Is Chávez too left-wing for The Guardian?

Katy says: This article by The Guardian on Chávez’s tirade against the newspaper in Aló, Presidente is priceless. The dry English wit drips off the (web)page. Rory Carroll, “Aló Presidente – Episode 291: When Chávez Reclaimed Las Malvinas,” The Guardian, August 28, 2007. The question landed on Hugo Chávez’s desk with a thud and he…

Is Chávez too left-wing for The Guardian?

Katy says: This article by The Guardian on Chávez’s tirade against the newspaper in Aló, Presidente is priceless. The dry English wit drips off the (web)page. Rory Carroll, “Aló Presidente – Episode 291: When Chávez Reclaimed Las Malvinas,” The Guardian, August 28, 2007. The question landed on Hugo Chávez’s desk with a thud and he…

A couple Chávez missed…

Quico says: In a morbid, quasi-masochistic kind of way, it’s intriguing to think through some of the bits of the 1999 constitution Chávez forgot to mess with in the last minute dash to finish his reform proposal. I mean, it seems like some provisions he just kind of missed, like article 145: Public employees are…

A couple Chávez missed…

Quico says: In a morbid, quasi-masochistic kind of way, it’s intriguing to think through some of the bits of the 1999 constitution Chávez forgot to mess with in the last minute dash to finish his reform proposal. I mean, it seems like some provisions he just kind of missed, like article 145: Public employees are…

Quotable quotes

The continuation in authority of the same individual has frequently been the end of democratic governments. Repeated elections are essential in popular systems, because nothing is so dangerous as allowing a single citizen to remain in power for a long time. The people gets used to obeying him, and he gets used to ruling it;…

It’s the re-election, stupid!

Quico says: I’m frankly disheartened by the way the debate on Constitutional Reform has gone so far. The Opposition has decided to focus on an abstract, procedural and ultimately doomed call for the reform proposal to be voted on article-by-article rather than as a block. Others have taken the government’s bait, criticizing the minutiae of…

It’s the re-election, stupid!

Quico says: I’m frankly disheartened by the way the debate on Constitutional Reform has gone so far. The Opposition has decided to focus on an abstract, procedural and ultimately doomed call for the reform proposal to be voted on article-by-article rather than as a block. Others have taken the government’s bait, criticizing the minutiae of…

It’s the re-election, stupid!

Quico says: I’m frankly disheartened by the way the debate on Constitutional Reform has gone so far. The Opposition has decided to focus on an abstract, procedural and ultimately doomed call for the reform proposal to be voted on article-by-article rather than as a block. Others have taken the government’s bait, criticizing the minutiae of…

Boli-mumbo-jumbo

Katy says: Article 345 of Venezuela’s Constitution says: “The Constituional Reform project approved by the National Assembly will be submitted to a referendum within the thirty days following its approval. The referendum will be about the reform in its totality, but separate voting will be allowed for up to a third part, if at least…

Populism and your health

Katy says: In the past few months, the Venezuelan government has dramatically increased its threats against private health-care providers, repeatedly attacking them for “fleecing” the public and for illegally jacking up prices. Hardly a day goes by without a new threat being hurled at private health-care, doctors or insurance companies. At the same time, the…

Populism and your health

Katy says: In the past few months, the Venezuelan government has dramatically increased its threats against private health-care providers, repeatedly attacking them for “fleecing” the public and for illegally jacking up prices. Hardly a day goes by without a new threat being hurled at private health-care, doctors or insurance companies. At the same time, the…

Charming, ain’t it?

Katy says: This is the Venezuelan Embassy in Peru, as it used to look: This is the same Embassy, as it currently stands: Hmmmm…why on earth would Peruvians think such a government would use relief for earthquake victims to score cheap political points?

Charming, ain’t it?

Katy says: This is the Venezuelan Embassy in Peru, as it used to look: This is the same Embassy, as it currently stands: Hmmmm…why on earth would Peruvians think such a government would use relief for earthquake victims to score cheap political points?