Rule of lawlessness

If the previous post wasn’t enough, there is a newly released report that confirms this fact: We don’t like laws very much. The Rule of Law Index 2012 (made by the  NGO World Justice Project) finds that Venezuela isn’t just the worst law-abider in Latin America. We’re also rock bottom in government transparency, regulatory enforcement…

Cúcuta Chronicles

A gringo crosses the border. A guest post from Jonathan Pfaehler. The Colombo-Venezuelan border is a two-faced, majestic beauty burdened by the protracted armed conflict in Colombia, the massive drug trade, and the illegal armed groups that enter and leave both countries as if there were no immigrations controls in a European-like fashion. The palm…

UN: Poverty went up in Venezuela

So says the United Nations Economic Comission on Latin America (ECLAC, or CEPAL for Spanish speakers). The caveat: they are talking about 2010-2011., and the rise was modest. Still, the findings make a punchy headline. Full report is here.

16-D Races to Watch: Bolívar

Four years ago, the largest state in the country was proof of how internal division can doom the opposition’s chances. Now, history repeats itself, but it’s chavismo suffering from squabbles. Chavismo believes the result of last October still gives them hope of retaining the State governorship, but the split in their ranks could give a…

Great reading for the day

Don’t miss this reportage by the supremely talented Maye Primera (in Spanish), an excerpt of an upcoming book, courtesy of Prodavinci. It’s about the deaths in the Retén de Catia twenty years ago. It’s sad to see that impunity lives on, in spite of chavismo’s empty promises. And … on a slightly lighter note (!),…