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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…

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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…

Jean-Maninat

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…

With this finger, I control your destiny

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…

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García Mora vs. F-Rod

Quico has been talking about how Bank of America’s chief Venezuela economist (and friend of the blog) Francisco Rodríguez sees the economy. In a nutshell, F-Rod believes an adjustment is well under way, one that will allow the government to survive financially in the medium term. If the market has yet to internalize this, then this is…

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Oswald walks

Imagine the scene at the Dallas Police Station, November 22nd, 1963. A man is captured in a movie theater and brought into custody, a man named Lee Harvey Oswald. The President of the United States has been murdered a few miles away. Imagine then, in this parallel universe, the Dallas police department deciding that Oswald can go home. In…

Henri-Falcon

Building the perfect leader

Leopoldo López is a smart, visionary guy. Maria Corina Machado is fearless, eloquent, a political megastar. Henrique Capriles has great name recognition, and he is a master at building consensus. It’s too bad we can’t have someone who combines all three features. I thought about this as I learned the latest development in the tentative steps toward a…

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Chao-taing

Luis Chataing is a popular late-night TV host and comedian. His show was usually light on politics - while Chataing was clearly pro-opposition, his was not an overly political broadcast. His interviews were usually with opposition politicians, but they were mostly light-hearted. Today his show got cancelled. Chataing claims it was due to government pressure. The video above, showing…

Lopez Ramo Verde

A major leak

Ever since he turned himself in, Venezuelans had not seen or heard from Leopoldo López. The nation’s most visible political prisoner was made … invisible, thanks to the government’s iron discipline. Today, that discipline cracked just a little bit. A clandestine interview, accompanied by pictures of a bearded López in the dungeon, made their way…

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¿Te acuerdas, Quico?

El 10 de enero del año pasado, en Venezuela ocurrió una infamia. Un Presidente electo gravemente enfermo no pudo asistir a su toma de posesión, y contra toda lógica, en un atentado más contra la Constitución y el Estado de Derecho, se permitió una “toma de posesión” simbólica que permitió que Nicolás Maduro gobernase sin…

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El Gordo Bayón

Yorman Márquez, aka El Gordo Bayón, was gunned down a few days ago. His story is like a micro-cosm of chavista Venezuela – union leader, alleged murderer, ex-con, high-level political operative, victim. Read it and weep. (HT: OB)  

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Let’s wiki the Labor Law

“It used to be simple,” my friend Armando is telling me. “I used to be able to play around with the shifts depending on the changes in demand. Sometimes, when I had the pizzeria, there were two good days followed by three bad days. Knowing those were coming, I could ask my guys to either…