El delirio de la fe

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Se califica a sí mismo como apóstol de Chávez, no deja de invocar su presencia en todo momento y lo percibe en cada ser viviente, buscando descifrar su mensaje hasta en el trino de los pájaros. Nicolás Maduro ha jurado gobernar en el nombre del padre.

La propaganda que el oficialismo utilizó para esta campaña no sólo tiene como imagen principal una foto de Chávez sonreído mirando al horizonte y un mensaje de apoyo a Maduro de su puño y letra, sino que además ensalza al controversial líder socialista al borde de lo sobrehumano.

Los pocos activistas que se quedan

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La ubre de un país

1352908859444-Uslar.JPGLa entrada del foro en el Celarg estaba adornada con decenas de afiches de terribles accidentes petroleros en distintos países de América Latina y, como marca de fábrica, el logotipo de las petroleras autoras de los ecocidios.

Me esforcé en escrutarlos todos. El último de ellos, ya en la entrada de la sala donde se efectuaban las conferencias, sobre un backing blanco impecable, tenía impreso un poema muy triste que redundaba en los daños que las petroleras le han hecho a las comunidades en donde se asientan.

Pero no fue el texto lo que más llamo mi atención, sino la

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Is there a more crucial battle?

1352908976346-673008349.jpgThis could be even more meaningful than the previous one. If Henrique Capriles does not maintain control of Miranda state, his political career will have stepped back irreversibly and the costly unity of the opposition will be jeopardized.

Oppositionists have not recovered from the defeat. It just happened one week ago. The gap between President Hugo Chavez and Capriles was not narrow at all in one of the most eagerly anticipated presidential elections in the world.

It was a two-digit gap, as most pollsters said, but the opposition did not expect that. Two of its main leaders, Ramon Guillermo Aveledo

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The motorbike republic

1352920286243-chavez-afichesbeta3.jpgLeaving the National Electoral Council’s building after the long election day was quite a revelation.

I had been incapable of defining my feelings that night, but maybe the word “confusion” is the most accurate.

Opposition politicians, prestigious pollsters and media leaders had assured that Henrique Capriles, the candidate challenging president Hugo Chavez in the presidential election, would have real chances to win for the first time in the 14 years that the socialist leader has ruled the South American country.

The overestimated positioning of the young governor, fueled by an exhausting race all around the country with long avenues full

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Una experiencia religiosa

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Mientras me asía del guardafangos del camión donde iban los camarógrafos, bajo el sol avasallante de la Costa Oriental del Lago, pensaba que esto era lo más parecido a un viacrucis que he vivido. Codos, rodillas, cabezazos y golpes se asemejaban a los famosos latigazos aquellos, mientras dos periodistas de VTV, cómodamente sentados en el camión, iban entrevistado activistas de Chávez en una nota de emocionalidad obligada.

900 metros de recorrido por una avenida a la que le quedó bastante grande la denominación. Con el paso del convoy de camiones rojos con el emblema del Corazón Venezolano bien grande en

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Russia and Venezuela, the same thing

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Igor Sechin has come to Venezuela a lot. While our airplane was taking off, I was wondering how much available time can a top executive has –an executive like Sechin, the most powerful man in the huge Russian petroleum industry- to visit a country like Venezuela three, four, five times a year.

He said later that the Orinoco Belt is “one of the most interesting projects in the world”. That might be an answer. But it is also true that Russia is under heavy pressure because their Venezuelan project will be the first to be developed outside its own territory,

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Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue

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Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, only answered four questions in a four-hours-long press conference last week, his first formal meeting with journalists in the last 12 months, after he was diagnosed with cancer in Cuba, treated, recovered and taken ill again.

The period of silence about his illness had been so long since news of his cancer shook Venezuela in June 2011, reporters did not overwhelmed him with questions about what every Venezuelan want to know: whether he is fully recovered of his disease or if his condition has forced the government to prepare a succession plan.

As he usually

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Poll war in Venezuela: save yourself

tumblr_l96d7d4Quh1qc66gyo1_500.jpgPollsters in Venezuela started doing their job this year following the same methodology they used in a dozen of previous election during Hugo Chavez’s rule. But this is not the same political situation and certainly it is not drawing the same scenarios.

For those in several opposition parties who want candidate Henrique Capriles to win fast and furiously, pollster are wrong and manipulated and Capriles cannot lose. For those in radical government groups, Chavez has no contender at all. They are the same groups that have denied trends and numbers from polls in many other elections before, accusing them of

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Houses, trucks and Nicolai in business suit

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While President Hugo Chavez was waiting for the president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, to arrive to Miraflores Palace in Caracas, he did not economize in adjectives for him: best friend, soul brother, strong man and revolutionary.

He agreed to answer only one question from journalists who were invited to cover the visit while a fancy black car entered the palace, but only one female voice was heard asking for the agreements both presidents would sign later.

A journalist behind me wondered why nobody else had asked something to Chavez, the real center of information in Venezuela, feared by many people

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Perro picado vale por dos

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Todo el mundo llora y se aflige cuando oye la palabra "perropicado", pero a mi me hace muy feliz porque desde que lo tenemos en casa mis morochos, que antes se peleaban por los juguetes, su turno para el baño, el Wii y las mascotas; ahora juegan por separado, uno con la cabeza que intenta lamer a cada rato, jadea y mueve las orejas, y otro con la inquieta cola.

Después de un fin de semana agotador, Marcos y Diego comparten cuentos al anochecer. Antes dormían juntos para hacerse compañía, cayéndose a puños y patadas mientras soñaban y roncaban y

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