CELEBRATING-15-YEARS

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.

That Bitter Scribble

Like a mocking gift from the past, I just found an old medical book with El Comandante’s signature in it, a bitter reminder of how things were when he signed it, and how hopeless the scene is now.

The Perfect Blackmail

Last sunday, I went to different voting stations to see how the “Puntos Rojos” influence elections. Chavismo is betting on fear, implicit threats and your empty stomach.

Bullfighting Is Rigged

Bullfighting is a great analogy for the municipal election on Sunday. It might sometimes feel like the bull has a chance, but it’s all part of the show.

Enter the PETRO

Few things are as hot today as cryptocurrencies, and chavismo sure wants in on the fun. Of course, the meaning of fun here depends on how morally bankrupt you are.

It’s Official: Venezuela Enters Hyperinflation

Venezuelan inflation blew past 50% a month, the hyperinflationary threshold.

Daring to Break the Silence

Secrecy has been a tacit policy of chavismo for years. Now, the National Assembly might have found a way to, maybe not break it, but at least disrupt it.

Eulogio’s Fatal Naïveté

The inside story of Eulogio del Pino’s brutal defenestration shows a nerd in far over his head. He fell because of his child-like innocence with regard to the nature of the regime he serves.

The Battle Inside Venezuelan Sports

Venezuela’s disappointing performance at the 2017 Bolivarian Games provokes serious questions, but a very controversial firing has overshadowed the entire discussion.

Previous Briefings

Hunger’s Victory

Your daily briefing for Monday, December 11, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Hyperinflation

Your daily briefing for Friday, December 8, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Turn Around

Your daily briefing for Wednesday, December 6, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.

So Far From 15D

Your daily briefing for Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Death is better than help

Your daily briefing for Monday, December 4, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.

It’s Official: Venezuela Enters Hyperinflation

Venezuelan inflation blew past 50% a month, the hyperinflationary threshold.

Daring to Break the Silence

Secrecy has been a tacit policy of chavismo for years. Now, the National Assembly might have found a way to, maybe not break it, but at least disrupt it.

2014: When Justice became a Weapon

Venezuela's head-long descent into a savage police state dates back to 2014. Specifically, to Leopoldo López's arrest. Ever since then, I have witnessed first-hand how Human Rights became disposable and Justice became a weapon to get opponents out of the way.

2014: “El que se cansa pierde”

Your yearly briefing for 2014. Translated by Javier Liendo.

2013: The Dubious Luck of Being Hugo

Hugo Chávez was lucky to rule amid a historic oil boom, lucky to have fractious opponents at home, lucky to have Bush as an imperialist villain, and lucky for having quit while he was ahead.

2013: Without Him

Your yearly briefing for 2013. Translated by Javier Liendo.

2012: Sick but proud

Your Yearly Briefing for 2012. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Eulogio’s Fatal Naïveté

The inside story of Eulogio del Pino’s brutal defenestration shows a nerd in far over his head. He fell because of his child-like innocence with regard to the nature of the regime he serves.

The Battle Inside Venezuelan Sports

Venezuela’s disappointing performance at the 2017 Bolivarian Games provokes serious questions, but a very controversial firing has overshadowed the entire discussion.

2011: The beginning of his end

Your yearly briefing for 2011. Translated by Javier Liendo.

2011: Pax Bolivariana

Chávez's foreign policy looked to cement 21st Century Socialism as the ideological pillar of the region through a costly and aggressive "oil diplomacy." A glance back at the state of Venezuelan international affairs in 2011 shows that alliances are fragile when they are built on opportunism.

2010: In the dark and rotten

Photo: PolítiKa UCAB In 2010, Chávez dons the Marxist-Christian garb. For the first time, people started banging pots in protest during his speech in a...

2010: The “Exprópiese,” today

The voracious expropriations and nationalization of industries - big and small - laid the groundwork for our current economic landscape of shortages, destruction, and a private sector that barely continues to exist.

The Meaning of Misery

The monetary aggregates and statistics mean nothing to Carolina. All she knows is that when the time comes to buy vegetables, the idea of buying a whole kilo of something is an extravagance she can't afford.

Rafa’s Pity Party

Few men have been as powerful in Venezuela as former oil czar Rafael Ramírez. Now that he’s a target in the latest chavista purge, let’s remember why he should never have our sympathy.

2009: Enter, La Unidad

The year of the Constitutional Amendment Referendum brought a sobering reminder of the threat that indefinite reelection posed to a flailing democracy. The political opposition answered with a platform named after its chimera: Unity.

2009: Eternal Chávez

Photo: PSUV El Hatillo In the February 15 referendum, with 54.88% votes in favor, the possibility for Chávez to run for president as many times...

Fighting All Alone

Venezuela is going through its worst moment in the fight against HIV. Today, on World AIDS Day, we bring you the reality of being HIV positive during national meltdown.

What’s a nice guy like Asdrúbal Oliveros doing in a negotiation...

I was your typical, dialogue-dismissing opposition cynic … until my mentor decided to take part in the Dominican Republic talks.

2008: Misión CADIVI

Original art by @modográfico The moment when chavismo finally made sense to me came while I was gazing around the duty free shops at Maiquetía...

Obama, Chávez and the politics of change

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

Three Diseases, One Truth

The International Council of AIDS Service Organizations and Acción Ciudadana Contra el Sida just released their report on three Venezuelan epidemics. The scenario is horrifying.

2008: The Revolution’s Continuity

Photo: Noticias de Nueva Esparta PSUV started as a political party with serious internal tensions because its authorities, which haven’t really changed much over time,...

2007: A Generation of Painted Hands

The generation of 2007 was the first (and only) national leadership born independent from traditional parties. They confronted power and contained it. This is the story of that fight and its aftermath.

2007: No signal, no victory

Your Yearly Briefing for 2006. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Chávez is now an embarrassment…to Sean Penn!

Pity Sean Penn. (Not really). After years working to position himself as an avant-garde progressive by hitching his brand to Chávez's, his pet revolutionary starts unravelling all that work by standing by the mass-murdering Libyan regime.

It’s not What You Know, it’s What You’ve Documented

Today, Human Rights Watch is publishing an 85 page report documenting the full spectrum of human rights abuses committed to put down the protests of earlier this year.

2006: Chavismo’s Cultural Ruin

Venezuelans often say that we’re all responsible for this disaster, and that's particularly true in our culture and the arts, fields that today mourn their old complicities.

2006: The Smell of Sulfur

Your Yearly Briefing for 2006. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Amarillita, Azulita y Rojita…

Venezuela cannot be made roja, rojita and remain fully Venezuela. The embrace of the tricolor in contrast to Chavez's dreary, unyielding red underlines a basic reality no amount of state power can overcome.

PDVSA’s Self-Inflicted Wound

The new Oil Minister and PDVSA CEO, General Manuel Quevedo has no experience in the oil industry. His appointment is a tantalizing peek at what's happening behind chavismo’s closed doors.

VTV’s Darkest Day

Today, the state’s main TV station, VTV, will celebrate a 25-year-old coup with epic narrative. Tragic, considering how the insurgents painted those walls with innocent blood.

2005: The Blunder Year

2005 was great for the Revolution, as president Chávez consolidated his political victories of previous years. The opposition was so ineffective, it seems complicit in retrospective.

2005: Dismantling the State

Your Yearly Briefing for 2005. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Psychopath autocrats of the world, unite!

Mindless radicalization, anyone?

2004: The Year of the Recall

Your yearly briefing for 2004. Translated by Javier Liendo.