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Hate CNE? Love a Witness

No one will be surprised that Juan and I don’t really agree on how the opposition should respond to what is, by all accounts, a hideously one-sided, partisan chavista CNE. Because, to be clear, virtually no one in the opposition thinks CNE’s board is even remotely impartial. We just disagree on what to do about…

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Trigger Warning: Accountability in Progress

If you are a Venezuelan politician, the first order of business is a trigger warning: you may find what follows confusing and upsetting. In the last few hours, it became clear Britain’s opposition Labour Party would lose the general election. Today – literally the next day – Ed Miliband will resign his post as leader of the Labour…

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Con Homeopatía No Resolvemos Nada

Estimada Vanessa, Leí con interés tu artículo en EfectoCocuyo sobre el alarmante crecimiento del uso de “tratamientos” (por decirlo de alguna manera) homeopáticos en el contexto de la creciente la escacez de medicamentos convencionales en el país.  Es un artículo desolador, un retrato de una sociedad al borde del desquicio por la desesperación causada por la escasez de medicamentos.…

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Tweet of the Year

.@lubrio El término "malandro" es de la 4ta. Nos han propuesto "compañeros en situación temporal de hamponizidad, en vías de recuperación" — Aporrea (@aporrea) April 29, 2015 With these jokers you can never be sure, but it doesn’t look like a joke… “Compañeros en situación temporal de hamponizidad, en vías de recuperación.” It’s…I don’t even…I…I…

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The True Story of How Quico Became Anti-Chavista

I moved back to Caracas in June, 1999, after living abroad for the previous eleven years. Chávez had taken power just five months earlier, and I was torn: on the one hand generally inclined to side with the social justice instincts of the left, but on the other hand, well aware of the dangers. Within 3 or…

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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.

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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…