Leopoldo 2002

Leopoldo in depth

This Foreign Policy piece by Roberto Lovato has gotten a bit of pushback because for its less-than-rosy account of the public persona of Leopoldo López. And, in particular, for its cryptochavista fixation with the events of April, 2002. Putting that aside, though, it’s an accomplished, in-depth look at López’s life and career – where he grew up, who his…

Telenovela Adentro

Inside soaps

One of the perks of writing the blog is that I get to meet and interact with interesting people I wouldn’t normally associate with – both in the comments section, and outside of it. Case in point: a few months ago I got the chance to spend some time with Carolina Acosta-Alzuru, a professor of Communication Studies…

Venezuela commercials

Cheap labor “a la criolla”

Clímax magazine, one of Venezuela’s new crop of online media outlets, has an excellent story on how Venezuela has become a haven for cheap labor. Now, if you read The Economist and other rankings, you might think that Caracas is the most expensive city in the Americas. In fact, that’s what the headlines read a…

PUDREVAL

Desmadre

Venezuela has always been corrupt – at least ever since I’ve been around. But it seems as if corruption has exploded in the last year, or two. If we are to go by the outlandish stories one hears, then whatever you might have thought about corruption a few years ago is now peanuts. One of…