2007: The year in review

Katy, Quico and Lucia say: What a year it’s been. Just twelve months ago, Hugo Chávez strode Venezuela’s political scene like a colossus and the opposition was worn thin, worn down and worn out. Now, it’s chavismo that’s looking dazed and confused, after a year that saw everything from Al Qaeda threatening PDVSA to crime…

2007: The year in review

Katy, Quico and Lucia say: What a year it’s been. Just twelve months ago, Hugo Chávez strode Venezuela’s political scene like a colossus and the opposition was worn thin, worn down and worn out. Now, it’s chavismo that’s looking dazed and confused, after a year that saw everything from Al Qaeda threatening PDVSA to crime…

Great Moments in Profound Reflection

Quico says: As the Suitcase Full’o’Cash scandal metastasizes, and Carlos Kauffman (another of Juan Carlos Zapata’s publicly identified Bolibourgeois Idols) starts memorizing the water stain patterns on his jail cell’s ceiling, I’m again struck that Venezuela has become a net importer of scandals: what we find out about Maletagate we’ll find out only because the…

Great Moments in Profound Reflection

Quico says: As the Suitcase Full’o’Cash scandal metastasizes, and Carlos Kauffman (another of Juan Carlos Zapata’s publicly identified Bolibourgeois Idols) starts memorizing the water stain patterns on his jail cell’s ceiling, I’m again struck that Venezuela has become a net importer of scandals: what we find out about Maletagate we’ll find out only because the…

What would Mafalda say?

Katy says: Year’s worth of Maybeline makeup… $1,000Botox injections … $600Designer dress … $1,000Spiked Manolo Blahniks to wear for a summit … $450Collagen injections for your lips … $3,000Buses for your final campaign rally … $50,000Getting mired in a major campaign-finance scandal only three days after being sworn in … Priceless For turning out the…

What would Mafalda say?

Katy says: Year’s worth of Maybeline makeup… $1,000Botox injections … $600Designer dress … $1,000Spiked Manolo Blahniks to wear for a summit … $450Collagen injections for your lips … $3,000Buses for your final campaign rally … $50,000Getting mired in a major campaign-finance scandal only three days after being sworn in … Priceless For turning out the…

¿Y dónde están las actas?

Quico says: Yesterday I interviewed Primero Justicia’s representative to CNE, Juan Carlos Caldera, about the “mystery of the tallysheets” – where the copies of the actas are, and what the opposition has been doing with them. He said Primero Justicia had had witnesses at some 30% of voting tables, and the opposition at more than…

¿Y dónde están las actas?

Quico says: Yesterday I interviewed Primero Justicia’s representative to CNE, Juan Carlos Caldera, about the “mystery of the tallysheets” – where the copies of the actas are, and what the opposition has been doing with them. He said Primero Justicia had had witnesses at some 30% of voting tables, and the opposition at more than…

Winning in Petare, shooting for Parapara

“All politics is local” – Former US Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill. Many things changed in the last election: chavistas stayed home or otherwise voted No; opposition people went to vote; the CNE declared an opposition win. Yet one of the few constants was the sharp disconnect between rural and urban Venezuela’s voting patterns.…

Winning in Petare, shooting for Parapara

Katy says: “All politics is local” – Former US Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill. Many things changed in the last election: chavistas stayed home or otherwise voted No; opposition people stayed home; the CNE declared an opposition win. Yet one of the few constants was the sharp disconnect between rural and urban Venezuela’s voting…

All I want for Christmas is a Fujitsu FI-5900C

Quico says: Granted, it costs $20,000, but what a nice toy. Scanning 120 pages per minute, and boasting “Triple Ultrasonic Double Feed Detection with Intelligent MultiFeed Function” (not Double Ultrasonic Double Feed Detection, mind you, triple) this baby can make high quality scans of 33,000 documents of your choice in less than five hours. Once…