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Twelve years on

Twelve years ago today, Quico published his first post on this blog, and Caracas Chronicles was born. It’s difficult to remember exactly what Venezuela was like on September 20, 2002. The April 11th events had just recently unfolded, and the PDVSA oil strike was yet to materialize. The thousands of oil workers that were summarily fired during the strike were…

Otra iniciativa de apoyo a Hausmann

(Nota: Cuando promovimos la carta de solidaridad con Ricardo Hausmann, algunas personas nos sugirieron que el tono de la misma no era el más adecuado, y que limitaría la acogida que podría tener la misma en sectores más neutrales. La siguiente alternativa está circulando, y me han pedido que ayude a difundirla, cosa que hago gustosamente. El…

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Les fraudeurs

Yesterday we learned – via the increasingly indispensable Marianna Párraga – that PDVSA is selling the refinery it owns in the US Virgin Islands. This comes on the heels of the almost certain sale of Citgo, as well as other assets overseas. Whether the reason for these privatizations is a lack of cash, a way of escaping from the claws…

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A matter of keeping your priorities straight

After tons of criticisms and complaints, CENCOEX – the replacement to currency distributor CADIVI – has finally received praise for doing things right on time. Was it for food supplies? For medicines? Nope, it was for baseball players. Oscar Prieto Párraga, the current head of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (LVBP) has thanked both the Sports Minister Antonio…