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Sara and Cesar

A mother was walking the streets of Coro with her son and daughter a few days ago. The mother, Sara, watched in horror, as her son, César, fell down an uncovered manhole, into the sewer below. In terror, she lunged into the sewer to fetch her son. Screams of panic followed, and then, silence. A…

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Earth to Jaua: we’re broke

It’s funny how Minister Elías Jaua hasn’t fully realized how broke we are. Last week, the Minister, along with Infrastructure Minister Haiman El-Troudi, gave a bloated press conference where he announced $5 billion in new infrastructure this year. Among other things, he promised: 300,000 new homes; the completion of 354,775 homes whose construction is already…

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The crisis takes its toll

January 13th, 2008: The late comandante presidente orders the elimination of all tolls in Venezuelan roadways (then under the control of state governorships), blasting them for being “an assault by the capitalist system,” and threatening to use the Army if necessary. He believed that their purpose of collecting money for road maintenance was not being kept. January 4th,…