Ramo Verde To You

Please press play, and read.   Today, Leopoldo López is celebrating – if that’s the right word – his 43rd birthday from solitary confinement in Ramo Verde military prison, which he has called home for 70 days now as he awaits trial for charges of arson and criminal instigation. His cell, where he spends 22 hours a day,…

Just win an election

Daniel Ceballos, the mayor of San Cristóbal, was arrested in Caracas tonight. The person confirming this was the Interior Minister. I suggest we allow a few moments to let this sink in… The Interior Minister is not in charge of the Prosecutor’s Office. In theory he doesn’t control the courts. But he puts people in…

#LaSalida is not a strategy

A few people have been asking Caracas Chronicles to say what they think of the current wave of protests. CC does not have an “editorial” opinion, but for what it’s worth, here are five points I would like to make … from my own personal perspective. God bless the students. Their nerve, their idealism, and…

Leopoldo, unleashed

It’s a rainy Caracas afternoon. Outside, the city begins to process the results of the recent mayoral elections that left the opposition dazed and confused. But the mood at Voluntad Popular headquarters is exultant. Years of tough political work have paid off with a number of mayoral positions for the young party, some in key…

A rejoinder on Leopoldo López’s indictment

The substance of the accusations being brought 15-years after the fact against opposition leader Leopoldo López don’t merit very much comment, other than to note that that guy must really be squeaky clean if the only thing chavismo could find to charge him for happened during the Clinton administration. Setting that aside, what really gets me is the catastrophic absence…

Is Leopoldo López Venezuela’s Rick Perry?

I was reading through the excellent comments debate that followed Juan’s Capriles post – really, it’s been a long time since so much good stuff came out in our forum – and suddenly it struck me: where’s Leopoldo? Even among my readers, who should be friendly ideological territory if ever there was one, the guy…