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The Animal Farmification of Venezuelan Politics

Corporate jets owned by a Venezuelan State oil company are being abused by regime cronies to take their families on pleasure trips to Colorado, Hawaii, Australia, Paris, Bilbao and other destinations. El Nacional’s Maru Morales and Hernán (a.k.a. Ñapi, a.k.a. Victoria de Mierda) Lugo-Galicia have the somehow simultaneously shocking and not-even-a-little-bit-surprising details. The déjà poo (“I’m sure…

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The A-to-Z of Violating María Corina Machado’s Rights

Chavismo’s animus against Maria Corina Machado, the leading democracy activist who was indicted on  trumped-up charges of “conspiracy” today, has reached farcical extremes. Today, attention was focused on whether she would be jailed – she won’t be quite yet. Nonetheless, the torrent of abuse she’s faced these last few years is extraordinary. Consider. Since 2010, María Corina Machado has been…

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What if it’s Diosdado who’s vetoing devaluation?

2014 will be remembered as the Year of the Shortage. In Venezuela these days you need a prescription to buy acetominophen, a birth certificate to buy diapers, and six hours out of your Saturday standing in line to buy some cooking oil. The macroeconomic chaos the country has reached has made it uncontroversial to describe…

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Still Two Sets To Go, Quico

(This is a guest post by a long time reader, MacPapas Medianas, who is writing from the second floor of what was once the highest grossing McDonalds in Latin America — a.k.a., el McDonalds de La Castellana). The consensus in the opposition is that the Venezuelan government is full of incapable bureaucrats who are steering…

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Game, Set, Match…Default

Write it down: November 12th is the day the Great Venezuelan Default Debate of 2013-2014 effectively ended. In a research note circulated this morning to Bank of America clients, Francisco Rodríguez concludes that the Venezuelan state is now so disorganized and chaotic, and it has so little capacity to process and tackle complex problems, that…