Juliococo

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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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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Political rape

Last night, Venezuela’s Supreme Tribunal said that, indeed, Maria Corina Machado’s expulsion from the National Assembly could stand. On its own, this shouldn’t seem so shocking - chavismo has created a habit of kicking people out of Parliament, out of city hall, and out of politics altogether. But Maria Corina is no Richard Mardo, and she…

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Crosshairs on Muchacho

A few days ago, El Nacional’s manipulation of a dumb-as-hell-choose-your-words statement by Gabriela del Mar Ramírez created a lot of fuss amongst us morally enlightened “fascists.” Recall that they used an unedited clip to portray our public advocate for human rights justifying torture. Although she spoke the words, it was not quite what she was trying…

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Just win an election

Daniel Ceballos, the mayor of San Cristóbal, was arrested in Caracas tonight. The person confirming this was the Interior Minister. I suggest we allow a few moments to let this sink in… The Interior Minister is not in charge of the Prosecutor’s Office. In theory he doesn’t control the courts. But he puts people in…

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Notes on the Venezuelan Media Blackout

In a recent nationwide broadcast of a Peace Summit between the Government and some opposition people (none of the actors involved in the current crisis attended), Venevisión’s Carlos Bardasano, speaking on behalf of private media, gave a brief speech: “I believe everything has been said, you can count on the private media to help build…

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Taming the shadow

These tumultuous days, as I was glued to Twitter, reading Facebook comments, listening to opinions on the street, and watching the students debate on CNNE, I  finally “understood” Venezuela’s deep polarization. After 15 years of war speech, we have become two distinct countries, two societies that haven’t been able to reconcile in more than a…

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#LaSalida is not a strategy

A few people have been asking Caracas Chronicles to say what they think of the current wave of protests. CC does not have an “editorial” opinion, but for what it’s worth, here are five points I would like to make … from my own personal perspective. God bless the students. Their nerve, their idealism, and…

We need to turn the page

What the opposition needs is an election

After a difficult year that was crowned by a defeat in December’s mayoral elections, the Venezuelan opposition is in a state of flux. On one side, many voices are criticizing the passive role assumed by Henrique Capriles. These include, most prominently, Maria Corina Machado and Leopoldo López, who have formed an alliance pushing Venezuelans to…