Yes, having an income in dollars can go a long way. However, there are plenty of other factors at play in order to make it to the end of the month in this economy. Earning dollars, on its own, just won’t cut it anymore.

1902: When Only U.S. Intervention Separated Venezuela from a European Invasion

116 years ago this week, European gunboats blockaded La Guaira and Puerto Cabello, and the Monroe Doctrine was the only thing separating Venezuela from recolonization.

What If They Threw An Election And Nobody Came?

4,900 posts are up for election across Venezuela today. Well, “election.” Amid never-before-seen levels of voter disengagement, municipal council candidates struggle to get noticed. Hyperinflation, violence and the CNE killed the mood.

It’s the Populism, Stupid!

It's the debate that won't go away: what is it about chavismo that so thoroughly wrecked Venezuela? Is it Marxism? Crime? Incompetence? It's none of those. It's the populism

2008-2018 In Pictures: An Inventory of Catastrophe

From the Cordonazo de San Francisco to Leopoldo López’s arrest, a stroll through the images that defined the second decade of revolution.

1998-2008 In Pictures: A Country Interrupted

What was the first decade of chavismo like? Photographers know.

Heading Out: A Tale of Three Migration Waves

In 1998, Venezuela had no history of mass migration to speak of. Since then, we’ve witnessed three heaves of outflows: the latest one mass-based. How a peaceful country ended up shedding more migrants than Afghanistan.

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TWENTY Years of Pdvsacide

The company that produces nearly all of Venezuela’s export earnings looks like a store the day after it’s been looted. How chavismo took an oil giant from world class to bankrupt-in-all-but-name in just two decades.

How Barrio Adentro Wrecked Venezuela’s Health System

The first and most iconic of Chávez’ misiones, promised to create a world-class primary care network, not only failed at its immediate objective, it also syphoned billions from hospitals, mortally wounding them.

Fake News Before That Was Even A Thing

“I’m going to erase adecos from the face of the earth, I’m going to fry their heads in oil.” Everyone knows Chávez made that threat back in 1998. Except he didn't. A look at TWENTY years of fake news.
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Crime: Where Hugo Chávez First Left His Mark

Venezuela had always been violent, but crime soared beginning in 1999. Waking up, late, to this reality, the government tried to fight crime with limitless violence. Two decades on, we’re the third most violent country on earth, and the second most murderous.

TWENTY Game Changers in TWENTY Years

The story of the Chávez era is the story of dramatic events that changed the course of history again and again. From the 2002 Oil Strike to ¡Exprópiese! to the Death of Hugo Chávez, here are the twenty turning points that drove the Chávez era.

TWENTY Years of Plague

The plague is not made on a human scale, and so men always say that the plague is unreal, a bad dream that must pass. But it doesn’t always pass, and from one bad dream to the next, it’s the men who pass.

No Amount of Aid by the UN Can Replace the Unfulfilled...

Venezuela will receive 9 million dollars from the UN’s CERF. Nicolás denies there’s a crisis, but the UN isn’t blind. Might have taken them a long time and that amount will only go a little way considering how many people are suffering, but hey, hungry Venezuelans will get some relief.

Silent Landlines, Broken Internet and the Cantv-ication Breakdown

The basic infrastructure of State telecom company Cantv is in shambles as Reuters recently found out and of course, ordinary Venezuelans are the ones paying the price. Hugo Chávez’s home state of Barinas, knows first hand about the consequences of corruption, theft and disrepair caused by the revolution.

1952: When Jovito’s Constituyente Win Was Stolen

Pérez Jiménez, our last right-wing dictator, also disregarded the will of the people and the law of the land. He created that era’s Tibisay & Co., willing to rob Jóvito Villalba (and the nation) of his victory.

Sierra de Perijá: No Sacred Cows, But Sacred Thugs

Machiques de Perijá is one of the most fertile areas in the country. Their plague? Livestock trafficking, smuggling, robberies and cold blooded murder in the hands of gangs acting like they’re in charge because, well, they are and nobody can stop them.

For the TSJ, Electoral Results in Any Institution Are a Mere...

If you saw the University of Carabobo’s election two weeks ago as solid proof of the power of voting against deeply authoritarian regimes, the TSJ has something to remind you.

Stateless Babies: The Legally Invisible Children of The Migrant Crisis

In Colombia, babies must be born from Colombian citizens or residents to obtain Colombian citizenship. What happens to babies with Venezuelan moms who face so many obstacles to have access to a Venezuelan birth certificate or a passport? Venezuelan babies without citizenship may become “an invisible generation” before the law.

Venezuela Needs a Helping Hand, a Crypto Hand

Cubans used to say that all they needed to survive in Cuba was a lot of “FE,” meaning not faith, but “Familia en el Extranjero.” Venezuelans walk that trail today and there are plenty of ways you can help them... with crypto.

Debtbook Diplomacy: Predatory Imperialism Made in China

As the world’s largest oil importer, one would think China would bet on keeping Venezuela up and running. Turns out that, either way, they’ll turn a profit.

The Gorrinosphere: Why Chavista Crony Money Makes Its Way to Opposition...

Did Raúl Gorrín finance opposition political parties? It’s very likely. Because chavismo made it nearly impossible for politicians to raise money without getting mixed up with regime cronies.

People Are Protesting, You Just Don’t Hear About It

Protesting in Venezuela can be hazardous to your health, but that doesn't stop the daily struggle of those fighting for their rights while the infrastructure collapses.
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How the Lost World was Lost

Canaima inspired everyone from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Pixar — a paradise in the middle jungle. Amid a boom in ecologically ruinous illegal mining, it may not survive the Revolution.

Remembering the Coup that Overthrew Venezuela’s First Elected Government

Acción Democrática’s government was just three years old when the military decided it had had enough of civilian rule. It happened 70 years ago, today.
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Raúl Gorrín’s Empire of Graft Comes Crashing Down

Globovisión owner Raúl Gorrín worked hard to look like a respectable businessman. An indictment in a U.S. federal court now confirms what Venezuelans suspected: it was a sham.

As Venezuelans Come Home From Chile, Chileans Go the Other Way

The “Vuelta a la Patria” plan just had its latest installment in Chile, but the government of President Sebastian Piñera is also preparing its own version for fellow Chileans in Venezuela.

Goodbye Bolivar

Venezuela’s currency is dying not with a bang, but with a whimper as virtually all large —and many mid-sized— transactions are switching, de facto, to the dollar.

Backyard Burials: the New Venezuelan Way of Death

Improvised burials are the new normal for poor Venezuelans. With so little on offer for the living in Venezuela, what can the dead expect?

“The Hidden Power of The Venezuelan Diaspora” Displays Tools to Heal...

The Center for Strategic and International Studies got a crew of sharp minds, including our very own Alejandro Machado, together to talk about how important the Venezuelan diaspora will be in rebuilding our country from abroad.

Parents and Neighbors Recruited by Schools to Cover Teacher Deficit

Remember how awkward it was if your dad taught chemistry to your entire class? Well, because of poor salaries, transport fares and poor training, parents or neighbors acting as teachers is now a really common sight in schools all over the country.