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I sanctioned Venezuela and all I got was this lousy T-shirt

Dear underpaid intern at the State Dept. stuck in the Venezuela desk having to file reports about the BRV’s response to the president’s Executive Order, I feel for you. I really do. In the scheme of things, with Putin issuing nuclear threats to Denmark, ISIS spreading terror like it’s ebola, and China’s looming financial domination of your country, who has time…

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Laura Weffer le hace swing a una recta por el medio del plate

Following on from our GoogleHangout last night, we have a guest post by Efecto Cocuyo’s CEO Editorial, Laura Weffer. Incidentally, if you haven’t already (tsk-tsk!) you can donate to Laura and LuzMely’s amazing initiative here. Then (but only after you’ve done that!) go ahead and follow Efecto Cocuyo on Facebook here.  Gracias a todos por acompañarnos en nuestro primer…

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Amnesty International details a Year of Impunity

Below, the Executive Summary to the New Amnesty International report on Venezuela: The Faces of Impunity: A Year After The Protests, Victims Still Await Justice. A year after the pro and anti-government protests that shook Venezuela between February and July 2014, hundreds of victims of human rights abuses are still awaiting justice. More than 43…

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Ask Smartmatic

As primaries and elections loom, @LuisCarlos Diaz’s in-depth, myth-busting interview with Smartmatic’s Rui Santos (@ElRui) is well worth an hour of your time. Longtime readers know my view here: there’s a lot that’s wrong with the way elections are run in Venezuela, but little of it has to do with the e-voting system itself, which actually includes…