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.

BusTV: Culture Jamming Censorship One Bus at a Time

How do you let people know what’s going on amid the censorship raj? We do it on public transport, with a cardboard cut-out TV screen and a YouTube channel, to the beat of salsa.

Hippocratic Oath No More: Ideology Wins the Health Crisis Battle

While lack of basic medical supplies kills Venezuelan patients, the board of directors of a State-run hospital in Caracas refuses to accept a donation from Médecins sans Frontieres, putting politics and ideology before patients’ lives.

After Carmina Burana: Fate of Caracas, Not That Monstrous, Not That...

It might be tough to think how there are still cultural events seeking to impact and transcend beyond the crisis. Is it really possible to detach ourselves from chaos? Not just possible, necessary!

Web of Repression to Close Newspapers

As media outlets in Venezuela are suffocated to the point of closure, a new report by NGO Transparencia Venezuela shows the mechanisms used by the hegemony to make it happen.

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Happy First Anniversary, Hyperinflation… When Will You Go Away?

It’s been a year of hyperinflation in Venezuela, with a yearly rate that ravages consumers’ purchasing power and devours companies left and right. Just where does it ends?

Reuters Confirms the Carnet de la Patria Is Utterly Evil

Reuters published an article describing how Chinese telecom giant ZTE helps Maduro & Co. monitor and keep track of fatherland card-carrying citizens’ every move. The details of the data recollection resemble a horror story gone Venezuela.

Mafias Search for Lost Gasoline, Civilians Pick Up the Last Drops

The revolution’s aim at a feudal state controlled by mafias grows stronger as smugglers and the black market thrive with the shortage of gasoline. Who will survive this mayhem? Ruthless mafias or scared citizens?

Humanitarian Crypto Initiatives for Venezuela

There’s been a lot of discussion around the potential use cases of crypto in Venezuela. Here’s an overview of some notable projects working in the space.
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Chavismo Kicks the Ill When They’re Down

What does a day looking for medicine look like? It looks like an authoritarian game of ignominy and frontal abuse.

Orinoco Mining Arc Is Explodin’, Violence Flarin’, Bullets Loadin’

After the Tumeremo massacre, on October 14, we know for a fact that the ELN operates in Venezuelan territory. But the ecocide, human trafficking, slavery and “mysterious” disappearances started in 2016, with the Orinoco Mining Arc's decree.

Die Wende: From East Germany to Post-Chavista Venezuela

After the fall of the DDR, Germans sought to turn tragedy into remembrance. Perhaps, when chavismo is over, because it will be, we can take a page from the Germans’ book and adapt the idea to build the Post-Chavista Museum we’ll need so it never happens again.
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Teodoro’s Mission Impossible

Teodoro Petkoff’s stint as a minister (1996-1998) is largely forgotten, or misremembered as a failure. In fact, his success at an impossible task—structural adjustment—was remarkable, almost unprecedented.

5 de Julio of The Walking Dead

Maracaibo’s throbbing comercial heart looks like a post-apocalyptic zombiescape these days.

A Petrostate Without Any Petrol: Gas Shortages Spread Nationwide

In Venezuela, gasoline is now, quite literally, priceless. Which is just as well, because there isn’t any.

I Saw Kids Fainting from Hunger in the Classroom, So I...

Millions of Venezuelans are facing malnutrition. I know I can’t fix the entire problem. But, together with a couple dozen volunteers, we can help a few hundred at-risk young people and retirees beat acute hunger. So we do.
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Pretty Please, Mr. Mass Murderer, Could You Leave the Country, If...

Colombia’s vicious ELN guerrilla kills Venezuelan soldiers...and Venezuela’s Defense Minister treats them like they’re the Godfather.

Before Chávez, Eight Out of Nine Venezuelans Had Regular Access to...

Despite the country’s huge freshwater reserves, only 18% of Venezuelans have regular access to water. Who doesn’t have trouble finding it? Mosquitoes... when the time comes to lay eggs.

Declawing Gaita: How Protest Music Disappeared from Zulia’s Airwaves

Venezuela’s Western state of Zulia has a long and proud tradition of protest music: gaiteros have always raised their voices against injustice. But under growing pressure from the government, radio stations no longer dare to air it.

The One about John Galt in Los Llanos

In today’s Wall Street Journal, Kejal Vyas and Carlos Becerra have a brutal, engrossing feature about what happens to a small community in Portuguesa, when the government seizes the assets of a big local employer, and replaces it with nothing.
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Crisis Puts Little Leaguers’ Big Dreams Cruelly Out of Reach

For kids in Venezuela’s hard-scrabble areas, it used to be the dream: get noticed by a pro scout and leave the barrio behind for the Big Leagues. But try as they might to hang on to the dream, the crisis is wringing the hope out of a new generation of peloteros.

In Buttoned-Down Mérida, Despair Sets Off a Wave of Suicides

Suicides are spreading across Venezuela: the latest iteration of a comprehensive public health crisis. In the Andean state of Mérida, with its more reserved culture, the problem is at its worst.

Sabino Romero, the Chavista Yupka Chieftain Who Turned on the Revolution

Sabino Romero, son of the eponymous indigenous leader murdered in 2013, talks to CC about expropriated lands, State negligence and native employment rates.

Crypto vs. Exchange Controls. Crypto Wins.

The barriers to sending money to people in need in Venezuela seem overwhelming...until you get the hang of Crypto. Then it’s easy.

The Venezuelan Digital Crackdown Gets An Emergency Call From Freedom House

The report, Freedom On The Net, finds the internet mostly doesn’t work in Venezuela. And when it does, you get punished for using it.

The Government Says Guayana’s Floods Are Over, But the Rains Are...

The government has started shutting down the shelters set up in Bolívar, after 3,351 people were displaced by out-of-season flooding along the Orinoco. The thing is, people's homes are still under water, and the actual rainy season just started.

A Complex Emergency With a Simple Explanation

With Barrio Adentro Mission now handling 96% fewer patients than in its heyday and public hospitals no longer stocking even aspirine, Venezuela is on the verge of a Complex Humanitarian Emergency.

ADIÓS TEODORO

Today, Venezuela lost a giant. Teodoro Petkoff, who died today at the age of 86, morphed from communist guerrilla to conscience of the nation.

Ghoul Nation Part IV: Everything You Wanted to Know About Venezuelan...

Each of the Venezuelan States has its own specific set of idiosyncrasies, their own very distinct way of communicating, eating, living and handling their affairs. Particular ghosts, monsters and creatures roam each region, as an army of dead that remind us of the violence, misery and dispair within each community.