· August, 2006

Stories about Venezuela from August, 2006

Venezuela: Barreto vs. Barreto

31 August 2006

Miguel Octavio has translated an Op-Ed by Teodoro Petkoff as the Venezuelan government tells Caracas Mayor Juan Barreto that he was wrong in expropriating two golf courses.

Venezuela: Expropriation of Golf Courses

  30 August 2006

Miguel Octavio, Daniel Duquenal, Feathers McGraw, Katy, and Publius Pundit on the expropriation of two Caracas golf courses by Mayor Juan Barreto. EGG says (ES), “while at least I never liked golf,” though he remembers that Che Guevara did.

Venezuela, Bolivia: Books and Oil

  28 August 2006

Katy of Caracas Chronicles translates an article by Bolivian author, Juan Claudio Lechín about “Bolivarian double standards” at a Bolivian Book Fair.

Venezuela: Chavez's Next Term

  28 August 2006

Assuming that Hugo Chavez is victorious in December's presidential election, Oil Wars takes a look at what may lie ahead for Venezuela.

Global Food Blog Report #29

  28 August 2006

#1: Maika's Blog on Haitian Food: "Griot" (pronounced: greee-yo ) a popular Haitian original.  Which is fried pork shoulder accompanied with a spicy hot as habanero cole slaw like condiment called “Picklese” (s pronounced like a z).  And served with a side of fried flatten green plaintain "bunan passe" (...

Venezuela: Literature: El Complot

  24 August 2006

Guillermo Parra reviews Israel Centeno's third novel, “El Complot” as “what might be the first work of fiction to evoke the chaotic political and social crisis that has engulfed Venezuela since 1998.”

Venezuela: Unified Opposition Candidate

  23 August 2006

Daniel Duquenal and Steven Taylor both note that Governor of Zulia state, Manuel Rosales formerly registered as the unified opposition candidate for the December 3 presidential election. Miguel Octavio attended Rosales’ rally, which he photographed and described in detail: “Attendance was quite diverse, not a huge middle class presence, which...

Venezuela: Politics, Philosphy, and Gastronomy

  18 August 2006

Two more translated op-eds from Venezuela. Miguel Octavio has translated “Escape from Ramo Verde” by Teodoro Petkoff while Guillermo Parra has Héctor Silva Michelena's “The Postmodern Philosopher and the Human Vultures.” For those who believe Friday's aren't meant for politics and philosophy, Caracas Cafe says this is a good weekend...

Venezuela, UK: Boyd V. Livingstone

  17 August 2006

Aleksander Boyd has stepped out of his retirement (ES) to continue his sparring with London Mayor Ken Livingstone: “My issue with Livingstone is far from over. The more I research him, his cronies, his advocacy in favour of criminal organizations, his associations with dictators that demonstrably support terrorism and Islamic...

Cuba, Venezuela: Leftist Latino leader love notes

  11 August 2006

VivirLatino reveals the contents of the notes reportedly exchanged between Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez and ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro, saying: “don't you love leftist Latino leader love notes?”

Venezuela: Outsider Presidential Candidates

  7 August 2006

Boli-Nica gives historical and geo-political context to the outsider presidential campaign of Benjamin Rausseo, wondering aloud if the Venezuelan comedian might actually have a chance against Chavez in this December's elections.

Venezuela: Mister Papito Bloguero 2006

2 August 2006

Wari announces the winners of this year's Mister Papito Bloguero Venezuela 2006 contest (ES). Venethinker, who won the Mister Papito Bloggero Pícaro category, is looking forward to (ES) the Miss Mamita Bloggera (ES) contest, which he will be following closely “because there are spectacular women adorning the blogosphere and it...

Venezuela: Richard Stallman's Visit

  1 August 2006

Luigino Bracci has a thorough recap of Richard Stallman's visit to Venezuela (complete with audio recordings and photos), where he recommended that the country not adopt the proposed “Infogovernment Law.” There is also a two minute video clip where you can check out Stallman's Spanish.