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Obama, Chávez and the politics of change

Here are some random musings on the fascinating, rapidly changing U.S. election.

Latin America’s ‘Positive’ Response to Venezuelan Migrants

Cuban-American scholar Javier Corrales points out that the neighboring nations have been relatively up for the challenge regarding the Venezuelan diaspora, but for how long will that last?

Cooking With No Gas, No Power

In Barquisimeto, the sophisticated traditional cuisine has been replaced by survival with alternative ingredients and artisanal cookers.

Humboldt Visited Venezuela and Changed the History of Science Forever

On July 16th, 1799, Alexander von Humboldt arrived to Venezuela, with his fellow scientist, Aimé Bonpland, to start a voyage full of memorable findings.

Caracas Drinks the Dollar Kool-Aid

The spontaneous dollarization, accelerated by blackouts and remittances, is threatening to restrict the legal currency to those who are forced to use it, and to distort the economy even more than it already is.

Living in Their Cars: Gasoline rationing in Mérida

After getting used to spending days and nights queuing up for fuel, Mérida citizens must now adapt to the classic socialist move of setting restrictions in every service station.

Conspiracy Theories Make Inroads in Venezuelan Politics

Our political discussion and the limits on free press have given more resonance to outlandish interpretations of what’s happening. A new paper explains why their impact could increase further, thanks to state-sponsored disinformation.

A Measure of Our Fragility

How bad did Venezuela get? Among the many ways to answer that question, we can consider Fund for Peace’s Fragile State Index 2019, one of the multidisciplinary approaches that can tell the magnitude of our drama.

An Unraveling Nation-State

Venezuela needed more than four centuries to become a real country. Now, it has started dismantling again, along the petrostate and the army that used to hold it together.

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Nicolás Protects the FAES

Photo: Efecto Cocuyo retrieved Nicolás continues with his variety show on VTV ignoring  the complex humanitarian...

More Pressure to the Negotiation

The European Union threatened to levy new sanctions against Venezuela if the negotiations taking place in Barbados don’t have favorable results. The lawmakers approved this Tuesday a draft law on violence against Venezuelan women inside the country and abroad. The Central Bank has requested information to move to an international messaging system operated by Russia as an alternative for the SWIFT system.

A Country in Ceaseless Protest

During the first half of 2019, there were a total of 10,477 street protests in Venezuela: 58 protests a day. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a report that proves how the number of undernourished people grew in Latin America in recent years, due to the decline of food security in Venezuela. Victims talk about their political imprisonment cases and the opposition delegation returned to Barbados to continue the negotiations sponsored by Norway.

The Negotiation in Barbados

Negotiations between both governments (Maduro's and Guaidó's) continue in Barbados. Vladimir Padrino keeps his post, but other figures are removed from the board. Venezuela remains a quite dangerous nation. Judge Afiuni's "liberation" isn't quite so. The region struggles with Venezuelan migrants.

Dependence in Dictatorship

Nicolás and Cilia attended the Armed Forces festivities for the 5th of July. Caretaker President Juan Guaidó led a march after Benjamin Sharifker spoke before the National Assembly about science, freedom and independence. Chilean President Sebastián Piñera asked Bachelet to present her report to the ICC.

The Voices of Internal Migration

As in the country’s pre-modern era, Venezuelans are moving from their hometowns to the capital, or other cities, looking for water, power, food, jobs. Here are a few testimonies of an increasingly common phenomenon.

The Uneven Trajectory of Guaidó’s Diplomacy

The representatives of the caretaker president are critical to build and sustain the pressure on Maduro. But several complications muddle the always troubled waters of the ancient trade of international relations.

The Helping Clause of the 1984 Cartagena Declaration

Venezuelan refugees need international protection. One of the instruments that can be of use includes a definition of “refugees’ that could apply to our fellow nationals.

A Prussian-Inspired Institution Gave Venezuela a Professional Army

On July 5th, 1910, Venezuela’s Military Academy was created to make a nation-building army out of the force that finally stabilized the country.

Bachelet Report Released: Damning in All Fronts for the Maduro Regime

After the High Commissioner’s high-profile visit last month, the full UN report about human rights in Venezuela was made public. And it irrefutably confirms what many try to deny.

Nicolás is Naked: Gross

Michelle Bachelet issued her 18-page report about our crisis one day earlier. It makes Maduro and everyone around him look inefficient and cruel. Nobody can say that Venezuelans have been lying anymore.

The International Response to the Venezuelan Exodus: New Measures

While the number of Venezuelans seeking refuge keeps growing, which countries are receiving them, and under what conditions?

Fascism: The Left Project that Keeps Giving

What does the torture-murder of Captain Rafael Acosta Arévalo have to do with a simultaneous outburst of violence in Portland, Oregon by Antifa (“anti-fascist”) protestors? Just everything, that’s all.

An Explosive Venezuelan Diaspora Threatens Latin America

The Organization of American States expects that a quarter of the population of Venezuela will have left the country by the end of 2020. What’s the hemisphere doing about it?

Light Shines Upon Disinformation Darkness

In order to defeat disinformation, it's essential to understand how it works. A new report offers details about the hegemony's efforts to keep Venezuelans confused about what's going on.

Venezuela’s Trailblazers of Pride

As Pride Month comes to an end, Caracas Chronicles brings a small list of some openly gay, lesbian and transgender Venezuelans from every stripe that we can look up to and feel proud of.

The Trans Community Is The Invisible Face of The Crisis

In a country deeply ravaged by a complex humanitarian emergency, hormones are just a part of the innumerable supplies gone from the health system, and they're essential for those desperate to reach their true self.

