In his own handwriting

First came the man. Then came his famous signature. You can put it on your nightstand for just BsF 850. You can use it to watch over your house keys. You can wear it on your wrist, or near your heart. You can even have it tattooed onto any part of your body. Buildings bear his mark.…

Colombia’s Shockingly (to a Venezuelan) Mundane Election System

Less than an hour after the closing of the polling stations, we learned that Oscar Ivan Zuluaga –Uribe’s boy- pushed President Santos to a presidential runoff vote, actually beating him in the 2nd round of Colombia’s presidential election. What shocked Venezuelans the most? How quickly they announced the results. Venezuela is said to have one of…

Curious in Bogotá

As you may remember, I (Anabella) decided to bid on Sicad II the same day that I handed in my Cadivi folders. The trámite was due to my need to go to Bogotá for my sister’s wedding. The second I put a foot in Colombia, I had the urge to register some of the anecdotes of what…

He knows how bad it is

A few days ago, Spanish daily ABC published an article about Venezuela’s weak position on external assets, basically arguing that the country does not have enough currency to pay for the imports it seriously needs. ABC somehow got access to a weekly report from the Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Planficación (where Jorge Giordani remains…

Perceptions of a crime wave

Venezuela’s Tourism Minister Andrés Izarra (infamous for having laughed about Venezuela’s high death rates on an international cable show in 2010), recently had this to say “[la inseguridad] es un problema real, existe. No lo negamos, estamos trabajando, como todos los países de América Latina lo están trabajando, lo están atendiendo (…) ¿cuál es la particularidad de Venezuela con ese…

Desmontando mitos: ¿es Venezuela una democracia?

(Nota: para esta pieza, contamos con la colaboración del economista Richard Obuchi.) HECHO: el martes 18 de febrero de 2014, tras casi una semana de intensas manifestaciones en todo el país, el Presidente Maduro expresó durante una concentración de trabajadores petroleros transmitida por VTV, que “en Venezuela hay plenas libertades democráticas para hacer política. Acabamos de salir…

Desmontando mitos: La Ley de Precios Justos

HECHO: el 20 de enero de 2014, Andreína Tarazón –Superintendente Nacional para la Defensa de los Derechos Socio-Económicos- dijo en una entrevista concedida a Venevisión que la Ley de Precios Justos responde a la estrategia impulsada por el Presidente Maduro para establecer “nuevos métodos de Gobierno, que sean eficientes, que sean efectivos, que sean rápidos”. Afirmó…