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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…

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How is the disarmament plan doing so far?

It has been almost a month since the voluntary disarmament plan I wrote about last week was first announced by Nicolas Maduro, and finally we have an official number from Interior Minister Miguel Rodríguez Torres. 800 guns collected. That’s it. To say unimpressive would be an understatement. But the government isn’t worried and will do a special…

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The disarmament that wasn’t there

The central government has tried over and over again to present itself as proactive in tackling crime. As usual, reality has gotten in its way. Violence in Venezuela is once again in the international media because of both the grizzly murder of Chavista MP Robert Serra and his assistant earlier this month, followed just days later…

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A cartoonish affair

The aftermath of the murders of PSUV MP Roberto Serra and his assistant María Herrera last week, along with the discussion on who was behind them and why, has grabbed the attention of the country in the last few days. Here at CC, it is no different. But a side controversy appeared over the weekend, one which indirectly touched…