Where has all the powdered milk gone?

Powdered milk is essential in the average Venezuelan grocery list. For years, it has come and gone from supermarket shelves, same as other food products.  Perhaps, this report from the Colombian-Venezuelan border can offer some explanation. “62.000 kilograms of powdered milk were retained by the National Guard… …valued in one million 800 thousand bolivars, it is presumed…

Dieguito’s Way

Whenever the government tries to blame  the crime wave on a media-driven “feeling of insecurity”, I think of stories like this gut-wrenching case of a 12-year old kid in San Felix who terrorized his neighborhood. He was found shot dead underneath a bridge the other day. Dieguito was already known as a threat in several areas of San Felix……

OneChot shot

On August 2010, music artist OneChot released the song Rotten Town with a powerful music video. It went viral, and made him a subject of a criminal investigation. The lyrics describe the violence in Caracas. Today news broke that OneChot was shot during an attempted robbery last night, just hours before starting a new promotional tour around Venezuela. Latest reports say…

Can Capriles be Yeltsin?

We have heard nothing from the government on Chávez’s surgery, and again rumours are flying. As always, they are pretty bad for the Comandante: the more subdued ones talk of a 90-minute long exploratory laparotomy, the more far-out ones about metasthasis in various organs. These are all rumours, many of them likely untrue, so make…

Journalistic Malpractice: Wikibullshit Edition

Three months ago, a reporter (ahem, “intelligence officer” - same thing) comes home tipsy from a night out with a source and fires off an email to her editor (ahem, “handler” – again, same thing) relating a stream of unverifiable, unverified rumors of the kind everybody heard from one buddy or another in the last few months about Chávez’s…

Aquí Es Donde Están los Reales

Wondering where the zillions of dollars in petro-profits end up? They end up here, plugging financial holes in loss-making firms the state has no business owning. Chávez has “ordered the execution of the $403 million already assigned through the Chinese Fund to recuperate and modernize [state-owned aluminum maker] Alcasa, and approved a further $90.4 million…

After the primary

As public attention has shifted again to Chávez’s health, the succesful opposition primary still has some unresolved issues. Results in the two most important municipalities in Caracas (Libertador & Sucre) gave narrow victories for Ismael Garcia and Juan Carlos Caldera, both endorsed by Henrique Capriles Radonski. Both margins of victory were below 1 %. Both runner-ups,…

Another one writes the post

(A guest post by the gifted Raúl Stolk) After years of struggling with AIDS, Freddy Mercury died one November evening in 1991, and along with him, the musical project called Queen. Nobody can deny Freddy Mercury was Queen. Any efforts by guitarist Brian May to find a suitable replacement – one that would not sound…

Guilty Pleasure Chronicles

For years, I’ve been a lurker over on PanfletoNegro.com – the unique, anarkopunkish open-to-all-comers group blog that’s something like a Prodavinci for hipsters. It’s alternatively appalling and compelling (compalling?) – but nearly always fun. Today, I cracked and finally wrote a piece over there.