2008: The year in review

Juan Cristobal and Quico say: The year is coming to a close and while some of you will gather around the hallaca table or go to your school’s gaitazo, here at Caracas Chronicles we will indulge in our own little one-year old tradition: the year-in-review post. Summing up this year is particularly difficult: 2008 was…

Petrostates for Beginners

Quico says: Cross posted from HuffoLand… threeup_js(‘World’, ‘150867’, ‘1’); document.write(‘Your request is being processed…’)Your request is being processed… Chavez After the Oil Boom It’s not easy being a progressive Venezuelan opposed to the Chavez Regime. A lot of my leftie friends in the US look south and see a fresh, irreverent if slightly over-the-top leader…

Words, meet my stomach

Juan Cristobal says: – “Why no, officer, I have never had anything but complimentary things to say about Yon Goicoechea, student leader turned superstar turned member of Primero Justicia. After all, I belong to Primero Justicia and we’ve always been interested in Goicoechea joining us. It provides us a boost in the arm, raises our…

In Progress

Quico says: Sorry for the hiatus everyone: Juan Cristobal and I are busy working on the soon-to-be-traditional Year in Review Post. We’re having to go back over everything we’ve written all year, and as you can imagine, it’s pretty time consuming. I hope you’ll agree it’s worth it. Among other things, it’ll help create a…

I want that sign for Christmas

Juan Cristobal says: – Things outgoing Metropolitan Mayor Juan Barreto left behind … If you want to read more about the “transition” (i.e. destruction) in the Metropolitan Mayor’s office, this story from El Universal, along with this other one, are not to be missed. Finally, here is how chavistas decorated the place to receive Ledezma.…

They chant not to cry

Juan Cristobal says: – A couple of days ago, the National Assembly began “debating” Chavez’s proposed amendment to the Constitution. In a refreshing moment of honesty, the entire gallery, the people’s representatives, nearly all of them chavistas, began chanting Chavez’s signature motto, the whole raison d’etre of his government: Uh, Ah, Chavez no se va!…

A great Venezuelan gets a big award

Juan Cristobal says: – Loyal reader Kolya gave us a heads-up a few weeks ago and I felt it was worth spreading the word: one of the recipients of this year’s TED award is our compatriota, Jose Antonio Abreu. Now, if you’re a techno-geek, you know all about the TED award. If you’re not, but…

A great Venezuelan gets a big award

Juan Cristobal says: – Loyal reader Kolya gave us a heads-up a few weeks ago and I felt it was worth spreading the word: one of the recipients of this year’s TED award is our compatriota, Jose Antonio Abreu. Now, if you’re a techno-geek, you know all about the TED award. If you’re not, but…

A great Venezuelan gets a big award

Juan Cristobal says: – Loyal reader Kolya gave us a heads-up a few weeks ago and I felt it was worth spreading the word: one of the recipients of this year’s TED award is our compatriota, Jose Antonio Abreu. Now, if you’re a techno-geek, you know all about the TED award. If you’re not, but…

If the shoe fits…

Juan Cristobal says: – Behold, the latest fashion trend of Venezuela’s socialists, designed in the U.S.A., made in Ecuador. No report yet on whether the PSUV is paying Converse any royalties. Going to next week’s march in support of class struggle but you don’t know what to wear? Look no further.

If the shoe fits…

Juan Cristobal says: – Behold, the latest fashion trend of Venezuela’s socialists, designed in the U.S.A., made in Ecuador. No report yet on whether the PSUV is paying Converse any royalties. Going to next week’s march in support of class struggle but you don’t know what to wear? Look no further.