Fait accompli (Updated)

As expected, the TSJ’s Constitutional Chamber has thrown out Henrique Capriles’s legal challenge to the 14-A presidential election. 24 hours earlier, Capriles had announced that he would not wait any longer for the TSJ and he will go straight to international justice. UPDATE: Guess what? Rejecting the case wasn’t quite enough for the TSJ, so they…

What happened this weekend

Say you’re challenged to a boxing match. As you approach the ring, you notice your opponent is not wearing any boxing gloves. He’s just bare-knuckle. And you’re gloved. The referee can see your opponent isn’t wearing any gloves. The fight judges can see that too. They don’t bat an eyelash. At this point, you have…

Workplace bullying as public policy

In the last few days, mutiple press reports indicate that some public sector workers have been fired and others have suffered harassment because of their political stance after the presidential election. Audio clips of several heads of public bodies (like the Zulia Sports Director or the Director of Bolipuertos in Puerto Cabello) have been leaked…

The election takes center stage at UNASUR (Updated)

The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) will discuss tonight the current situation in Venezuela in an extraordinary presidential summit. The meeting will be held in Lima, as Perú now holds the provisional presidency of the group. According to a report from Peruvian newspaper El Comercio, there’s no overall consensus yet between UNASUR members regarding the…

Old and New Media Team Up to Lay Bare Maduro’s CDI-Attack Lie

Venezuelan State Media reported yesterday that there were several violent attacks on Barrio Adentro outpatients clinics (known as CDI or Integral Diagnostic Centers) by opposition suporters on Monday night. Those reports were later repeated by Nicolás Maduro himself and Information Minister Ernesto Villegas. Somehow, the regime didn’t calculate that these allegations were extremely easy to…

The Recount as Red Herring

Listen, I understand how “count every vote” is an appealing slogan: bumperstickable and easy to understand and hard to resist. It’s also a red herring: the evidence of fraud, if fraud happened, isn’t some exotic species out there that you have to go out and hunt. The evidence of fraud, if fraud did happen, is…

Protests around the country

Protests throughout the day in different parts of the country. Some of them are still unfolding. Barinas: After the finding of two ballot boxes in the Troncal 5 road, there were clashes between protesters and the military. Barquisimeto: The National Guard dissoved a protest near the CNE office. Two students were injured. Caracas: There is…

Four hours then, 20 minutes now

Last October, it took me four hours to cast my vote. This time, it went much quicker. At 11 a.m., my voting center wasn’t packed, but people were going in and out. What could be the reason behind it? Well, looks like the bottleneck known as SIE (Electoral Information System) is not having the same…

The Mobilization Gap and Middle Class Blinders

One final thought on the ill-humored comments thread that followed my (to be sure, wilfully provocative) last post: while it turns out it’s very easy to get a rise out of opposition supporters by suggesting that there are better uses for hundreds of dollars than driving overnight to cast a single ballot, nobody really seems all…