Today in “No Vale, Yo No Creo”

Steven Obando, 28, is a high school chemistry teacher in Barquisimeto. This week, he was charged with extortion. His alleged crime? Demanding that two of his students bring in impossible-to-source packages of diapers and washing powder in return for a passing grade.


Be Part of the Solution: Support Efecto Cocuyo

There are just 60-odd hours left on Efecto Cocuyo’s crowdfunding campaign, which means you still have a chance to fight back against Communicational Hegemony by supporting independent journalism in Venezuela during its darkest hour. We’re enormously fortunate to have some badass, cuatriovariada, multi-award-winning journos out there still willing to hit the streets and tell the stories the…

Climbing a Pile of Files

Drowning-in-a-Glass-of-Water Update

This piece in El Estimulo – part of the new breed of the communicational-hegemony-runaround websites – is enough to make you despair: in response to deepening goods scarcity the government is reacting with…more bureaucratic controls. Now each individual shipment to each individual store will need its own “guía” (authorization document), rather than allowing one truck…



In generations to come, historians are going to have such a wealth of material to pick over as they try to make sense of Venezuela post 1999 they’ll barely know where to start. Well, if you’re reading this and the calendar marks 2075 (or beyond) I’m going to make a humble suggestion: start with Daniella. No…