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Don’t trust your gut

Some people say that the best way to make decisions is to “trust your gut.” As political advice goes, we can do a lot worse. However, the danger for Venezuelans of both clans is that our gut is frequently wrong. As we face a rash of political persecution, now is a good time for a gut-check of…

Infodio

Banned in Caracas

A while back, our old comrade blogger Alek Boyd opened a blog called Infodio. In Alek’s trademark, no-holds-barred style, the site has become an indispensable source of information (some call it gossip, others slander) on the comings and goings of the boli-bourgeoisie. One particular fixation of the site is the so-called bolichicos, the young-ish “entrepreneurs” behind Derwick Associates, a firm…

No soap for you!!

Watch what happens when a Venezuelan woman tries to buy soap two days in a row. Turns out that, in Venezuela, you can indeed be too clean. Fancy scanners can’t hide the fact that rationing is rationing, and that it sucks.

Marvinia

All because of a broken fingernail

(A reader sends us this translation of an interview with Marvinia Jiménez that appeared in El Carabobeño, a Valencia daily, a few weeks ago. Marvinia was brutally attacked at a protest, and is now charged with assaulting an officer) From El Carabobeño: Marvinia Jimenez, who was born with low mobility in half her body, has…

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Give us the CNE

Dear UNASUR Foreign Ministers: Thank you for your interest in the Venezuelan conflict. Now that you helped make the OAS a veritable “circus,” we can start discussing the visit you agreed with the government, the one to help jump-start “dialogue” with the opposition. People in the opposition have nothing but contempt for most of you, but, you’re…

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Just win an election

Daniel Ceballos, the mayor of San Cristóbal, was arrested in Caracas tonight. The person confirming this was the Interior Minister. I suggest we allow a few moments to let this sink in… The Interior Minister is not in charge of the Prosecutor’s Office. In theory he doesn’t control the courts. But he puts people in…

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Four minutes with the students

If the students’ goal was to summarize their case, their rage, their energy, and their determination in four brief minutes in a Youtube video … mission accomplished. I don’t agree with all of the things in this video (particularly the stuff about the Russian military bases), but I still find it incredibly compelling. The voices…

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The roadmap, part IV: saving our way to prosperity

(This is the fourth part in a series of essays exploring the common policy choices made by high-growth countries, and what Venezuela needs to do to implement them. The motivation for the series can be found here. In Part II, I tackled the importance of inserting Venezuela into the global economy. In Part III, Quico…