We also have compulsory government advertising on TV here…

…it’s just ever so slightly different in tone from what you get in Venezuela: Just to be clear: governments do of course have a legitimate need to communicate with the people on certain issues now and then. In proper democracies, that communication is purely informational, scrupulously apolitical, and unambiguously about the thing it purports to…

Doing Rather Well

Remember this? Yup…two months ago Dan Rather told us president Chávez would be dead by now. Ermmmmm…is it maybe time put in another call to that highly respected source of yours for an update, Dan? It’s funny how all the air has gone out of the cancer story. Chávez may well be dying, but he…

Got coke?

Guess which country handles in transit 24% of the cocaine that passes through South America? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?

Another poll shows the gap is closing

Until today, I had never heard of Encuestadora 6to Poder Datos. I had heard of Datos, alright, easily the most secretive but one of the best regarded pollsters in Venezuela. But this one didn’t ring a bell. Then I used The Google and found out it is headed by Eugenio Escuela, who has been running…

Live-blogging the Facebook forum

Henrique Capriles is having a Facebook online forum tonight. Details here. We’re live-blogging the thing… 8:23 – Wrapping up, it felt oddly like one of those Primary season debates, only shorn of all of the cranks and obsessives. Practice makes perfect, and Capriles has gotten a lot better at this sort of thing. His central message…

Maduro’s Prestige-o-meter

So according to Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro, the Inter-American Court on Human Rights‘s prestige is in a state of catastrophic collapse. The Syrian government, though? They’re peaches. [Highlights - or rather, lowlights - from HRW's November 2011 report on the crackdown on Homs after the break...]

El Amo del Uncanny Valley

S-Bol’s 229th birthday won’t be an ordinary one. Right in the middle of the presidential campaign, the Chavernment will use it to push its electoral narrative while continue the adaptation of our history to its ideological purposes. First, a new state-of-the-art computer reconstruction of Bolivar’s face has just been unveiled. Turns out the Libertador was,…

The Opposite of Bolivarianism

On S-Bol’s not-so-happy 229th, I’d like to make a rather obvious but not-often-enough-stated point that came to mind reading AUP’s eye-opening Godos, Insurgentes y Visionarios: if Hugo Chávez has a legitimate claim to being the reincarnation of an independence era figure, that figure sure isn’t Bolívar. Because, let’s be clear, the First Republic was a rebellion…

The original paper by Luis Oliveros and Domingo Sifontes

On the cost of the gasoline subsidy from SIC can be downloaded here – courtesy of GEHA and a scanner. (Don’t worry, the PDF is virus-free.) (No idea what this is about? Check out the controversy in the previous thread.) To my mind, Juan’s criticism is right. Oliveros and Sifontes do a pretty good job…