Friday, April 18, 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The man died yesterday and has been today's news. I am no going to write much about it but I need to acknowledge that he was a rather poor politician, a maybe not so great human being, but one of the most stupendous writers ever. I have already written in 2007 a homage to Cien Años de Soledad, mentioning Love in the Time of Cholera and Chronicle of a Death Foretold, three essential books, to which if you are Latino American you should also add El General en su Laberinto.

One thing I have noticed it is the attacks made against him for his friendship for Fidel Castro. I want to make two comments on that.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The US of A has a hard time to understand why South of the Rio Grande we have problems with them

This is one example, on Google news tonight.

Moises Naim explains how Fidel and Cuba took over Chavez and Venezuela

It is Maundy Thursday and I am tired after a very difficult week. Fortunately Moises Naim publishes a complete and brief summary on how Fidel Castro sucked the brain out of Chavez making this one transform Venezuela into a Cuban colony. Long time readers of this blog knew that, of course, but it is the first time I see this so explicitly printed in major media, title included: "Cuba fed a president’s fears and took over Venezuela".

Mientras Dudamel sigue vendiéndose a la represión Montero nos da un himno libertario

Gabriela Montero nos da una combinación de la Polonesa Heroica de Chopin con el himno nacional de Venezuela.

El único problema es que el chaburrismo ni sabe, ni le interesa, lo que Chopin y Polonia representan. En fin, que se hace .....

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Close to Easter the Guarimbalogue starts laying empty eggs

I am going to be brief: the vaunted results of last night "dialogue" leave me cold. True, Aveledo announces that a better truth commission WILL BE named, that an amnesty law has been rejected but that other ways WILL BE tried, that the opposition WILL BE able to offer suggestions to the fight against crime plan, that the many public officials that should have been chosen long ago WILL BE picked according to the law.

Am I the only one detecting a pattern of wishful thinking? Can I trade 4 WILL BE for a single IS?

See, when Patiño, the Ecuador foreign minister and maybe the biggest fan of chavismo inside UNASUR expresses wonderment at how much was achieved in a single session, well, I am suspicious.

There has been so many WILL BE in the past that went absolutely nowhere, that ended up favoring the regime, that I shall be excused to express my doubts.

That UNASUR was prompt in abandoning the opposition in April-May 2013 makes me doubt very much that this time around that they may be more serious.

That the people who made possible through gurarimba pressure that the regime accepted to sit down with the opposition are not present at the table makes me doubt that the results will be received with elation by the hoi polloi on the barricades, or not.

I think we should forget that, keep protesting as long as the regime does not throw at us a real bone; and for good measure actually challenge Aveledo to force him to bring him on the bacon or step down along with Capriles.  I am sorry but for all their merits they did lose in October 2012, the "lost" again in April 2013, they lost a lot in December 2013. How can I believe that this time around they will get something out of the regime? Just my opinion, what do I know.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

La MUD está, en verdad, meando fuera del perol

Y en particular AD, Copei y Primero Justicia que, bueno, ¡se vayan pa'l carajo!

Estoy leyendo que en San Cristobal quieren primarias para el 5 de mayo para poder sustituir a Ceballos a finales de mayo. Eso debe ser una de los más grandes desatinos políticos que yo haya leído en años. Y valga Dios que hemos leído cualquier tipo de barbaridad.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Munich versus Londres

Talking at the EU parliament. 
No, the spelling "mistake" in the title is intentional, I know how to spell London.  The point here is that catching up with my reading I came across a surrender article of Luis Vicente Leon on El Universal Sunday and a the account today of Maria Corina Machado exposing the Venezuelan situation at the European Parliament, that weeks before its election finds the time to receive her. The first is Munich, the surrender of democracy to a form of Realpolitik and the second is the courageous appeal to resist like de Gaulle in London in 1940 when all seemed lost. Thus French Londres.


I read twice the infamous article of Luis Vicente Leon and I really, really want to believe that it was ill edited and thus he did not mean what he meant.  In short, no need to elaborate, from reading the article you gather that not only resistance is futile, that the opposition is lost forever and that the best we can hope now for Venezuela is a corporatism state system, that is, a state that controls pretty much everything and considers interest groups and the private sector as mere contractors for its needs.

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