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…