Daniel Ortega celebrates the 39th anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista revolution with a violent speech and many casualties.

Daily Briefing

The Opposition Tries Again

Your daily briefing for Friday, July 20, 2018. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Caracas Chronicles’ Young Politicians Series: José Manuel Olivares

José Manuel Olivares from Primero Justicia, is a young MD and deputy leading the Committee on Social Development. He was one of the first people to warn everyone about the health crisis and actively works for a better health model for all Venezuelans.

In Private Education, There Ain’t Such Thing As a Free Lunch

Parents denounced private schools to SUDEBAN for adjusting tuition. It seems Venezuelans have lost sight of this simple fact about the economy: If you want the best, you have to pay for it.

Higher Education Lies on The Shoulders of Venezuelan Professors

The higher education crisis has never been worse. Professors’ salaries don’t ever cover a lunch and protests have become the new normal. Are professors the ones truly subsidizing our education?

Corruption and Kleptocracy Keep the Government Going

With Venezuela quickly falling into the void, Nicolás Maduro bets on crime and corruption to keep his broke government afloat.

Venezuelan Nurses’ Strike Sparks the Streets of Caracas

On June 25, nurses unions started a strike to demand wage raises like the ones given to the military, with a 2,400% adjustment on average. Since then, the entire health sector has joined the strike.

Quico Toro: ‘Fear of Self-Expression Isn’t Very Venezuelan’

An article about Caracas Chronicles that's not on Caracas Chronicles.

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The Not-So-Silent Shakedown of Venezuelan Radio Broadcasting

Since last year, the hegemony has aggressively used legal tools in order to subdue and regulate radio broadcasting at their whim. A new report from IPYS Venezuela offers more details regarding what CONATEL is doing.

Zulia Seeks a Blaze of Light During Power Cut Collapse

Zulianos have lost quality of life, and all sorts of appliances. Nobody who’s responsible for the most serious electricity crisis in our history answers their questions or their demands.

Hope and Heart Might Make Us Win the Game

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

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.

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.