Adventures in birtherism

The Venezuelan birther movement started out on the fringes of political discussion. It was a subject few people dared to touch, and when they did, it was a hush-hush thing. “Chico, ¿tú crees que de verdad Maduro es colombiano?” After a while, the story of Nicolás Maduro’s curiously missing birth records grew some legs. All…

Enjoy it while you can, airlines

When all is said and done and Misión Cadivi comes crashing down along with the rest of Chavenomics, a lot of people will be very upset. But one group who really, truly should not be upset is the airline industry. This comes into focus nicely in this Reuters story by Girish Gupta. Thanks to Misión…

Death at a maternity

Once in a while, the bizarro-meter in Venezuela reaches such elevated heights, you have to catch your breath. Case in point: this short Globovisión news item on the death of a nurse. The nurse in question apparently saw two patients at the maternity hospital where she worked purposefully damaging an elevator. When she tried to…

The silver lining

One of the few good things about the Bolivarian Involution is the fact that so many talented people (Jon Lee Anderson, Mario Vargas Llosa) take interest in Venezuela. Case in point: the great Alma Guillermoprieto. Writing for The New York Review of Books, Guillermoprieto tees off on Mario-Silva-gate, and does it with a flourish and…