QUINCEAÑERA ARCHIVES

To commemorate our 15th, we’ve delved into the past and curated some of the most attractive posts in Caracas Chronicles throughout the years. Today, comenzamos por el comienzo.
Behold: the very first post.

Obama, Chávez and the politics of change

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

BusTV: Culture Jamming Censorship One Bus at a Time

How do you let people know what’s going on amid the censorship raj? We do it on public transport, with a cardboard cut-out TV screen and a YouTube channel, to the beat of salsa.

Hippocratic Oath No More: Ideology Wins the Health Crisis Battle

While lack of basic medical supplies kills Venezuelan patients, the board of directors of a State-run hospital in Caracas refuses to accept a donation from Médecins sans Frontieres, putting politics and ideology before patients’ lives.

After Carmina Burana: Fate of Caracas, Not That Monstrous, Not That...

It might be tough to think how there are still cultural events seeking to impact and transcend beyond the crisis. Is it really possible to detach ourselves from chaos? Not just possible, necessary!

Web of Repression to Close Newspapers

As media outlets in Venezuela are suffocated to the point of closure, a new report by NGO Transparencia Venezuela shows the mechanisms used by the hegemony to make it happen.

Happy First Anniversary, Hyperinflation… When Will You Go Away?

It’s been a year of hyperinflation in Venezuela, with a yearly rate that ravages consumers’ purchasing power and devours companies left and right. Just where does it ends?

Reuters Confirms the Carnet de la Patria Is Utterly Evil

Reuters published an article describing how Chinese telecom giant ZTE helps Maduro & Co. monitor and keep track of fatherland card-carrying citizens’ every move. The details of the data recollection resemble a horror story gone Venezuela.

Mafias Search for Lost Gasoline, Civilians Pick Up the Last Drops

The revolution’s aim at a feudal state controlled by mafias grows stronger as smugglers and the black market thrive with the shortage of gasoline. Who will survive this mayhem? Ruthless mafias or scared citizens?

Humanitarian Crypto Initiatives for Venezuela

There’s been a lot of discussion around the potential use cases of crypto in Venezuela. Here’s an overview of some notable projects working in the space.

Previous Briefings

Mocking the Old

Your daily briefing for Thursday, August 30, 2018. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Seeking Remittances

Your daily briefing for Wednesday, August 29, 2018. Translated by Javier Liendo.

A Disastrous Plan

Your daily briefing for Tuesday, August 28, 2018. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Laundering With Gold

Your daily briefing for Monday, August 27, 2018. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Those Who Walk

Your daily briefing for Thursday, August 25, 2018. Translated by Javier Liendo.
IVSS_Venezuela

Chavismo Kicks the Ill When They’re Down

What does a day looking for medicine look like? It looks like an authoritarian game of ignominy and frontal abuse.

Orinoco Mining Arc Is Explodin’, Violence Flarin’, Bullets Loadin’

After the Tumeremo massacre, on October 14, we know for a fact that the ELN operates in Venezuelan territory. But the ecocide, human trafficking, slavery and “mysterious” disappearances started in 2016, with the Orinoco Mining Arc's decree.

Die Wende: From East Germany to Post-Chavista Venezuela

After the fall of the DDR, Germans sought to turn tragedy into remembrance. Perhaps, when chavismo is over, because it will be, we can take a page from the Germans’ book and adapt the idea to build the Post-Chavista Museum we’ll need so it never happens again.
Teodoro_Politician

Teodoro’s Mission Impossible

Teodoro Petkoff’s stint as a minister (1996-1998) is largely forgotten, or misremembered as a failure. In fact, his success at an impossible task—structural adjustment—was remarkable, almost unprecedented.

5 de Julio of The Walking Dead

Maracaibo’s throbbing comercial heart looks like a post-apocalyptic zombiescape these days.

A Petrostate Without Any Petrol: Gas Shortages Spread Nationwide

In Venezuela, gasoline is now, quite literally, priceless. Which is just as well, because there isn’t any.

I Saw Kids Fainting from Hunger in the Classroom, So I...

Millions of Venezuelans are facing malnutrition. I know I can’t fix the entire problem. But, together with a couple dozen volunteers, we can help a few hundred at-risk young people and retirees beat acute hunger. So we do.
ELN_Venezuela

Pretty Please, Mr. Mass Murderer, Could You Leave the Country, If...

Colombia’s vicious ELN guerrilla kills Venezuelan soldiers...and Venezuela’s Defense Minister treats them like they’re the Godfather.

Before Chávez, Eight Out of Nine Venezuelans Had Regular Access to...

Despite the country’s huge freshwater reserves, only 18% of Venezuelans have regular access to water. Who doesn’t have trouble finding it? Mosquitoes... when the time comes to lay eggs.

Declawing Gaita: How Protest Music Disappeared from Zulia’s Airwaves

Venezuela’s Western state of Zulia has a long and proud tradition of protest music: gaiteros have always raised their voices against injustice. But under growing pressure from the government, radio stations no longer dare to air it.

The One about John Galt in Los Llanos

In today’s Wall Street Journal, Kejal Vyas and Carlos Becerra have a brutal, engrossing feature about what happens to a small community in Portuguesa, when the government seizes the assets of a big local employer, and replaces it with nothing.
Baseball_Venezuela

Crisis Puts Little Leaguers’ Big Dreams Cruelly Out of Reach

For kids in Venezuela’s hard-scrabble areas, it used to be the dream: get noticed by a pro scout and leave the barrio behind for the Big Leagues. But try as they might to hang on to the dream, the crisis is wringing the hope out of a new generation of peloteros.

