2011 in review…

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for Caracas Chronicles. Here’s an excerpt: London Olympic Stadium holds 80,000 people. This blog was viewed about 650,000 times in 2011. If it were competing at London Olympic Stadium, it would take about 8 sold-out events for that many people to see it. Click here…

Full Confidence

Venezuela’s official condolences to the DPRK on the loss of their capital-L Leader were a bit underwhelming. Sure, Chávez’s expression of “full confidence” that the tinpottiest of all the tinpot dictatorships will lead its people to prosperity is galling in its own way. But what we didn’t get is what I’ve been expecting for quite…

“A city with wartime levels of violence but no war.”

Dorothy Kronick strikes again. First this, now this all-too-rare-in-foreign-media meditation on just how weird Venezuela’s urban violence epidemic is, with bloodletting on a scale normally associated with war spreading despite the absence of identifiable warring factions. Personally, though, I think Kevin Ávila-style thug eruptions like the ones at UCV last week aren’t the best way to illustrate…

Hitchens on Hugo

Christopher Hitchens is dead. Love him or hate him, man, did he have a way with words. His excoriation of Hugo Chávez is something to remember, well worth re-visiting. The money quote, in an article chock-full of them: “… there is film of the Americans landing on the moon,” [Chávez] scoffed. “Does that mean the…

PISA-tarios

In case you did not know, the government of Miranda recently applied the PISA educational quality test to students in its schools. Longtime reader and commenter Kepler has just informed me that the results from the test are in. His post on the subject is well worth a look.