The ugly face of the Latin Left

How Low Can You Go?

Sometimes, it feels like the Maduro Era is just a showcase of human misery, a dismal display case for the absolute friggin’ worst this benighted species has to offer. The last few days have provided not one, not two but three stomach-churning examples, each more shocking than the last. First, consider the morally bankrupt embarrassment that once – long ago…

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Annals of Lede-Burial: China Development Bank Edition

Today, the Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece on China Development Bank’s ballooning, questionably-performing Venezuela engagement with Hugoslavia: $37 billion in loans that may or may not end up getting repaid, some 14% of its foreign currency loans. Yikes. Sure, CDB is state-owned, so it would almost certainly get bailed out rather than collapse if…

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The Strange and Wonderful World of Jim Luers

So a lot has been happening in the strange and wonderful world of Jim Luers since we last checked in on him. Our criollo Tyler Durden, who claims to be both a White House Spokesman and an FBI Agent, and gives every sign of being a dyed-in-the-wool chavista, has turned up on the evening news in France, the radio in Belgium and…

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Something Obvious that Needed to be Said

Sometimes, the self-evident gets lost in the melée of day-to-day politicking. Sometimes, stating those (on reflection, perfectly obvious) things is important. Vital. Sometimes, saying obvious things out loud is the biggest contribution a politician can make. So Gustavo Tarre gets big props from me for this perfectly obvious observation: of course the opposition has a program. La…

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Public Life: The Nth Casualty

What will have a bigger impact on the lives of Venezuelans over the next, say, two to five years? The parliamentary elections slated for later this year, or whatever was said behind closed doors between Thomas Shannon and Diosdado Cabello in Haiti this weekend? That’s the question that kept gnawing at me as I stared at…

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Economic war (a real one)

What do you call it when a country throws its military assets behind a campaign to bully and intimidate a much smaller, poorer neighbour for the purpose of spooking away foreign investors and preventing it from carrying out strategic investments? If the words “Economic War” are to mean anything, shouldn’t they mean that? This post is a call…

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Three left-wing dudes, chillin’…

Look, I get it: Picking out any one bit of insanity appearing on Venezuelan State Propaganda and singling it out for special opprobium is kind of an artificial exercise. Yet I can’t help but feel that even by the deranged, psychopath-on-ketamine editorial standards of SiBCI, the campaign of character assassination unleashed against former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe González these last few…