The smell of Hades

A few years ago, Hugo Chávez famously claimed that George W. Bush had left the podium of the UN “reeking of sulphur.” He should know about that. Turns out, Venezuela ranks 99 out of 100 countries in terms of sulphur content in its gasoline. The maximum allowable sulfur dioxide content in our gasoline is 1,000…

The last word on April 11th

The great Federico Vegas has an eloquent piece on April 11th over at Prodavinci (sorry, in Spanish). The money quote: Caracas was more beautiful than ever, splendid really, accompanied by its geography and its light. When we entered Bolívar Avenue, the lines got narrower and we slowed down. Someone said: “Everything seems to be normal:…

Taking spinning to a whole new level

Chavistas love to wallow in their magical April 11th mythology, and over at the Spanish site we’ve highlighted a few of the headlines from the past few days. But the interview former Interior Minister Ramón Rodríguez Chacín gave on Aporrea is out of this world. There are many fantastical passages in this tale, but this…

The illusion of inevitability

(You can find the original Spanish version of this post at Alejandro Tarre’s Blog.) Two items: 1) Hugo Chávez in a recent interview published in Uruguay’s La República: I could’ve not existed. When I was young I almost drowned in a river. It was winter, lots of water and I went into the river with some…

Nine years on

Yes folks, it’s really been nine years. Really. There’s nothing more to add at this point. It’s all been said, and lied about, and set straight, and lied about again so many times it’s a bit of a mutt’s game to go over it all once more. When all is said and done, Jorge Tortoza is…