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Desmadre

Venezuela has always been corrupt – at least ever since I’ve been around. But it seems as if corruption has exploded in the last year, or two. If we are to go by the outlandish stories one hears, then whatever you might have thought about corruption a few years ago is now peanuts. One of…

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You can’t have a coup without coupsters

The Venezuelan government loves to talk about “coups.” Business people are engaged in an “economic coup.” Opposition politicians are planning an “electoral coup.” Journalists are continuous agents of an “informational coup.” And so on… So when the government decried a “coup” by members of the Air Force and other military personnel back in February, few of us…

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When in Doubt… Shoot to Kill

Making decisions can be tough, especially if you’re expected to solve the worst economic crisis in our petrostate’s memory on a 22% approval rating, and don’t have the first clue what you’re doing. Leave it to a psychopath like the Defense Minister to show you how it’s done. While Maduro dithers like a paralyzed hamster at the…

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Everyone’s a general

I´m under the weather this week, so I’ll stick to re-posting interesting things that reach my Inbox. Today, Bloomberg has a story on how the military find all sorts of goodies, from cars to apartments, while regular Venezuelans face shortages. One thing that has always baffled me about my country is how the military remains one of…

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Thug-ocracy

Good news, everyone! There’s a new military force in town! Meet the Clash Force (Fuerza de Choque)! (It sounds like a Chuck Norris movie). This week’s Official Gazette mentions the creation of this brand new force, which is put under the supervision of the Organizational Strategic Command of the Armed Forces (CEOFANB). Its mission? Fight…

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Out of the closet

It must be frustrating to cover Venezuela for international news organizations. The country is crappy enough to make it burdensome to live there, but not nearly crappy enough for you to earn journalistic prestige points for covering it as opposed to, say, Iraq. Add to that the notorious lack of transparency of the “no comment revolution,” and…