The number cruncher

Juan Cristobal says: – In recent days, Hugo Chavez named former Finance Minister Nelson Merentes to head Venezuela’s Central Bank. The move would not be chavista if it wasn’t controversial, as there was no public hearing on Mr. Merentes’ nomination. Most of the criticism stems from the fact that Merentes is not an economist –…

The problem with the hero theory

Quico says: I do realize there’s one fairly basic problem with the “hero” theory of Venezuelan redemption: it relies, ultimately, on power’s sense of shame. Ghandi’s campaign, in India, had power because London could be shamed into changing its actions. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. relied on northerners’ sense of shame about what was happening…

Heroes

Quico says: Juan Forero’s report for the Washington Post on the growing crackdown against the opposition paints a dismal picture of the extremes to which the government’s strategy to criminalize opposition is going. It’s worth a read, in part, to get a feel for the way the tone of US coverage on Venezuela is shifting…

Email delivery news

Quico says: I’ve just realized for the last who-knows-how-long, the little sign-up form on the right for Email delivery hadn’t been working. It’s now fixed. If you want to get each day’s new posts delivered to your inbox, just enter your email address and follow the confirmation instructions. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have…

Corruption? What corruption?

Quico says: How can it be that the government only prosecutes corruption cases when the accused are Chávez opponents? It drives me batty. Nothing chavismo does makes my blood boil like the partisan use of anti-corruption legislation. Considering ours is a government virtually specialized in coming up with innovative ways of making my blood boil,…