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…