Venezuela to import fluffy white kittens to solve toilet paper shortage; Toiletpapergate

Since the original Watergate scandal hit the US in the early 1970s the -gate term has joined the lexicon to refer to any scandal. From Billy-gate during President Carter’s time to Robo-gate, the 2011 investigation into voter fraud in Canada, we’ve had no end of gated scandals. Now the newly elected government of Venezuela wouldContinue reading “Venezuela to import fluffy white kittens to solve toilet paper shortage; Toiletpapergate”

Venezuelan democracy takes a giant step backwards

Venezuela may be a country better known for beauty queens and oil  than agriculture, but it’s politicians sure can throw haymakers! This is government in the post-Chavez era, complete with fisticuffs and brawling, blood and bruises – in the legislature, not on the streets! Democracy Venezuelan-style, or at least modern Venezuelan-style, if anything about Venezuelan can be calledContinue reading “Venezuelan democracy takes a giant step backwards”

Venezuela in flux after close election

There was no clear winner in yesterday’s Venezuelan election. Not surprisingly acting President Nicolas Maduro has claimed victory and, on one hand, appears to have every right to do so as the votes indicate he beat his  opponent Henrique Capriles by some 235,000 votes. (51.7% to 49.1%). However things may not be all that rosy in the Maduro camp.Continue reading “Venezuela in flux after close election”

Venezuela votes amid chirping birds and empty supermarket shelves

Yesterday, on the eve of a national election, interim Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro spent time visiting the tomb of Hugo Chavez to mark the anniversary of the 2002 coup d’etat attempt.  Of course Maduro wasn’t campaigning because that would have been illegal as the day before an election is a black-out day and candidates can’t callContinue reading “Venezuela votes amid chirping birds and empty supermarket shelves”

Hugo Chavez to get well “urned” final resting place

Hugo Chavez’ funeral is just over and Vice President Nicolas Maduro has just been sworn in as “Interim” leader and already the campaigning has begun. Not overtly by Maduro or opposition leader Henrique Capriles but by Chavez himself. Not exactly from the grave, but from his new residence in a crystal urn for all toContinue reading “Hugo Chavez to get well “urned” final resting place”

Hugo Chavez: the view from Miami

Many things have been written about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez since his death on Tuesday. Some of it has been laudatory, claiming he was a man of the poor. some has illustrated him as a tyrant who gave the Venezuelan people’s money to terrorist groups around the world. The short video below shows an example ofContinue reading “Hugo Chavez: the view from Miami”

Hugo Chavez, Henrique Capriles and the future of Venezuela

The post below was originally published this evening, it was, in fact, “liked” by two kind readers. It then, somehow, disappeared completely from my blog. Clicking on the link in an email turns up a “Not Found” message. Is it the ghost of Chavez? Or just a technical glitch. Hmmm … Here it is again, this timeContinue reading “Hugo Chavez, Henrique Capriles and the future of Venezuela”

A hopeful, positive reaction to the Venezuelan election from London

In the wake of Sunday’s Venezuelan election here is a very positive, well written and passionate reaction from a Venezuelan currently studying in London, England. I share the feeling of grief and disappointment of all my fellow countrymen that yesterday voted for the democratic alternative. I followed the elections day by day and it trulyContinue reading “A hopeful, positive reaction to the Venezuelan election from London”

Latin America and Syria

Andres Oppenheimer illustrates the lack of reaction from many Latin American countries to the Syrian atrocities in his column today. Last week, the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and at least five other major nations expelled their Syrian ambassadors following the slaughter in Houla, which United Nations observers say was carried out to aContinue reading “Latin America and Syria”