Confessions of a Militant Heisigista

[Quico warns: I don’t usually allow this blog to stray too far from its core subject – Venezuelan politics – but every so often I do indulge one of my subsidiary obsessions. Today, it’s Japanese study. If your computer doesn’t have a Japanese character set installed, much of the punchline will be garbled – sorry…

Tirofijo in The Hague

Quico says: I find the debate on FARC/ELN belligerence really very bizarre. Both the Colombian rebels and the Venezuelan government talk as though Belligerent Status were a kind of “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval” for guerrillas: something with the talismanic power to render them “legitimate”. From a legal point of view, that’s nonsense. And while…

Tirofijo in The Hague

Quico says: I find the debate on FARC/ELN belligerence really very bizarre. Both the Colombian rebels and the Venezuelan government talk as though Belligerent Status were a kind of “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval” for guerrillas: something with the talismanic power to render them “legitimate”. From a legal point of view, that’s nonsense. And while…

Chávez’s Latest Fixation: What’s he after?

Quico says: Poor Colombians. Their country has become the latest focus of Chávez’s boundless capacity to fixate. The guy doesn’t seem to talk about much else these days – Venezuela is just too boring, I guess. Me? I’m at a disadvantage here because I’m embarrassingly ignorant about Colombia. I couldn’t tell a cachaco from an…

Chávez’s Latest Fixation: What’s he after?

Quico says: Poor Colombians. Their country has become the latest focus of Chávez’s boundless capacity to fixate. The guy doesn’t seem to talk about much else these days – Venezuela is just too boring, I guess. Me? I’m at a disadvantage here because I’m embarrassingly ignorant about Colombia. I couldn’t tell a cachaco from an…

Chávez’s Latest Fixation: What’s he after?

Quico says: Poor Colombians. Their country has become the latest focus of Chávez’s boundless capacity to fixate. The guy doesn’t seem to talk about much else these days – Venezuela is just too boring, I guess. Me? I’m at a disadvantage here because I’m embarrassingly ignorant about Colombia. I couldn’t tell a cachaco from an…

The permanent rape of Bolívar

Quico says: Even now, nine years into the Chávez era, it’s hard for me to know how to handle the surges of raw anger that well up inside of me at some of the president’s antics. Blunted, abused, tested beyond any reasonable limit, it turns out my capacity for outrage is not totally exhausted. The…

The permanent rape of Bolívar

Quico says: Even now, nine years into the Chávez era, it’s hard for me to know how to handle the surges of raw anger that well up inside of me at some of the president’s antics. Blunted, abused, tested beyond any reasonable limit, it turns out my capacity for outrage is not totally exhausted. The…

The case for primaries

Katy says: A comment by fellow blogger Miguel regarding primaries got me thinking. Miguel was reminding me about the experience with Copei in 1993. Back then, Copei decided to hold an open primary, where all registered voters could participate, to pick its presidential candidate. It was an unprecedented move by a political party in Venezuela,…

The case for primaries

Katy says: A comment by fellow blogger Miguel regarding primaries got me thinking. Miguel was reminding me about the experience with Copei in 1993. Back then, Copei decided to hold an open primary, where all registered voters could participate, to pick its presidential candidate. It was an unprecedented move by a political party in Venezuela,…

Party Pooper

Quico says: Dear Katy, I’ll start by noting what we agree on. There’s no doubt that there’s a psycho edge to a lot of the party whackery we see in the opposition. At times, it’s easy to feel we have some deep, masochistic need to sabotage ourselves by making contradictory demands on our leadership and…

Party Pooper

Quico says: Dear Katy, I’ll start by noting what we agree on. There’s no doubt that there’s a psycho edge to a lot of the party whackery we see in the opposition. At times, it’s easy to feel we have some deep, masochistic need to sabotage ourselves by making contradictory demands on our leadership and…

Party time

Si mi muerte contribuye a que cesen los partidos y se consolide la unión, bajaré tranquilo al sepulcro. Simón Bolívar Katy says: I once knew a family who lived in a house with no windows, and they were a singularly dysfunctional bunch. The mother was terribly nice but always seemed to be medicated; the father…