Venezuelan Lives Drift Away at Sea

In the past six months, three Venezuelan boats carrying Venezuelan migrants have sunk at sea. At least 50 people have disappeared on these dangerous journeys to the neighboring insular States.

96 Hours in Line for Fuel

The fuel crisis reaches the Venezuelan south, drivers in Bolivar State spend between 24 to 96 hours waiting to fill up their tanks. New social habits and political tricks converge in the new normality of this oil-producing country without fuel.

How the Red Sox Saved Me from the Venezuelan Dictatorship

A bittersweet account—and instruction manual—about experiencing a demonstration in extreme heat and risk of violent death, from a baseball-loving protester in apocalyptic Maracaibo.

Ampli: Real Journalism from Venezuela’s Top Satirists

The creators of beloved website El Chigüire Bipolar launched an animated show online, made by investigative reporters, where Monty Python-like shorts explain the delirious absurdity of Latin American current affairs.

The Double Crossroads

Isa used to be a Venezuelan woman. Today, he is a migrant transgender man. The story of his transition can't be understood without the story of his migration. Isa is a man because he left Venezuela.

The Time Travel of Venezuelan Women

The Maduro regime is worse than negligent with women: it made them live again without the rights and securities they acquired during 20th century democracy

In Barquisimeto, Paramilitaries Are in Charge of Repression

The so called colectivos have all the support from the military and the police to keep this city of Western Venezuela from rebelling against the regime.

‘Mrs. Bachelet, Maduro Is Pinochet!’

Bachelet leaves Venezuela today. Bachelet heard and met with both victims of human rights violations and human rights activists. She'll talk to the press today, before she leaves the country and her official report will be presented in two weeks.

Charities Are Running Out of Time in Venezuela

A new NPR report shows how charities and NGOs, the last hope for thousands of neglected victims of Venezuela’s crisis, are facing extreme difficulties to keep doing their already diminished work.

The Day Miraflores Palace Was Closed for Good

On June 19th, 1923, Juan Vicente Gómez’s brother was murdered inside the official seat of Venezuelan presidents. Miraflores was then empty for 12 years.

The Old Ways Come Back to Face the Hardships of the...

In the middle of Merida’s mountains, an isolated village learned how to keep living while ignoring the widespread socio-economic collapse of Venezuela.

Talking Censorship with Desorden Público

A true Venezuelan institution, the band just played in Berkeley, California, and gave us a chance to think on the meaning of being an artist in today’s Venezuela, and how does it feel to be censored by your own government.

The Defender of Venezuelans’ Right to Internet

Marianne Diaz Hernández was recently recognized with an important international award, after her years of activism and research on the now universal, but poorly understood, field of digital rights.

Chronicles of Us, Part 5: Yerwins and Harold’s Mysterious Foul

Harold Añez and Yerwins Elías were two teenagers who dreamed of becoming big leaguers. An academy in Colombia was waiting for them. They kept training while they found the resources for the trip, but their plans went wrong.

Chavismo Speaking of Corruption

PanAm Post published an article purportedly revealing corrupt activities in Cúcuta, involving the delegation appointed by Juan Guaidó to handle expenses for soldiers who deserted to Colombia on February 23rd. The veracity of this accusation is yet to be seen, but the storm it caused underscores the need for more transparency in the opposition's camp.

Some Useful Songs of Experience

The rappers of Free Convict aren’t ordinary singers: they’re former inmates now trying to keep Venezuelan kids far from jail. With Caracas Mi Convive and Alimenta la Solidaridad, they work to share what they learned.

Can Blockchain Help Rebuild Venezuela?

The challenges associated with the Venezuelan crisis can be addressed with blockchain technology. It’s not easy to understand, but here we show you four simple use cases.

The Human Bargaining Chips of the Maduro Regime

All kinds of irregularities surround the incarceration of more than 800 political prisoners in Venezuela, among them the first vice-president of the National Assembly. Are they still isolated, waiting for their fates to be decided over a talk in Norway?

Leaving Home Through a Darkened Border

Although Maduro ordered opening the border with Colombia, the migrant situation remains critical. Due to the gas shortage, reaching Cucuta is harder, and colectivos make unregulated crossings more dangerous than ever.

The Ideological Necessities That Turned into Collective Punishment

The Left continues touting the paper in which Mark Weisbrot and Jeffrey Sachs claim that 2017’s lending sanctions killed 40,000 people, when in fact, it was ideologically constrained decisions that caused the humanitarian emergency.

The Doctor of the Jail

Carmelo Gallardo is one of the 11 doctors who were detained in the protests of April 30th, 2019, in Venezuela. He’s a hematologist and chief the Blood Bank of Maracay’s Central Hospital, in Aragua, accused of resisting authority, obstructing a public road and incitement. This is his wife’s testimony.

Back to Portugal, 50 Years Later

They made a life in Venezuela, fleeing poverty and dictatorship in Portugal. Now they are returning to the country they were born in, to survive as they can, with a half-forgotten language, at 70 or 80 years old.

The Mystery of the Leaked Ramos-Maduro Interview

The 17-minute long interview with the Venezuelan dictator that caused the detention of Univisión’s star is now public. The news isn't the interview itself, but how it made its way to TV.

Humanitarian Catastrophe

We've gone back 50 years in matters of public health and we're running out of doctors. TSJ moved Ángela Aguirre's case to a court in Caracas, since it had proved impossible to have #JusticiaParaAngelaAguirre in Bolivar State.