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Nothing to do

1.8 million young people have nothing to do. I read that in an op-ed by Julio Borges, and it sparks my curiosity. It comes from a survey carried out by the UCAB Youth Project that says 23% of Venezuelans between the ages of 15 and 29 neither study nor work, or in the words of Borges, “are not…

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The electric crisis is about to get worse

An excellent, alarming piece by César Batiz in Clímax highlights the coming gloom for Venezuelans: Guri, the country’s most important dam, is not getting enough water. The dry period is about to begin, and thermal plants do not have enough installed capacity available. After a reported $38 billion spent on revamping the country’s electricity generating sector (Derwick gets a…

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Vas al Cielo y Vas Llorando Chronicles

Not three weeks ago, Venezuela scored a big win over ExxonMobil, when the long-running saga over International Arbitration following Chávez’s 2006 expropriation of their extra-heavy oil upgrader in the Faja del Orinoco resulted in an award much smaller than expected. Exxon had originally wanted $20 billion out of the deal; arbitrators awarded it just $1.6 billion,…

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Tyzsgasm

OMG OMG OMG look what’s in Alberto Barrera Tyzska’s column this week.  Yo a veces quisiera ser Anabella Abadí. Esta semana, por ejemplo. Hubiera sido ideal ser como ella. Yo traté de seguir con cuidado la presentación del presupuesto del gobierno para el año 2015, intenté comprender las proyecciones, revisé de cerca algunas declaraciones… y…

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Disarmament and Its Discontents

Take a look to this report from Brazil’s newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo: “The family nanny for Elías Jaua (currently the Venezuelan Communes Minister) was detained in the early hours of Friday morning in São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport, charged of weapons trafficking. She was carrying a .38 revolver with ammunition, which she says belong to the…

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Breaking: Interior Minister Rodriguez Torres got sacked

Nicolas Maduro has just announced the exit of the Interior, Justice and Peace Minister Miguel Rodríguez Torres and asked him to take a break. Defense Minister Cármen Meléndez will assume Rodriguez Torres’ post while the head of the Armed Forces’ Strategic Opreational Command (CEO) Vladimir Padrino López will take the Defense Ministry job. Question: If…