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Twelve years on

Twelve years ago today, Quico published his first post on this blog, and Caracas Chronicles was born. It’s difficult to remember exactly what Venezuela was like on September 20, 2002. The April 11th events had just recently unfolded, and the PDVSA oil strike was yet to materialize. The thousands of oil workers that were summarily fired during the strike were…

Otra iniciativa de apoyo a Hausmann

(Nota: Incluye firmantes. Cuando promovimos la carta de solidaridad con Ricardo Hausmann, algunas personas nos sugirieron que el tono de la misma no era el más adecuado, y que limitaría la acogida que podría tener la misma en sectores más neutrales. La siguiente alternativa está circulando, y me han pedido que ayude a difundirla, cosa que hago…

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Les fraudeurs

Yesterday we learned – via the increasingly indispensable Marianna Párraga – that PDVSA is selling the refinery it owns in the US Virgin Islands. This comes on the heels of the almost certain sale of Citgo, as well as other assets overseas. Whether the reason for these privatizations is a lack of cash, a way of escaping from the claws…

Solidarios con el Profesor Ricardo Hausmann

(Nota: Esta es la lista final de firmantes) Nosotros, académicos venezolanos o amigos de Venezuela, registramos nuestro rechazo tajante al ataque emitido por el Presidente Nicolás Maduro contra el profesor Ricardo Hausmann y la amenaza a la libertad académica que éste encarna. Consideramos inaceptable que un Jefe de Estado utilice los recursos del mismo para atacar a…

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A branch of heaven

Back in the 1970s, people used to refer to Caracas as “a branch of heaven” (“la sucursal del cielo“). As a maracucho, I never really got why people said that. It seemed like typical caraqueño BS to me, unnecessary chutzpah for celebrating a city that, even back then, was merely … OK. As an occasional visitor,…