Venezuelan Elections Signal Changes on the Horizon

Last Sunday was a tense day around my place. My significantly better half, of Venezuelan origin, was glued to several social media apps – Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp in particular – in an attempt to get up to the minute information on the parliamentary elections in Venezuela. As an interested observer I had seen thisContinue reading “Venezuelan Elections Signal Changes on the Horizon”

Venezuela: Maduro Welcomes Castro – Hope He Likes Ketchup – While Cuban Flag Runs for Freedom

… during the welcoming ceremonies the Cuban flag, like so many of its citizens, made a break for freedom! As the juxtaposed photos below indicate, the old adage that full shelves are better for sales is being put to the test in Venezuela. On the left we see the bare milk and meat section whileContinue reading “Venezuela: Maduro Welcomes Castro – Hope He Likes Ketchup – While Cuban Flag Runs for Freedom”

Venezuelan Protesters to Forgo Carnivals

Today is the Friday before the long weekend that ends on Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, also known in Latin America as carnivals. The last big blow out before Lent, the forty day period of abstinence on the Catholic calendar.  Rio de Janeiro has its samba schools with ladies in elaborate but barely-there costumes, New OrleansContinue reading “Venezuelan Protesters to Forgo Carnivals”

SOS Venezuela: Godspeed and Chévere!

Abajo puede ver la traducción en español Dear Venezuelan Opposition, It is easy for me to sit here safely, some 4000 kilometers away, and urge you to keep up that momentum, to stay in the streets and maintain pressure on the government, but I believe that’s what must be done, and that you are showingContinue reading “SOS Venezuela: Godspeed and Chévere!”

Boston suspect must face legal system, not Kangaroo Court; post-Chavez Venezuela shows why

In Boston the law enforcement officers, at all three levels – several municipal, state and federal – have done a fine job of bringing  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing case to justice. Now it’s time for the justice system to do its thing, and here’s where it gets dicey. “(the suspect’s defense attorney)Continue reading “Boston suspect must face legal system, not Kangaroo Court; post-Chavez Venezuela shows why”

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”

Trudeau takes highroad, Maduro talks to birds; voting results on Sunday

The results of two votes will be made public on Sunday: the Liberal Party of Canada will release the outcome of its leadership vote that has been taking place all week online, while in Venezuela the election to replace the late Hugo Chávez as president will be held. The only thing these two events have in common,Continue reading “Trudeau takes highroad, Maduro talks to birds; voting results on Sunday”