It’s almost a century ago today that antibiotics, as we know them, were first introduced into modern medicine. Sadly, Venezuela struggles to stay out of the pre-antibiotic era.
The Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network tries to explain criollo corruption in measured, bureaucratic English and produces an accidental work of guisero poetry.
Venezuelans desperate for hard currency realized Runescape runs on fake money —with more purchasing power than the bolivar. This is how the crisis reached the pixels.
The romance between the Revolution and Smartmatic is over, but the substitute bride is here. Meet Ex-Clé, the shady corporation that will run our next elections.
Ascending through patience and cunning, our “First Combatant” is a mixture of Cersei Lannister and Lady Mao —and, allegedly, the real power behind the throne.
No U.S. president has ever devoted as much of a U.N.G.A. speech to Venezuela as Donald Trump just did. But does he have the chops to lead the international response to Maduro?
Your daily briefing for Friday, September 15, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.
Your daily briefing for Thursday, September 14, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.
We’re calling it first: Hector Rodríguez will one day be president of this patria grande. Don’t believe it? Look at these facts and despair.
National Assembly member Gilber Caro is the face of triumph over extraordinary obstacles. He is also the face of Maduro's unspeakable cruelty. He could be dead soon if he doesn't get help.
The deranged chavistas now calling for a return to the Gold Standard aren’t deeply lost Glenn Beck fans. They’re mediocre pols who want the monetary benefits of good fiscal policy to come by magic, without any of the boring “fiscal discipline” bits.
The government seems to think the cheap calculator trick in switching from dollars to yuan amounts to a financial strategy. They’re so far gone, they can’t even recognize hollow posturing for what it is anymore.
El Helicoide has always been an ambitious project. It's just that the ambition changed from futurist drive-through shopping mall to sinister torture chamber.
If you want to see the Maduro regime prosecuted for crimes against humanity, then you’re in luck. That road, however, is as tangled and complex as you might expect.
Venezuela has no shortage of quality grade assholes doing their finest to represent us abroad.
Years ago, Panama was the choice destination for Venezuelan expats. Over time, as numbers have swelled, yesterday's refuge has become ever more openly hostile to us.
Most countries publish guides for foreign investors, but none of those has Venezuela’s “sense of humor”. Let me show you why.
Join us at 2:00pm EST for a Congressional Hearing on "The Malicious Influence of State and Criminal Actors." Keep an eye out for the witness from Montreal, we hear he likes to destabilize on the record.
Venezuela is supposed to be covered by vaccination schemes, as required by international health organizations. So how come we have so many exposed children?
For the first time in ages, the Finance Minister addressed his battered and bruised nation. To what end? To stamp out the scourge of our time… the merchant willing to swipe your card and advance you some cash for a commission.
The Constituent Assembly’s sometimes portrayed as a strange new autocratic departure. In fact, when it comes to spending and anything related with the economy, Maduro been ruling on his own for ages.
In Miranda, Carlos Ocariz is the obvious candidate for governor. But given a series of probable events, this other man might take the office, regardless of primaries.
With the general collapse of infrastructure, diseases allegedly defeated have made a horrifying comeback, and none has been more voracious than malaria.
Voting isn't an act of protest, it's an act of tactical retreat. Tactical retreat is never fun. It's dispiriting, intolerable, bitter...and essential. Because the alternative is the end of organized opposition to the regime: the true Cuban scenario.
The opposition candidates for governor in Miranda are fully aware of the questions troubling us all. How good are their answers for you?
Like you, I am not very convinced on voting for governors. And when I asked one of the candidates why it is worth it, you best believe the debate was on.
Nobody likes Ismael García... but here in Aragua we're pretty much resigned to him being MUD's gubernatorial candidate.
Many candidates, zero enthusiasm — in Táchira even the hardcore opposition is rolling its eyes at MUD’s primary.
There are primaries this Sunday for governor elections in Mérida —and you probably didn’t know, or care, like most merideños around.
As Francisco Rodríguez calls for the AN and the ANC to jointly approve new debt, we wonder who’s left out there who would lend to Venezuela with legislative authority, but not without it.
What do U.S. financial sanctions mean for Venezuelan oil? Will PDVSA be pushed into default? Or will they just make selling oil to the U.S. a little more inconvenient? We navigate through the ins and outs of Executive Order # 13808.
Two beloved radio stations just went off the air by executive decision. As you might expect, nothing in the Revolution happens by chance...
Yon Goicoechea pens a New York Times Op-Ed from the dark confines of his jail cell. The three minutes that you spend reading it are three minutes of freedom that you gift a political prisoner.
Our emperor has said that there is an invasion afoot. We must trust him and prepare ourselves to vanquish the enemy.
In 2004, I went out for errands. I ended the day with a gunshot wound and an ultra-large dose of reality.
The 2017 Protest Movement may have fizzled out, but there’s a song for that, too. Come in and have a listen.
After losing my Venezuelan driver’s license, I expected a tortuous process to get it back. Little did I know, all you need is a printer, Internet and a big sense of humor.
With no political parties involved, society summoned a “March for the Fallen” last Wednesday. We mourned the dead, the few of us who showed up.
For five years, Gustavo Hernández Acevedo has been minutely tracking each new attack on Venezuela's free press. Yesterday, for Deutsche Welle, he stood back to survey the wreckage.
The people who asked for my vote in 2015 so that they could hold sessions in Parliament are no longer holding sessions in Parliament because they want to ask for my vote.
In an exceptionally lucid and harrowing piece in The Observer, Emma Graham-Harrison introduces us to the Venezuelan teenagers turning to prostitution to stave off hunger.
Venezuelans tend to think we are the first cases of everything, but I’m not even the first to experience repression in my family. This is how my great-grandpa lived it – and won.
With the defenestrated Luisa Ortega Diaz traipsing around South America giving speeches denouncing government corruption, the opposition base still can’t seem to make up its mind about what to think of her.
The government has already begun to retroactively blame Friday’s U.S. Sanctions for problems it caused years ago.