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Lessons from the Cuban snow job

It is too soon to tell just what the recent détente between the US and Cuba will produce, but there are already a few lessons the folks currently governing in Caracas can take from it. The first is that the announcement creates the first real gap between Caracas and Havana in years. As Quico rightly pointed out yesterday,…

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Live-blogging the Cuban thaw-mageddon

The decades-old feud between the US and Cuba is coming to an end. After exchanging political prisoners – one Alan Gross in exchage for three Cubans held in the US – Presidents Obama and Castro will make major announcements today. Sources are confirming they will announce the end a major easing of the embargo, and future diplomatic relations…

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A threat, but only in theory

The US Congress has passed a law asking for sanctions against Venezuelan human rights violators. President Obama is expected to sign it. So you will hear a lot in the coming days about “imperialism,” about how the US is looking to overthrow the Venezuelan revolution, and about how our number one trading partner will “never get their hands on…

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Chaos and the Left

There’s a certain tendency among conservatives to see the macroeconomic chaos Venezuela is experiencing as the inevitable result of radical leftist government. But this must be one of the easier fallacies to refute: Latin America is peppered with radical leftist governments that are chipping away at democracy in a context of macroeconomic order and growing prosperity. Prof.…

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The Castillian horse

This article by Spain’s El País is a bombshell. In a secret report, Venezuelan ambassador to Spain Mario Isea talks about the opportunity chavismo has in Podemos, the upstart party that is leading in the polls in Spain. That Podemos is Spain’s version of chavismo is no news. That the memo, part of a presentation…

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Bye-bye Landrieu

Perhaps you remember U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu from Louisiana? You know, the one who blocked the bill to impose sanctions to certain members of the Venezuelan government because Citgo asked her to do so back in August? Well, she lost her re-election bid this weekend to Congressman Bill Cassidy. She lost badly. After 18 years,…