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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…

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International week at Caracas Chronicles

This week, I will be traveling to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to participate in the 2014 Halifax International Security Forum. I’m honored to have been invited, particularly considering the quality of the guests and the interesting topics that will be covered. Because of this, I figured a change of pace might be nice, so we’re doing “International Week” on…