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A tale of two oppositions

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief it was the epoch of incredulity…”. Those of you who have read “A tale of two cities” surely recall the memorable opening paragraph of Dickens’s masterpiece,…

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Luis Vicente on the crackdown

I liked this article on Prodavinci by pollster / economist Luis Vicente León. He says there are three main reasons for the government’s recent crackdown on the opposition: generating fear of protest in the face of a sharp deterioration in living conditions; changing the topic from an economic crisis to a political one; and increasing…

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Coup = toucan’s saliva

There’s an expression in Venezuela: when something has been put together in a flimsy, temporary way, we say it is “glued with a parrot’s saliva.” In the past few months, opposition unity has been anything but united. Infighting and bickering between various factions had left the opposition coalition floundering. So, in a way, yesterday’s accusation that…

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Managing Impotence

Over at the Transitions blog, I try and sympathize with our opposition. I try to focus on the numerous challenges they face – short on funding, locked out of the media, and with an unmanageable internal structure, it is a small miracle that they still exist and are strong in opinion polls. Just for comparison’s sake,…

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Deconstructing Capriles

(Apologies for the source of the above video, it was the only version available on YouTube) The bloggers of Caracas Chronicles held a cyber-conversation on today’s announcement by Henrique Capriles, where he abandoned infighting within the opposition and called for unity together with increased street pressure on the government. Juan C: So … main takeaways? To…