two constitutions

Quico says: Anonymous sources inside the Presidential Committee for Constitutional Reform say their proposals are almost ready, and await only Chávez’s final go-ahead before being presented to the nation. The centerpiece? The government’s long anticipated plan to abolish term limits on the presidency, paving the way for Chávez’s indefinite re-election. The rest? It doesn’t make…

This paycheck will self-destruct in 30 seconds

Quico says: Never is the Chávez regime on shakier footing than when it’s talking about money. Never is its thinking more muddled, simplistic, contradictory and counterproductive. In the last few weeks, the regime has proposed not one, not two, but three new currencies. These proposals, of varying degrees of lunacy and incompatibility with one another,…

This paycheck will self-destruct in 30 seconds

Quico says: Never is the Chávez regime on shakier footing than when it’s talking about money. Never is its thinking more muddled, simplistic, contradictory and counterproductive. In the last few weeks, the regime has proposed not one, not two, but three new currencies. These proposals, of varying degrees of lunacy and incompatibility with one another,…

Three blimps, and Barreto makes four

Katy says: What’s in my inbox? First up: Caracas Mayor Juan Barreto’s purchase of three blimps equipped with security cameras to monitor criminal activity (read the BBC’s take on this here). Now, I won’t bother you with an explanation of why this is a silly publicity stunt more than anything else – the revolution is…

Three blimps, and Barreto makes four

Katy says: What’s in my inbox? First up: Caracas Mayor Juan Barreto’s purchase of three blimps equipped with security cameras to monitor criminal activity (read the BBC’s take on this here). Now, I won’t bother you with an explanation of why this is a silly publicity stunt more than anything else – the revolution is…