El Otro Carrao

Quico says: It’s 11 a.m. on a dazzling Paris autumn day and my favorite writer is telling me about his childhood in the Llanos during the Gómez dictatorship. “I always wanted to learn how to cook. It really fascinated me, cooking. Knitting too…needle work in general. I would tell my mother to teach me, but…

El Otro Carrao

It’s 11 a.m. on a dazzling Paris autumn day and my favorite writer is telling me about his childhood in the Llanos during the Gómez dictatorship. “I always wanted to learn how to cook. It really fascinated me, cooking. Knitting too…needle work in general. I would tell my mother to teach me, but as you…

Tangled up & blue

Katy says: Dear readers: I apologize for being MIA. I have been swamped with work – my real work, that is – due to a pressing deadline. This should be done by the end of the week. I also took a week-long vacation with my family. As most of you know, I don’t live in…

Tangled up & blue

Katy says: Dear readers: I apologize for being MIA. I have been swamped with work – my real work, that is – due to a pressing deadline. This should be done by the end of the week. I also took a week-long vacation with my family. As most of you know, I don’t live in…

An oppo harakiri in the making

Quico says: A little bird just put Hinterlaces’ daily phone tracking poll for September 3rd, 4th and 5th in my inbox. It makes for some incredibly infuriating reading. When asked whether they generally favor or oppose the Constitutional Reform proposal, 45% say they oppose it and 35% say they are in favor, while 20% are…

Poll chart anyone?

Quico says: Datanalisis’ latest poll, carried out between July 28th and August 7th (so, just before the official announcement) asked… “If there was a referendum next Sunday to change the current constitution, how would you vote?” In favor – 30%Against – 40%Don’t know/no answer – 24%Depends on the specifics – 5% “…and if President Chávez…

Poll chart anyone?

Quico says: Datanalisis’ latest poll, carried out between July 28th and August 7th (so, just before the official announcement) asked… “If there was a referendum next Sunday to change the current constitution, how would you vote?” In favor – 30%Against – 40%Don’t know/no answer – 24%Depends on the specifics – 5% “…and if President Chávez…

Not Even the Dead are Safe in Caracas

Quico says: This article by Chris Kraul for the LA Times is instant fodder for the Reader’s Guide. Skulking in the dead of night in the remote and overgrown Las Pavas section of the Southern Municipal Cemetery, robbers armed with crowbars and sledgehammers first shattered the tomb’s concrete vault and the granite marker that read,…

Not Even the Dead are Safe in Caracas

Quico says: This article by Chris Kraul for the LA Times is instant fodder for the Reader’s Guide. Skulking in the dead of night in the remote and overgrown Las Pavas section of the Southern Municipal Cemetery, robbers armed with crowbars and sledgehammers first shattered the tomb’s concrete vault and the granite marker that read,…

Chávez vs. Chávez

Chávez says: “It’s not true that I have a plan to perpetuate myself in power, and the proposal [for indefinite re-election] made by [then] Assembly member Luis Velásquez Alvaray, though surely it was made in good faith, I must say I don’t share it, nor do I back it, and I’m sure that you, most…

Chávez vs. Chávez

Chávez says: “It’s not true that I have a plan to perpetuate myself in power, and the proposal [for indefinite re-election] made by [then] Assembly member Luis Velásquez Alvaray, though surely it was made in good faith, I must say I don’t share it, nor do I back it, and I’m sure that you, most…