New media is all you need

Last Sunday, Setty informed us that an important pipeline carrying natural gas from Colombia to Venezuela was bombed, possibly by the FARC. He said: “It’s a big deal for Venezuelan electricity consumers, who have come to depend on natural-gas-fired power plants. And it’s important for the chemicals industry of the Maracaibo region, as petrochemicals are made…

… and then there were none

Yesterday, chavista muckracker Alberto Nolia called for Henrique Capriles, governor or Miranda and Venezuela’s most popular opposition politician, to be disqualified from running in the 2012 elections. PSUV strongman Diosdado Cabello, the man Capriles defeated in 2008, is calling for the same. And Comptroller General Clodosbaldo Russián – the man who can, with one fell…

Grimly Funny: Trip Advisor Caracas

So, a spell of weekend procrastination took me to Trip Advisor’s Caracas Hotel pages and… well, it really is an excellent way to waste half an hour. Behold the gringos utterly baffled by multiple exchange rates and the resulting, batshit crazy room rates! Guffaw at the outright ripoffs! Marvel at a Brit’s first encounter with…

Chávez and Gaddafi: The Axis of Unpaganda

After initially dithering, Hugo Chávez has now decisively taken sides in the rhetorical contest between Muamar Gaddafi and the Sane World. In the face of what is now surely overwhelming evidence from dozens of journalists (some of whose salaries he pays) hundreds of eye-witnesses and thousands of refugees, he remains adamant that there is no evidence…

Development is a state of mind

“In this country, GDP per capita could hit $20,000 per year, and people would still think like backwards Latin American assholes.” The words from my Chilean friend shocked me. We were in the middle of a sophisticated, expensive meal in one of Santiago’s many hip new eateries, a Peruvian-fusion joint in the city’s poshest district.…

Candidate watch (updated)

We know Oswaldo Álvarez Paz is going to be competing in the opposition’s primary. We also know that Antonio Ledezma is gunning for it as well. In fact, there he is today, pleading for Un Nuevo Tiempo’s support. But what about the others? Starting now, we’re going to track the news for possible signs other candidates…

Dog-bites-man Chronicles

The BBC is shocked, shocked that in Cuba things don’t work. The New York Times is appalled, appalled that there is corruption at the highest levels of the petro-state. AFP shows its leftie bent, managing to weave a glowing headline for Chávez out of a story that, actually, says quite the opposite. These stories are kind…

STOP SHOUTING!

(Note: The following guest post, by longtime reader and fellow blogger Roberto Silvers, is an open letter offering some free political advice for Venezuela’s parliamentary opposition) by Roberto Silvers 23 March 2011 (Caracas) Honorable Opposition Deputies of the National Assembly of Venezuela – It is time for a strategy change. I have watched you closely for three…

Off-his-meds Chronicles (updated)

“It wouldn’t be strange to find out that Mars had a civilization, but then perhaps capitalism came, imperialism came, and laid the planet to waste.” Hugo Chávez today, showing that, on the Crazy Autocrat scale, from 0 to 1,000, he’s operating at about 700 miligaddaffis. Update: Here’s the video.

What do we stand for?

Este post está disponible en español. Venezuela’s National Assembly, our playhouse of populist political theater, sometimes – once in a blue moon – has to actually legislate. One of the issues currently being debated is a Reform of the Nourishment Law. But in the heat of the debate, like in a badly-edited Hollywood action flick,…

A fundamental unseriousness

If it had the slightest interest in such things, chavismo could build an honest, cogent, powerful case against international intervention in Libya. It could point out the thicket of contradictions that has led the United States to, at once, attack one Arab government (Libya) that is murdering its pro-democracy demonstrators while continuing to send weapons and…