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A low point for our football

Last Sunday was a dark day for Venezuelan football: there were violent clashes between the fans of Portuguesa F.C. and C.D. Lara inside and outside the José Antonio Páez Stadium in the city of Acarigua, leaving one person dead and fifty injured. The game was delayed for half an hour but was eventually completed. Lara won 4-0.…

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Ugandan Slum, Venezuelan Eyes

I’m in Uganda just now, doing some nothing-to-do-with-Venezuela research. I suppose travelogues can be terribly tiresome, but who knows, maybe some of you are interested in reading what staying in a barrio in Kampala feels like to an east-side caraqueño. My little stab at it is here. 

Corn oil? Do you want the 1 l. bottle, or the 5 l. jug?

“Ya Nos Vamos Pareciendo a África”: Ojalá Edition

A little photo essay from the Shoprite supermarket on Entebbe Road in downtown Kampala, Uganda, this morning. As a term of abuse, “africanización” is doubly noxious: at once luxuriating in its own casual racism and then, on top of that, just plain inaccurate. The facile lament that “vamos a terminar como Africa” serves only to signpost one’s ignorance…

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Sky-high debt

Oh, Conviasa… Just when you had finally paid the debt with the Italian company that leases you a Boeing 767 for your Madrid and Buenos Aires routes, now you have another aircraft retained for lack of payment. Sigh. In this case, an Airbus A340 is being held in Bordeaux, France (where it was under maintenance)…

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Everyday life in the “Patria Querida”

  No explanation is needed to see how hard everyday life is for many Venezuelans. Reports like this, from Puerto La Cruz, pretty much say it all. People were waiting in line for powdered milk in a local supermarket (some had been in line for eleven hours, since 3 am) when a few people tried to skip the line,…