Crazy Polar Bear Chronicles

[Note: My usual policy is to steer well clear of non-Venezuelan subjects...we'll be stretching that rule in this post.] Quico says: There are local elections in Britain tomorrow. By far the highest profile race pits the treacly philochavista Red Ken Livingstone against the inimitable parliamentarian, classicist, columnist, author, magazine editor, television pundit and wit Boris…

Crazy Polar Bear Chronicles

[Note: My usual policy is to steer well clear of non-Venezuelan subjects...we'll be stretching that rule in this post.] Quico says: There are local elections in Britain tomorrow. By far the highest profile race pits the treacly philochavista Red Ken Livingstone against the inimitable parliamentarian, classicist, columnist, author, magazine editor, television pundit and wit Boris…

Binge and purge

Quico says: It’s official: the inhabilitación binge will be matched by a PSUV purge. In a weird kind of political murder-suicide, chavismo is not just disqualifying key oppo figures from running in November’s state and local elections, it’s also throwing out the best and the brightest of PSUV’s generación de relevo. The Supreme Tribunal’s decision…

Binge and purge

Quico says: It’s official: the inhabilitación binge will be matched by a PSUV purge. In a weird kind of political murder-suicide, chavismo is not just disqualifying key oppo figures from running in November’s state and local elections, it’s also throwing out the best and the brightest of PSUV’s generación de relevo. The Supreme Tribunal’s decision…

The false promise of food security

Katy says: When Chávez first came to power, one of the things he asked to include in the Constitution was the concept of “food security.” The country’s ability to produce its own food was viewed, according to Article 305 of the Constitution, as “fundamental for the Nation’s social and economic development.” After nine years and…

The false promise of food security

Katy says: When Chávez first came to power, one of the things he asked to include in the Constitution was the concept of “food security.” The country’s ability to produce its own food was viewed, according to Article 305 of the Constitution, as “fundamental for the Nation’s social and economic development.” After nine years and…

Rent-seeking as a Livelihood Strategy

Quico says: Thinking about the way the New Political Class has looted the proceeds from our current oil boom, it’s hard to contain a certain moralistic rage. We see the extravagant lifestyles that the people at the very top of the petrostate game enjoy and, understandably, flip out. But I wonder if that doesn’t obscure…

Rent-seeking as a Livelihood Strategy

Quico says: Thinking about the way the New Political Class has looted the proceeds from our current oil boom, it’s hard to contain a certain moralistic rage. We see the extravagant lifestyles that the people at the very top of the petrostate game enjoy and, understandably, flip out. But I wonder if that doesn’t obscure…

The calm before the storm

Katy says: Just how strong is Chávez these days? The answer is not so obvious. If you judge by the opposition conventional wisdom, he’s at the helm of a boat with no rudder, a President in name only. Yet our side has continually shown conventional folly instead of wisdom on these questions – our track…

The calm before the storm

Katy says: Just how strong is Chávez these days? The answer is not so obvious. If you judge by the opposition conventional wisdom, he’s at the helm of a boat with no rudder, a President in name only. Yet our side has continually shown conventional folly instead of wisdom on these questions – our track…

Another one bites the dust

Quico says: Another guilty plea in the unending saga that is Illegally – Diverting – Venezuelan – Public – Money – to – Illegally – Fund – Cristina – Kirchner’s – Election – Campaign – And – Then – Illegally – Covering – Up – The – Whole – Thing-gate, the tri-national trifecta of treachery…

Another one bites the dust

Quico says: Another guilty plea in the unending saga that is Illegally – Diverting – Venezuelan – Public – Money – to – Illegally – Fund – Cristina – Kirchner’s – Election – Campaign – And – Then – Illegally – Covering – Up – The – Whole – Thing-gate, the tri-national trifecta of treachery…

The Trouble with ALBA

Quico says: Turns out it’s not only Venezuelans who are finding out that taking Hugo Chávez’s promises at face value can be a problematic strategy going forward… Venezuela’s state oil company has failed to fulfill promises to make badly needed investments in Bolivia’s natural gas fields. This has contributed to a lack of new production…