FARC: Setting the Standard for Eco-friendly Terrorism

Setty’s been having a rummage of his own through the FARC Files and digs up three tidbits, each more bizarre than the last. The whole Environmental Impact Assessment for Pipeline Bombing thang is too weird to have been made up. (Tip to FARC, though: if you want to burnish your green credentials, how about you…

Huh?

We usually send our fellow blogger Setty heaps of praise, most of it deserved. But this one left me scratching my head. About the elections in Peru, Setty says: What a surprise. Peruvian institutions fail to listen to the public, demonstrators are routinely shot dead, and vast areas of the country live without electricity, paved…

New media is all you need

Last Sunday, Setty informed us that an important pipeline carrying natural gas from Colombia to Venezuela was bombed, possibly by the FARC. He said: “It’s a big deal for Venezuelan electricity consumers, who have come to depend on natural-gas-fired power plants. And it’s important for the chemicals industry of the Maracaibo region, as petrochemicals are made…

The Oil Numbers and the A Priori Trap

You should read this. Honestly, you should. Why? Because, in Venezuela, few numbers are either as important or as opaque as PDVSA’s total production and exports. It’s a technical topic, not for the faint of heart, and one shrouded in so many layers of obfuscation, propaganda and plain old lying that even people who get…