Excerpts of column "Runrunes" (Rumors) released on Thursday, November 08
Chavezism seems to be unaware of its inner crisis, impossible to be skipped no matter the effort
THE PROCESSION. While Chavezsim points to winds of division in the ranks of the opposition Unified Democratic Panel (MUD), and even sends emissaries with stuffed saddlebags to buy some conscience or frame concomitant nominations, it seems to be unaware of its inner crisis, impossible to be skipped no matter the effort. The walls of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) exude the strife that the caudillo seems to ignore, tired of listening time after time to the complaints of the bunch of red, very red gangs. The triad composed of Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro, former Minister of the Interior and Justice Tareck el Aissami and ex Executive Vice-President Elías Jaua used to play alone with the Bolivarian bourgeois and billionaire chief of state-run oil holding Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa), Rafael Ramírez as the only rival. Now, they resolved to approach Ramírez in order to join efforts and face the military officers close to President Hugo Chávez. The initial target of the quartet is Congress Speaker Diosdado Cabello, in an attempt at curbing his progress and preventing him from moving up the power ladder. They are certain that the original caudillo "will throw in the towel in his forced retirement in light of his health condition" All of the four will put their own people in key positions and their pace will depend on the performance of the reelected government. Likewise, they will cover some of their non sancta actions. (...) In the meantime, they build bridges with pseudo-opponents. In the garrisons, generals watch and shut up.
"Cocoa is to Venezuelans what wine is to the French," says Alejandro Prosperi, head of the Venezuelan Chamber of Cocoa, using this simile to express the paramount importance or the cocoa industry for the country. Often times heralded as "the best cocoa in the world," a passion for quality dating back to the sixteenth century has made Venezuelan cocoa growers to enjoy high prestige at international level and their product to be among the most sought-after in the world.