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La Restinga and the Ecosocialism of the 21st Century

When bulldozers started turning up at La Restinga National Park, the first to jump into action were students from ECAM, the Applied Marine Sciences Department (ECAM) of the Universidad de Oriente. That didn’t surprise me. I’m an alumna of ECAM. Our school’s ethos was built on protecting La Restinga, the mangrove national park and ecological sanctuary that is a must when…

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Is “Little Venice” a failed state…yet?

A country located in the northern part of South America, one that was baptized “Little Venice,” has been raising eyebrows for quite some time. While neither little nor as pleasant as Venice, the government of this fair republic seems unable to impose its own authority within its borders. Here in “Little Venice,” a burgeoning class of smugglers, racketeering bandits,…

The plane! The plane!

The Carvajal plot thickens

The international press is going to town with this story. Three pieces stand out … ABC’s Emili J. Blasco (the well-sourced Washington correspondent with the juicy details on Hugo Chávez’s illness) says sources in Washington confirm Carvajal was the “main figure” in the drug-running operation set up between the FARC, the Venezuelan military, and Hugo Chávez…

Venezuela's Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez talks to the media in front of a giant picture of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez during a news conference at the headquarters of the state-run oil company PDVSA in Caracas

Questions for Rafa (UPDATED)

Dear Wall Street investment banker, I apologize for interrupting your busy schedule, but in the off chance you are going to listen to Venezuelan economic czar Rafael Ramírez in the coming days, allow us to suggest a few questions for him. As you may know, the Venezuelan government is desperate for cash. To quench that thirst,…

I have no idea

The arbitrarily poor

Quico and I had a non-quibble a few days ago about poverty. I criticized poverty measures, and he beat me up about it. Truth is that I agree with him. Poverty is a very complex thing with many definitions: income, savings, choices, and even expenditure. People have tried to package it in a single indicator, but numbers end…

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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…