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Conviasa: The misery of (not) flying

Last week, the passengers of state-owned Conviasa flight 3013 from Madrid to Caracas found themselves trapped into a nightmare: the flight was suspended, and no immediate back-up plan was in place. They got stuck in a hotel for several days, left mostly to their own devices (at least they had lodging and food). Prodavinci’s Daniel Fermin…

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The tower, cont.

One week after a press report mentioned the possible sale of the high-rise slum “Torre de David” to the Chinese (and, consequently, the eviction of the 1,200 families that currently live there), the Minister of the Transformation of Caracas (yes, that’s a Ministry, given to the guy who lost the election for Caracas mayor) Ernesto Villegas…

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No shortage of tear gas

More than three months since the start of the protests, the excessive use of tear gas is the new normal, both in Caracas and right here in Barquisimeto. But not every incident involving tear gas here in Guaroristan is directly related to the demostrations. Let me explain… Last weekend, a local nightclub was celebrating its farewell party when…

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Jacinto Convit is gone

Renowned Venezuelan doctor and scientist Jacinto Convit passed away today in Caracas. He was 100 years old. His life was full of great achievements, including the development of a vaccine for leprosy in the late 80s, after several decades of research. Because of it, he won the 1987 Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and…

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Malaria keeps on surging

The return of malaria to Venezuela almost half century after the World Health Organization confirmed its full erradication is not new to this blog. In recent months the situation hasn’t improved much and it could even become a bigger public health problem as the disease is now approaching urban populations. The Guardian’s Virginia Lopez (who,…

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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…