New Blood: Raul Aular

A big focus over the coming months will be broadening out the writing stable beyond just Juan and I by reaching out to new talent. We’re looking for smart, opinionated writers allergic to the usual clichés and far removed from the closed loop of the Caracas newspapers’ opinion pages (Zzzzzzzzzzzz). Recently, trundling through the vast…

Chávez starts to pay the price for that Bolivar sword replica UPDATED

Even longstanding Chávez ball-coddler Nikolas Kozloff is appalled by his chumminess with Ghaddafi… Update: Now long time friend-of-the-house Al Giordano piles on – taking it out, bizarrely, on Evita Golinger and Telesur. It’s like these guys’ heads would explode if they even entertained the simple, Occam’s Razorish explanation for all this: that Chávez consistent­ly expresses…

Nausea

The thought that the man responsible for this has been honored and lionized in my own country fills me with a kind of dread-soaked rage that feels curiously like nausea.

Word of the Day: Agnotology

Definition: “the study of culturally-induced ignorance or doubt.” According to John Quiggin, an agnotological belief acts as a political shibboleth, “that is, an affirmation that marks the speaker as a member of their community or tribe. Asserting a belief that would be too absurd to countenance for anyone outside a given tribal/ideological group makes for…

In a perfect world

A Venezuelan newspaper would find a dogged, talented journalist and give him/her a research budget, six months and enough exposure to blow the top right off of a story like this one. Until then, we have Setty.

The real meaning of February 14th

From today, we’ve asked Alejandro Tarre – of the invaluable AlejandroTarre.com – to contribute more actively to Caracas Chronicles. Today, he explains why February 14th should be about more than just romantic dinners and candy hearts to Venezuelans. It’s an episode contemporary Venezuelans might be forgiven for not knowing about, but it changed our history…

Give us a hand up, yeah?

So, we’re finding out what Miguel and Daniel have known all along: building an audience for the Spanish doppleganger to an English blog about Venezuela is not so easy. Traffic over on CronicasDeCaracas.net is still stuck at 5-10% of the level here. Basically, without word of mouth, CronicasDeCaracas.net is toast. So here’s your chance to…