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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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…

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Alone in a crowd

I continue to be entertained by Boris Muñoz’s candid interview with political prisoner Leopoldo López. Here are a few takeaways of what Leopoldo says in the second part: The only evidence the government has against me is my speeches. What more proof that this is a dictatorship? The military controls who goes in and who comes…

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Caged and restless

Last Saturday, Prodavinci published a meaty piece of journalism-slash-history: Part 1 of the first extended interview opposition leader Leopoldo López has given since he was jailed last February (here, in Spanish). The author of the piece is Boris Muñoz, one of Venezuela’s best journalists. The interview is quite long, but that’s understandable. Leopoldo, Venezuela’s most prominent political…