Chávez and Gaddafi: The Axis of Unpaganda

After initially dithering, Hugo Chávez has now decisively taken sides in the rhetorical contest between Muamar Gaddafi and the Sane World. In the face of what is now surely overwhelming evidence from dozens of journalists (some of whose salaries he pays) hundreds of eye-witnesses and thousands of refugees, he remains adamant that there is no evidence…

A fundamental unseriousness

If it had the slightest interest in such things, chavismo could build an honest, cogent, powerful case against international intervention in Libya. It could point out the thicket of contradictions that has led the United States to, at once, attack one Arab government (Libya) that is murdering its pro-democracy demonstrators while continuing to send weapons and…

The glut around the corner?

CNN is reporting that other countries are joining Saudi Arabia and raising crude production in light of the prolongued conflict in Libya. The list, as you can fathom, does not include Venezuela. The money quote is from Michael Wittner, head of oil research at Société Générale: “The oil markets are pricing in an extended Libyan…

Chávez is now an embarrassment…to Sean Penn!

Pity Sean Penn*. After years working to position himself as an avant-garde progressive willing to push the envelope by hitching his brand to Chávez’s, his pet revolutionary starts unravelling all that  work by standing by the mass-murdering Libyan regime. As Chávez starts spinning wild tales of gringo conspiracies to grab Libyan oil fields that aren’t…

The Real Chávez is The One Backing Gaddafi

Sooner or later, the balance of evidence becomes overwhelming: the real Chávez is the one convinced Gaddafi is facing a “campaign of lies” and keeps raving about wild gringo conspiracies where the rest of the world sees a genocide in the offing. With all other members of the “balancing coalition” – from Beijing to Brasilia to…

Chávez starts to pay the price for that Bolivar sword replica UPDATED

Even longstanding Chávez ball-coddler Nikolas Kozloff is appalled by his chumminess with Ghaddafi… Update: Now long time friend-of-the-house Al Giordano piles on – taking it out, bizarrely, on Evita Golinger and Telesur. It’s like these guys’ heads would explode if they even entertained the simple, Occam’s Razorish explanation for all this: that Chávez consistent­ly expresses…

Nausea

The thought that the man responsible for this has been honored and lionized in my own country fills me with a kind of dread-soaked rage that feels curiously like nausea.