In Buttoned-Down Mérida, Despair Sets Off a Wave of Suicides

Suicides are spreading across Venezuela: the latest iteration of a comprehensive public health crisis. In the Andean state of Mérida, with its more reserved culture, the problem is at its worst.

Sabino Romero, the Chavista Yupka Chieftain Who Turned on the Revolution

Sabino Romero, son of the eponymous indigenous leader murdered in 2013, talks to CC about expropriated lands, State negligence and native employment rates.

Crypto vs. Exchange Controls. Crypto Wins.

The barriers to sending money to people in need in Venezuela seem overwhelming...until you get the hang of Crypto. Then it’s easy.

The Venezuelan Digital Crackdown Gets An Emergency Call From Freedom House

The report, Freedom On The Net, finds the internet mostly doesn’t work in Venezuela. And when it does, you get punished for using it.

The Government Says Guayana’s Floods Are Over, But the Rains Are...

The government has started shutting down the shelters set up in Bolívar, after 3,351 people were displaced by out-of-season flooding along the Orinoco. The thing is, people's homes are still under water, and the actual rainy season just started.

A Complex Emergency With a Simple Explanation

With Barrio Adentro Mission now handling 96% fewer patients than in its heyday and public hospitals no longer stocking even aspirine, Venezuela is on the verge of a Complex Humanitarian Emergency.

ADIÓS TEODORO

Today, Venezuela lost a giant. Teodoro Petkoff, who died today at the age of 86, morphed from communist guerrilla to conscience of the nation.

Ghoul Nation Part IV: Everything You Wanted to Know About Venezuelan...

Each of the Venezuelan States has its own specific set of idiosyncrasies, their own very distinct way of communicating, eating, living and handling their affairs. Particular ghosts, monsters and creatures roam each region, as an army of dead that remind us of the violence, misery and dispair within each community.

The Radical Plan to Hack Militarism and Democratize Venezuela that Worked

When the leaders who signed the Punto Fijo Pact sat down to draft a governability agreement, they had no blueprint to work from. Behind them stretched 130 years of militarism, instability and chaos. Here's the story of how three men managed to cut the deal that made democracy possible in Venezuela for decades.

Google Takes on Chavista Censorship

These days, if you're a news giant and you need to roll-out a brand new anti-censorship system, you know where you go first.

Read the Comments

Comments are back, but different. We’re actively moderating them, under a new comments policy. It’s going to be way better this way.

Maria Corina Machado Gets a Beating, Maduro’s Credibility a Mauling

When thugs roughed up María Corina Machado in Upata, the regime tried to blame the low level guys who carried out the orders. Let’s see how that’s working out for them.

Bordering Fascism

Yesterday, Brazilians were called to choose between two catastrophes...not surprisingly, what they chose is a catastrophe.

“Like a Futurist Madhouse”: Lorent Saleh Draws a Shocking Portrait of...

In an interview with El Mundo, Lorent Saleh tells the story of the four years he spent behind bars in Venezuela. A dystopian tale that highlights the inhuman treatment that political prisoners are forced to endure in our county.

The Sadness of Coming Back Home on a Plan Vuelta a...

The government copied Pérez Bonalde and named it Plan Vuelta a la Patria. They caused the crisis that forced people to leave and now they offer a free service to get them back to Venezuela. The thing is, this journey is everything but poetic.

La Vida de Nos Makes Venezuelans Make Sense Too

Through an independent project that started years ago, Héctor Torres and Albor Rodríguez reconcile and describe the realities of all Venezuelans, uniting us in our differences.

Gender-Based Political Violence Against María Corina Machado’s Commitment and Resilience

This week, a group of chavistas attacked María Corina Machado and her team in Bolívar State. We know that nothing scares chavistas more than a brilliant, courageous, educated woman who threatens to overthrow a dictatorship with conviction and the power of her ideas of prosperity, peace, democracy and a better future for Venezuelans.
Clap_Indigenous

Indigenous People’s Health and Traditions Threatened by CLAP and Mining

For centuries, Native Venezuelan communities had been able to self-sustain. This has changed, they’ve become increasingly more dependent on the government, and it has brought all kinds of problems for the different indigenous ethnicities of Zulia, Delta Amacuro, Amazonas and Bolívar states.

Maduro Remains in Power Thanks to a Ruthless System

We thought it’d be easier to get rid of him because “Maduro is no Chávez” and yet, five years later, there he is. “How’s he still there?” is the question on everyone's mind. The answer is painfully obvious.

Maduro Takes Important Steps in Social Espionage

Taking a few pages from the Cuban playbook, the Network of Articulation and Sociopolitical Action (Raas), picks up where the Ley Sapo left off. Big Brother and your next-door neighbors are watching.

Underinvestment and Corruption Destroyed the Venezuelan Electric Grid

As blackouts wreak havoc on the country once again, it’s hard to remember that Venezuela once had a stable and functional electric system. There’s nothing that decades of underinvestment and rampant corruption can’t destroy.

Ghoul Nation Part III: Monsters from the Far West

In Western Venezuela, monsters, spirits and ghosts abound. Some of them roam our land to escape oblivion, keep trespassers at bay and communicate with the nature around them and protect it.

Nobody Knows Why Saleh Was Released (But We Can Guess)

Lorent Saleh is a rebel who didn’t need political parties, he fought cops and claimed he’d use snipers. No one backed him up then, and nobody knows why he’s out of jail. Or do we?
Comfort_Refugees

Venezuelan Doctors Sail Away to Help in a Very Political Humanitarian...

12 Venezuelan doctors residing in the United States volunteered for the USNS Comfort’s journey to South America, hoping to help some of their compatriots flooding the region, in a humanitarian mission labeled by the Venezuelan government as a disguised invasion plot.