On this Día del Periodista, I salute all the journalists who keep us safe, just by showing up. It's easy to lose sight of your power, but know that you change the way power behaves.

Daily Briefing

Fire and silence

Your daily briefing for Tuesday, June 27th, 2017.

Previous Posts

Maryuri’s Story: Arrested for Committing an Act of Journalism

When her online news channel sent Maryuri to cover a cacerolazo, she never dreamed her day would end with colectivos, the National Guard and Military Counterintelligence arguing over who would get to keep her and her team.

Día del Periodista 2017: Journalism amid Fear

On the Día del Periodista, we talk to journalists who’ve experienced real repression, in the flesh. Elyangeliga González and Ramón Camacho describe the war-zone Venezuelan journalism has become.

Jorge’s Groundhog Day

Jorge Rodríguez thinks he can just keep playing the opposition again and again, like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. Trouble is, we all see what he’s doing.

The Constituyente: Putting the Next Political Crisis on a Timer

The countdown to July 30th is on. Venezuela must be the only place where the government gives the next crisis its own fecha en el calendario.

Leo’s Mind

Leonardo González has become the it illustrator for the current crisis. We go on a tour of his amazing oeuvre.

The Venezuela Climate Change Will Leave Us

Venezuelans tend to think of Climate Change as a kind of “First World Problem.” But the country’s already suffering its effects, and coming decades promise much, much worse.

Previous Briefings


Your daily briefing for Monday, June 26, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Shot down at La Carlota

Your daily briefing for Friday, June 23, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.

A gloomy day

Your daily briefing for Thursday, June 22, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Civil Disobedience

Your daily briefing for Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Damn Soldiers

Your daily briefing for Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Depression weekend

Your daily briefing for Monday, June 19, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.

A week long dive into the 1989 spasm of chaos that changed Venezuela forever.

Previous Posts

HIV Haunts Venezuela Again

Time was when public health officials in Africa travelled to Venezuela to learn best practices in handling the HIV/AIDS epidemic. But times change.

Article 350 of the Constitution: An Urban Tale

Venezuela’s constitution contains a bizarre oddity: its final article explicitly mandates you to disown the government if democracy and human rights are under threat.

Senseless Death

We are suffering from our delusions of grandeur, the “magical state”, the winner takes all mentality. And, all around, the stench is of ever increasing destruction, of senseless death.

Getting ready for an emergency… in the middle of another emergency

Earlier this week, Venezuela just barely dodged Tropical Storm Bret. But what would a major natural disaster be like in Venezuela today?

Why the 2018 Recovery will be Nothing like 2004

Think the economy can bounce back from the current crisis quickly, like it did after the paro petrolero? Think again.

The Secret Life of a Foot Soldier for “La Resistencia”

Roberto can’t tell his dad what he does every day after he finishes work. He risks everything for the Resistance day in and day out, and no one knows.

Hasta Siempre, “Santos Yorme”

Pompeyo Márquez has passed away. One of the most prominent leftists of Venezuela's 20th century, he was a harsh critic of Hugo Chávez.

There’s Something About Luisa

We know virtually nothing about Prosecutor General Luisa Ortega Díaz. It’s probably best to assume she sees us as entirely disposable tactical allies.

Chronicle of a Currency Crisis Foretold

The value of the bolivar is collapsing at a frightening speed amidst a hard-currency crunch and disastrous FX shenanigans. Tipo: normal.

The Venezuela You Only Find at the Protests

I joined Primero Auxilios UCAB. In anguish, my mom asks me why I insist on risking my life to go out for protest after protest. Here's my answer.

The Hollow Campaign for a Hollow Constituyente

Shmaltzy music, aggressively smiling people and straight-up plagiarism: the propaganda state is using every trick in the book to sell us on Maduro's Constituent Assembly.

Venezuela, CARICOM and the Muddle in the Periphery

When it comes to OAS voting blocks, CARICOM is not as monolithic as you may think.

Cancun, the OAS, and Venezuela’s Prosecutor General

Luisa Ortega Díaz has begun creating a paper trail that will be invaluable down the road. It’s time the hemisphere took her seriously as an interlocutor.

The Palacio Municipal’s Tinsel Crown

When Mayor Jorge Rodríguez decided to slap a tacky Salón de Fiestas onto the roof of the 344 year old Caracas City Hall, architectural purists were appalled. In fact, his is just the latest in a four-century history of non-stop desecrations.

