Hugo Chávez’s humor was always crass, but the guy had the charisma to sort of pull of a shtick. Under Nicolás Maduro, attempts at comedy have devolved into sheer cruelty — with mirth supplanted by insult.
Protesting in Venezuela can be hazardous to your health, but that doesn't stop the daily struggle of those fighting for their rights while the infrastructure collapses.
It seems like poor management and corruption won’t only affect Zulia inhabitants. The entire country loses money when oil production in that state declines because of the electric crisis.
Maracaibo mayor Omar Prieto raided Las Pulgas market in Maracaibo last week. What will this do for people? What will it solve? Nothing. The government apparatus works like a smooth machine in at least one way: people blame, hate and root against the wrong culprit all the time.
It will take several generations of educated citizens to fix our country, but schools are forbidden to increase tuition fees, and still parents can’t afford private education anymore. Also, teachers leave the classrooms to make more money elsewhere, and students drop out because of the high cost of uniforms and school supplies.
After a week of intense power cuts that left Zulians sleeping on the streets, the central government has some ideas to solve the crisis: hiding their negligence behind cynicism, comforting citizens through conspiratory rhetoric.
Trash is all around us in the fine city of Maracaibo. Mayor Willy Casanova won’t do anything about it, and people don’t know what to do with the trash. Or perhaps they do: burn it.
The Zulian opposition struggles while the government’s agenda threatens and forces them out of the country. Meanwhile, those who stay appear to not be making an effort. We should be allowed to expect better from them.
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