How transparent can this guy get?!

So, what date did Hugo Chávez choose to sign Unasur’s new anti-coup d’état “Democratic Charter“? November 27th, of course! If you’re young and/or not Venezuelan, that date may not say that much to you. Otherwise, you’ll remember it like this: Listen, Chávez has plumbed such depths in recent months I’ve lost the capacity for surprise…

Far Out

Not three months ago, in reading through the responses to one of those occasional, naively-hopeful, instantly-pounced-on, ultimately-misguided Guardian pieces I like to write, I was amazed when one of the bolshies in the comments section actually took me to task for calling Chávez “far left”. Huh? I always thought calling the guy “far left” was a…

No More Constituyentes – Please!

Sorry about the radio silence, folks, I’ve been travelling. Still, I felt strongly like I need to comment on Juan C.’s possibly inevitable Constitutional Assembly post, because it rattled me. I really feel Venezuela’s long run tendency to change the constitution every time a new clique gets hold of power is one of the defining…

Readers who write

Just a quick shout-out to two books from long-time readers of this blog. Vicente Ulive-Schnell is the author of “Yo maté a Simón Bolívar.” I haven’t read it, but no, it doesn’t appear to be based on the forthcoming forensic report of the great man’s bones. Rather, it’s a novel based on the events of the…

A three-horse race?

Miranda governor Henrique Capriles Radonski was interviewed by Maracaibo’s La Verdad newspaper. It’s well worth a read, if anything to begin getting a feel for the message he will try out. Capriles’ coyness about 2012 did not lend itself to an in-depth profile.  Still, in between the lines, you could sense the message he will…

The (possibly) inevitable Constitutional Assembly

Last September’s Parliamentary elections showed that, even with the cards stacked against it, Venezuela’s opposition could win the popular vote. Knowing this will serve us well in 2012, when the next Presidential election will take place. So, in the spirit of the coming weekend, let’s get ourselves carried away and ponder the optimistic scenario. Suppose an…

6,000 people…?!

That’s the number of people employed by the Alcaldía Metropolitana, Caracas’ Metropolitan Mayor’s Office. You know, the one that Chávez basically hollowed out. The one that he insists is only a shell and whose only job is to “coordinate” policies with the other municipalities. The one that doesn’t even have a headquarters anymore. I don’t know about…

Our future biggest FANs

Our youthful friends over at the Spanish-language blog “Sin el Chivo y el Mecate” have a new post up. In it, they address the fact that Venezuela’s top military officer, alleged drug king Henry Rangel Silva, said that the Armed Forces were “wedded to the Revolution” and “would not stand by” if an opposition candidate…

The Freedom Not to Publish

With the shift back to a Comments Free For All comes a necessary rehash for all the reasons not to have one in the first place. Here, I hope, comes my last comment on the subject. As somebody smarter than me once noted, the freedom to publish includes the freedom not to publish. It includes…