Quote of the week

[Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro] possesses, however, few of his predecessor’s resources, lacking not just oil revenue but Chávez’s surplus of charisma, humour and political skill. Maduro, unable to end the crisis, has increasingly sided with the privileged classes against the masses; his security forces are regularly dispatched into barrios to repress militants under the guise of fighting crime. Having lost its majority in Congress, the government, fearing it can’t win at the polls the way Chávez did, cancelled gubernatorial elections that had been set for December last year (though they now appear to be on again). Maduro has convened an assembly to write a new constitution, supposedly with the objective of institutionalising the power of social movements, though it is unlikely to lessen the country’s polarisation.

Greg Grandin
London Review of Books
6 August 2008

What’s going to happen now with that diary?

I see there was a coup d’etat in Mauritius. Wonder where that leaves the NPA request for the diary that shows Mr. Jacob Zuma met with arms dealers who allegedly paid him a bribe? Mr. Zuma’s appeal on that matter is still pending in the Mauritius courts. If I was a conspiracy theorist – which I am not – I would wonder about the timing of this coup and whether it has anything to do with a plot against the NPA!

UPDATE: Eish! I am obviously so obsessed with the Zuma matter that in my haste between appointments I read Mauritius for Mauritania! So no plot against the NPA then.

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