Luisa Estela Morales, Space Cadet

The chairwoman of our Supreme Tribunal has found herself a new priority: Protecting Venezuelan outer space. “The ultraterrestrial space is one of the aspects established in our Constitution as an important element of the general concept of sovereignty…It’s a commitment and an obligation for us to investigate and promote the development of Space Law…this will…

Mercosur Musical Chairs: Paraguay Out, Venezuela In (and it makes zero difference…)

Well, that didn’t take long: in the wake of Fernando Lugo’s quickie impeachment, Mercosur has suspended Paraguay’s membership in the trade block…which, magically, removed the one big obstacle remaining to Venezuela’s accession, allowing Venezuela to become a full member. Politically, it’s a rich prize: signing onto a customs union with Chávez’s Southern Cone ideological fellow-travellers…

Necronepotism Chronicles

I mean no disrespect at all to a brave and illustrious lady whose only misfortune was to beget an oligophrenic child but…is there any imaginable justification for a 103-year old’s death to be given the full Mandela treatment for an entire week in El Nacional other than, y’know, the blindingly obvious?

MAD-uro

This one is flying sort of under the radar screen: turns out that in the wake of Fernando Lugo’s impeachment in Paraguay, Venezuelan foreign minister (and aspiring dauphin) Nicolás Maduro was in Asunción, where he took the opportunity to more-or-less openly pressure the nation’s military to stage a coup to bring Lugo back. Which just…

The Polling in Perspective

Over on his excellent Venezuelan Poll Nerd blog, YV Polis,  political scientist Iñaki Sagarzazu puts the latest C21 numbers in perspective. The real take-away from me, is in his last slide: Yes, Chávez leads Capriles in almost all recent polls, but there’s a big split between some fly-by-night, Johnny-Come-Lately or plain-old-fake pollsters, and more established polling…

You loved hearing it here first

Consultores 21′s June poll has Chávez on 47.9% and Henrique Capriles on 44.5%, well within the margin of error. Standard disclaimers apply: like all polls, this is  a snapshot of public opinion at the time the question was asked, not a crystal-ball/clairvoyant prediction about what will happen in October. Still, they asked the question, and that’s…