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Nothing is free

Our pal Setty has a thoroughly researched, hugely important story on a little footnote in the PDVSA financials. It turns out that, long ago, PDVSA seized some ships from one of its partners, and yadda yadda yadda, Venezuelans lost $644 million. In minute detail, Setty goes through the job of untangling this particular ball of yarn. The…

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MUD-slinger

Ramón José Medina, MUD head-honcho and, inexplicably, also Víctor Vargas’ attorney, said in an interview with José Rafael Briceño that Leopoldo López “brought about jail for himself.” See the video above (in Spanish) and judge for yourself. This comes on the heels of Leopoldo writing a strong, heartfelt, handwritten letter to a Chilean academic, in which he…

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Lead, follow, or get out of the way

Henrique Capriles continues to confound observers. His latest? “This process of disqualifying [political rivals] is hurting the opposition, because it is opening wounds that will be very difficult to heal. I have never said that we have to wait until 2019; find the place where I said that. Don’t start creating opinions like these because…

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The underwhelming ascent of the pragmatists

The dust still hasn’t settled in the debate over where the government is headed, vis-a-vis economic policy. Some people think that #LaSalidaDeGiordani means more pragmatic days are coming. Rafael Ramírez himself has been teasing us about this nonstop, basically mouthing off against the very policies he helped implement and finance. And yet, on the actual…

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You say pleito, I say debate

Henrique Capriles had some harsh things to say about La Salida the other day. He said the wave of protests unleashed in February, which has since died down, only strengthened the government, and was rejected by a large majority of the population. He heavily criticized its proponents as out of touch with the needs of…

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I, blogger

This blog has existed for well over ten years. It has taken countless hours away from other activities from both us, the writers and editors, and you, the people who comment (particularly some of you … You know who you are). In spite of this, we keep doing it. We value this blog, and we believe…

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The BOB blogging awards

Yesterday I sat through my first blogging awards, an experience I found surprisingly inspiring. All the winners are worthy, but two of them are particularly worth visiting. Visualizing Palestine is a website that takes data from Israel and Palestine and weaves it into soaring graphics that actually tell a story. The skill with which they…

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A media landscape like no other

Venezuelans like to think that our country is like no other, that our issues are different than those in other countries. Chavismo is such a different beast, the quirks of our oil economy so idiosyncratic, we tend to believe that understanding Venezuela requires a distinct framework. I came to Bonn expecting to find that, in spite…

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Let’s wiki-audit PDVSA

Setty just posted a first-glance analysis of PDVSA’s audited financial statements for 2013. How about all you accountants, economists, and number geeks out there wiki the thing? Let’s see just how “pragmatic” Mr. Ramirez really is. If you have time, go through the thing and highlight the relevant aspects. Here’s hoping it makes for an interesting…

Global Media Forum

Caracas Chronicles in Deutschland

I’m delighted Caracas Chronicles has been invited by the German Embassy in Santiago and the Deutsche Welle to this year’s Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum. The theme of the Forum this year is particularly relevant for all of us in the blogging community, since it deals with the role of old and new media in this…

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Paging mayor Ledezma

This was a bad week for chavismo, with its internal struggles becoming more evident than ever. But Schadenfreude would feel a bit better … if our side wasn’t in such a state of disrepair. In that regard, I like this idea by Jean Maninat: the MUD folks should sit down and come up with a joint…

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It’s Rafa’s world

Whomever you choose to support in the current debate raging among Venezuelan economists (suggesting, by the way, that we economists need to tone it down and get out more), there is one thing we can all agree on: Rafael Ramírez is firmly in control of economic policy. This doesn’t mean he’s in control of the…