The Carvajal plot thickens

The international press is going to town with this story. Three pieces stand out … ABC’s Emili J. Blasco (the well-sourced Washington correspondent with the juicy details on Hugo Chávez’s illness) says sources in Washington confirm Carvajal was the “main figure” in the drug-running operation set up between the FARC, the Venezuelan military, and Hugo Chávez…

Gocho A-1 hearts FARC Warlord

Colombian newsweekly Semana added to our ongoing inferiority complex about Venezuelan journalism this week, running this startling piece about Chávez’s new defense minister, Henry Rangel Silva, and his close relationship with FARC’s now top leader, Timochenko. Semana’s interpretation is that much of Chávez’s highly provocative rapprochement with FARC in 2006 was an outcome of Rangel…

FARC: Setting the Standard for Eco-friendly Terrorism

Setty’s been having a rummage of his own through the FARC Files and digs up three tidbits, each more bizarre than the last. The whole Environmental Impact Assessment for Pipeline Bombing thang is too weird to have been made up. (Tip to FARC, though: if you want to burnish your green credentials, how about you…

The other side (with an important update)

Say what you will, but this defense of the Venezuelan government in the face of the damning files contained in the FARC’s laptops is the most serious attempt to defuse the burgeoning scandal. Now, before you all get your panties in a tizzy, please note: I’m not taking sides. I’m not even validating chavismo’s arguments.…