Venezuela: Cheap Barbie Dolls and All About That Bass

In an odd about-face Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered retail outlets to reduce the price of Barbie Dolls. That most iconic of American toys, Barbie was once vilified by Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chavez who stated “the stupidity of Barbie”. One is left to wonder if Chavez actually tried to converse with the doll and,Continue reading “Venezuela: Cheap Barbie Dolls and All About That Bass”

Venezuela: Corruption, Oil Riches and Shortages of Basic Necessities

How can a country with the oil riches of Venezuela possibly have shortages of anything, let alone common household products? Could it be well-intentioned but poorly implemented mismanagement? Maybe, but I fear greed and corruption are more likely causes. If you have read my blog at all you will no doubt have noticed that IContinue reading “Venezuela: Corruption, Oil Riches and Shortages of Basic Necessities”

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”

How to ruin an economy in five easy steps. CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Venezuela

Recently Fareed Zakaria on his CNN program Global Public Square, or GPS, illustrated five rules to ruin a national economy. He suggested a prime example of these rules could be found in Venezuela. Below is a recap of the situation according to Zakaria. Rule #1. Attack big business. That’s exactly what we saw Venezuela do recentlyContinue reading “How to ruin an economy in five easy steps. CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Venezuela”

Venezuela: Shortages of basics alter shopping methods

Against the backdrop of the latest diplomatic squabble between the United States and Venezuela which has so far seen tit-for-tat expulsions – the score is tied at three turfings each – the New York Times has a piece on how the country is coping with its new leader. The title, To Venezuelans, Heir of ChávezContinue reading “Venezuela: Shortages of basics alter shopping methods”

Venezuelan democracy: shots fired at protesters

At a peaceful demonstration, except for the car horns, organized by supporters of opposition leader Henrique Capriles in the Venezuelan city of Maracay panic erupts as shots are fired. The incident was filmed from a balcony overlooking the protest and shows marchers scattering as shots ring out from under trees. Venezuelan democracy at its best!Continue reading “Venezuelan democracy: shots fired at protesters”

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”

Hugo Chavez, Sean Penn, Oliver Stone and human rights, a reality check

In his Miami Herald column yesterday Andres Oppenheimer wrote about the Organization of American States (OAS) in particular its recent victory over several member countries who are trying to stifle the OAS on matters of human rights. Mexico — alongside Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Canada and the United States — succeeded in defeating aContinue reading “Hugo Chavez, Sean Penn, Oliver Stone and human rights, a reality check”

Venezuela: Eight reasons the opposition won’t win the next election

In his Miami Herald column today Andres Oppenheimer sets out eight reasons why the Venezuelan election, due to take place within the next several weeks after the death of Hugo Chavez, is will be all but impossible for the opposition to win. Some are due to natural occurrences while several are products of manipulation by Chavez’Continue reading “Venezuela: Eight reasons the opposition won’t win the next election”