Archive for December, 2015

“The Big Short”: Laugh, heave, repeat

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Here’a a review I wrote of “The Big Short”: A bitter guffaw as Wall Street falls apart

The 2008 financial crisis was too complex for any one medium to tell it all. Journalists and protagonists have penned books. Hollywood has tried terse drama. There have been documentaries and radio shows. The film “The Big Short” goes for dark humor that barely masks disgust.

 

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Tightrope (or as you say in Spanish, slackrope)

Jesus Torrealba (R), secretary of the Venezuelan coalition of opposition parties (MUD), speaks near Lilian Tintori (2nd L), wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez during a news conference in Caracas December 7, 2015. Venezuela's opposition won control of the legislature from the ruling Socialists for the first time in 16 years on Sunday, giving them a long-sought platform to challenge President Nicolas Maduro. The banner reads, "Thanks". REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins - RTX1XI04

My latest column: Cuerda floja, or how Latam pro-business leaders face a welfare conundrum http://reut.rs/1jKFyRq

Running on empty

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My latest column: Venezuela’s populist revolution runs out of gas

The Andean nation has the world’s biggest oil reserves but can’t get basic goods like milk and medicine into stores. Voters will punish the inept heirs of leftist caudillo Hugo Chavez in Sunday’s legislative elections, but no quick turnaround is coming. Default is a risk in 2016.