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…