In a Washington Post OpEd, Juan Guaidó says he’s ready to take on the role of President to lead a transition, but calls on the people and the Armed Forces to enforce the Constitution.

Daily Briefing

Burping the Economy

Yesterday at the ANC, Maduro burped lies and announced economic measures that won’t fix the economy. César Miguel Rondón had to interview Juan Guaidó on Instagram.

CANTV Blocks All of Wikipedia After ‘Edit War’ Erupts in Juan...

National Assembly Speaker Juan Guaidó’s Wikipedia page became the battlefield in an epic “edit war” and the government responded by having CANTV, the dominant ISP, block all of Wikipedia.

I Don’t Know If the Guaidó Strategy Will Work, and Neither...

Dictatorships are hard but brittle: sometimes you hit them 100 times and never see a crack, then at the 101st blow they split right open. So is Juan Guaidó delivering the 101st blow? Or the 23rd?

The Untold Story of Jesús Soto’s Iconic Caracas Sphere

Jesús Soto died 14 years ago today. His endlessly photographed Esfera de Caracas spent years in storage. How did it end up in its glorious location, right by the Parque del Este?

The Lights Went Out at a Caracas Hospital, Then Patients Started...

During a politically convulsed weekend, a blackout leaves one of Caracas’ biggest hospitals without electricity for hours, causing several deaths and highlighting—for the millionth time—the urgent need for political change in the country.

The OAS Sides with the People of Venezuela

While Maduro was being illegitimately “sworn in” as the “President” of Venezuela for the next six years, a majority of OAS member states officially refused to recognize the legitimacy of his new term. What does it mean?

Military Intelligence Agencies Torture Dissidents’ Relatives

What’s Ariana’s crime? Having a family member thought to be plotting against the government. A new human rights low.

Previous Posts

No, Juan Guaidó Did Not Declare Himself President Today

Confusion is rife over what exactly National Assembly Speaker Guaidó really said at today’s “Cabildo” assembly. No, he did not proclaim himself president. Yes, he said he’s ready to do so. Soon. And called for protests.

Not Even ‘Maduristas’ Showed Up To Celebrate Maduro’s Inauguration

On the day of his “inauguration” the streets around the TSJ weren’t even half full. Caracas traffic didn’t collapse because of hundreds of buses, like we saw during chavismo’s golden years. Some people were honest about being there for the free food, others weren’t sure about questions of legitimacy.

At the OAS, Nineteen Countries Move to Reject the Legitimacy of...

The atmosphere was electric at a session that showed only Bolivia, Nicaragua and a dwindling band of Caribbean microstates remain on Maduro’s side.

The Greatest Trick Maduro Ever Pulled Was Convincing the World the...

Newsflash: The National Assembly was shut down. Years ago. It’s just that the government, in an inspired bit of next-generation authoritarianism, never told us.

January 10 Set to Renew the Cycle of Hype, Symbolism, Frustration...

Year after year the opposition stages symbolic fights that show it hasn’t really digested the reality of the National Assembly’s complete powerlessness.

Maduro’s Failure, in Eight Numbers

Rhetoric aside, what has the Maduro Era done to Venezuelans’ livelihoods? A deep dive into the numbers behind a calamity.

The Usual Suspects

As Nicolás approaches his self-proclamation, the international sphere and internal political actors make some pretty relevant moves,

Navigating Venezuela’s Data Desert

The government’s spent years covering official data on Venezuela’s martyred economy. But there are alternatives out there. Here’s a guided tour.

Can the National Assembly Emerge As A Protector of The Constitution?

January 10th creates a unique situation that calls for a political solution, not a Constitutional one. What is needed now is for the National Assembly, as a legitimate power, to step up.

January 10 Is Just Around the Corner. Then What?

On Thursday, Nicolás Maduro’s 2013-2019 term expires. By no stretch of the imagination will he be a lawful president after that date.

An Hallaca Christmas Dinner at the Middle of the World

The shelter of the Middle of The World, in Ecuador hosts a Christmas dinner for Venezuelan walkers in need. We get a first-hand view, and a taste of its hallacas.

Billy Six: The Imprisoned Journalist You Haven’t Heard of

When a foreign journalist gets arrested and sent to Venezuela's notorious El Helicoide prison, it's big news. So why not more of a ruckus over Billy Six? Because when you're German, and far right, things get tricky.

In Guayana, Hospitals Are Open, But All the Doctors Left

Raw sewage, no supplies, no doctors: in conditions like these, a hospital is just a building. But people have no place else to go.

Elections: A Short-term Risk for Dictators That Can Have Long-term Rewards

One study shows that elections often create short-term stability problems for dictatorial regimes, but those that ride out the electoral wave end up even more entrenched than before.

Kafka on the Guaire: The Nightmare of Getting a Passport Amid...

Chavismo may have destroyed the country, but it also controls the means of exiting it. Come along with one medical student on quest through Venezuela's dystopian passport bureaucracy.

2018 Year in Review: The Year of Venezuelan Migration

2018 was the year when Venezuelan traditional migratory patterns were altered: It became the country of origin in the Americas with the highest numbers of displaced people. Check out the key milestones in what became the year of Venezuelan migration.

GEHA’s Best of 2018, Part IV (October – December)

The fourth and final installment of our 2018 kaleidoscope is here. What did the last three months of the year leave us?

GEHA’s Best of 2018, Part III (July – September)

We continue our trip down article lane with the third quarter of 2018, which can be split in two periods: before and after Red Friday, a night that we won’t remember fondly.

GEHA’s Best of 2018, Part II (April – June)

We continue with the Caracas Chronicles’ best pieces from the second quarter of the year, with the May 20 presidential “election” as the main event, for better or worse.

GEHA’s Best of 2018, Part I (January – March)

2018 was quite a challenging year for Venezuela, but Caracas Chronicles was there to cover its different angles. Here’s some of the best writing from the first quarter of the year.

Chronicle of a First Time Hallaca-Maker

After 72 hours of cursing brittle banana leaves, contentious almond-roasting, YouTube scouting, Scannone-hating and pork lard handling, I made my first hallaca. It was gruelling. It was worth it.

A Venezuelan Christmas Story

In Venezuela, we don’t have A Christmas Carol, a It’s a Wonderful Life, we don’t even have a Home Alone. But we have Herrera Luque, and one of his tales hits a bit close to home this year...

Greetings from Caracas: Postcards from Our Architectural Jewels

Designer Manuel Lara has a special knack for looking at the ravishing Caracas all around us that we barely stop to notice.

Paris Is… Burning?

Sick of the chaos in Venezuela, I ran off to Paris. And then protests seemed to follow me here. My PTSD’d self could barely handle it, at first. But then I saw the French have a whole different way to do street chaos... nothing at all like ours.