Venezuelas opposition leader Corina Machado reacts after inhaling tear gas after she tried to take a seat at the national assembly in Caracas

The A-to-Z of Violating María Corina Machado’s Rights

Chavismo’s animus against Maria Corina Machado, the leading democracy activist who was indicted on  trumped-up charges of “conspiracy” today, has reached farcical extremes. Today, attention was focused on whether she would be jailed – she won’t be quite yet. Nonetheless, the torrent of abuse she’s faced these last few years is extraordinary. Consider. Since 2010, María Corina Machado has been…

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Searching for a narrative

(A guest post by Venezuelan economist and Harvard Research Fellow José Ramón Morales, despairing at the pervasiveness of populist discourse, even in the face of a bankrupt economy) Searching for a Reasonable Economic Narrative for the Opposition: A Provocation and an Invitation José Ramón Morales Arilla After years of attacks that reached the point of…

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Divide and conquer

(This is a guest post by longtime reader Sasha Ojeda Mendoza, a Dutch-Venezuelan political scientist and blogger based in Amsterdam. Take it away, Sasha.) Entrenched politics and how to fail at self-reflection There is a long-standing consensus that chavismo will eventually collapse under its own weight – the economic situation making this scenario more and…

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The missing debate

It’s been a while since we talked about Venezuela’s opposition on the blog. This is the result of a combination of things: uninteresting stories concerning opposition figureheads (the tussles between chavismo and Juan Carlos Caldera or Carlos Ocariz are not worth writing about); a stasis of the situation of our main leaders (Leopoldo, Maria Corina, and Capriles all seem…