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Teodoro y Petkoff

A visibly frail Teodoro Petkoff was awarded the Ortega y Gasset Prize yesterday. The honor is given by the Spanish newspaper El País, and it is one of our language’s most important awards for journalism. Petkoff is barred from leaving the country courtesy of a defamation lawsuit initiated by Diosdado Cabello, so he could not attend. Instead, former Spanish…

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Querido conafro@gmail.com:

From: Caracas Chronicles <caracaschronicles@gmail.com> To: Feijoo Colomine <conafro@gmail.com> Sent: Wed, May 6, 2015 at 9:10 PM Subject: Su interesante artículo en Aporrea Estimado Sr. Colomine Leí con interés su artículo en Aporrea, donde narra su decepción al visitar el Gran Abasto Bicentenario de la Plaza Venezuela. Su experiencia no sorprende: anaqueles vacíos, poca variedad, colas…

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You can’t have a coup without coupsters

The Venezuelan government loves to talk about “coups.” Business people are engaged in an “economic coup.” Opposition politicians are planning an “electoral coup.” Journalists are continuous agents of an “informational coup.” And so on… So when the government decried a “coup” by members of the Air Force and other military personnel back in February, few of us…

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Leamsy vs. Puzkas …

… (and some of our questions) Here is the bodyguard, Leamsy Salazar, and his claims on what happened during Nicolás Maduro’s election in 2013, courtesy of Emili Blasco’s book: “In the room, organized in a U-shaped pattern, were twenty-four monitors, one for each state, plus a central one adding up the votes in the entire country……

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The Big Tease

In 2010, Venezuelans voted to elect a new parliament, the National Assembly. The date of the election was September 26, 2010. The Electoral Council (the CNE) announced the date on November 4, 2009, ten months in advance. In 2012, we voted again, this time for President. The date of the vote was October 7, 2012. The CNE…

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Begging for cocoa

“Pidiendo cacao” – literally, begging for cocoa – is Venezuelan slang for “asking for a freebie.” You know who’s “begging for cocoa” in a literal, not figurative sense? World markets, that’s who. The quality of Venezuela’s cocoa is legendary. Cocoa plants all over the world have been cross-bred to make them resistant to plagues, but…

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How I became a Hezboll-iever

Some of you may have noticed that we don’t always write about every story that goes around. This has to do with erring on the side of carefulness. After so many years blogging about Venezuela you develop a sixth sense for BS. The tales surrounding our country’s collapse are sometimes so ludicrous, you tend to stay away…