The final episode of our special World Cup coverage. Tales of hope, underdogs, some loss, why not, and rebirth. #AutogolChron

Daily Briefing

Humiliation Brings No Redemption

Your daily briefing for Monday, July 16, 2018. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Nicaragua’s Vicious Road to Venezuelan-Style Tyranny

From April to July 2018, 351 Nicaraguans have been murdered, 261 people are missing and 2100 were wounded during protests against Daniel Ortega. Does it ring a bell yet?

Caraqueños Trade Food for Water During Shortage

Poor maintenance from Hidrocapital has led to water shortage, which in turn has forced Venezuelans from the capital and other regions to constantly make a really hard decision: food or water?

Getting an Apostille for Your Documents Might Land You in Jail

An ordinary bureaucratic process to leave the country can result in a traumatic event. Working with the infamous “contact” can make your life easier, but it could also take the worst turn ever.

Guaros’ Unbearable Sorrow of a World Cup in Time of Crisis

Venezuela battles a crisis of majestic proportions. Nevertheless, the World Cup is here! Does it represent a breath of fresh air or a reminder of everything we’ve lost?

‘Room for Rent. Venezuelans Need Not Apply’

Venezuela’s migrant and refugee population has been —in many cases— forced to face xenophobia and discrimination. Integrating to a new society is never an easy ride, but intolerance definitely makes the road bumpier.

Caracas Chronicles’ Young Politicians Series: Juan Andrés Mejía

Juan Andrés Mejía from Voluntad Popular wants to promote change in the right direction. He leads by example in the rescue of democracy.

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Sand and Negligence Consume What’s Left of Paraguaná Peninsula

As the country collapses, a broken economy, harsh nature and the government’s negligence make life in the Paraguaná peninsula a monumental challenge.

Seeking Justice, Venezuelans Take Matters into Their Own Hands

Extrajudicial executions have become dangerously more frequent all over the country. Citizens and security officials disregard the law and human rights.

The Esequibo Game: Guyana Is All In, Venezuela Refuses to Play

As Venezuela rejects the possibility of solving the Esequibo dispute in The Hague, Guyana fully embraces the issue while taking advantage to mobilize public opinion back at home.

Main Universidad de Carabobo Theater Closes Its Doors

After many financial losses due to recurring theft, the graduation venue for the students of the Universidad de Carabobo closes its doors until further notice.

[UPDATED with Good News!] Radio Station in Tucupita Shut Down by...

Radio Fe y Alegría 92.1 FM, local radio station for a vulnerable community, has been forced to stop broadcasting due to a power cut ordered in June.

Celebratory Incongruity: 5th of July Is a Civilian —Not Military— Holiday

July 5, 1811 was a civilian event with hardly any military implications. Why is there a military parade when the military had nothing to do with it and when will we celebrate the civil ideas that defined our independence and forged the Republic?

Short History of the Declaration of Independence

Today we celebrate the day Venezuela declared itself an independent Republic, 207 years ago. It was a bloody period that brought the first expression of our foundational act and we should be aware of its historical significance.

Reactionary Left Clings to the Ghost of Venezuela’s Past

The Bolivarian Solidarity Left only cares about the past, about staying in power and about what they believe to be true. Doesn’t matter how many Venezuelans die or suffer under the system they consider ideal.

Young Politicians’ Unfaltering Vocation to Serve

Amidst the crisis, six young politicians defy the establishment and the current state of affairs. They play a part in the decision-making process within their parties and the opposition coalition.

Who Watches Cadenas, Anyway? And Why?

Medianálisis and Delphos conducted a study to understand who watches mandatory broadcasts known as cadenas — and why. The reasons are varied and the numbers are higher than you would have guessed.

Watching the Game at Casa Portuguesa’s Half-Alive Restaurant in Maracay

In certain parts of the country, the World Cup has brought melancholy, nostalgia, debate about national identity, amazing cheesecake and old rituals back. #AutogolChron

Culture and Art Resist the Dictatorship

Art is all about freedom. Culture and the pursuit of knowledge are dangerous for chavismo. That’s why tyrants try so hard to subdue, suppress and annihilate both. How do artists and scholars manage in Venezuela nowadays?

Some Classes Struggle More than Others

It’s the tale of three countries: The privileged live comfortably, those in the middle struggle, and the poor eat from the trash.

Nicolás’ False Feminism

In this piece for El País, Mrs. Kislinger explains why Maduro’s feminism is the perfect example of hypocrisy.

Millennials Don’t Get Any: No Dating, No Love, No Sex in...

The Venezuelan millennial won’t date, get laid, fall in love or reproduce anytime soon.

Venezuelan Gifted Children Navigate a Decaying Educational System

Gifted children in our country struggle under a system that wants everyone to fail, dislikes anyone who’s above average, encourages mediocrity and actively prevents citizens from reaching their full potential.

World Cup Fever Hits Mérida, Kinda

Every four years the world seems to stop to focus on the 32 teams trying to win the FIFA World Cup. This year, Mérida tries to do so in the middle of the worst social and economic crisis in the last two centuries and it’s not that easy. #AutogolChron

Guaro Journalist Uncovers Truth about Plan Ubica Tu Casa

A Lara State journalist got a subpoena from the Legislative Council for trying to look into an alleged government plan. Freedom of speech? You tell us.

Arepita: Venezuelan Startup Wraps Up the News

On Journalists’ Day, we celebrate Arepita, a crew that works really hard to curate and deliver the news everyday, straight to your inbox, fresh out of the budare.

Anti Hate Law Punishes Feelings with Jail

Érika Palacios, a 41-year-old woman, mother of three minors and independent social activist, was the first victim of the Anti Hate Law.

U.N. Report Addresses Human Rights Violations in Venezuela

Evidence of human rights violations in Venezuela keeps piling up. A 71-page report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights was released and its message is clear: The Venezuelan regime does nothing to protect human rights.

Blackouts World Cup Zulia 2018

Zulianos might have saved the date to watch all (or at least some of) the games of the World Cup, but blackouts don’t have horarios ni fecha en el calendario. #AutogolChron.

Battle of Carabobo: The Beginning of The End

After the Battle of Carabobo, almost 60 minor clashes took place before the last battle in the Maracaibo lake, on July 25, 1825. Then why is the Battle of Carabobo considered the last battle when it wasn’t?

What if We Simply Follow the Rules?

We live in utter chaos and we tend to point our finger only at the government. However, we are also to blame for the chaos and it's time to point the finger at ourselves.