June 7, 2016 - Joshua Goodman

June 7, 2016
Joshua Goodman

If Venezuelans wanted a new national anthem, they might consider blues singer John Lee Hooker’s great tune: BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM. Certainly all the metaphors being used in news coverage of Venezuela these days refer to explosions. “’We are like a bomb going tick-tock, tick-tock,’ said Zenovia Villegas, a 54-year-old housewife,” quoted in its lead by The Guardian, while Woodrow Wilson Center scholar Michael McCarthy led his Washington Post analysis with, “Venezuela is a powder keg.” What made Senora Villegas…

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