I have a cunning plan to restore democracy to your country…it involves tanks, lots and lots of tanks.

This one is flying sort of under the radar screen: turns out that in the wake of Fernando Lugo’s impeachment in Paraguay, Venezuelan foreign minister (and aspiring dauphin) Nicolás Maduro was in Asunción, where he took the opportunity to more-or-less openly pressure the nation’s military to stage a coup to bring Lugo back.

Which just goes to show: the intricacies of Paraguayan constitutional law may be beyond me, but expecting the Chávez administration to play a constructive role in defense of democracy is like asking England to win a penalty shoot-out…hopeless!