World Focus Turns to Venezuela as Caracas Mayor is Arrested or Abducted

Once again the world’s media is turning its attention to the situation in Venezuela. The turmoil has been there all along, but now the world is taking notice after a bit of a hiatus. The recent arrest, or abduction depending on your political position, of Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma has caught the eye of majorContinue reading “World Focus Turns to Venezuela as Caracas Mayor is Arrested or Abducted”

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”

Venezuelan Protesters Face Heavily Armed Police

In Chicago in 1968 at the Democratic National Convention anti-war protesters were roughed-up by police  in what many  still refer to as a ‘police riot’.  The  chant ‘The whole world is watching’  became part of the protesters lexicon. Today more than ever, with the Internet and social media, the whole world is capable of watching.Continue reading “Venezuelan Protesters Face Heavily Armed Police”

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!”

Venezuelans Take to the Streets of Montreal

Yesterday, as part of the worldwide protest of the current situation in Venezuela, many marchers took to the streets of Montreal. DCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, someContinue reading “Venezuelans Take to the Streets of Montreal”