The time zone change in Venezuela is the latest in a litany of emergency measures ordered by President Nicolás Maduro to cope with an acute electricity shortage within a broader economic meltdown and a burgeoning political crisis.
The announcement that public sector employees will be paid for five days despite working only two in a desperate bid to conserve electricity was not well received.
Manuel Rosales lost to former President Hugo Chavez in elections in 2006 and left the country in 2009 accused of corruption. He knew returning to Venezuela would almost certainly put him in jail.
I stayed in a five-star hotel, bought hundreds of beers for under $15, and paid to fill up the gas in all my neighbors' cars.