Avianca's rushed suspension of service to Venezuela, together with the decision to evacuate U.S. diplomats' families, builds up a picture of a country under unprecedented pressure.

Daily Briefing

Finally Sanctioned

Your daily briefing for Thursday, July 27, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.

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Lessons from Libya

Negotiations look closer by the minute in Venezuela, and we should all be glad, for Libya tells us what happens when talks fail and chaos reigns.

How do you solve a problem like Cabello and El Aissami?

Getting rid of Maduro? That’s the easy part. The real question is what you do with the hyper-criminal faction leaders just beneath him in the chavista org chart.

Reflections on Our Caribbean Punk Rock Protest Chamos

Enough tut-tutting the youngsters on the street taking big risks for ‘La Resistencia.’ The truth is, without their energy and commitment, we have no movement.

Leopoldo Gives a Boring Speech, Thank God

In a 15-minute speech from house arrest, Leopoldo López stayed studiously on message. That’s a good thing.

OAS Session of the Permanent Council on the Situation in Venezuela

Today's Permanent Council session of the OAS has Venezuela on the agenda, ahead of the ANC and U.S. announced economic and individual sanctions. If you're "de paro" today, join in the fun.

Ahead of the General Strike, long lines for full-price items

It used to be people would line up for hours for price-controlled staples. But as a 48-hour General Strike launches today, panic buying crashed head first against family budget realities.

Previous Briefings

Nicolás’ Tribunal

Your daily briefing for Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Oh, Simón José Antonio!

Your daily briefing for Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.

“If I’m right…”

You daily briefing for July 24, 2016. Translated by Javier Liendo.

New justices

Your Daily Briefing for Saturday, July 22, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Announcements and Complaints

Your daily briefing for Thursday, July 20, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Nighttime Repression

Your daily briefing for Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.

A week long dive into the 1989 spasm of chaos that changed Venezuela forever.

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TSJ Goes After Mayors…Again

A fresh batch of arrest warrants have been issued to opposition mayors in protest-heavy municipalities. Deja-vu all over again.

Unión Cívico-Militar is the Venezuelan Way

The practice of having the military rule alongside — or even over and above — civilians, long predates the Chávez era — and will likely outlive it, too.

Despacito Chronicles

Maduro's use of the most streamed song of all time for political purposes has drawn the ire of the likes of Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi. If we could only get Justin Bieber on board, the ANC would surely be cancelled.

Maduro’s campaign for the Constituent Assembly is Just Funny

One week away from the momentous ANC election, let me tell you why everybody’s laughing at the candidates chavismo’s offering.

The Constituent Assembly and the Breakdown of Civilian-Military Power Sharing

The real threat to the government comes not from the opposition, but from the breakdown of "la unión cívico-militar": the basic power symmetry between civilian leftists and the military Chávez instituted in 1999.

#HowToHelp: UWC, a Global Education for Young Venezuelans

Watching Venezuela burn from far away, people naturally feel a need to help. In this installment of our #HowToHelp series, we vouch for Avemundo/UWC Venezuela, an incredibly well-conceived initiative helping build our country’s future.

Constituyente News from a Parallel Universe

A look at the news in a alternate reality where MUD agreed to take part in next Sunday’s constituyente elections.

A Fearful Appointment

The long-delayed and keenly-awaited appointment of 33 new justices for the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) is upon us. Who are these people, anyway?

Chaos and Understanding on Both Sides of the Barricade

After the euphoria of last Sunday, we plunge into chaos and confusion – and the worst of it happens between voices on the same side.

#20J: The Nationwide Strike Recap

For 24 hours yesterday, Venezuela came to a standstill during the Paro Cívico Nacional, amid repression and mass detentions. Here's a recap of the day outside the capital.

News from the ANC

As days go by, it’s increasingly obvious that the best bet for President Maduro is to cancel the ANC… so why doesn’t he?

The Eruption of a New Society

Beneath the “buena nota” veneer, Venezuelan society has a deep streak of self-loathing. Could the exhilarating experience we shared on Sunday help change that?

Suddenly, We Have Two Governments

Is it me or did we skip a rather important part of this whole conversation?

Strike’s Back, 15 Years On

I’m old enough to remember the last time we went for a Paro Cívico Nacional. It was an enormous fiasco. Here’s how to sidestep the mistakes of the past.

