ninguno

Our horrible candidates are our only hope

The date for the Parliamentary elections has not been announced, but for the sake of argument, let’s say the CNE will follow the law and hold them this year. If that assumption holds, we’re getting closer and closer to another election in Venezuela. As the date nears, we’ve begun hearing the same voices we always hear, saying…

PlanPais

Austin time

I’m thrilled to have been invited to be a moderator at the Plan País Conference in Austin, Texas this weekend. Plan País is a yearly conference in which Venezuelan students in the US get together with older people such as myself to discuss solutions to the various issues surrounding our country. The organizers have kindly asked me to talk…

Mineria-oro

Mining for news

Don’t miss Efecto Cocuyo’s take on illegal mining in Venezuela’s South. Thanks to intrepid reporters working for Discovery Max, we can witness the devastation that illegal mining is causing in the region. And when we say “illegal,” we don’t mean “undocumented immigrants” or “garimpeiros.” We mean hard-core, armed criminal gangs working in cahoots with the Venezuelan military in…

Pan y Agua

Sobremesa Chronicles

Venezuela has fifteen official holidays, not counting the rest of Holy Week (only Thursday and Friday are official holidays). On top of this, Venezuelans spend countless hours outside of work – either in traffic, or standing in line waiting to buy stuff. This is just too much. One of the things any sensible government will need…

Little-mermaid-ariel-signing-contract

Your signature or your life

A few years ago, Hugo Chávez enacted one of his most vile yet brutally effective political strategies: the Lista Tascón. When the opposition began collecting signatures to recall his mandate in 2003, Chávez demanded that each and every signature be counted and verified by the Electoral Council, the CNE. They proceeded to do just that, with…