The Real Winner in Honduras

A longer version of this post appears on The New Republic’s blog, The Plank. Juan Cristóbal and Quico say: The Honduran tragicomedy that has consumed the hemisphere’s diplomats for months is at an end (read the details here). Barring the unforeseeable – which is always an iffy thing to do in Honduras – Micheletti is…

The view from your window: Reading

Reading, Pennsylvania, USA. 10 AM. Send us the View from Your Window: caracaschronicles at fastmail dot fm, or nageljuan at gmail dot com. Please ensure the window frame is visible, and tell us the place and time the picture was taken. And don’t try to “pretty it up” – just show us what you see…

Dear Editor

Quico says: I was about to send this as an email to an editor who asked me to write something about Chávez’s hypertrophied presidential office budget. But as the rant took shape, I found myself thinking… “hmmmm, did I just write a post without meaning to?” Dear [Name withheld], Thanks for getting in touch. It’s…

Chávez thinks you suck; you agree

Quico says: As Chávez takes to blaming more and more of the nation’s problems on you, the latest Datanalisis poll confirms it: 23.9% of respondents identify “la gente” (the people) as the main culprit for the nation’s problems, just beating Chávez (23.2%) for top spot. You suck, and you know it.

Killing capital

Quico says: Hernando de Soto’s conception of “dead capital” is one of the genuinely intriguing ideas spawned by the development literature in recent years. For de Soto, the problem facing the third-world poor is not just that they own too little, but that the things they do own are economically “dead.” In the absence of…