What’s good for the goose is good for Mirand-er

A tragedy in eight acts: Act I – Contrary to the wishes of sensible, prescient, and highly intelligent voices in the opposition opinion-sphere, the opposition umbrella group decides to ditch the idea of nationwide primaries to select their candidates for Congress. Instead, they decide on an ill-defined, mixed system of consensus where possible, primaries where…

Clear as MUD

   "Chamo, lets do an Oswaldo Álvarez Paz week…I mean, why not? It’s Semana Santa, there aren’t going to be any other news…"                 -Quico to Juan, not 48 hours ago The "carefully" "constructed" "agreement" built up around Opposition nominations at the Opposition’s Unity Table (Mesa de Unidad Democrática…

Last chopper out of Saigon

The recent imprisonment of Oswaldo Alvarez Paz, for nothing more than a snooze-inducing statement of the obvious on Alo, Ciudadano, brought back memories of OAP’s ill-fated attempt at the Presidency back in 1993. Memory is a fickle beast, but in 1993, OAP was considered sort of an outsider’s insider. The country was still processing Hugo…

Everybody Already Knows Everything

[Note: If you came looking for fresh insights or proper analysis, you might as well move along. This one's just one long rant. Click through only if you're up for that sort of thing.] "Three new political persecutions in one week, with more certainly on the way. The regime is working to routinize repression, to establish…

To hunt a rat

Today we learned that the webpage of everyone’s favorite satirical rodent, El Chiguire Bipolar, has been hacked. This coincides with a wave of international publicity that has seen the Capybara profiled in, among others, the New York Times. This must not stand.  Show your support and follow the events through the rodent’s twitter page. At…

But … what did he say?!

The largest shareholder in Venezuela’s sole remaining opposition-minded TV channel, Globovisión, has been arrested. (Update: apparently, the court let him out on bail, sort of) His alleged crime? Saying something in Aruba, during a meeting of the Interamerican Press Society, that really ticked the government off. Chavistas have gone ballistic over this, but the funny…

Autocracy in Infinite Regress

As the regime fattens up its list of political prisoners by shoving the president of Globovisión, Guillermo Zuloaga, into jail, you can’t help but reflect on the sheer uselessness of having thrown Alberto Federico Ravell under the bus, the fatuous hopelessness of thinking he could avoid the slammer by allowing his TV station to be "a little…

Weisbrot in his Labyrinth

At times, you almost feel bad for Mark Weisbrot, the dean of the dwindling corps of quasi-respectable Chávez apologists in D.C. A few years ago, back when it was just about posible for a lefty with democratic sensibilities to sympathize with the Chávez Experiment, he took a couple of trips South and caught the bug. Soon…

Thoughtcrime

One time Zulia State governor and center-right candidate for the presidency Oswaldo Álvarez Paz will be spending his first night behind bars tonight for what can only be described as thoughtcrime. Backed by professionally conducted investigations and publicly available data on clandestine flights from Venezuela to the Caribbean, Álvarez Paz’s contention that Venezuela has become a center…