Getting kidnapped: more trouble than it’s worth

Quico says: Sometimes, amid all the high-fallutin’ talk about the rise of authoritarianism and the creeping onslaught on basic liberties, we lose sight of chavismo’s basic inability to make sensible policy. The latest VenEconomy Monthly deals with one of the more alarming recent examples: the Anti-Kidnapping Bill now making its way down the fetid intestinal…

Getting kidnapped: more trouble than it’s worth

Quico says: Sometimes, amid all the high-fallutin’ talk about the rise of authoritarianism and the creeping onslaught on basic liberties, we lose sight of chavismo’s basic inability to make sensible policy. The latest VenEconomy Monthly deals with one of the more alarming recent examples: the Anti-Kidnapping Bill now making its way down the fetid intestinal…

Getting kidnapped: more trouble than it’s worth

Quico says: Sometimes, amid all the high-fallutin’ talk about the rise of authoritarianism and the creeping onslaught on basic liberties, we lose sight of chavismo’s basic inability to make sensible policy. The latest VenEconomy Monthly deals with one of the more alarming recent examples: the Anti-Kidnapping Bill now making its way down the fetid intestinal…

Sea of Felicity

BBC says: Cuban athletes have made a hurried departure from the Pan-American games in Brazil, apparently amid fears of possible mass defections. The delegation was rushed at short notice to Rio de Janeiro’s airport, leaving the men’s volleyball team no time to collect their bronze medals. The athletes were said to have been ordered to…

Sea of Felicity

BBC says: Cuban athletes have made a hurried departure from the Pan-American games in Brazil, apparently amid fears of possible mass defections. The delegation was rushed at short notice to Rio de Janeiro’s airport, leaving the men’s volleyball team no time to collect their bronze medals. The athletes were said to have been ordered to…

Rhetorical about-face

Katy says: As we eagerly await the unveiling of the Constitutional Reform that we will hopefully get a chance to vote on, it’s strange to see the government, from Chavez on down, engage in a rhetorical battle with the opposition over the name of its key component: the end of presidential term-limits. Under the current…

Rhetorical about-face

Katy says: As we eagerly await the unveiling of the Constitutional Reform that we will hopefully get a chance to vote on, it’s strange to see the government, from Chavez on down, engage in a rhetorical battle with the opposition over the name of its key component: the end of presidential term-limits. Under the current…

RCTV The Sequel: Scarier than the original

Quico says: So, as most people know, having gotten kicked off the public air waves, oppo broadcaster RCTV made a Freddie Kruegeresque return to haunt the government’s dreams through cable and satellite. You could’ve been forgiven for thinking that this was the government’s goal all along: to slam this dissident voice in a gilded ghetto,…

RCTV The Sequel: Scarier than the original

Quico says: So, as most people know, having gotten kicked off the public air waves, oppo broadcaster RCTV made a Freddie Kruegeresque return to haunt the government’s dreams through cable and satellite. You could’ve been forgiven for thinking that this was the government’s goal all along: to slam this dissident voice in a gilded ghetto,…

Brother, can you spare $49,665,810,000?

Quico says: According to people idle enough to actually keep track of these things, in the first half of the year the Chávez government announced plans to spend at least $49.7 billion dollars on projects abroad. I write “at least” because the figure doesn’t include the many, many foreign spending promises made “loosely,” without announcing…

Brother, can you spare $49,665,810,000?

Quico says: According to people idle enough to actually keep track of these things, in the first half of the year the Chávez government announced plans to spend at least $49.7 billion dollars on projects abroad. I write “at least” because the figure doesn’t include the many, many foreign spending promises made “loosely,” without announcing…

Chavez vs. The Grassroots

Quico says: Teodoro Petkoff has this little riff about how Venezuela’s democratic roots just run too deep for an authoritarian model to really take hold. The relatively liberal habits of mind developed before Chávez came to power have “stuck”, he says, and are now too deeply embedded in our collective psyche to just wither away…

Chavez vs. The Grassroots

Quico says: Teodoro Petkoff has this little riff about how Venezuela’s democratic roots just run too deep for an authoritarian model to really take hold. The relatively liberal habits of mind developed before Chávez came to power have “stuck”, he says, and are now too deeply embedded in our collective psyche to just wither away…