Hondurans go rogue

Juan Cristóbal says: – I should know better than to post about Honduras given how badly it went the last time, but here goes: by electing a President yesterday in imperfect but legitimate elections, the Honduran people have decided their fate, rest of the world be damned. Good for them. President-elect Porfirio Lobo has been…

Fun with Skype

Juan Cristóbal says: – Ta-da-dun… ta-dun… I’m sitting in my ofice. It’s Friday afternoon. I’m waiting to finish a report, and the familiar Skype bell interrupts me. Damn, bad timing. Should I take it? It’s Rafa, my best friend from college, godfather to my oldest daughter. We haven’t spoken in a few months. In between…

Q-atharsis

Quico says: In case you haven’t noticed, I have been struggling with writer’s block for months. Ever since I came back from Venezuela and witnessed the deterioration in the conditions on the ground, the urge to write has been swallowed by a profound sense of pessimism and futility. In trying to make sense of my…

Chávez’s achievement

Quico says: It’s a question people seem to ask me a lot outside Venezuela, and it came up again the other night, in a conversation with an old and dear friend of mine: “Now, I know you hate the guy, and probably for good reason…but if you had to pick out one achievement, one virtue…

The people get shoved under the table

Juan Cristóbal says: – A few days ago, Venezuela’s opposition announced with much fanfare it had finally reached an “agreement” on how to select candidates for the looming parliamentary elections. The announcement, praised as a positive development, instead sucked the air out of the room. The agreement amounts to the death knell of a nationwide…

The view from your window: Miami

Miami, FL, USA. 3:13 pm. 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…

Alleged news agency allegedly strips the word "alleged" of any meaning whatsoever, sources allege

Quico says: I almost choked on my breakfast burrito this morning when I read Ian James’s write-up for the AP of Chávez’s lunatic little dithyramb to Carlos the Jackal the other day: Hugo Chavez has defended the alleged terrorist mastermind Carlos the Jackal, saying the Venezuelan imprisoned in France was an important “revolutionary fighter” who…

Fernandez Barrueco Busted…but why?

Quico says: On the day after Bolibourgeois operator extraordinaire Ricardo Fernández Barrueco got shuffled off to a prison cell at Disip – Venezuela’s secret police – the questions far outnumber the answers. It’s easy to guess that Fernández Barrueco – head of such bankruptrrific banks as Banco Confederado, BanPro and Banco Canarias – did something…

Caracas Chronicles 2.0: Help us Test the Beta

Quico says: So the new software for Caracas Chronicles 2.0, including its custom-coded, state-of-the-art Community Powered Comments system, is now in testing. And we’re looking for volunteers to tell us what they like about it, what they hate about it, what needs to improved, and what needs to be flushed altogether. If you’re interested in…

Chávez shoots at an open goal, scores

Quico says: Noting that “sovereignty” starts from the bottom up, Chávez today challenged the opposition to follow PSUV’s lead and hold internal elections for important party posts. For once, the guy has it exactly right, calling the oppo leadership on its simply inexcusable paralysis on the issue of primaries. In fact, one of the frustrations…

Chávez names his price

Juan Cristóbal says: – This buried little nugget in state-owned wire service ABN is startling in its honesty. In it, Under-Secretary Francisco Arias Cárdenas very clearly declares what Chávez wants in exchange for returning relations with Colombia to a semblance of normalcy: a face-to-face meeting with Barack Obama. According to Arias, the region’s diplomats should…