Next week’s OAS agenda boasts not one, but two back to back Permanent Council meetings entirely devoted to the topic of Venezuela. The two represent opposing sides of a debate over what the least ineffective best approach the OAS should take in helping Venezuela.

Tuesday’s meeting on “Dialogue” has been called by the Maduro Venezuelan delegation, with Argentinean support. Former presidents José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Leonel Fernández and Martín Torrijos will be present, so that they may once again justify their hard-earned frequent flyer miles all over South America.

Thursday, on the other hand, is D-Day, where D stands for Democratic Charter, of the Inter-American sort. That Special Meeting of the Permanent Council will see Almagro waltz into the Sala Libertador, armed with his lengthy report on Venezuelan democracy, and, we hope, the instrumental support of Argentina, who even Capriles tried to lobby this week. The outcome of that session could very well determine whether or not the recall referendum happens in 2016.

Wait.. what? When did Argentina suddenly become indispensable to Venezuelan internal politics? Why is Argentina Madurista? Is the Pope involved? Huh?

Thankfully, Juan’s got the whole Argentina-backroom-shadyness angle covered, for your reading pleasure.

Tune in on Tuesday for the rest of this telenovela.

 

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