The OAS’ Secretary General just threw some shade at everyone regarding last Sunday’s elections, including MUD. Of course, for some in the opposition its business as usual.
This isn’t going to be like July 30th, when evidence of fraud began to pile on almost from the moment the polls closed. This is going to be like April 2013, when the opposition signalled fraud but could never prove it.
Fraud seems like the only reasonable explanation for tonight's unfathomable election results. It's also the easiest way to paint yourself into a corner.

Wait a minute

Hasty post. Retracted.

Briefing

The Uncredited Defeats

Your daily briefing for Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Confusion and determination at three Caracas voting centers

We toured three voting centers rumored to be hit with last minute location changes and found mass confusion alongside with a blood-minded determination not to allow your vote to be suppressed.

Keeping Up With The Kampaign

Regional elections are pretty much here, so here’s a review of each side’s campaign — and a peek into the weird side.

The (electoral) Joker Cards: Null Vote & Abstention

With regional elections around the corner and CNE in full-out sabotage mode nobody knows for certain how many will be able to vote. And this could make a pretty dramatic difference. It sounds scary, because it is.

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Confusion and determination at three Caracas voting centers

We toured three voting centers rumored to be hit with last minute location changes and found mass confusion alongside with a blood-minded determination not to allow your vote to be suppressed.

Keeping Up With The Kampaign

Regional elections are pretty much here, so here’s a review of each side’s campaign — and a peek into the weird side.

The (electoral) Joker Cards: Null Vote & Abstention

With regional elections around the corner and CNE in full-out sabotage mode nobody knows for certain how many will be able to vote. And this could make a pretty dramatic difference. It sounds scary, because it is.

31,109 Bolívares for a Dolar, Today

The dollar doubles to 31,000 in less than two months – textbook late Voodoo Populism.

Julio Borges, Unplugged.

In an extensive interview, National Assembly Speaker Julio Borges explains his strategy to chip away at the government's sources of international support and credit.

Re-arranging the Pieces

A massive, last-minute relocation of polling stations was just announced by CNE ahead of Sunday's elections, in a move that is dim and sneaky and should surprise no one.

Democratizing the Protest

Elections are happening on Sunday, whether we like it or not. For some, voting is not a choice, it’s their only means of protest.

The Ever Present Niño

Someone needs to tell Basic Industries Minister Juan Arias that the reasons for our recession have nothing to do with El Niño and everything to do with communism.

Come Report in Venezuela (And Be Jailed For It)

Even if Venezuela isn’t as much in the headlines as it used to be, the hegemony still isn’t cozy with foreign reporters poking their noses around the country.

The Dreamers: Meeting Mérida’s Rocket Scientists

It’s no joke, a small group of scientists is developing aerospace technology at Mérida’s Universidad de Los Andes. An odyssey? You have no idea...

Open Letter from Political Prisoners

Over a dozen political prisoners address Venezuelan citizens from the dungeons of El Helicoide prison less than a week before the gubernatorial election, urging them to vote and to man every polling station this Sunday.

How that intervention worked out for Chacao

Venezuela’s government has extended its takeover of Chacao’s Municipal Police four times now. Fear is rising, outcomes are fleeting.
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World Premiere: In the Shadow of the Revolution

Former supporters of chavismo and longtime friends of Caracas Chronicles present their latest film project, which looks to dispel remaining myths about a benevolent leftist revolution through the eyes of the very people it claimed to champion.

The Ten Million Dollar Curveball

It’s easy to huff and puff against the baseball season kicking off next week, but why take our frustrations out on one of the private businesses that still works and cranks out a world-class product?

Calculating Our Diaspora

Venezuelans are leaving the country in a rush. What is surprising, though, is how little data there is on Venezuelan emigration. Here’s an estimate of our new reality.

Snapshot of a Crisis

There’s a picture from Venezuela that has been all over the news this week. It shows how dire the situation is in our hospitals – and who the government really perceives as criminals. WARNING: Graphic content follows.

Introducing the Venezuela Energy Briefing

Figuring out Venezuela’s Energy Industry is not for the faint of heart. Today, we unveil a new report for those with a burning need to crack the PDVSA riddle.

We’re Hiring: Community Manager

Are you a creative, critical thinker with sharp wit and a love of spanglish and social media? We are looking for someone to make Caracas Chronicles social platforms an amazing and unique community for our users. to direct our social media presence online.

We’re Hiring: Front-End Developer

Caracas Chronicles is looking for a full-time developer to lead a team in the creation of our new website, to manage and maintain our different digital platforms, and to keep us innovative in all things tech-related.

Animal Rescue: El Llanito Edition

On World Animal Day, we meet the people behind SOS Animal, the El Llanito NGO looking out for the very most forgotten victims of Venezuela’s crisis.

Engines Off

In a city where millions rely on them, three out of every four buses in Caracas are out of order. Here we ponder Venezuela’s bus-less dystopia – coming soon to a city near you.

A Path to Recover Venezuela’s Well-being

So much is wrong with Venezuela's economy, that it’s hard to know where to even start. Unless you’re Ricardo Hausmann and Miguel Ángel Santos – those guys know where to start.

Merida’s (shady) Player

Next on our tour of wacky 15O candidates, meet Mérida's Luis Zeppenfeldt. A wolf in sheep's clothing? You be the judge...

