CAdivi

Enabled to Destroy [UPDATED]

Twenty Four hours before the Enabling Act expired Nicolas Maduro signed 28 new laws to “diversify and secure the economic growth of 2015.” Let us rewind to one year ago, when the Venezuelan National Assembly, thanks to the (gerrymandered) chavista majority, issued an all powerful Enabling Act to “enable” president Maduro with legislative super powers to enact laws without…

Policy POlitics

Divide and conquer

(This is a guest post by longtime reader Sasha Ojeda Mendoza, a Dutch-Venezuelan political scientist and blogger based in Amsterdam. Take it away, Sasha.) Entrenched politics and how to fail at self-reflection There is a long-standing consensus that chavismo will eventually collapse under its own weight – the economic situation making this scenario more and…

Federer of Switzerland hits return to Djokovic of Serbia in their semi-final match of the Paris Masters tennis tournament in Paris

Still Two Sets To Go, Quico

(This is a guest post by a long time reader, MacPapas Medianas, who is writing from the second floor of what was once the highest grossing McDonalds in Latin America — a.k.a., el McDonalds de La Castellana). The consensus in the opposition is that the Venezuelan government is full of incapable bureaucrats who are steering…

Facho

1-800-SNITCH

We dangle the word “Facho” (slang for fascist) quite easily. It’s a quick way to refer to certain individuals in the government who act as - how to put it nicely? - psychotic bullies. Sometimes, the term just fits. From the top of my head, some examples of chavista facho moments:  Chávez firing thousands of workers from PDVSA during his live TV…