All We Are Saying Is Give Peace a Rest

Before you take me for some gun-toting nut, let’s get one thing straight: "Peace", in Colombian political parlance, doesn’t mean what it says in the dictionary. In the context of Colombia’s 45-year old civil war, "Peace" is code for political engagement with the guerrillas on terms that, in the past, FARC has cunningly exploited to…

Software

After a few days with the new layout and the software updates, we figured we could use the comments board to this post to get some feedback on how the site is working. So far, we know there are problems with the RSS feed, people find the pop-up annoying (and it contains a spelling error),…

Is Wellisch this year’s Antonini?

This article by Argentine newspaper Clarín puts a name to the recent bribery scandal in Argentina: Roberto Wellisch, CEO of Palmat International, the supposed Miami intermediary in the middle of the bribery embroglio. Gustavo Coronel’s blog has some background on Wellisch here, and here. Apparently, he’s a citizen of Argentina, Venezuela and the U.S. Here…

Well, if Johns Hopkins says so

Apparently, there is more meat to the mystery of Simón Bolívar’s death than meets the eye. Dr. Paul Auwaerter, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University, claims that poisoning by arsenic cannot be ruled out. Apparently, the Liberator’s symptoms, which included coughing up green fluid, are consistent with slow arsenic poisoning. This would be confirmed by the…

Full of air

Venezuela’s state news agency ABN recently announced that Venezuela plans to install 10,000 MW of wind power capacity in the next 15 years.  Seriously, they said that. To get a sense of how preposterous this is, some context is appropriate. 10,000 MW amounts to 6% of the world’s total current wind-power generating capacity. It’s roughly…