Chavismo’s Ginger Hope

Meet Rafael Lacava, the shirtless, shameless firebrand chavismo hopes will be Carabobo’s next executive.

Explainer: The Cash Drought

Anyone in Venezuela can tell you there is a huge issue with getting your hands on enough cash, regardless of how much you have in the bank. Here’s why that happens – and how it feels.

#TheWeeklyArepa Editorial: Atonement

Each Friday, Raúl regales the members of our mailing list with a scrumptious little nugget of wisdom in our Weekly Arepa. Here’s this week’s.

Jailed for protesting, then released… but not freed

Very few people have experienced the recent round of protests like Alejandro has, from inside a cell. Although he’s free now, his captivity is still in his eyes and voice when he tells his story.

You Have the Right to Know

Today is International Day for the Universal Access to Information: a noble UN goal that doubles as a sinister joke to Venezuelans living in the dark under a dictatorship that wants them not to know.

Tienes derecho a saber

El Día mundial de Acceso a la Información se conseguirá en Venezuela con una de las peores deudas de su historia: los ciudadanos se mueven a oscuras ante una dictadura opaca.

Empty Universities

With a massive exodus of both students and professors, and universities struggling with their budgets, Venezuelan academia seems doomed to disappear altogether.

Meeting Bolichico Rodríguez

If you’re a Venezuelan living abroad, you’ve fantasized about the day you meet a "bolichico" in a social setting. Here’s a useful primer to plan for your own encounter.

A Glass of Milk

School milk programs are a widely accepted source of nutrition for children everywhere. Although Venezuela has had such a program for decades, its execution has been less than ideal lately.

Venezuela in Trump’s Travel Ban: An Explainer

Venezuela joining the likes of North Korea and Syria in the U.S. list of risky countries is no surprise. It’s the execution of these promised measures that makes this such a strange case.

Girls Interrupted

Today is World Contraception Day. In Venezuela, the staggering rate of teenage pregnancy is a very real public health issue, and also a social problem.

Where Have the Doctors Gone?

Thousands of MDs have left Venezuela. Facing discrimination and bureaucratic obstacles abroad, they either manage the certification ordeal… or leave medicine altogether.

Venny Bull Blend: The VENZ 2027 coupon drama and what comes...

A seemingly endless flow of terrible headlines suggesting Miraflores is as close to bankruptcy as ever capped off a payment delay on the VENZ 2027 coupon. And the Venny Bulls laugh through it all on a blend of optimism and cynicism.
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A week long dive into the 1989 spasm of chaos that changed Venezuela forever.

There are two options when confronting Caracazo: digesting it, or spitting it out. Either we see it as an Estallido Social of shortsightedness and savage chaos, or as the awareness-creating moment of a massive political movement against imperialist neoliberalism. Two readings, two Venezuelas.

The Annotated 1989 PROVEA Report

We walk you through PROVEA's 1989 report into the Caracazo, underlining the parts that somehow didn't make it into our collective recollection of events.

A Sunday Lunch in March

A few weeks after el Caracazo, Ibsen Martínez went to lunch at Moisés Naím's house. After a 27-year process of digestion, he looks back.

What was El Caracazo? Part III

27F filled our homes with ghosts, with espantos. The faces of the dead, which some tried to erase from memory. The sense of what it's like to lose any trace of the rule of law. The voices of the prophets who told us that other tragedies would come. We were never the same after those days in 1989.   

States of Emergency, then and now

As a lawyer, what strikes me is how much we've forgotten so much since 1989. Like, for example, what a state of emergency is. And what it is for.
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La Sangre y el Eco; by La Vida Bohème

Today, an exclusive: La Vida Bohème created this video as backup visuals for their live shows following their second, Grammy-winning album, Será. It's never been shown outside that context...until today. The piece was curated by Armando Añez, also a Venezuelan musician, currently known as Recordatorio.  

The Violent Innocence of The Caracazo

The events of 1989 carry traces of social trauma: it transcends history and lives ambivalently as a portmanteau fantasy, carrying both fears and desires.

The Caracazo My Dad Remembers

I sat down to ask my father about the Caracazo, about what he remembered and why he thought it happened. I was eager for answers...but not as eager as he was.

What was El Caracazo? Part II

El Sacudón started in Guarenas and soon spread to Caracas and other cities. By noon of the 28th, the government finally responded, and with extreme force. So the biggest riots in modern Venezuelan history became the biggest exhibition of military and police brutality.

It Never Left

Before we start questioning why a social upheaval has not yet broken out this year, we have to come to terms with Caracazo's political meaning. The similarities are deceiving, and the bets for a second coming are disingenuous, or misguided. The Caracazo, you see, never really left.

The Economic Crisis Before the Storm

After years of policy paralysis, Venezuela simply ran out of money when oil prices failed to recover in time. Sound familiar? Reading about Venezuela’s economic conditions in 1989 is a drawn out exercise in déjà vu. But how real are the parallels, and to what extent do we forget about the differences?

What was El Caracazo? Part I

The Caracazo is ingrained in our collective psyche so deeply it’s now more myth than event. There are as many different versions of what happened out there as there are agendas prompting them. But what really happened? In the first of a three-part series, we look at what actually happened in Venezuela betwen February 27th and March 2nd, 1989.