Biography: 

Simon Rodriguez Porras is a Venezuelan Socialist and musician based in the Andean city of Merida, active with the Venezuelan Partido Socialismo y Libertad. He just published a book, "Why Did Chavismo Fail", available online at www.socialistcore.org , and blogs at http://simonrodriguezporras.blogspot.com/ . Barring power-cuts, he will be joining us through Skype from Venezuela