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Behind the Gold Mining Company That Props Up Maduro’s Regime

The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on the State-run CVG Minerven, used as a front to hide the illegal extraction of gold by armed gangs, Colombian guerrilla and military, with tremendous damage to the environment and local communities.

16 Cuban Doctors Speak Up about Threatening Sick Venezuelans

After leaving Venezuela, a group of Cuban doctors from the Barrio Adentro program told the New York Times how they were instructed to use healthcare—or rather its collapse—as a political weapon to coerce people into voting for Venezuela’s socialist leaders.

After the Massacre

One month ago today, soldiers opened fire on civilians in Kumarakapay and Santa Elena de Uairén, killing seven. The civilians had sought to stop the military from blocking humanitarian aid from Brazil. The media left it at that. Here’s what happened next.

Barranquilla Plan: the layout for democracy that had to wait for...

On March 22nd, 1931, a group of young exiled politicians, led by Romulo Betancourt, signed a manifesto that would set the foundations of Venezuelan democracy.

In Maracaibo, the Local Government Takes the Side of the Looters

On the afternoon of Sunday March 10th, on Day 4 of the nationwide blackout, looting started in Venezuela’s second city. More than 500 businesses were looted. But the Maduro-loyal governor, a kind of Rodrigo Duterte, seems to be OK with that.

An Involuntary Digital Media Master Class

A Venezuelan first-year journalism student explains how the detention of Luis Carlos Díaz, a huge influence for a generation that has only experienced media under authoritarianism, was a case study on the internet resistance that Díaz has spent years talking about.

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Michelle Bachelet Offers Strongly-Worded Update on Venezuela

Among many pressures from all sides involved and even violence to try to hide the truth, the technical mission sent by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights offered a non-flattering declaration about the current situation of Venezuelans under Maduro.

Six Nights in the Heart of Darkness

During six days of blackout, Merida, the most important city of the Venezuelan Andes, braced for the end of the world. Ordinary citizens geared up to defend streets and stores from looters, while the state disappeared. What can we do to survive if this happens again?

How the Maduro Regime Hides the Collapse of Healthcare from a...

In Barquisimeto, the four envoyées sent by UN Human Rights High Commissioner were only taken to places the regime can control, while patients, doctors and journalists were harassed to stop them from telling the truth to the visitors.

The Big Picture Around February 23rd Is Still Missing

One month later, the failed attempt to bring humanitarian aid into the country continues to get coverage in international media.

Maduro Wants Your Bitcoin Remittances

With a new system through the website, the dictatorship is creating a way of getting income even from the money sent from abroad in cryptocurrencies. I tried it and it works, sort of.

Taking Over CITGO Is the Key for the Future

The three refineries and 5,500 retail stations that Venezuela owns in U.S. soil are one of the most important battlefields in the struggle of replacing the Maduro regime and funding our reconstruction. Here’s what has happened so far and what the interim government’s options are.

Journal of the Blackout Craziness

As electricity comes back to most of Caracas, new testimonies emerge about what happened in a country ravaged by all kinds of problems when the power went out. This terrifying log shows the darker side of the disaster: the unraveling of the social fabric.

A Backup Plan Is Needed for Venezuela, But this One Won’t...

Dorothy Kronich suggests in The New York Times that in order to avoid a famine here, American companies should be allowed to buy Venezuelan oil, as long as the revenues are exclusively used for buying food and medicines. But that would be ignoring chavismo’s very nature.

The Blackout Confirms the Growing Trend of Misinformation

One of the side effects of the nationwide power outage of the last few days is the confirmation that Venezuelans are getting less reliable information about what’s going on.

100 Hours of Darkness

Army soldiers who want to help and think people have the right to be angry. Truman Capote’s masterpiece. A sky exposing its wonders in the absence of urban lights. Some strange and unforgettable things happen in this Merida tale of the nationwide blackout.

How a Powerless Diaspora Tried to Help a Country in the...

Millions of Venezuelans abroad experienced complete disconnection from their elders, friends and even children during the nationwide blackout. As people in the country tried to overcome the hardships of the crisis, the diaspora had to find new ways to help, and fast.

The Big Blackout of the Venezuelan Aluminium Industry

The blackout turned off the last cells operating at Venalum and Alcasa, and with them, an entire aluminium factory. The sad new chapter on the rise and fall of an industry that gave Venezuela valuable non-oil exports tells a cautionary tale: if you build an entire cluster on electric power, don’t let that resource disappear.

The Price Tag of the Blackout

The damage from the huge blackout that just attacked Venezuelans is such, that even now, a week later, we can’t quite grasp it in full. This is what we do know: it’s a lot, and we’re falling short.

Maracaibo Is Helpless Against Looters

These are the stories of the people hit hardest by looting in Venezuela’s second city: small business owners who have no chance of surviving an event like that, helpless against the anarchy unleashed in Zulia due to the national blackout.

Caracas Stopped at the Edge of Mayhem… For Now

After more than 80 hours without power, groups of people at the normally dangerous Venezuelan capital city began to protest and some incidents of looting took place. Security forces managed to avoid the violence from spiraling, and just then the power came back.

The Human Network that Saved a Man from Prison

Nearly 30 hours after his enforced disappearance, journalist and human rights activist Luis Carlos Díaz was released from SEBIN headquarters in El Helicoide with precautionary measures. A safety net of people was all that stood between him and a prison cell.

Darkness Remains, Sick Children Wait

At Caracas hospitals, every one of the innumerable problems is getting worse, while colectivos and security forces threaten everyone who is trying to help or even get some answers about the extent of the crisis.

Why We Should Be More Concerned than Ever About the Venezuelan...

Six days after the beginning of the largest blackout ever experienced in Venezuela, it’s time to take a look at the health disaster unfolding in front of us, because the Maduro regime won’t do it.

Of Preppers and the Great March Blackout

Although he didn’t prepare for this exactly, he knew something could come up that would require him to hole up and resist. Our own Victor Drax is a prepper and this is how he faced the massive blackout that attacked Venezuelans.

The Sack of Maracaibo

Venezuela’s second city spent the first 50 hours of blackout trying to survive under the intense heat. But once food and water began to run out, the looting started. All kinds of businesses are being destroyed by a mob made of desperate people and common thugs.

All Options On The Table, Except Unity

After the humanitarian aid debacle at the border on February 23rd, and amid the ongoing national blackout, pressure has been building on caretaker President Juan Guaidó to come up with a definitive solution to the crisis in the form of military intervention, undermining critical unity.

Getting Water at the River of Hell

Once a pleasant, clear-water creek, in our times the Guaire is no more than Caracas’ open air sewer. Amid power cuts that took down the water pumping stations that feed Caracas, the people from the slums of San Agustin had to climb down to its embankment to collect water of unknown origin and very dubious safety.

The dictatorship scapegoats @LuisCarlos for the nationwide blackout

As Nicolás Maduro forced all TV and radio stations to broadcast his accusation that the U.S. caused the collapse of Venezuela’s power grid, the secret police was arresting Luis Carlos Diaz, the journalist and occasional Caracas Chronicles contributor, that state media is framing for “sabotage”.

Why Venezuela Remains with No Power: FAQ

While caretaker President Juan Guaidó decrees the emergency and installs a situational room, the Maduro regime stays silent about the precise diagnose and forecast of the crisis, besides the propaganda trope of sabotage. This is what we can assess on the fifth day of the nationwide blackout.