El Pana Igor: The Story of the Punto Soberano in Uganda

Igor Markov only knew one other Venezuelan who lived in Uganda. That didn't stop him from setting up a Punto Soberano in Entebbe and adding three whole votes to the Consulta Popular tally.

The Audacity of Vote

Millions of Venezuelans literally risk their lives to self-organize a vote right under the dictatorship’s noses. And world media poo-poo it as “only symbolic.” Erm... no.

A Pair of Twos

After yesterday’s referendum, the government’s left with a horrendously weak hand. But I’ve seen enough Texas Hold’Em to know good players win with a pair of twos all the damn time.

16J Thoughts: Who Needs this Useless State?

After a day that dramatically showcased volunteers doing things better than the state, Venezuela lives something that genuinely has no precedent: its own libertarian moment.

16J Mid-Day Update: A shockingly trouble-free vote

Defying expectations of harassment and intimidation, huge crowds of Venezuelans lined up around the country and throughout the world amid virtually complete calm.

16J: Putting the Oppo Radical Wing’s Agenda to the Test

While oppo Keyboard Warriors steam, MUD's more radical parties are putting their agenda in front of the voters. If turnout is high today, the so-called moderates will find themselves badly outmaneuvered.

One Video, No Words

After 106 days of punishing protests we thought the nation's capacity for shock at the regime's brutality was exhausted. Then a video proved us wrong.

16J: Putting Meat on the Bones of Civil Disobedience

For a very long time we were stuck in a cycle of continually appealing to the same institutions we claimed to be disowning. That ends tomorrow.

How to Help: Donde Come Uno Comen Dos

Watching Venezuela burn from far away, people naturally feel a need to help. In this installment of our #HowToHelp series, we vouch for Donde Come Uno Comen Dos, an NGO doing amazing work helping the most vulnerable.

USB Goes 350

What do you do when the State pretends to pick your academic authorities? You go full rebel, son!

Whose side is the Clock on, Anyway?

For better or worse, Maduro put a hard deadline on this deadlock. Who’s the clock ticking for, and who is it ticking against?

En Vivo — Voices from Venezuela: Understanding the Crisis — en...

En conjunto con America's Society/Council of the Americas traemos este evento en vivo desde Miami hoy, a las 8:30 a.m.. Vea el video completo de la discusión de este panel sobre la situación de Venezuela.

Two Big Macs

A while back, I bet Raúl Stolk two Big Macs that there’s isn’t going to be an election for the Constituent Assembly on July 30th, like the government keeps saying. I still think I’m going to win that one.

The $400,000,000 Protest Movement

Decision 156 – the Supreme Tribunal blunder that launched the protest movement in March – is back, this time as legal cover to a shady, $400 million shenanigan.

On Haringhtongate and the Dignity of a Fake Court

Each time the Supreme Tribunal hands down a crazy decision, people expect me – as a lawyer – to comment on it. I won’t. Not any more.

4 a.m. in Palo Verde

BANG!! BANG-BANG!!! I was convinced it was a coup d’état. BAAANG! – LOUD. As the fog of sleep cleared, I slowly grasped it was no such thing – my technological condition had just regressed by about three centuries.

Venezuela’s Energy Policy is its own Opposite

Going by recent official statements, Venezuela plans to both privatize more of and nationalize all of its oil industry.

Zapatero is back, bitches!

As Venezuela's highest profile political prisoner is shifted from solitary confinement at a military prison into House Arrest, let's not lose sight of the behind-the-scenes play: the Zapatero Track is back on, y'all.

Muerte Suspendida: Time of the Hero

I remember reflecting after I saw the trailer, trying to wrap my mind around what I'd just witnessed. This movie could not exist. No way. It was too ludicrous to be real.

How to Help: Comparte por una Vida

Watching Venezuela burn from far away, people naturally feel a need to help. In this series of post, we vouch for Comparte por una Vida, an NGO doing amazing work helping the most vulnerable.

AIDS Up Close

Each Venezuelan state has a separate HIV/AIDS program, and some are much better than others. Merida’s has long been the best – but even here, drugs are running short and tests are subpar.

The Trancazo I Saw from My Window

Trancazo Tuesday was a day of mayhem in La Candelaria. This is what it felt like seen from my living room window.