Right Guard?

Reading my review of Randy Brewer’s book on  The New Republic, Alejandro Tarre demanded a right of reply. Isaiah Berlin once wrote that, “as an intellectual discipline, it is boring to read our allies or those who coincide with our point of views. It’s more interesting to read our enemies, those who really put to…

$%*& my Japanese wife says

My wife laughed hard at the tragic, yet still unmistakably funny story of the dozens of high-society Venezuelans coming back from a throw-the-house-out-the-window, no-expenses-spared Punta Cana wedding with lobster-induced cholera on the menu. Then, as an item on the Egyptian protests comes on the news and she sees me seething with envy at the possibility…

Finding the story in our squalid news

One of the things that I find most disappointing about the Venezuelan press is how they frequently miss the important aspects of the stories they pretend to report. Take, for example, this item on a recent opinion poll by respected pollster Datos. The headline is that 70% of Venezuelans reject the government’s policy of expropriating…

Transitional justice

A man makes millions of dollars helping Colombian guerrillas ship cocaine to hungry markets via Venezuela. Or he makes them through bribing financial institutions in order to exempt them from legal problems. Or he makes them by soliciting illegal kickbacks for certain government permits only he can give. The details are not important. What is important is…

A Manifesto for the Spanish-language blog

Over on CaracasChronicles-eE.com, Quico just posted an absolutely untranslatable manifesto of what exactly we’re aiming for with the blog in Spanish, filled with Orwell quotes, coños, and vainas. This, however, is going to be the exception. You should expect posts to pop up in English and Spanish, more or less at the same time. Until,…

Don’t think of an elephant!

Hugo Chávez has a new pet peeve. Whatever you do, do not call him a dictator! Today he showed how much it annoyed him, when he said that if the opposition behaves and stops calling him a dictator, he would be willing to meet with Zulia Governor Pablo Pérez. I guess this is how he negotiates: stop…