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,…