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.…