Rotten empanadas

24 January 2006


I may be wrong, but there is something fishy about Chavista propaganda: his image can be found on an array of products – from mugs to an anatomically incorrect doll called "Chavecito", which to me raises the question of who holds trademark rights to this brand? If you are attending the forum, I suggest you approach this merchandise carefully – as you should with empanadas (a traditional, taco-like, corn flour concoction filled with minced meat, which gave me quite the indigestion). Think about Che Guevara's image, which has been sponsoring conflicts and insipid insurrections around the world, and the recent case of a Danish organization selling sixty dollars T-shirts to support the Revolutionary Armed Force of Colombia (FARC). Perhaps empanadas, as Chavez T-shirts, can only be digested by Venezuelans.

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