Chavismo’s LGBT Problem

A couple of weeks ago, CC fellow blogger Audrey M. DaCosta wrote about Tamara Adrian, Venezuela’s fist-ever transgender candidate for public office. Her story made headlines and shone a much needed spotlight on the LGBT agenda in Venezuela. Now, thanks to Chavismo’s handling of their own gay and transgender candidacies, Adrian’s run for office has…

De la pluma de Ernesto Villegas: Abril, The Movie

La Villa del Cine is working on a movie about Hugo Chavéz’s brief deposing during April (11th, 12th, and 13th) 2002. This is a core moment in Chavista mythology, it revamped Hugo Chávez’s weakened popularity and defined a new pace for Venezuelan politics for the years to come. Así se rueda @abrillapelicula basada en el libro de @VillegasPoljakE…

MEPjacking

The People’s Electoral Movement (MEP) – the largely empty carcass of AD’s left-wing faction that broke away from the party in the 60s – recently held its internal national assembly to elect its main authorities. In that context, Chairman Andrés Lusiano Lara and Secretary-General Wilmer Nolasco were ratified, along with the rest of its main board and other…

The disappearance of Alcedo Mora

Last February 27th, local Chavista activist Alcedo Mora allegedly left his home in the city of Mérida. He went to his workplace at the Merida State Government and met with his boss, Luis Martínez Rico, who’s the state’s Lieutenant-Governor. Later that day, he texted a few friends, telling them that SEBIN intelligence agents were looking for him, and that…

Out with the mayor

In early March, I wrote about Lumay Barreto, the opposition (VP) mayor of bordertown Guasdualito (Apure State) who was swiftly impeached by the PSUV-controlled municipal council for allegedly “abandoning her post”. As expected, the TSJ’s Constitutional Hall has validated the council’s decision, confirming its president Víctor Blanco (PSUV) as caretaker. Gladys Gutierrez (head of both…