Maracaibo now looks like a city devastated by war. But that’s not what happened. It’s what chavismo has done to the second most important city in Venezuela: crime, chaos, collapse of public services, hunger, poverty and desperation.

LGBTI Parade in CDMX: Inclusion, Freedom and Tolerance Abroad

There’s a lot being done for LGBTI rights in Latin America. While we fight a dictatorship to cover basic needs and for our freedom, other countries in the region are taking steps towards becoming more progressive, free and tolerant societies.

Brief History of Political Persecution in Venezuela

Suppressed voices of dissent can be found all throughout Venezuelan history. From the time we were a Spanish colony to the 21st century, governments haven’t been precisely tolerant or open to independent thought or opposition.

Clap Business Opportunities Also Flourish in the UAE

This report is why Armando.Info was blocked and four of their journalists had to leave the country. Everything and everyone behind the CLAP business, now in English.

It’s the Authors!

We’re celebrating Caracas Chronicles’ 16th anniversary today. Thanks for sticking around for this long. Here’s to many more!

Let Me Tell You What a Mandatory Chavista Rally Is Really...

If you work in any kind of public institution, you are forced to attend chavista rallies and pretend you agree or enjoy it. It’s either that or getting fired

Only One Party from 2015’s MUD Survives the Government’s Purge

Just three years after the MUD’s largest electoral victory during the chavista era, only one of its political parties remains legal and has been able to keep its official status as a political party, according to the CNE.

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Venezuelan Schools Face a Pitch-Black Near Future

It will take several generations of educated citizens to fix our country, but schools are forbidden to increase tuition fees, and still parents can’t afford private education anymore. Also, teachers leave the classrooms to make more money elsewhere, and students drop out because of the high cost of uniforms and school supplies.

Chavismo Causes Hardships, Still Blames Senior Citizens for Cash Crisis

Venezuelan senior citizens are subjected to humiliation and shortages. Some of them depend on their children abroad to survive. After a lifetime of being productive members of society, it takes a toll on their psyche. Maduro accuses them of supporting the Colombian mafia by reselling the cash from their hard earned pension, too.

How Valuable Is Immigration for Society?

More than 1,500 people entered The Economist’s Open Future essay contest and one of its four finalists in the Open Borders category was our very own Juan Carlos Gabaldón. Here’s his essay for you.

PDVSA Involved in International Money Laundering Investigation

A group of Venezuelan citizens, including several former government officials, have been charged of laundering two billion dollars from PDVSA contracts in Andorra.

Venezuelans Who Stayed Need More than Your Money

The Venezuelan diaspora has a vital role that isn’t often mentioned. Sending money, food or medicine, is only part of it. But our diaspora can help by offering moral support, advice, words of encouragement and a virtual shoulder to lean on, too.

What We Need For A Political Change

Turns out there are several requirements in order for chavismo to crumble and there’s only one thing we’re missing. It has proved to be the hardest of them all.

Hell Hath No Fury Like A Country Scorned

The way Henrique Capriles Radonski is being accused of corruption, sans evidence or trial, is horrendous and reactionary, and we have a former caprilieber to tell us why.

Children with Hurler Syndrome Lack of Medication and Proper Treatment

Almost two years ago, the Dr. Pastor Oropeza Venezuelan Institute of Social Security in Barquisimeto stopped receiving Aldurazyme, the medicine used to treat Hurler Syndrome in children from Lara and Portuguesa states.

NYT’s Feel-Good Editorial Could Have Painful Consequences

The most recent editorial in the New York Times about Venezuela, argues that Trump should just stay out of it. It’s a nice try but it falls flat because of the weak and naive arguments it presents. Hey, it’s the thought that counts!

The Birth of Acción Democrática: A Landmark

AD is, to this day, one of the strongest Venezuelan political parties. It has overcome many obstacles over the last 77 years, but how much do we know about its founders and origins?

Armando.Info Gagged by CONATEL Under Court Order

Broadcasting authority Conatel informed four journalists of website Armando.Info that they’re now legally gagged. They can’t say or report anything related to CLAP businessman Alex Saab.

Chavismo Punishes Photojournalists for Telling the Truth

Photojournalists are jailed, injured or robbed for committing what the government perceives to be the worst of crimes: truthfully reporting this country’s reality.

Deadly Raid Puts FAES Operations Under Scrutiny

A raid in Caracas where eight people were killed has put the spotlight on the special police group FAES. Along accusations of using excessive force, it has started to expand operations

Never Forget Who Luisa Ortega Díaz Used to Be

Ortega Díaz is nothing but a reformed criminal, now cooperating with the good guys. Her reward for working with the opposition should be a lesser prison sentence, not a successful political career.

A Venezuelan Chronicle: Two Weeks Navigating the Tyranny

It doesn’t matter if you come to Venezuela often, for business or pleasure, every time you return you’ll see how everything gets harder, even the most basic errands. It’s like an obstacle race you can never win.

Chavismo Wants to Take Your Money from Bolivar Hell to Dollar...

Out of dollars, the government tries to entice Venezuelans to bring their own.

Accomplices of the Regime Are Now Affected by The Exodus

Humanitarian crisis and large-scale human rights violations are usually enabled by insufficient response from the international community. Venezuela is no exception. Those who once behaved as the silent accomplices of the Venezuelan regime, are now struggling to handle the massive influx of immigrants determined to escape the country’s crisis.

NYT Reveals Details of A Doomed Plot

A big story in The New York Times tries to show American connivance in a dastardly plot… and it just shows the utter uselessness of Venezuela’s military leadership.

Lara Hosts International Anthropology Congress, An Oasis of Thought

In July, an Anthropology and Archeology congress that took place in Barquisimeto, brought together 106 Venezuelan and 40 international attendees. How was this accomplished? How did international speakers feel as they faced the country’s collapse?

Lines Blur Between Venezuelan Dystopia and Caribbean Cyberpunk

Farmers mining bitcoin, pranes using digital traces to kidnap people, hackers in shantytowns at the service of the secret police, chieftains paying for bots, biopolitical control and a presidential assassination attempt using drones. My country is a bad sci-fi movie.

The Ghost of Queues Returns to Haunt Maracuchos

Long lines are back. They never left entirely, but they did become a rare sight. After Maduro’s paquetazo, panicked citizens are buying everything they can. Food, medicine, gas and cash are scarce, but fear and anguish are not.

Human Rights Watch Report Contradicts Chavismo with Hard Data

On the same day that chavismo said that Venezuela was the second South American country welcoming more immigrants, Human Rights Watch published a report preaching the hard truth about the horrid Venezuelan migrants crisis.

Henrique Capriles: From Political MVP to Allegedly Corrupt Politician

Henrique Capriles went from public idol to political orphan. His alleged shady relationship with Odebrecht has hurt what little was left of his dying leadership. Capriles stands alone, while a headless opposition cries for help amidst social and economic collapse.

Camarada Picasso: Art for Propaganda’s Sake

Chavismo tries to pay lip service to highbrow art with a heavily politicized week-long Picasso event where, in fact, the 149 pieces displayed were anything but political. How political can a blocky coffee pot be?