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Diplomatic Inanity

Canada is in da house! Today we have a Guest Post from Sancho Panza, who went to see Venezuela’s Ambassador designate to Ottawa give a bit of a speech and lived to tell the tale… On Thursday, February 26th in a balmy Toronto, in a beautiful room of one the University of Toronto’s most beautiful…

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Please Support Efecto Cocuyo

Watching Venezuela from afar can be frustrating. You feel you should do something, but you don’t know what that something might be. If, like me, you’re looking for something concrete, immediate and real you can do right now to make a difference, try this: support Efecto Cocuyo. Launched by two tough, award-winning Caracas journalists – Luz Mely Reyes and friend-of-the-blog Laura Weffer…

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An Election Year Without An Election

Legislative Elections are meant to take place later this year, replacing the National Assembly chosen in 2010 with a new cohort. These elections should, by any reckoning, be the central political event of the year. There’s just one rub: they probably won’t happen. I’m out on a limb here. By indefinitely postponing a vote, Maduro would be…

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A Parallel Universe Where FIEM Wasn’t Gutted

It’s time to push back against this lazy narrative that puts the entire blame for Venezuela’s economic chaos at the feet of falling oil prices. It’s non-sense. As Daniel Pratt put it, Venezuela had the institutions it needed to prepare for a fall in oil prices. The main one was called FIEM and it was a Macroeconomic Stabilization…