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Massiel

We’ve been meaning to write about the sad case of Massiel Pacheco for a while, but … así estarán las cosas … things are so bad that the case has gotten lost in the shuffle of news coming out of Venezuela. Massiel Pacheco is a working class food vendor in Caracas’ Parque del Este. A…

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The tragic momentum of @juliococo

As I argued in my previous post,  the political and economic crisis that Venezuela is facing gives ample room for outsiders to appeal to the people who are not convinced by chavismo, the MUD block, or both. Take a look at the following video from Julio Jimenez (aka, @juliococo), and tell me if he’s not grasping…

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XXIst Century Eco-socialism

A few days ago Miguel Rodríguez, the Environment Minister, leading a march toward Miraflores, said this: “Let’s put on a great national demonstration to show the indignation that is felt at this moment in the Venezuelan environmental movement because of what is happening (…) A demonstration of what we are going to do for our nature,…

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Ventura aces it

I’m late discovering Marcel Ventura’s work (here is his stuff for Prodavinci) but … what a stylish writer. His latest for The Daily Beast – on the military, drugs, and how it all gels together in a government he somehow stops short of calling a narco-state - is a keeper. The money quote: “According to every reliable poll, Maduro…

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The longest election

One year ago today, Nicolás Maduro was elected President of Venezuela. One year ago, Henrique Capriles was elected President of Venezuela, and Nicolás Maduro stole the election. It’s safe to say that each and every Venezuelan believes one of those two things. Venezuela’s drama is that each one of the camps of believers is extremely large. With…

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A Night of Epistemic Closure

First, a confession: I did not watch last night’s misnamed “dialogue”. I didn’t need to. Nor did anyone else. There was no point. We all knew exactly how it would go. Reading the accounts this morning, that’s exactly how it went. Last night’s parallel-monologue (which is way different than a dialogue) exercise was useless for reasons…

Live-blogging the peace talks

5:00: scheduled time to start 6:10 Not yet started… 8:11 Starting. Maduro introduces those present starting with MUD folks. 8:14 setting is a big table with Maduro at the end. We saw no hand shaking at the start. 8:15 Jorge Rodriguez seems so evil. Didalco Bolivar is part of the meeting? 8:21 Letter from the pope… Letter from Vatican Secretary…

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Dialogue, actually.

Happy Dialogue Day, everyone! Time to put aside all your petty personal opinions and curb your oft-misguided emotions - today is a day for serious, rational discussion on the objective topic of the greater good. After two months of protests, dozens dead, hundreds wounded, three imprisoned opposition leaders (two of them acting mayors), one congress-woman stripped of…

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Relying on the newsprint of neighbors (2nd Update)

As more visible forms of pressure against the media are gaining in prominence, the newsprint shortage faced by most newspapers in Venezuela (which I coined Newsprint-geddon) is still on the march. On Sunday, El Universal announced that it would reduce its printed edition from Mondays to Saturdays, starting April 15th. Weeks ago, Barquisimeto’s El Impulso said that…

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Roadblocks for democracy

Right now, the current debate in the opposition seems to be on whether protests are convenient or not. I think we should focus more on the type of protest that we engage in. Democracy rests on a few basic principles, one of which is that people have a right to free assembly. Right now, free…

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The war on journalists gets worse, cont.

On the night of April 4th, press photographers who were covering protests in Caracas were attacked by armed security personnel from the building that houses the Prisons Ministry (seen in the picture). Apparently, they didn’t wear or have any form of visible ID at the time. They fired anti-riot shells at the press. In the incident, Colombian…

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Should protests end? Polls suggest so (Updated)

Two recent polls from opposing pollsters (one leans chavista, the other leans opposition) suggest patience with the protests is wearing thin. IVAD, a local pollster that has long leaned towards the government, says that roughly half of Venezuelans want the protests to stop, and this figure is slightly higher than those that agree with the protests. On the other…