Amid huge street protests, opposition leader Juan Guaidó has now sworn himself in as Interim Presidency. The United States, Canada, Brazil and others recognize him; the Venezuelan Armed Forces and police do not. At a time of pervasive uncertainty, how to think about what comes next?
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?
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.
Did Raúl Gorrín finance opposition political parties? It’s very likely. Because chavismo made it nearly impossible for politicians to raise money without getting mixed up with regime cronies.
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