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Blame it on Beijing

When readers suggested I explore the relationship between Venezuela and China on the blog, I was less than enthralled. After all, pretty much all you need to know about these two countries can be summed up in this headline: That pretty much sums it up: China bankrolls the revolution, and in exchange Venezuela gives it what…

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Divide and conquer

(This is a guest post by longtime reader Sasha Ojeda Mendoza, a Dutch-Venezuelan political scientist and blogger based in Amsterdam. Take it away, Sasha.) Entrenched politics and how to fail at self-reflection There is a long-standing consensus that chavismo will eventually collapse under its own weight – the economic situation making this scenario more and…

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A break-in serves as a chilly reminder

Alek Boyd is a fellow Venezuelan blogger who currently resides in London and edits the webpage Infodio, dedicated to unveiling many of the schemes involving a sub-class of chavistas known as the bolibourgeoisie. Yesterday, Alek’s apartment was broken into, and his laptops were stolen. Nothing else was taken. In a private email, Alek confirms that his…

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Why is Venezuela relevant?

Since we are in the business of deciphering Venezuela to curious foreigners, I frequently ask myself why there is so much interest in our dysfunctional country. After all, Venezuela is not a particularly important place. From a geopolitical point of view, it’s not as crucial as, say, Egypt or South Korea. It’s not a breeding ground…