Quote of the Day

It’s a thought experiment I often present to the Western Chavista, one that usually ends up demonstrating that sympathizers of the regime, both in this country and in Europe, have something of a colonialist attitude towards Venezuela. Because one wonders the reaction of these faux progressives if Prime Minister David Cameron, President Barack Obama, Chancellor …

Venezuelans Rise Up

I am sure that apologists for Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro will continue to try to ignore the protests against authoritarianism, political repression, and garden variety tyranny in Venezuela, but everyone else is paying very close attention: Protests against President Nicolás Maduro's government escalated Thursday, with thousands of demonstrators burning tires and cars and security forces fighting …

Question of the Day in Venezuela: “Where Are We Going, and What’s With the Handbasket?”

I imagine that most port-side pundits, politicians and bloggers in the United States who in the past showed sympathy for Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro are busy trying to be very, very, very quiet about this: Fugitive Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez calmly turned himself in to authorities Tuesday as thousands of pro- and anti-government supporters rallied …

Blackouts in Venezuela

If you are a Venezuelan citizen, you might be forgiven for thinking that it's not even close to being 2014 for your country: Large parts of Venezuela, including the capital city, were plunged into darkness Monday night after a power outage, government officials said, in what appeared to be the latest failure of the nation's …

Spare a Tear for Venezuela

It has just given emergency powers to Nicolás Maduro so that he can rule like a dictator and further wreck the Venezuelan economy. It has also annihilated all vestiges of democracy in the country. I am sure, of course, that whatever fans Maduro--and the late, unlamented Hugo Chávez--still have will say nothing about this latest move to tyranny, …

“This Is Legalized Looting”

When the Venezuelan regime gets in a hole, it keeps digging: The Venezuelan government has expanded the scope of a crackdown on soaring inflation after sending troops into appliance stores over the weekend to slash prices. Large, sometimes unruly crowds massed outside such chain stores, hoping to take advantage of huge markdowns mandated by the …

The Venezuelan Government Believes that Shooting Yourself In One Foot Is Not Enough

Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro--who is Hugo Chávez without the charisma, and with an even more diminished intellect--believes (or would have Venezuelans believe) that the key to economic growth in Venezuela is to have the government occupy stores in the country with military forces, and then compel the stores to sell their products at below-the-center-of-the-earth prices. Apparently, he doesn't …

Speaking of Bad Health Care Policies . . .

Remember when countries like Venezuela and Cuba were said to be pioneers in health care reform? Boy, those were the days: Evelina Gonzalez was supposed to undergo cancer surgery in July following chemotherapy but wound up shuttling from hospital to hospital in search of an available operating table. On the crest of her left breast, …

I Am Sure that This Is a Sign of a Thriving Society

Everything is going just fine in Venezuela. What could make anyone think otherwise? Oh. A Venezuelan state agency on Friday ordered the temporary takeover of a factory that produces toilet paper in what it called an effort to ensure consistent supplies after embarrassing shortages earlier this year. Critics of President Nicolas Maduro say the nagging …

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