New Comments Software

Quico says: As some of you know, I’ve had a long-running hate-hate relationship with Haloscan, the outfit that desiugned the comments software I’ve been using for the last five and a half years. Last night, in a bout of insomnia, I found out there’s are far more powerful commenting tools out there these days, so…

Yes we can!

Juan Cristobal says: – They say politics makes strange bedfellows. But in the history of bedfellows, has there ever been an odder couple than the two in the picture? I’m talking, of course, of Maria Corina Machado and Ismael García. She is the dashing leader of electoral NGO Súmate. He is an Assembly member for…

Yes we can!

Juan Cristobal says: – They say politics makes strange bedfellows. But in the history of bedfellows, has there ever been an odder couple than the two in the picture? I’m talking, of course, of Maria Corina Machado and Ismael García. She is the dashing leader of electoral NGO Súmate. He is an Assembly member for…

Hugo Chávez, Union Buster

Quico says: You gotta hand it to Chávez. We’re almost a decade into this whole mess and somehow he still manages to surprise, to amaze even. Yesterday’s little outburst on the perverse power of State TV unions was one for the ages. The whole thing will have your jaw firmly pinned to the floor, but…

Hugo Chávez, Union Buster

Quico says: You gotta hand it to Chávez. We’re almost a decade into this whole mess and somehow he still manages to surprise, to amaze even. Yesterday’s little outburst on the perverse power of State TV unions was one for the ages. The whole thing will have your jaw firmly pinned to the floor, but…

Primaries and the Oppo Brand

Quico says: Tomorrow, the Venezuelan opposition is going to do something we have never done before: choose a gubernatorial candidate through a primary election. As it turns out, Aragua’s pioneering experiment, which is being organized by a re-invigorated Súmate, isn’t exactly a cliff-hanger: absolutely everybody seems to take it for granted that Podemos’s candidate, Henry…

Primaries and the Oppo Brand

Quico says: Tomorrow, the Venezuelan opposition is going to do something we have never done before: choose a gubernatorial candidate through a primary election. As it turns out, Aragua’s pioneering experiment, which is being organized by a re-invigorated Súmate, isn’t exactly a cliff-hanger: absolutely everybody seems to take it for granted that Podemos’s candidate, Henry…

Poverty beyond the spin

Juan Cristobal says: – If you didn’t know anything about Venezuela and you stumbled upon this AP story, you would think Hugo Chávez’s management of the economy was producing quasi-miraculous results. In it, the President of the National Statistical Institute Elías Eljuri says that poverty in Venezuela is decreasing dramatically. But it turns out this…

Poverty beyond the spin

Juan Cristobal says: – If you didn’t know anything about Venezuela and you stumbled upon this AP story, you would think Hugo Chávez’s management of the economy was producing quasi-miraculous results. In it, the President of the National Statistical Institute Elías Eljuri says that poverty in Venezuela is decreasing dramatically. But it turns out this…

Who loves ya?!

Quico says: Here’s an innovative take on the budding Chávez-Medvedev lovematch: Neither Medvedev nor Chavez were being very direct about why they are deepenig the relationship, and I find myself in disagreement with other analysts who say that it is only about the business deals. [snip] According to some lawyer colleagues I have spoken with…

Who loves ya?!

Quico says: Here’s an innovative take on the budding Chávez-Medvedev lovematch: Neither Medvedev nor Chavez were being very direct about why they are deepenig the relationship, and I find myself in disagreement with other analysts who say that it is only about the business deals. [snip] According to some lawyer colleagues I have spoken with…

The forgotten trailblazer

Juan Cristobal says: Take a look at this picture. Quick: can you tell me who this man is? If you can’t – and I bet you can’t – stop to ponder the fact that you’ve failed to identify Venezuela’s first popularly elected president, Manuel Felipe de Tovar. No reason to feel bad. I had no…

The forgotten trailblazer

Juan Cristobal says: Take a look at this picture. Quick: can you tell me who this man is? If you can’t – and I bet you can’t – stop to ponder the fact that you’ve failed to identify Venezuela’s first popularly elected president, Manuel Felipe de Tovar. No reason to feel bad. I had no…

New Survey!

Quico says: Following on from that very enlightening Reader’s Survey last week, Juan Cristobal, Lucia and I put together a second, much more detailed survey of readers’ political views.Here’s your chance to spout off on everything from what to do about crime to Hugo Chávez’s mental state. Realistically, this one will be of interest strictly…

81% of you

Quico says: So if my Readers’ Survey is to be trusted, 81% of you won’t mind if I post a link to a piece in Spanish. This one y’all really need to read. On it Chuo Torrealba shows himself as not just an uncommonly lucid political strategist, but also an uncommonly talented writer and rapporteur.…