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How is the disarmament plan doing so far?

It has been almost a month since the voluntary disarmament plan I wrote about last week was first announced by Nicolas Maduro, and finally we have an official number from Interior Minister Miguel Rodríguez Torres. 800 guns collected. That’s it. To say unimpressive would be an understatement. But the government isn’t worried and will do a special…

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Hausmann vs. F-Rod through Aporrea’s Eyes

Chavismo has always had two big weapons: a gigantic wad of cash and an incredible compelling narrative. The importance of the latter is easy to overlook. So powerful is it that after 2 years of recession and the highest inflation in the world, chavismo still holds a relatively strong 30% popularity. The narrative is quite simple.…

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Monday morning polls

Two new polls continue to show that support for the Maduro government has never been softer. The first one is from Datanálisis. Obviously, one of the slides that jumps out is the one showing that support for Maduro has never been this low. Nevertheless, we should be careful. While the opposition is currently more popular than chavismo,…

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A Time for Fireflies

This is the text of Laura Weffer’s speech last night on receiving the Cabot Prizes’ special commendation for her investigative reporting alongside Tamoa Calzadilla. I wouldn’t dream of trying to translate it. La oscuridad se ha apoderado de Venezuela. Hay censura y el Gobierno intenta silenciar las voces disidentes. Pero hay luz también. En Venezuela hay…

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The disarmament that wasn’t there

The central government has tried over and over again to present itself as proactive in tackling crime. As usual, reality has gotten in its way. Violence in Venezuela is once again in the international media because of both the grizzly murder of Chavista MP Robert Serra and his assistant earlier this month, followed just days later…