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This is our “winter of discontent”

Back in 1978, Great Britain went through a horrendous period. Public employees went on strike, and public services were severely disrupted. The period, known as “the winter of discontent,” all but destroyed Labour’s reputation, and helped propel Margaret Thatcher to the Prime Minister’s office, a development that changed British history. One of the anecdotes about the…

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Scene stealer

The near-universal praise Chúo Torrealba has received upon accepting to be the Secretary General of the opposition’s umbrella coalition is well deserved. Torrealba brings many assets to the table (pardon the pun): he is an empathetic community leader, a skilled communicator, a wickedly smart analyst, and most of important of all … a fellow blogger! His up-by-the-bootstraps personal…

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Alone in a crowd

I continue to be entertained by Boris Muñoz’s candid interview with political prisoner Leopoldo López. Here are a few takeaways of what Leopoldo says in the second part: The only evidence the government has against me is my speeches. What more proof that this is a dictatorship? The military controls who goes in and who comes…

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Caged and restless

Last Saturday, Prodavinci published a meaty piece of journalism-slash-history: Part 1 of the first extended interview opposition leader Leopoldo López has given since he was jailed last February (here, in Spanish). The author of the piece is Boris Muñoz, one of Venezuela’s best journalists. The interview is quite long, but that’s understandable. Leopoldo, Venezuela’s most prominent political…

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IVAD & Leopoldo

Happy Monday, everyone. A new poll in my Inbox today, this one from IVAD which, as you probably know, usually leans toward the government in its numbers. The highlights: 77% of those polled think the government is headed in the wrong direction; 82.5% say the country is mired in an economic crisis; 78.9% think the country is…

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Wanted: wonks

One of the remarkable things from recent opinion polls such as this one from Datanálisis is that, while the Maduro government is blamed for most of the country’s ills, a large chunk of Venezuelans still mistrust the opposition. From the same Datanálisis poll (HT: @puzkas), we learn that while a majority of Venezuelans dislike the government,…

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Ad wars: #CongresoCiudadano edition

This is the first promotional video I see for the upcoming Congreso Ciudadano. Whatever your opinion on the initiative, this is no two-bit, one-person show. Lilian Tintori, Gaby Arellano, Antonio Ledezma, Maria Corina, Smolansky, Nitu, and music by Los Amigos Invisibles … this group can be many things, but they are not irrelevant. In fact, they…