Maduro desde mi corazon

The longest election

One year ago today, Nicolás Maduro was elected President of Venezuela. One year ago, Henrique Capriles was elected President of Venezuela, and Nicolás Maduro stole the election. It’s safe to say that each and every Venezuelan believes one of those two things. Venezuela’s drama is that each one of the camps of believers is extremely large. With…

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Painting the Grey Lady Rojo Rojito

So did you hear the one about the tinpot dictator who wrote an OpEd in the New York Times? Maduro’s inaugural romp in what is arguably the world’s newspaper is filled with the usual half-baked, SIBCI-tested propaganda that’s been shoved down our throats in hundreds of cadenas over recent months: the protests are violent, they are tiny, and…

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Notes on the Venezuelan Media Blackout

In a recent nationwide broadcast of a Peace Summit between the Government and some opposition people (none of the actors involved in the current crisis attended), Venevisión’s Carlos Bardasano, speaking on behalf of private media, gave a brief speech: “I believe everything has been said, you can count on the private media to help build…

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The quotable revolution

(A guest post by friend-of-the-blog Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez) It’s amazing how little of the truly delicious ridiculousness spouted by the regime’s members gets noticed abroad, isn’t it?  Since the death of Chávez, whose personal musings regarding, say, Martian economics or eau de azufre, would sporadically find their way into international news, today equally delectable morsels cooked up by his…

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Someone better call Guinness…

…because it looks like we have a new world record for the most State Vice-Ministries. Nicolas Maduro has decided to reform the government in more ways than one. Besides the seven cabinet changes announced last week (none of them newsworthy), he also rearranged the entire structure of deputy ministers by decree. The result: 111 Vice-Ministers,…

Cadena-o-meter

In the last 15 years, the cadena nacional has become part of the daily programming in free-to-air radio and television. This year more so, what with the situation regarding the health of the Hugo Chávez, his passing, the week of mourning that followed, the 14-A and 8-D elections, and of course the first eight and…

Things that are missing in this election

Where is the “love” campaign? (Well, there’s this, but it’s the exception rather than the norm) Why isn’t Maduro out rallying with his candidates? Where are the opposition ads? Why are there so few polls out there? Why doesn’t the government realize that the last time we went into an election with this level of…

Why vote?

We’ve all heard it: we need to go out and vote on December 8th. But why? What difference will it make if your mayor is red or blue? The answer is: it won’t. With all due respect to the hard-working folks at several of our most important municipalities, the era of innovative public policies at…

Dear Nicolás

(An open letter to Nicolás Maduro, courtesy of reader and sometime guest blogger Aquiles LaGrave) Dear Nicolás As a college student, I worked as a plumber to help supplement my income and buy beer for my friends. I got the job not thanks to merit, but because a well-meaning friend put me up to it,…

Breaking down Maduro-nomics

Maduro. Sunday night: “I have decided, once the Enabling Law is approved, to set percentage limits on earnings in every sector of the economy” Really Nicolás? Every sector? How long is that going to take? Do you even know how many sectors there are? Are you going to apply the same blanket percentage to everything?…

Meanwhile, back at the farm

Amidst the typhoon of crazy we have had to suffer courtesy of Nicolás Maduro, we haven’t even had time to discuss this more deeply: Maduro has ordered anti-aircraft weapons to be placed in Caracas’ hillside slums. Human shields, anyone? It’s clear this – if it gets done, big if – is not intended for the…