ibsen-martinez

Telenovela politics, by @SimpataXKingKon

Ibsen Martínez is a Venezuelan playwright and essayist who needs no introductions. His latest OpEd for the New York Times links the Spear murders, telenovela productions, Teodoro Petkoff, and scarcity to paint a smorgasbord of the surreal reality of Venezuela’s TV industry. The money quote: This violence seems far away from the sleek air-conditioned studios where our telenovela…

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On a wing and a prayer

The ongoing saga between international airlines and the Venezuelan government continues. Just when you thought airlines were going to get their money, the government is now suggesting they will only get paid in part, and at a much higher rate than previously thought. According to El Mundo, the government is playing hard ball as usual,…

dialogo

Show up, save face, and enjoy the canapés

  Memo to Maria Corina, Ledezma, and the rest of the Intransigents: who ever said that sitting down and talking with the government meant abandoning the streets? Can’t we do both things? The Israelis and the Palestinians have always sat down while their forces on the ground were doing their thing. It’s the way conflicts…

guarimbas

Should protests end? Polls suggest so (Updated)

Two recent polls from opposing pollsters (one leans chavista, the other leans opposition) suggest patience with the protests is wearing thin. IVAD, a local pollster that has long leaned towards the government, says that roughly half of Venezuelans want the protests to stop, and this figure is slightly higher than those that agree with the protests. On the other…

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Violence on campus, by @Naky

Chavistas love to repeat the tired old canard that the protest movements are “contained,” and “limited” to well-to do areas of Caracas. Just yesterday, the President was boasting in the New York Times that the protests “have received no support in poor and working-class neighborhoods.” What they deliberately fail to mention is the tiny fact that opposition protests in…

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The eight-hundred-and-seventeen-car-per-month economy

Our friends over at the Latin American Herald Tribune have an alarming article on Venezuela’s squalid car market. GM has written down $400 million from its books, courtesy of Maduro’s “non-devaluation,” which wiped out their profits for the entire sub-continent … and then some. Ford also saw their profits in the region wiped out by the government’s…

PUBLICIDAD POLÍTICA A UN DÍA DE ELECCIONES PRIMARIAS EN VENEZUELA

Political rape

Last night, Venezuela’s Supreme Tribunal said that, indeed, Maria Corina Machado’s expulsion from the National Assembly could stand. On its own, this shouldn’t seem so shocking - chavismo has created a habit of kicking people out of Parliament, out of city hall, and out of politics altogether. But Maria Corina is no Richard Mardo, and she…

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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.