Andrés Velázquez, legitimate Bolívar governor, offered more details from Voluntad Popular headquarters about the national strike that’ll take place on Tuesday, August 21

Daily Briefing


Your daily briefing for Sunday, August 19, 2018. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Panicked Citizens Buy Whatever They Can Find After Maduro’s Paquetazo

Caraqueños were nervous because of what would happen on Monday. What Nicolás Maduro said during a mandatory broadcast on Friday was just the panic cherry on top of the fear flavored ice cream.

Yesterday’s Announcements Add Fuel to the Economic Debacle Fire

Big changes are coming and no one seems to understand how they will work. Wages will be anchored to an unexisting but centralized cryptocurrency, five zeros will be removed from the bolivar and fuel will have a new international price. What does it mean? We’re all in the dark, trying to guess.

Red Friday: Anatomy of a Mad Adjustment

In a bizarre, rambling address, President Maduro announced a genuinely weird, heterodox economic adjustment that left Venezuelans at a loss for words.

One Billion Percent Later

When Chávez took office in 1999, one dollar was worth 5.6 bolivars. 19 years later, the amount of zeros is so long, it’s confusing. Today, regrettably, we reach the one billion later benchmark.

The Woes, ‘Whats?!’ and ‘Wows!’ of Paying for Cabs in Caracas

What happens when you throw a Carlos in Caracas and ask him to pay for a taxi? Chaos, delays, inconveniences, slow data service and everything else caraqueños know to be true, with the extra paranoia that out-of-towners rightfully feel.

To Participate Or Not To Participate: Is That The Question?

Should we participate in a referendum to approve the Constitution drafted by the illegitimate ANC? Is this a matter of tactic or strategy? Is this debate preventing us from seeing other options in the grand scheme of things?

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CEVECE: Rise and Fall of Venezuela’s Historical Epidemiology Center

The Venezuelan Center for Disease Classification (CEVECE) was founded in 1955 and for years spearheaded the region’s efforts to develop trustable, comparable and standardized epidemiologic data. Now, its future looks as grim as expected in a country facing the worst health crisis in the continent.

Venezuelan Art Students Can Barely Withstand Hyperinflation

Venezuelan Art students deal with many obstacles: little access to technical resources and supplies, crime, decaying infrastructures, few teachers left, a practically nonexistent industry and no hope of things getting better any time soon. How come there are still people studying art, then?

Motor Vehicle Census Was Built Around False Hope and Fear

We took to the streets in order to take a closer look at the motor vehicle census 2018. We didn’t see long lines; but desinformation, political proselytism, confusion and fear of losing the little we have left.

Bacteria & Negligence Result in Dead Children In Barquisimeto

As the healthcare crisis worsens, several reports have come to light regarding the death of 16 children in a Barquisimeto hospital. The deaths are attributed to bacteria serratia marcescens and the negligence of authorities who would rather silence the victims than help prevent more cases.

The Government Blocks El Pitazo for a Third Time

Several Venezuelan digital news outlets have been under serious cyber-attacks recently and news site El Pitazo was blocked for the third time in a year. Nobody explains the reasons behind the decision.

You Know Where Protesting Will Take You: From Citizen to Terrorist

Isaac López and over a dozen of his neighbors went to jail for protesting in their town square. He still has to show up in court every fifteen days and spend his monthly salary defending himself of a crime he didn’t commit.

The Cheap Masculinity of Venezuelan State Watchdogs

Venezuelan military and police forces have become the worst type of authority: bullies with a badge. The government loves them, but society resents them.

August 11, 1725: The University of Caracas Opens Its Doors

The first university in Venezuela was founded in 1721 and officially started functioning as such on this day in 1725. It later became the UCV, the house that, to this day, defeats the shadows.

Juan Requesens: “Politicians must assume risks others won’t take”

We interviewed Juan Requesens a few days before he was snatched from home by the government's intelligence police. There's still no information of the young legislator's whereabouts.

ANC, One Year Later: Illegitimate Institution, Possible Rebellion

The ANC has behaved the way we expected: as an instrument of political control. Nonetheless, will this political monster grow even more powerful against its enemies? Or against itself?

Emigration, Remittances and CLAP: Maduro’s Three Crutches

We could argue that there’s a powerful triad keeping the government in power. Decreasing population, money sent in by the diaspora and gubernamental handouts. It seems to be working, but for how long?

Maracaibo Asphyxiated by Garbage and Efforts to Dispose of It

Trash is all around us in the fine city of Maracaibo. Mayor Willy Casanova won’t do anything about it, and people don’t know what to do with the trash. Or perhaps they do: burn it.

No Honor, Glory or Food When Enlisting in the Military Now

Enrollments in the military don’t fulfill the quota and soldiers’ salaries are insufficient. Apparently, only a few want to be part of the Venezuelan Armed Forces and participate in the country’s integral development.

NPR’s Planet Money Debates the Value of the Bolivar

NPR’s Planet Money hosts Sarah Gonzalez and Alisa Escarse interviewed Rubén Galindo, CEO of AirTM, and Mila, who used to save her money on sacks of sugar.

Maracuchos Live in Darkness and Extreme Heat, No Solution in Sight

“Hell on Earth” is how Maracaibo residents describe the city undergoing a terrible electricity crisis, unthinkable in any other modern nation. And you know what the government will do about it: absolutely nothing.

With Sentence Included

The witch hunt that’s just starting won’t distinguish between criminals and innocents.

CONATEL goes after Deutsche Welle and DW Fights Back!

Under CONATEL’s orders, pay-TV carriers were forced to take down Deutsche Welle for broadcasting a documentary on Venezuela. As if this weren’t enough, they dismissed the incident reports as “fake news”.

Esequibo Turns into a Hotspot

As the border dispute between Guyana and Venezuela awaits a response from The Hague, the Esequibo struggles with illegal gangs who are violently imposing their will.

Why Did the Cuban Parasite Kill its Host?

Cuba pulled off one of the great intelligence feats of all times: gaining virtual control of a much larger, much richer country without firing a shot. So why did they let Venezuela collapse?

There’s No Escaping Newsprint-geddon, Ask Chavista News Outlets

The deliberate shortage of newsprint for most Venezuelan papers has been a good strategy for the communicational hegemony. But it now seems like it has backfired and blown up all over their presses, too.

Venezuelan Professors Rely on Donated Shoes to Get to Work

José Ibarra’s last paycheck was five million bolivars, less than two dollars. He spends one million only in transport. He hasn’t bought a new pair of shoes in three years and when he tweeted a photo of his worn out shoes, Venezuelans stepped up to help.

Surviving Chavismo: A Guide for Public Universities

Venezuelan public universities are on the brink of collapse. Will they ever be able to stand on their feet again? How can universities reconquer their autonomy? Spoiler alert: it’s about money.

A Couple of Drones

There are still more questions than answers about what happened on Saturday at Bolívar Av. Here’s what we do know.

The Stampede of the Brave

Naky weighs in on the facts as the smoke clears after an incident during the 81st anniversary of the National Guard, which the government is treating like an assassination attempt against Nicolás Maduro.