The lineup


lineupCaracas Chronicles is a team effort, so without further delay, I want to introduce the group of writers that, I hope, will help continue making this a place worth visiting. Two of them you already know.

Since joining CC in 2012, Gustavo Hernández Acevedo (GEHA) has made himself indispensable, keeping us abreast with happenings beyond Caracas. Whether it’s visiting local stories in Puerto La Cruz or detailing corruption scandals in his home base of Barquisimeto, Gustavo gives Caracas Chronicles most of its non-Caracas flair. He has also meticulously documented the rising tide of media hegemony. Gustavo will continue along these lines, but will also venture into writing some investigative reporting of his own, with longer, more in-depth pieces.

Emiliana Duarte (@emiduarte) took the blog by storm right about when Hugo Chávez was preparing to meet his maker. Her assessments of everything from the opposition as seen from the inside to, yes, cake!… have been both incisive and delightful. She’s a breath of fresh air, one of the few people with the cojones to go check out the masses wanting to see Hugo Chávez’s coffin. After some well-deserved time off, she is back on the saddle again.

Now for the new writers.

Audrey M. DaCosta (who comments as adrytatoo) is a young marine biologist and a mother of two. A recent ex-pat, she will bring to the blog her own insight on gender issues. She will also be tackling Venezuela’s numerous environmental challenges. Finally, she has just recently left the country, so she will be writing about her experiences as she ventures out into the world – something many of you will surely relate to.

Rodrigo Linares is also a frequent contributor. A USB engineer with a Master’s from MIT, he is one of the young crop of brilliant professionals we are honored to have met through the blog. A Venezuelan with deep roots all over the country, ones that go back centuries, he will be writing mainly about infrastructure, technology, and even things like microbrewing. Should be interesting.

Carlos Rangel (@carlosrangel87) is a talented young Venezuelan economist. The grandson of a towering Venezuelan intellectual, he is also the nephew of my college girlfriend, which means I have known him since he was a toddler, way back in the late 80s. More importantly, he is whip smart and eager to share his thoughts. He will be writing about Venezuela’s municipal policymakers from the inside, with a focus on crime-fighting.

Last but certainly not least, Anabella Abadí (@janabadi) and Bárbara Lira (@bslira) are two young Venezuelan economists with a sharp eye for data and a cold head for reasoning. They are well on their way to establishing themselves as serious analysts, whether it’s through their writings in Prodavinci, their book “Gestión en Rojo,” or their work as consultants, which is where I first had the privilege of meeting them. They will be posting jointly, in both English and Spanish, and their main focus will be myth-busting the revolution by taking statements from official sources … and de-constructing them. Call it “reductio ad chavismum.”

Here’s hoping that CC serves as a springboard for bigger, better things for all of them. I, for one, can’t wait to read what they have to say.

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  1. That’s awesome! I very much enjoy the fact that you are bringing 3 new economists 🙂 always pleasing to read my colleagues’ thoughts. Best of luck to you all and hope to read your posts very soon!

  2. Wow, given the new lineup, it looks like there’s going to be a ton of new insights!

    Can’t wait to read the new articles!

  3. Greetings….I like the mix of new writers. It should make for interesting reading. I would also be interested to hear from a socialogist or two and their ideas about changing the mind set of a generation of citizens that know little except Chavismo, and developing a society based on the idea of working to improve the common good.

  4. While I’ll miss Quico’s writing and ideas, I welcome the new guys.

    one petition: PLEASE!!!! stop cutting the RSS feed. Yep, some of us still read things out of RSS (and had to get over the google reader debacle) and going to the website is a little but constant nuisance

  5. It’s great to see some change and variety here! However I too feel there are still holes to be filled – especially in terms of social sciences. Venezuela’s biggest problem doesn’t lie just at an economic level, but goes deep into the collective psyche, culture and identity. It would be nice to have more voices from more humanistic sources, like psychologists or sociologists or educationalists or historians…

  6. Congratulations on bringing together such great line up , Im specially excited by the analysts Ive already read in Prodavinci . This is a champion team.

  7. The lineup sounds very promising and exciting. Best wishes on this new stage of CC. It’s has been and will be a pleasure reading this amazing blog.


  8. I just posted a comment on “The New Beginning” that recommended pivoting from “Moans and Groans” to “Investigative Reporting”… and you are! Buenisimo! However, if you could reach out across the polarized DMZ, and get contributions from the other side, those who can and who are willing to argue their point of view with civility and persuasive facts and insights, and those who are willing to interact with readers, wouldn’t that be incredible? Am I asking for something that is impossible?

    Still, however, I would like to see some paid professional journalists who we readers should be willing to finance. Perhaps, some professionals who can produce on the scene videos and interviews. Also, translators who can keep everything bilingual. Work up a budget, and share it with us. Then begin a drive to bring in money!

  9. Congratulations to the team and I’m looking forward to the posts.

    One thing that called my attention is that, according to your own description is “young” (young marine biologist, young crop of brilliant professionals, young economists…). We already know that Gustavo and specially Emiliana are young too. I think it’s great to have all the energy that this brings!

    But it also begs the question: what’s wrong with including in the team somebody with a little bit of grey hair, life anecdotes and experiences, somebody that could bring in some personals insights of the so called “4th republic”, of the sounds of he planes during the failed coups, etc.

    Un poquito mas de historia vivida, no solo leída o contada pues. O inclusive invitar a alguien como Don German Carrera Damas, el que todavía sigue vivito y coleando y escribiendo? Quizas colaboradores e invitados especiales?

      • I guess you’re right. I’ve tried getting some older voices, will continue to work on that. In the meantime, I’m as old as you’re gonna get here (full disclosure, I’m 42).

  10. Congratulations to CC for bringing in new blood! Not that your (old) blood wasn’t good (lol), but more perspectives will certainly add to the diversity of the contributors.

  11. It is not more economists we need, please! But sociologists, anthropologists, historians and social scientists who do not reduce society, chavismo, and the ‘Bolivarian Revolution’ to the workings –or failures– of the market.

    • The “Market” is the underlying context for people’s behaviour. It will make this Revolution crash. You just need to wait for other people’s money to run out.

      The “Market” is not an abstract construct. Attempting to ignore how it drives the most basic of human conditions is very much at the core of the contradictions and distortions generated by the Revolution as “un-intended” consequences.

  12. Sorry Caraqueño, but if the market did not make the Government fall in 15 years, it’s not going to do it now. There are ways to rule a country “safely” -for those in power- without it, and they are extra-easy to implement in mono-exporting countries such as ours. We have to pay higher primes to bond-holders than Colombia and Bolivia, and still the Government remains. And Carlos Eduardo, economists have their place, scientists have their place in political analysis, which is what this page is About. I don’t think any of us who read this -me less frequently than I should- come here looking for anything else.

  13. Hi, please can you have your text in black, rather than pale blue-grey? It would be much less of a strain for me to read, especially if you move the size of font up a notch. Thank you. John Criswick, Grenada.


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