Reality in Venezuela has taken us from "No vale, yo no creo" to "No lo puedo creer." As the government goes on the offensive, the pace of the crisis is quickening. It's a white knuckle ride.

Daily Briefing

Your daily brieing for Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Watch here as Luisa Ortega, the Prosecutor General, launches into her highly anticipated press conference.

The deliriously unfair rules for electing the 540 (!!) people who’ll rewrite our constitution are unveiled...and they’re exactly the kind of democratic car-wreck we’d expected.

The government's gone all out to keep any sign of the crisis off of Venezuela's broadcast media. They weren't counting on Venezuela's brave fútbolistas.

There's an undeniable high that comes from blocking off your street and showing GNB who's boss. But guarimbas are now arguably as big a threat to the protest movement as repression from the state.

As the opposition marches to demand humanitarian aid, we take a cold, hard look at what international aid can and can’t do to help Venezuela’s ravaged health care system.

During her trial for corruption, the Brazilian woman behind Chávez's 2012 campaign reveals damning information about chavismo’s dark side.

Previous Briefings

Your daily briefing for Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Your daily briefing for Monday, May 22, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Your briefing for Saturday, May 20, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Your daily briefing for Friday, May 19, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Your daily briefing for Thursday, May 18, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Your daily briefing for Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.
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A week long dive into the 1989 spasm of chaos that changed Venezuela forever.

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As the opposition marches to demand humanitarian aid, we take a cold, hard look at what international aid can and can’t do to help Venezuela’s ravaged health care system.

During her trial for corruption, the Brazilian woman behind Chávez's 2012 campaign reveals damning information about chavismo’s dark side.

The Prosecutor General, Luisa Ortega Díaz, holds the key to the crisis. As she tries to manage a position that’s neither government loyalist nor outright critic, we take a closer look at the toughest balancing act in Venezuelan politics today.

As part of our lead-up to a World Premiere, Clif describes his tour through regions of Europe where many hope to follow in the footsteps of the Bolivarian Revolution.

As if tear gas, brutal attacks on neighborhoods and military trials for civilians were not enough, members of human rights organizations are being directly targeted in Lara.

In San Antonio de los Altos, my hometown, neighborhood groups of  young protesters are starting to act like opposition colectivos.

A blockbuster Miami Herald story claims the National Guard is getting ready to gun down protesters. Listen closely to the secret recording it’s based on, and the conclusion is the exact opposite.

MUD knows it needs regime defections if it wants any hope to lead a transition, and that means it needs to offer amnesty. This week, the National Assembly announced its plan to do precisely that.

Holding a political rally at night struck many as a hokey (or dangerous) idea. In fact, it was a profoundly moving experience.

The price of a dollar is now one million percent higher in bolivars than the day Hugo Chávez was sworn in! Hay Patria!

All that's left in Venezuela for me is ashes, ruin, misery...and my estranged father.

Explaining what they do not understand is what chavistas do best. Now, it’s the Constituyente’s turn.

If there’s one thing Venezuela does not need international help with, it’s poisoning our own beaches. Alas, that’s the kind of international help we’re getting.

People who are not psychopaths find it hard to administer violence. How does the National Guard and the Bolivarian Police overcome that reticence?

We have run out of adjectives to describe repression in Venezuela.

MUD desperately needs to signal to mid-ranking chavistas who are not involved in Human Rights abuses that their best bet right now is to break with the regime. Here’s how.

For all his power over broadcast media, Nicolás Maduro has completely lost his hold over Venezuela’s public conversation. We’ve tuned him out.

This Venezuelan lawyer explains how even doing a PhD in Stanford, she has to deal with fear, frustration and guilt over the country’s reality.

I looked at the three bills left in my wallet. I could buy five chocolate bars with them — awesome! But the thought gnawed at me: someone else — someone else right here — could turn them into three grand.

When everything is in short supply, the thing you miss most is a sense of normalcy. I wanted to give that to mom on this mother's day, just a reminder of what a normal morning used to feel like. A citywide hunt for coffee, milk and sugar ensued.

This Venezuelan writer’s analysis on Yibram Saab’s viral video denouncing his father’s lack of courage takes the case into a ground far beyond politics –that of values.

Just 11 days after it was unveiled, talk of a National Constituent Assembly is thin on the ground. There’s a good reason for that: there isn’t going to be any Consituyente. The call has already failed.

Could the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela be found responsible, under international law, for Colectivos’ abuses? Yes. Here’s why.

Instead of protesting or watching from the sidelines, they risk their own skin to save those wounded in protests. Here's what it's like being a Cruz Verde volunteer.

The health ministry's epidemiology bulletins are out for the first time since 2015. They show a ravaged health system, where diseases once erradicated strike hundreds of thousands and maternal and infant mortality have spiked alarmingly.

At this point, we're so far through the looking glass, part of me goes into de que vuelan vuelan mode. I mean, it's insane. But we've tried everything else. Why not Dabucurí?

There was unprecedented violence at protests in Mérida on Monday, as protesters faced sharply stepped-up repression with a level of determination that's never been seen before.

Venezuela wrecks your mind. Being manipulated, threatened, gaslighted, and abused with chavista mind games for a decade and a half will do that to you. The mark of that wrecked mind is a panicky fear of hope itself.

Wondering where the heck the government can still scrounge up some cash to keep the show going that little bit longer? Here is a list of dismal “options.”

Venezuelan doctors are now sailing to Trinidad in search for supplies they can no longer find back home. This week, three of them did not make it back after their boat stalled and sank at sea.

The claim that “new debt cannot be contracted without Assembly approval” has been one of the opposition’s most effective lines of attack against. Unfortunately, as a matter of law, it’s mostly wrong.

A quick scan of ñángara constitution-making from Vladimir Lenin to Manuel Zelaya, with pitstops in Cuba, Nicaragua and the fever-swamps of Tony Negri’s philosophy.

Perhaps Venezuelans are clueless about whether we'll reach safe harbor doing what we're doing. But one thing we’re positive about: we’re through trying to adapt ourselves to this hell.

A panadería owner explains the harrowing reality of having to run a business that feeds Venezuelans, under the State's coercive watch.

Why is Corey Lewandowski’s lobbying firm taking money from a 100% Venezuelan state-owned enterprise?

For three days, Venezuela's third largest city has witnessed the worst looting since 1989. The warehouses that store and distribute much of the food Venezuela eats lay bare. There's fear in people’s eyes.