The Pablo Principle

Your top general, one who has vowed that the Armed Forces would resist any non-chavista government, stands accused of drug smuggling. So if you’re Hugo Chávez, what do you do about it? Why … you name him Defense Minister, of course! You see, in Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela, the closer your possible links to criminal activities,…

Nurses ¡Sí! Aluminum-lined Moneypits ¡No!

Honestly, Juan, I think you’re malversando your outrage, spending-wise. If you really want to get your fiscal responsibility juices flowing, forget about the pay settlement for nurses and chew on this for a while: Alcasa is going cap-in-hand to hit up the government for Bs.23 million. To meet payroll. This month! What a fucking surprise!…

Candidate Watch: Where they stand

The opposition campaign for the 2012 Presidential election is going to heat up faster than an overworked Planta Centro generator. To help guide the discussion, we thought it would be fun to break the field down for you, as it currently stands. First Tier Henrique Capriles Primero Justicia, Governor of Miranda Pro: Smart, disciplined politician.…

Candidate Watch: Look Who’s Coming to Rio

So, guess who raids Caracas Chronicles for her travel schedule? Just days after we highlight Rio’s innovative barrio pacification strategy, MCM surfaces alongside Rio’s police chief, Marta Rocha. Coincidence? Almost certainly. And yet… For my money, the most interesting bit of the N24 write-up on this is the Photo Credit: “Foto: Prensa María Corina Machado”.…

Marquise de Sader

Now that chavista Health Minister Eugenia Sader has shown the nation that sewing your lips, bleeding on the flag, going without food for 38 days, and crucifying yourself can land you a pay raise of upwards of 150%, the question we ask ourselves is: who is next? What grotesque spectacle will result from the government’s…

Check (Updated)

The Carabobo newspaper Notitarde is citing unnamed sources as saying Venezuela’s Electoral Council is considering holding the Presidential elections in July or August of next year. In the case of July, it would leave the opposition’s candidate (supposed to be elected in a February 2012 primary) all of five months to campaign. The MUD has…

The INE Household Survey: Have It!

So, our volunteer-led effort to pave the way for a Conditional Cash Transfer program for Venezuela is really getting going now. It’s exciting! Yesterday, courtesy of some amazing volunteers, we got our hands on the latest version (1st Half of 2010) of INE’s Household Survey in Stata format. This, I think, will be the main…