6 lessons learned from Venezuela’s Chavism that might help you during the Trump administration

Despite of what the title might suggest, this is not a partisan article, or an attempt to sway your political position, but a friendly advice from somebody who has spent many years engaging with "political opposition" and who has experienced first hand the frustration of arguing to no end with people I appreciate, but cannot agree … Continue reading 6 lessons learned from Venezuela’s Chavism that might help you during the Trump administration

¡Feliz Año en el Exterior! Carta a mis hermanos y primos (y amigos) fuera de Venezuela.

Para mí, este es el Fin de Año número 16 desde que me mudé a EE.UU., de esos 16, 15 los he recibido en el teléfono o en Skype y uno en Venezuela. Para algunos de Uds. la historia es la misma, algunos de Uds. han experimentado esto unas pocas veces y algunos de Uds. … Continue reading ¡Feliz Año en el Exterior! Carta a mis hermanos y primos (y amigos) fuera de Venezuela.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I'm thankful for people of hope, for those who put their life on the line to fight against injustice & corporate greed in North Dakota, those who join to fight against oppressive systems and ideologies, those who are willing to stand by whoever is being bullied, those who carry a meaningful pin … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!

There is no 3rd Party option & we need to come to terms with this reality, but it could be in our future. 

I do not like being negative about things, but sometimes I believe that a "crude" face to face with reality is more valuable than keeping false hopes. I also believe that as a Philosopher it's my duty to disagree with any given group of people at any given time (insert ironic emoticon here). The 3rd … Continue reading There is no 3rd Party option & we need to come to terms with this reality, but it could be in our future. 

Venezuelans and the Trump Déjà Vu

Side note: I just read some comments on a, better written, but similar article making this same comparison. I have to admit I'm a bit taken aback by the attempt of some people (Venezuelans or not) to switch the equation comparing Clinton to Chávez and basing some of their argument on the alleged "leftists" ideals … Continue reading Venezuelans and the Trump Déjà Vu

What’s in Roy’s head?

When people believe themselves to be untouchable, their true nature comes out and for a professional diplomat that can be an unforgivable sin.

Caracas Chronicles

Roy Chaderton, Venezuela’s Ambassador to the OAS, has always been a curious little beast.

A product of Venezuela’s ancien regime, he is one of the few highly-educated diplomats that remained in good standing with Chávez after the Revolution came to power. After the tides turned, many people in top positions turned in their resignations in disgust – Ambassador Milos Alcalay and Justice Cecilia Sosa are two that come to mind.

But not Roy.

Roy shed his old copeyano persona and embraced the revolution with fervor. His ability to re-brand himself as a leftie defender of whatever needs to be defended, along with some obvious skills, brought him close to Chávez. The Comandante quickly named him to top diplomatic posts, including a brief stint as Foreign Minister.

But now, winds have changed again, and so must Roy.

Venezuela’s government is no longer just a left-wing Revolution, but a murderous narco-state headed by thugs. What must a…

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Tomado de Generación Y: Maduro no sabe gobernar

Yoani Sánchez, La Habana | 20/02/2015 Nicolás Maduro (CC) Nunca pensé que iba a llegar a decir esto, pero Venezuela está peor que Cuba. Es cierto que el país suramericano no ha sobrepasado en número –ni en intensidad– el desabastecimiento de productos básicos, el colapso económico, ni la vigilancia policial que padecemos nosotros; pero Venezuela … Continue reading Tomado de Generación Y: Maduro no sabe gobernar