Every day, dozens of children and teenagers roam freely on the streets of Chacao municipality. They form gangs, beg for food or something to sell, steal what they can from shops and rob people. The government, of course, denies this happens so they won’t have to fix it.
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It’s Yet TBD If Senator Corker’s Plans Are a Backchannel or...

The Boston Group and Republicans Bob Corker and Caleb McCarry, among others, have committed to the task of negotiating to solve the Venezuelan crisis, with a little resistance from certain opposition factions. Why? Because there’s no guarantee they won’t make it worse.

October, 18, 1945: The Start of the October Revolution

The October Revolution: First, a coup. Then, a Revolutionary Government Junta to rule the country, headed by Rómulo Betancourt. In their decrees, they vowed to do it right.

Ghoul Nation Part II: Creatures of Central Venezuela

The inhabitants of Central Venezuela can’t escape the fits of rage of tortured souls that still roam and haunt the land, to punish wrongdoers or search for justice, atonement or vengeance.

Oil Production Became an Expensive Victim of the Electric Crisis

It seems like poor management and corruption won’t only affect Zulia inhabitants. The entire country loses money when oil production in that state declines because of the electric crisis.

Compassionate Ones Help Venezuelan Caminantes They Meet on the Road

The hidden ghosts of xenophobia and discrimination are coming out, but that’s overridden by an enormous group of people who help Venezuelans in their journey to a new and more dignified life.

Where Did Comments Go?

Like most online publications, we have a love-hate relationship with comments. We want to bring them back, but we’re committed to detoxifying them first.

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A Nobel Prize and the Rise of Modern Science in Venezuela

A Venezuelan in the research team of the most recent Nobel Prize in Medicine winner brought to mind the story of Baruj Benacerraf, the only Venezuelan who has received the price. Saying Benacerraf’s was a triumph for Venezuelan science is inaccurate, but it did help cement the somewhat successful process to make science a serious discipline in the country.

Under Chavismo, the Media Became the News

Chavismo has proven to be efficient in only one thing: taking over Venezuelan media, shaping the news to their convenience, turning the citizens against journalists and restricting or, well, anhilating freedom of information.

Chile’s Communist Party Opposes U.S. Intervention in Venezuela (Cuban Intervention is...

The Chilean Left created a petition to stop the Trump administration from intervening in Venezuela. We don’t think an online petition has that kind of power and Chile seems to forget who helped them out of their last dictatorship.

Reporting the Crisis Brings Persecution and Exile for Venezuelan Firemen

The Merida firefighters from the donkey mockery aren’t the only ones on trial. Firemen in Apure and Lara were also brought to justice for showing what their working conditions are like.

Albán: Contradictions of the Guilty

Primero Justicia councilman Fernando Albán was buried yesterday. Citizens know what happened, even if the government disguises it with smoke and mirrors. Just what really happened on that tenth floor?

Ghoul Nation Part I : Monsters of Eastern Venezuela

Venezuelan land and waters are haunted by spirits, monsters and ghosts. Each one has preferences about what kind of victims it attacks and each can be placated or vanquished with a specific method. The Oriental belief system is rich, alive and well.

The Petro Was Officially Launched… Again

You might have read this in February, as the petro was supposed to be launched in February. Maduro even hit a symbolical “on” switch pressing enter last week. And still… cue crickets.

Public Servants Protest as You Read This: Some Wages Are More...

Workers in the public sector, are now showing their dissatisfaction with the government and how Maduro’s economic measures mean that there’s no fair salary escalation. They’re all equally poor.

The Fernando Albán We Knew

After his tragic death while under SEBIN custody, stories of Fernando Albán’s life and what he did for his coworkers in the Cabildo and even for people who disagreed politically with him, from someone who knew him.

Maduro Wins the Public Opinion Battle Against Reality Itself

Since they control most of the media and Venezuelans don’t have access to the news or different points of view, the regime can fabricate and spread a convenient narrative. This is how poorly informed citizens answered questions about the economic measures.

Tools for Change: How Far Will Elections Take Us Right Now?

As the crisis deepens and the possibility of an election to approve a new Constitution hovers over our heads, the old debate of voting or not in an election without fair conditions resurfaces stronger than ever before. What has changed?

Venezuelans Set Out to Cross the Continent on Foot

Crossing the border to Colombia, then to Ecuador or Peru is a long, painful journey even if all they carry is a backpack. Venezuelan migrants find some help in Colombian cities, but tiredness, cold and hunger are constant companions.

Death of Political Prisoner Under State Custody Shrouded in Mystery

Opposition councilman Fernando Albán died today. Two contradicting versions from the government and the fact that Venezuelans know that SEBIN officials torture political prisoners make us doubt that he killed himself, as they said happened.

The Business that Feeds the Mine

People all over Bolívar State have got gold fever. They travel to the mines and make ends meet by selling everything they can think of to miners. The problem is that, in addition to gold fever, they could get malaria or measles. As profitable as the business might be, is it worth the risk?

La Nona, Like Chavismo, Is a Parasite That Killed Its Host

La Nona is a play that symbolically talks about the Argentine dictatorship, about its ambition and its desire to destroy everything. Is chavismo La Nona?

The Heritage of Operación Cóndor

This article doesn’t seek to analyze the possibility of a U.S. intervention nor the geopolitics affecting that scenario. It tries to get a grasp of the effects that the Operación Cóndor is having on the politicians that want a change of government in Venezuela, but still refuse to support an intervention.

#OmiChronicles: Bringing Crypto To The Masses

This is how we fight back! We’re putting our crypto where our knowledge is. In this case, it’s in omipedia, the encyclopedia of all things crypto.

Economic Measures Cause Meat Shortage in All of Zulia State

After the government set the prices of beef, as part of Maduro’s economic measures, this protein disappeared in the Zulia region. Farmers are trying but can’t keep up, they have to sacrifice their revenue and deal with threats of expropriation.

Opacity Surrounds New Constitution by the Illegitimate ANC

Last year, as a direct response to protests, the ANC was decreed into existence by Maduro, violating Chávez’s precious 1999 Constitution. They’re supposed to be writing a new one but there’s just too much secrecy around it.

Caracas Chronicles Book Review: Memoria Ciudadana by Gustavo Coronel

Gustavo Coronel knows how to take on challenges. In his book Memoria ciudadana, he writes about what life before Chávez was like for men like him and how he knew what the chavista debacle was going to be like, from the start.

The Hegemony’s Tactics to Confuse, Divide and Rule the Media Work

As the crackdown on what’s left of independent media in Venezuela continues, a new study establishes how the government also shifts the public conversation to its advantage.

Maracaibo Market Intervention Or How People Just Don’t Get It

Maracaibo mayor Omar Prieto raided Las Pulgas market in Maracaibo last week. What will this do for people? What will it solve? Nothing. The government apparatus works like a smooth machine in at least one way: people blame, hate and root against the wrong culprit all the time.
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Increasing Gas Prices: Chavismo’s Wrong Solution to Huge Problems

The price of what had been the cheapest gas on Earth was supposed to increase recently. A long-overdue measure that Maduro assures will improve the economy, but will only deepen the fierce control the State has over the average Venezuelan life.
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The Burro Mockery Could Spark A Rebellion

Two firemen were imprisoned for comparing Nicolás Maduro to a donkey. Laughter is a traditional way to criticize power, but can it start a political movement? Yes, it can, if we build a discourse around it.