Gold Reserve Lines Up for some Hunger Bonds

Nine years after Hugo Chávez expropriated Las Brisas mine, the bill comes due. But how do you pay a billion dollar bill when you’re fresh out of cash? With Hunger Bonds, of course.

Prepara Familia: Kids and moms of the JM de los Rios...

Watching Venezuela burn from far away, people naturally feel a need to help. In the first of a series of post, we vouch for Prepara Familia, an NGO doing amazing work helping the families of sick kids.

CLAPs Food Distribution Turns Out to be a Giant Scam

National Assembly member Carlos Paparoni lays out the scam surrounding CLAPs food imports from Mexico in specific, galling detail.

Pseudolaw: How chavismo survives by aping the law to destroy it

Much like pseudoscience, pseudolaw uses the outward trappings of law to pervert its essence. Thankfully, the opposition is finally showing some backbone in its fight against this corrosive attack on legality.

The PDVSA 22s Must be Investigated

Without a proper, impartial investigation we’ll never know who walked off with hundreds of millions of the Venezuelan public's money in this plainly improper transaction.

Datanalisis: Everything Is Terrible, but not Everyone Hates Maduro

A recent poll by Datanalisis gives us a glimpse of public opinion in the era of protests. The news: Everyone hates what’s happening, but Maduro’s numbers haven’t collapsed.


The Premio Internacional de Novela Rómulo Gallegos, once one of the Spanish language’s highest literary honors, just became the latest victim of Venezuela’s crisis.

Don’t Blame the Constitution for Our Winner-Takes-All Politics

What makes controlling the Executive Branch so valuable in Venezuela isn’t our Constitution, it’s the fact that the government ignores it without consequences.

The Unsinkable Luisa Ortega Díaz

Swiftly moving down her list of to-do's, the Prosecutor General is now after 13 justices illegally appointed by the last chavista National Assembly in 2015.

Viva la Vinotinto, or Protesting from the Bleachers

I was among the Venezuelans who somehow made our way to a stadium in the far-off Korean city of Suwon hoping to witness a miracle.

The Day Three Cops Assailed Me

One minute, Luis was just walking home from a protest. The next, he became one more anonymous victim of police brutality. His bruises are a reminder of the risks we all face when out on the streets.

How the Arepa Took Over the World, then Died at Home

Venezuelans fleeing the country have taken arepas with them to share with the world (you're welcome), while those here feel lucky to eat one once in a while (thank you, Chávez).

The Portuguese Community gives up on the Venezuelan Dream

In honor of Día de Portugal, we look at the sad state of a once proud immigrant community whose home country is now making contingency plans to evacuate hundreds of thousands of nationals out of Venezuela.

#TheWeeklyArepa Editorial: A way out

Each Friday, Raúl regales the members of our mailing list with a scrumptious little nugget of wisdom in our Weekly Arepa. Here’s this week’s.

Corruption and Phantom Bonds

Forget about playing to bankers’ sense of right and wrong: selling out public assets for much less than they’re worth is a crime, a ‘delito de salvaguarda.’ That’s where the focus should be.

The Pope knows

Here’s what we know about what the Holy Father knows about Venezuela that all of us know already.

What Young Venezuelans do When They’re not Being Killed

In the midst of our poorest years in every aspect, be it economic, social, or political, today in football, we shine brighter than ever.

The Guardia Whisperer

I’m a sifrino kid who used to get shaken down for bribes at checkpoints all the time. Then I learned how to chill with a Guardia Nacional. And it stopped. Can MUD learn my tricks?

Neomar and All Our Fallen

One day, the lives of all Venezuelans who’ve died through government's acts and omissions will be properly honored. This website is a good start.

One Flu Away from Disaster

Faced with a catastrophic health crisis, it’s easy to overlook mild ailments. But as medicine costs sky-rocket, even common afflictions can bring huge economic hardships for Venezuelans.

What did Vladimir Padrino López Say and Why did He Say...

As the GNB turns from repressing protesters to stealing from them, the Defense Minister says he “doesn’t want to see even one more National Guardsman committing an atrocity on the streets.” Coincidence?

My March with Ivón

I traveled to Ciudad Bolívar determined to march. Then I met a remarkable old lady who put the entire thing in perspective.