Are there signs to a crumbling power equation? Gustavo Coronel explores the subject as Chavez shifts from strategic action to instrumental action.
Academic Elephant had a great post on Chaveonomics 101. Things are so bad in the Venezuelan economy that Hugo’s officially announced that he’ll massage the inflation numbers so they don’t look as bad. Things are getting worse:
In the slums of Caracas, Chavista grocery patrons are now being branded on their bellies (food goes into your belly, right?) with indelible ink by store personnel to ensure that they do not buy more chicken than the government arbitrarily allows.
Venezuela was ranked among the four most dangerous countries on the Latin Security Index developed by Holder International for Latin Business Chronicle.
According to the US State Department, Venezuela’s one of the principal drug-transit countries in the Western Hemisphere.
Venezuela News and Views has a round-up on How to deal with Chavismo – and Hillary wants us to turn off the lights ‘because we don’t want to send any more money to Chavez in Venezuela’. Good idea Hillary, now please go tell Joe to go fall in line because ‘I Do Feel Noways Tired of his affiliation with the newly-minted dictator.
While continuing to enhance ties with Iran, Hugo’s not friendly towards its neighbor Guyana. Now imagine a small defenseless country bordering with a large country that has embarked in an arms race that appears to have no limit.
Last evening I was working on this post when my friend Sigmund Carl and Alfred emailed me this article, Syria ready with bio-terror if U.S. hits Iran
Damascus reportedly hiding WMD among commercial pharmaceuticals. As it turned out, he sent the email just as I was reading that the Venezuelan Foreign Minister was visiting Syria’s Bashar Assad in preparation for Assad’s visit to Venezuela.
Update V Crisis posts on the single party story: Venezuela’s communists weary of Chavez’s hegemonic construct?
The business of determining what Venezuelan political event will be picked up by major international news outlets is tricky. The communist State of Venezuela has become a place where not two weeks go by without a major scandal hitting the news. And when I say major scandal I’m not exaggerating. Check out these examples since the beginning of this year:
— Hugo Chavez declares himself a dictator and promises to send Church hierarchs literature on Marx and Lenin so that they’ll understand what his ‘socialism of the 21st century’ is all about.
— Officials from Venezuela, by any measure an underdeveloped country, sign in London, by any measure and in itself one of the world’s leading economies, an agreement to subsidise fuel of its public bus fleet.
— Hugo Chavez sort of makes official his break up with Israel.
— Hugo Chavez nationalizes local and foreign owned power and telecom companies.
You must read the rest.