To Helmut, my dear stepfather (1945-2018)

The first half of 2018 is over, but many of us didn’t imagine what was coming next.

With the internal opposition in disarray, Maduro’s main nemesis now is a substantial part of the international community that pushes targeted sanctions against him and selected subordinates. The migrant exodus gives no sign that it’ll stop soon and the socio-economic decline rolls down fast.

In order to fight the “economic war”, Maduro works in a new plan: scraping five zeros off the bolivar. Yeap, we’re doing the “bolívar fuerte” strategy all over again, this time called “bolívar soberano”. Along with his pseudo-cryptocurrency, the petro, he wants to regain the initiative.

But weeks before that, a strange event caught all of us off guard: an alleged assassination attempt against Maduro with explosive drones during a military event in downtown Caracas. Right until this moment, many are unsure if it really was a legit action or a staged operation.

July

We live in two countries, where one is oblivious to the other. I know it’s insulting, depressing, shameful and even stupid to see it all through the lens of “class struggles” (in fact, it’s also bad for our health) and I’m not going to say that it’s faulty to be rich, because it must be amazing! But it’s terrible to see a country so shamelessly blind to the other. Read more.

Special Mention: Nicaragua Chronicles, Jefferson Díaz

August

“My son had leukemia, I brought him to the hospital so he could begin his chemotherapy treatment. They would apply the treatment for two days because he had a very high fever. A week after we arrived, his mouth started filling with bleeding moles. He underwent a blood test, which resulted positive. He got antibiotics for a month, but it was useless, his condition worsened and he died.” Read more.

Special Mention: Venezuelans: Searching for a Lost Home,  Raúl Sánchez Uribarri

September

Dying in Maracaibo is now a double tragedy, since the city’s cemeteries can’t even guarantee the security of the bodies buried inside them. Read more.

Special Mention: Frontera Chronicles II: Venezuelans in Colombia Fight for a Better Life,  Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian

Three quarters of the year are set and done, but the final chapter is yet to come.

 

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