A new tragedy adds to the historic drama and vulnerability of the Yukpa and Barí indigenous communities, in the mountains of Zulia.

Daily Briefing

An Undeserved Seat

The UN questions its own existence, chavismo gets self-congratulatory and Nicolás's new plans against poverty are straight from the XIXth century.

Voices from Inside Sebin

A documentary made by NGO 14 Lawyers exposes the repressive dynamics of the regime’s political police, its gruesome practices, harassment of human rights lawyers and even pride for being so cruel

The ‘Great Solution for Caracas’ Became a Huge Problem

The Caracas Metro is in a state of technical shutdown: it can’t satisfy the most basic needs of its users. How ruined is what once was our capital’s pride?

The Heir to La Sabana’s Glory

Ronald Acuña Jr. comes from a village that already birthed seven Major League players. Now, the unusually versatile National League’s Rookie of the Year in 2018 is about to conquer a huge feat

The Revolution Annihilated Oil Workers

Layoffs due to political persecution, mass resignation and retirement, terrible working conditions. The human dimension of this industry helps us understand why oil production has plummeted.

Dollarized Goodbyes

The days of wakes in funeral homes and burials in cemeteries are long gone. Cremation has become the solution for caraqueños who can't pay the steep prices of funeral services.

The Fernando Albán Foundation

One year after SEBIN agents killed opposition councilman Fernando Albán, his widow works to honor his memory.

Previous Posts

Trump’s Hit on Venezuelan Baseball

The Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (LVBP) will start a month later than usual, in a field that’s mined by politics: if it gets funds from the Maduro regime, it will be exposed to OFAC sanctions.

Watching Out for Disinformation

As disinformation has become a global problem, a couple of new initiatives want to help Venezuelans to better recognize and dismiss what some still call “fake news.”

The Day the Frogs Stop Singing

A fungus is annihilating batrachians all over the globe, including those that make Venezuelan evenings sweeter with their song. In our country the drama only gets worse because it’s almost impossible to research and protect.

The Full Body Venezuelan Blackface

Now that we denounce the many faces of racism in North America, as Venezuelans we must recognize the burden of our discrimination is still alive.

The National Assembly Protects Assets

We do not know the exact figures, but oil production seems to have receded to its levels 70 years ago. However, no change of course is seen.

The Slow and Silent Death of Venezuelan Female Migrants and Refugees

Venezuelan women are dying while migrating. It’s happening silently, thoroughly, and now we finally have data on it.

The Making of a Public Enemy: Venezuelans in Peru

At least 860,000 Venezuelans are living in Peru, which amounts to 2.7 % of the population. But a few crimes linked to Venezuelans sparked a xenophobic outbreak.

Pachini: A Trans Man Who Became an Obsession to Venezuelans

It’s believed that trans people are a current phenomenon. However, in 1941 there was a case that both fascinated and scandalized provincial Caracas and proved the opposite.

UN Approves Independent Fact-Finding Mission for Venezuela

After Bachelet’s report, many wondered what the UN would do about human rights abuses in Venezuela. The Human Rights Council has just given us a straight answer.

The ‘Access Denied’ Economy

The Maduro regime let the official dollar be and allowed prices to go up, in exchange for reduced shortages. Caracas is now repeating a pattern that we’d seen in Maracaibo already: shelves are full again, but few can afford the products.

Menstruation Influences Poverty

In Venezuela, women’s natural condition becomes a silent healthcare problem and an attack on their dignity and human rights.

Designated Bad Guys: The New Portrayal of Venezuela in Fiction

Back in the day, Venezuela was nonexistent in popular fiction. Now we have more of a presence, but save for some notorious examples, it’s all antagonistic: We're the new bad guys.

…And Out Come the Pigs

Visual artist José Guillermo Mendoza was detained for working on the design of a booklet for a punk album. He was released today and SEBIN officials didn’t keep his things, surprising everyone.

Children Getting Lost in the South

Venezuelan NGOs discovered a new migratory phenomenon: unaccompanied minors traveling through the mines in Guayana.

Exodus of the HIV+

Eduardo Franco, secretary of Red Venezolana de Gente Positiva, RVG+, says that ten thousand HIV+ Venezuelans have emigrated. It’s either that or dying.

The (New) End of Dialogue

The day after Guaidó confirmed he’s leaving Barbados, the regime announced a parallel negotiation with the opposition. The thing is, that’s neither a negotiation nor an opposition. What is it, then?

Anatomy of a Coyote

Alejo Zambrano went to Cucuta running away from what he did in Venezuela. He now helps others run away from what Venezuela did to them. He claims to look after migrants, while being part of an industry that feeds on disgrace.

Yulimar Rojas’ Historical Jump

Few athletes in the world have achieved at such a young age what this tall Caraqueña has. And her athletic condition means she’ll make it even farther.

Chronicles of Us: Let’s Take Our Girl to Brazil

When she was six years old, Dioselyn was diagnosed with osteosarcoma on her right foot. There was no chemotherapy in all of Guayana, so her only hope was to cross the Southern border to try to save her life.

The Hypothesis of the Decline of Crime

Beyond the violence on the borders or the increase of femicides, there’s a feeling that crime rate has gone down in the main Venezuelan cities. Three experts review how much truth there is to it, and what lies behind it.

We Need a Sovereign Wealth Fund

The National Assembly has both an opportunity and a need to bring back transparency and efficiency, starting with managing the nation’s assets they are protecting abroad.

How Oil Killed Lake Maracaibo

The largest lake in South America has suffered the consequences of both the rise and fall of the Venezuelan oil industry: explosive production and dangerous decay.

How Brutal Are Venezuelan Police Forces?

The Monitor for Lethal Force in Latin America published its first report, covering Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico and Venezuela. When it comes to executions, we’ve earned more medals than in the PanAm Games in Lima.

‘When Rebuilding, Remember the Environment’

Venezuelans joined in on the anguish for the Amazon rainforest fires in Brazil, while their own surroundings are in awful shape. Alejandro Luy sums up the environmental situation in Venezuela.

The Meaning of FARC’s Sort of Comeback

A group of Colombian guerrilla commanders just announced they are at war again. The Duque administration says they’re in Venezuela. What should we expect from this?

Return to Sepharad

In 1492, the Catholic Kings expelled the Jews from Spain. Now, thousands of Venezuelans seek a Sephardic origin to emigrate to. A new milestone of Jewish history in Venezuela

More Misery, More Femicides in Venezuela

Monitor de Víctimas reported that, so far this year, there’s been 50% more femicides in Venezuela than in 2018. The reason: the humanitarian crisis.

Death Before Humanitarian Aid

Only six hospitals, out of 277 that the Health Ministry and the Venezuelan Social Services Institutes manage, have received the aid from the Red Cross so far.

“Our Conflict Comes From Not Having a Civilized, Modern Life.”

Political scientist Guillermo Aveledo Coll sees a society more open to negotiation and an opportunity in Barbados, than the groups fighting to rule over it

The Last Race for Rumichaca

As of today, August 26th, Venezuelans who want to enter Ecuador must have a humanitarian visa. Thousands of Venezuelans were traveling from Cúcuta to Ipiales before the measure was in place.