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Ventura aces it

I’m late discovering Marcel Ventura’s work (here is his stuff for Prodavinci) but … what a stylish writer. His latest for The Daily Beast – on the military, drugs, and how it all gels together in a government he somehow stops short of calling a narco-state - is a keeper. The money quote: “According to every reliable poll, Maduro…

The FT rings the alarm bells

The folks at the FT are worried. Very worried. Two money quotes, given their annoying firewalls: “In a report last week which was otherwise bullish on supplies, analysts at Citigroup called Venezuela “probably the biggest bull risk to the oil market in 2014 outside of the MENA [Middle East and north Africa] region.” “The current…

A new kind of draft

Recluta… there’s a word that brings memories. (In most, if not all cases, not happy ones). For a country that’s gone over 150 years without a proper shootin’ war, the need for a military draft is a little hard to understand, and yet we’ve had one for as long as anyone can remember. My dad…

The military diversifies its portfolio

Defense Minister Adm. Carmen Meléndez announced yesterday the creation of new military enterprises, including a bank and companies dedicated to transport and agriculture. But the biggest news was the launch of a new TV channel for the Armed Forces (to be called TV-FAN), to by carried by DTT and cable TV, because the Minister says…

More goons, please

Violence in Caracas reached new highs in April, and the numbers so far from May aren’t much better. Given this scenario, Nicolás Maduro announced this week that the Armed Forces would participate in a special security plan. In his words, the plan would “…deploy special forces of the Army and the Armed Forces (FANB) to…

Preparing for the wrong conflict

The new Defense Minister Diego Molero Bellavia visited this week the new missile complex of Paraguaná (located near the Josefa Camejo Airport) and told reporters it will be ready in 2013. The new base, armed with the Russian S-125 Neva/Pechorawill SAM missile system, will protect our territorial seas and the CRP oil refining “strategic” facilities.…