Sobremesa Chronicles

My petty little rant about the four posts in Prodavinci got me thinking about an issue that has tortured me for a while: what role, if any, should foreigners play in the unfolding Venezuelan tragedy? We’ve all heard it before: Venezuela’s problems are for Venezuelans to resolve. And while that is a nice little theory,…

Sobremesa Chronicles

Yesterday, Venezuela lost one of its greatest artists. I dare say Pedro León Zapata was THE greatest artist of the last era of our history. Why is this controversial? Zapata was a cartoonist. Doesn’t sound like high art, right? Large crises are usually fodder for artists. Picasso’s greatest painting was inspired by the carnage of Guernica. Steinbeck would not…

Sobremesa Chronicles

This has been a rough week for us Venezuelans. Each new day brought with it a new embarassment, most of it having to do with the government. Each day a new raya. Whether it’s the harassment of ex-Presidents and political prisoners, the revelations of drug smuggling in high places, the orders to shoot protesters, the…

Sobremesa chronicles

In the last few days, a document has been circulating. In it, sixty well-known Venezuelan economists (most of whom I appreciate and admire) make a list of urgent measures Nicolás Maduro has to undertake. You know what’s missing from it? The pressing need … to privatize. Oops. Did I say that out loud? In Venezuela, it…