Zapata

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…

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…

CC and the election

I’m in Caracas, so sorry in advance for the light posting. This is just a short note to remind you to follow our 8D election coverage. We’ll try to have as much content as possible for you, as we always do. This election closes a cycle that began some four years ago. The MUD experiment…

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…

An argument full of holes

Re. the opposition’s strategy to get out the vote, Quico said: “The reason people were able to vote with cédulas chimbas, or to do coercive votos asistidos, is that opposition witnesses were forcibly barred from doing their jobs. By guys with guns. Backed by guys in uniforms. That basic power imbalance is still there. There’s…

Fix your collar, @hcapriles

There’s a lot to like in this expertly-made video. The message has been trimmed of all its fat. It gets to the point quickly, concretely. Capriles makes a strong case as to what happened last Arpil, and what is at stake this December 8th. It’s simple, direct, covincing. It baffles me, though, why they couldn’t…

The long game is supra-constitutional

After having the privilege of spending some time listening to Henrique Capriles in Chile (more on that in future posts), I have a better understanding of what the strategy is. Or, at least, for what he thinks the strategy should be – whether or not he leads it is still very much up in the…

Twittervisión

Last night, Twitter came of age in the Venezuelan public sphere. For as long as we can remember, if the opposition wanted to get its message out, it went to Globovisión, the staunchly opposition all-news cable channel. The M.O. would usually go like this: opposition politician would spout off their message, Globovisión would transmit it…

The flip side of Quico’s post

Over at Foreign Policy’s Transitions blog, I lay out the reasons why Capriles has a case. My main point: One has to wonder: How could chavistas get away with this? The explanation, according to Capriles, lies in the fingerprint scanning machines. According to him, these machines allow anyone to vote, regardless of whether the fingerprint…