The crusade of Victor Martínez

Years ago, Victor Martínez was one of the most important members in Lara’s state legislature. Elected as a chavista, he split from the PSUV in 2008 after serious differences with their regional leadership and specially, with former Governor Luis Reyes Reyes. A year later, his life changed. His son Mijail, a human rights activist, was murdered. The crime…

For those of you keeping score at home…

It’s entirely academic at this point, but for those of you keeping score at home: president Chávez has once again brazenly, directly violated the 1999 constitution with the newly unveiled reforms to the Organic Law on the Financial Management of the Public Sector. In direct contradiction to the mandate in Article 312 of the 1999…

The Datanalisis Poll in Full

Slides! Slides! Piping hot Datanalisis slides! Get your slides right here! (link now fixed – oops!) FWIW, Datanalisis also has HCR beating the panoply of imaginable dauphins, though by smaller margins:

Explaining Shortages

Spend a semester in an introductory economics course and the link between price controls and scarcity becomes perfectly clear to you. Thing is, 99% of the population won’t spend a semester studying economics. So…¿cómo se hace? Maybe like this… or like this…

Chavez doesn’t let facts ruin a good excuse

Hugo Chavez finally spoke about crime and insecurity from Havana, just because of the latest recommendations of the U.S. State Departament for those travelling to Venezuela. His response: We’re ain’t that bad, compared to the U.S.A. But wait, the crime rate in America is the lowest in 20 years. Good for Americans, bad for Chávez.…

What on earth does Pablo Pérez think he’s doing?

In a shockingly ham-fisted move, Pablo Pérez’s announced earlier today that the opposition is in talks with a number of chavista governors, including those in Trujillo, Mérida, Bolívar and Yaracuy, to get them to switch their allegiance to Capriles. It’s just obvious to me that this isn’t something you can talk about until you have a done…

Repeat After Me: Normal People Hate Politics

Just a note on the recent spate of apparently contradictory polls. We’re seven months out from the election and, this far out, it’s only a tiny sliver of the population that’s paying any attention at all to the presidential election. This truism is a function of a broader, deeper reality, one that political junkies like…

Look what you’ve done

A few days ago, we held our first Caracas Chronicles fundraiser for Petare’s Escuela Oropeza. Thanks to your generous help, we raised our goal in just a few hours. Last weekend, three readers (Federico Ortega, Roberto Mateu, and Rodrigo Linares, thank you!) went to Epa! hardware store with Assistant Principal Cristina Castro and Shop Teacher…

Nobody said it would be easy

Bloomberg (again, kudos Corina and Daniel) is reporting the latest Datanálisis numbers. Datanálisis, as you know, is one of the two pollsters Caracas Chronicles trusts on Venezuela. Datanálisis has Chávez leading Capriles by 13 percentage points, 44 to 31. When sampling likely voters, the numbers are 48 to 35. It’s worth pointing out that Datanálisis…

Lysenko Chronicles

Are you a young scientist? Want a go at a Fundayacucho Scholarship to study abroad? Better make sure you’re wearing the right colored T-Shirt. I realize there’s nothing new here…but there’s still something shocking about seeing it in a web-form. [Hat Tip: GNM]

Clear as Ditchwater

We’re now on week four or five of a relentless national debate about drinking water quality in Venezuela. Everybody, but everybody, has heard the stories about drinking water being unsafe not only in Monagas but throughout the Lago de Valencia watershed. Now, ask yourself this: Can you describe what, specifically, is wrong with the water in…

Silencing Dissent 101

Here’s how the big boys do it: Declare that voicing a legitimate public concern is an act of terrorism. Have the highest authority in the land endorse this theory. Have key institutions proceed inmediately against the evil-doers. Order the media to face up to their “responsibility”. Have a court order rubber stamp your request. Threaten vague “possible…