The wolf decries the plight of the sheep

Juan Cristóbal says: -As I write this, the deposed President of Honduras is giving a speech to the UN. As I write this, all TV and radio stations in Venezuela are forced to carry the speech live. Yes, you read right: all TV and radio stations are carrying the speech live. Hard to believe? No.…

Grand Theft Opinion

Quico says: So I wrote up a thing on the Honduran mess over at The New Republic’s mass blog, The Plank. A taste: If anything, the hemisphere’s unanimous, outraged reaction to events in Tegucigalpa–which, for once, saw Washington and Caracas in strong agreement against the coup–underlines the region’s pathologically imbalanced veneration of presidential power. After…

Two faces of Hugo Chávez

Juan Cristóbal says: – Hugo Chávez on last week’s events in Iran: “The Bolivarian government of Venezuela expresses its firm rejection of the ferocious and unfounded campaign to discredit, from abroad, that has been unleashed against Iran, with the objective of muddying the political climate of this brother country. We demand the immediate end to…

The Trouble with Mass Expropriations…

Quico says: …is that, these days, the world just isn’t set up for that way of doing things. Take the Eastern Shore of Lake Maracaibo oil service company expropriations. Chávez never stopped to calculate that if you just grab the boats that those companies were using to service the rigs, you leave their property in…

Bugbear to All

Quico says: It’s remarkable to realize how much of the political life of Venezuela these days is about Globovision: an influence entirely out of proportion to the station’s coverage, both geographic and ratings-wise, that seems proportional to nothing so much as the scale of its demonization at the hands of the government. This week, The…

The Exporter

Quico says: “Así estarán las vainas que when we manage to get the National Guard to show up at our factory, we celebrate,” The Exporter says, savoring how counter-intuitive his sentence sounds. “Huh?” “Well, sure. They make you jump through so many hoops before they’ll even send an inspection team over to certify your shipment,…

Leopoldo endorses opposition primaries

Juan Cristóbal says: – Leopoldo López, the former mayor of Chacao and an early front-runner for the 2012 opposition Presidential nomination, made some important news this morning. In an article by Roberto Giusti in today’s El Universal, López makes a whole lot of sense. He says the opposition’s current non-strategy simply isn’t viable, calling for…

Gone To The Dogs

Quico says: The sun was setting by the time he got to the farm gate, so it wasn’t immediately evident to Kenneth that the guys loitering there were soldiers. Sure, they were toting assault rifles, but they were wearing plain olive-green t-shirts over their camouflaged pants. No uniforms, no insignia, nothing like that. “Stop!” one…

Thanks!

…to everyone who came last night. You reminded me of why this blog’s biggest asset is its readers. And if you missed it, well…what happens in 360, stays in 360, ‘mafraid.

Iran-alogy

Juan Cristóbal says: – Thousands of citizens march on highways, demanding the elites in power recognize popular will. Students protest against a fraudulent election, the power of a petro-state hanging in the balance. Armed government militias roam the cities freely, attacking civic-minded protesters with total impunity. The streets of the capital stained with the blood…

Labor’s Love Lost

Quico says: My trip here’s been extremely hectic, so I apologize for the sparse posting. Every day, I seem to add one or two topics to my list of issues-the-media-really-isn’t-covering-nearly-as-well-as-it-should. And I notice that a lot of those have to do with labor issues. More and more, labor activists find themselves facing criminal charges over…

Chavista Hopes Die Hard

Quico says: Last year, these posters blatantly politicizing Venezuela’s olympic team made a bit of a splash in the opposition media – especially after the government’s brazen stunt catastrophically backfired when “the sporting revolution” failed to bring home a single gold medal from Beijing. So much for that, I thought. One more petty official idiocy…

Roger and out

Juan Cristóbal says: – My friend Roger used to be my mole in the government. A committed escuálido working undercover deep inside chavista bureaucracy, he somehow managed to tolerate the mind-numbing paper-pushing and the constant backstabbing from colleagues and underlings alike, to say nothing of the forced participation in chavista rallies. But over the last…