Gobble gobble

Juan Cristobal says: – After last December’s referendum defeat for Hugo Chávez, Venezuelans reached a consensus, something we don’t typically do. Whether chavista or not, we all agreed that one of the factors that hurt the government the most was the increased scarcity in basic staples such as milk, chicken and beef. Conscious of this…

Gobble gobble

Juan Cristobal says: – After last December’s referendum defeat for Hugo Chávez, Venezuelans reached a consensus, something we don’t typically do. Whether chavista or not, we all agreed that one of the factors that hurt the government the most was the increased scarcity in basic staples such as milk, chicken and beef. Conscious of this…

Shocker of the day: Politician plays by the rules

Juan Cristobal says: – The fight to be the sole opposition candidate for Mayor of Maracaibo has been a tawdry affair. Primero Justicia’s Juan Pablo Guanipa, a council-member and strong opponent of current chavista mayor Giancarlo Di Martino, seemed like the front-runner early on. But then, the current governor of Zulia, former Presidential candidate and…

Shocker of the day: Politician plays by the rules

Juan Cristobal says: – The fight to be the sole opposition candidate for Mayor of Maracaibo has been a tawdry affair. Primero Justicia’s Juan Pablo Guanipa, a council-member and strong opponent of current chavista mayor Giancarlo Di Martino, seemed like the front-runner early on. But then, the current governor of Zulia, former Presidential candidate and…

The fjords of Macuro

Juan Cristobal says: – The most developed nation on Earth. The most peaceful country on Earth. Insanely high life expectancy. The second-highest GDP per capita in the world. A near-absence of poverty and income inequality. These are some of the honors bestowed on a little country, with just over 4.4 million people, perched on a…

The fjords of Macuro

Juan Cristobal says: – The most developed nation on Earth. The most peaceful country on Earth. Insanely high life expectancy. The second-highest GDP per capita in the world. A near-absence of poverty and income inequality. These are some of the honors bestowed on a little country, with just over 4.4 million people, perched on a…

Not that there’s anything wrong with that

Quico says: I’ve been feeling particularly ineffective when it comes to blogging November’s state and local elections. Aside from the fact that the opposition hasn’t decided who it’s going to back where, it sure seems like there are a lot of crazy races developing. For once, distance really is a big handicap in trying to…

Not that there’s anything wrong with that

Quico says: I’ve been feeling particularly ineffective when it comes to blogging November’s state and local elections. Aside from the fact that the opposition hasn’t decided who it’s going to back where, it sure seems like there are a lot of crazy races developing. For once, distance really is a big handicap in trying to…

Not that there’s anything wrong with that

Quico says: I’ve been feeling particularly ineffective when it comes to blogging November’s state and local elections. Aside from the fact that the opposition hasn’t decided who it’s going to back where, it sure seems like there are a lot of crazy races developing. For once, distance really is a big handicap in trying to…

The crying game

Quico says: What follows is cut-and-pasted from a recent Skype chat: Katy 6:25 PM: ¿estas? Quico 6:25 PM: epa, sí, recien regresado Katy 6:26 PM: ¿donde estabas? Quico 6:27 PM: in what, I now realize, was The Most Boring Conference in the History of Trade Policy Conferences… (en Bélgica) tú, ¿qué tal? Katy 6:30 PM:…

The crying game

Quico says: What follows is cut-and-pasted from a recent Skype chat: Katy 6:25 PM: ¿estas? Quico 6:25 PM: epa, sí, recien regresado Katy 6:26 PM: ¿donde estabas? Quico 6:27 PM: in what, I now realize, was The Most Boring Conference in the History of Trade Policy Conferences… (en Bélgica) tú, ¿qué tal? Katy 6:30 PM:…

Oil Economics 101

Katy says: – In today’s class, we will discuss current events in oil markets. – China raised fuel taxes by as much as 18 percent. Markets interpreted this as a serious move toward cooling China’s ever-growing energy demand, and fuel prices duly began falling. This came on the same week that Honda unveiled the world’s…