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Secret Service Chronicles

The government has decided to create a brand new security agency, which will be specially dedicated to protect… only high-ranking members of the Venezuelan State. The Special Protection and Security Unit of State Personalities (yes, that’s the name they went with) will be at first part of the Presidential Honor Guard (the army group attached…

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“Tío Simón” has left us

The acclaimed Simón Díaz, Venezuela’s foremost folk singer and all around national treasure, passed away this morning, according to this message from his daugther Bettsimar. He was 85. He will be remembered fondly by Venezuelans of all generations. Musician, actor, TV host, he was simply one of a kind. On behalf of Caracas Chronicles, our deepest condolences…

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Dude, where’s my car battery?

A new criminal trend has appeared in recent weeks in Caracas and other cities: the theft of car batteries in plain sight. Many people are reporting that their cars are being stripped of their batteries, which will probably end up in the black market, because (surprise!) … there’s a shortage of those in the last…

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Someone better call Guinness…

…because it looks like we have a new world record for the most State Vice-Ministries. Nicolas Maduro has decided to reform the government in more ways than one. Besides the seven cabinet changes announced last week (none of them newsworthy), he also rearranged the entire structure of deputy ministers by decree. The result: 111 Vice-Ministers,…

Gunfight at El Sombrero

Last weekend, the small town of El Sombrero (in the heartland’s Guárico State) was the location of a major shootout between the authorities and a large criminal gang known as “El Picure,” named after the alias of its leader, and seen in the recent photo above. Seven members of the gang were killed during the…

“New Conferry” Chronicles (Corrected)

Since its expropiation by the government almost two years ago, shipping company Conferry (which connects Margarita and Coche Islands with the mainland) has not lived up to its “New Conferry” billing. Travellers wait for hours inside Conferry’s terminal in Puerto La Cruz, with only a tent for cover. As most of the fleet lacks maintenance,…

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In case you missed it, the government announced earlier last week that they stopped another assassination plot against Nicolás Maduro, This one included two Colombian hitmen (now in custody) and some guy named Carlos Salcedo (still at large). Of course, both the ultraderecha and Álvaro Uribe are somehow involved in all this as well. Ever wondered,…