cascos de guayaba

Sobremesa chronicles

(This week I am starting a new Caracas Chronicles column: the weekly Friday-afternoon-suggestion-for-a-controversial-conversation-topic-over-Sunday-lunch post.  Many extended Venezuelan families get together around the lunch table on Sundays, and after the meal is done, they engage in the “sobremesa,” a sacred Venezuelan tradition where people have dessert, drink coffee, chat, gossip, and generally bitch about the government. The sobremesa is…

Musical Chairs

Deconstructing Capriles

(Apologies for the source of the above video, it was the only version available on YouTube) The bloggers of Caracas Chronicles held a cyber-conversation on today’s announcement by Henrique Capriles, where he abandoned infighting within the opposition and called for unity together with increased street pressure on the government. Juan C: So … main takeaways? To…

Standing in line

Sounds like a whisper

Remember 1991? Back then, you heard about signs of trouble from several quarters. One day it was an important intellectual such as Arturo Uslar Pietri warning about a coup, the next day it was a political operative saying the government needed to do this or that if it was to survive. We all know how the story…

Colas Unicasa

Global crisis, personal impact

Over at the Transitions blog, I tried to convey how the oil crisis is hurting ordinary people in Venezuela. Here is the main point I was going for by using snippets of stories from people I know: The Venezuelan crisis affects everyone, but to varying degrees. There are still plenty of wealthy people in the country, many…

Maduro bufanda

Maduro-in-China

After Richard Nixon went to China, historians began coining the phrase “Nixon in China” or “Nixon goes to China” to signal an unexpected shift by an ideological politician who decides to embrace and engage a foe. After this week’s calamitous visit to China, where he came away empty handed, we should coin the term “Maduro in China”…

Halvorssen

Regarding Henry

(Disclaimer: A few weeks ago, AD leader Henry Ramos Allup wrote a stinging op-ed claiming that some overseas bloggers were supposedly part of a “disgusting dirty war laboratory” looking to defame certain sectors of the opposition. The whole thing is demeaning – full of baseless allegations, innuendo, and even homophobic slurs. Without naming them, we all knew…