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One Giant Leap for Oppo Political Culture

Ramón Guillermo Aveledo, Secretary General of the Opposition umbrella organization, MUD, has just announced he is leaving his post. In a developed country setting, this would be unremarkable. In Venezuela, where the whole principle of separating institutions from the personalities that lead them has never really caught on, it’s almost revolutionary. Here’s his resignation letter:…

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Capriles, in depth

An interesting interview with Henrique Capriles, by the team of Juan Carlos Zapata and Elizabeth Fuentes, from the new Internet site konzapata.com. In it, Capriles tones down his criticism of the #LaSalida gang, and offers a more nuanced explanation of his views. Several money quotes: What I proposed was giving the economic and social crisis time to…

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MUD-slinger

Ramón José Medina, MUD head-honcho and, inexplicably, also Víctor Vargas’ attorney, said in an interview with José Rafael Briceño that Leopoldo López “brought about jail for himself.” See the video above (in Spanish) and judge for yourself. This comes on the heels of Leopoldo writing a strong, heartfelt, handwritten letter to a Chilean academic, in which he…

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You say pleito, I say debate

Henrique Capriles had some harsh things to say about La Salida the other day. He said the wave of protests unleashed in February, which has since died down, only strengthened the government, and was rejected by a large majority of the population. He heavily criticized its proponents as out of touch with the needs of…

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Oswald walks

Imagine the scene at the Dallas Police Station, November 22nd, 1963. A man is captured in a movie theater and brought into custody, a man named Lee Harvey Oswald. The President of the United States has been murdered a few miles away. Imagine then, in this parallel universe, the Dallas police department deciding that Oswald can go home. In…

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Building the perfect leader

Leopoldo López is a smart, visionary guy. Maria Corina Machado is fearless, eloquent, a political megastar. Henrique Capriles has great name recognition, and he is a master at building consensus. It’s too bad we can’t have someone who combines all three features. I thought about this as I learned the latest development in the tentative steps toward a…

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A major leak

Ever since he turned himself in, Venezuelans had not seen or heard from Leopoldo López. The nation’s most visible political prisoner was made … invisible, thanks to the government’s iron discipline. Today, that discipline cracked just a little bit. A clandestine interview, accompanied by pictures of a bearded López in the dungeon, made their way…

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¿Te acuerdas, Pepe?

Estimado Pepe, Discúlpame el tuteo, pero todos dicen que no te gustan los formalismos. Te escribo hoy porque hay cosas que están pasando en mi país, Venezuela, que no termino de creer que te sean indiferentes. Anoche, a las 3 y media de la mañana, una jueza-esbirra del régimen Venezolano decretó que Leopoldo López continuaría privado de…

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Polls vs. chavismo vs. guarimbas vs. naysayers

Today, two by-elections were held in the cities of San Cristóbal and San Diego. In both cities, the opposition mayors – elected a few months ago by huge margins – were indicted and jailed in quickie trials for allegedly not doing enough to stem opposition protests. The MUD coalition quickly decided that the candidates for…

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Ramo Verde To You

Please press play, and read.   Today, Leopoldo López is celebrating – if that’s the right word – his 43rd birthday from solitary confinement in Ramo Verde military prison, which he has called home for 70 days now as he awaits trial for charges of arson and criminal instigation. His cell, where he spends 22 hours a day,…