Lights and shadows

Katy says: The recent awakening of Venezuela’s student movement has been hailed in the media and the opposition blogosphere. For good reason: there’s lots to like in the students’ approach, and the movement’s main figures have shown tremendous poise and a fresh approach to dealing with a difficult situation. But as with every development in…

Lights and shadows

Katy says: The recent awakening of Venezuela’s student movement has been hailed in the media and the opposition blogosphere. For good reason: there’s lots to like in the students’ approach, and the movement’s main figures have shown tremendous poise and a fresh approach to dealing with a difficult situation. But as with every development in…

The revolution eating its own?

Katy says: This was interesting – Tobías Nóbrega, long considered one of the Revolution’s, ahem, most “productive” figure-heads, has been charged with a list of corruption charges (read the details here). Anyone know what this is about? The inside story (probably involving multiple wounds to the back) is probably much juicier than what the press…

Now THIS is an important issue

Katy says: A troubling news item today: chavista student Robert Serra went to the Prosecutor General’s office to demand an investigation into the website Noticiero Digital, for presumably “defaming” him. Never mind that this is a personal issue between two private parties, and as such should be resolved in a private lawsuit. Never mind that…

Now THIS is an important issue

Katy says: A troubling news item today: chavista student Robert Serra went to the Prosecutor General’s office to demand an investigation into the website Noticiero Digital, for presumably “defaming” him. Never mind that this is a personal issue between two private parties, and as such should be resolved in a private lawsuit. Never mind that…

Augustinianism for the 21st Century

Quico says: As most of you know by now, I went to a conservative catholic elementary school in Caracas. It’s a tidbit that fascinates my PSF readers (hi Justin!) – though one they typically interpret exactly backwards. Because my relationship with catholic theology was always, shall we say, rocky – actually, I was constantly getting…

Augustinianism for the 21st Century

Quico says: As most of you know by now, I went to a conservative catholic elementary school in Caracas. It’s a tidbit that fascinates my PSF readers (hi Justin!) – though one they typically interpret exactly backwards. Because my relationship with catholic theology was always, shall we say, rocky – actually, I was constantly getting…

Chavez sells at black market rates!

Katy says: A curious note in today’s El Universal. In last weekend’s presidential TV Show, Chávez used the black market rate to convert from dollars to bolívars. Regarding the possible donation of an award he received from Lybia, his exact quote was: “One hundred thousand dollars. How many millions is that? 20 million bolívars, sorry,…

Chavez sells at black market rates!

Katy says: A curious note in today’s El Universal. In last weekend’s presidential TV Show, Chávez used the black market rate to convert from dollars to bolívars. Regarding the possible donation of an award he received from Lybia, his exact quote was: “One hundred thousand dollars. How many millions is that? 20 million bolívars, sorry,…

Catatumbo Chronicles

Quico says: The rural municipality of Catatumbo in southern Zulia State just had a by-election for mayor. The result? The Un Nuevo Tiempo (opposition) candidate got 7,699 votes against the government candidate’s 4,284. Contrast that with last December’s election, when Zulia Governor Manuel Rosales got 6,673 votes in Catatumbo vs. Chávez’s 6,071. But it’s Teodoro…