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Ration Card Now

Estimado Nicolás, No te preocupes, no te voy a ladillar más con la cantaleta de siempre: que si que hay que unificar el tipo de cambio, que si que hay que liberar los precios, que si la oferta y la demanda, que si el pato y la guacharaca. Sé que te ladilla, y además sé…

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Your Christmas Turd, courtesy of Diosdado Cabello and TSJ

While you were busy making hallacas – or, more realistically, standing in line for ingredients to make hallacas – Diosdado Cabello just laid the most enormous turd under the tree. With an assist from TSJ, Diosdado just rammed three regime apparatchiks into the three jobs the constitution is most emphatic in saying no regime apparatchik should ever come near.…

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Trolling the Kremlinologists?

On any normal day, Diosdado Cabello penning a lie-filled Op-Ed for The New York Times about Venezuela’s human rights record would have been the big story. But today was so crazy, the only bit of his Op-Ed anyone will remember will be the third-to-last paragraph. It took me a third reading to get it, and I think…

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The Intelligence Blunder of the Decade

Cuba and the U.S. spent a year and a half secretly negotiating the normalization in their diplomatic relations through a Canadian back-channel. A year. And a half. Still, when it was announced this morning, the Venezuelan state seemed caught totally off-guard. State media went into deer-in-the-headlights panic mode, defaulting to silence for hours on end while…

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The Precise Instant Everything Went to Hell

It’s a luxury, really: not that many countries are able to pinpoint the exact moment when the wheels came off their economic institutions and macro-chaos became inevitable. We can. It happened on November 9th, 2003, during Aló Presidente #171: Esta es mi discusión con el Banco Central y yo quiero hacerla pública porque tengo tres meses en esto…