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A kidnapper speaks

I found this video by Fusion fascinating. The outstanding part for me is how the young thug views this like any other job: he simply wants respect, he wants to move up in the ranks, and he is highly committed to his trade. It’s just that his trade … involves inflicting unspeakable violence on people.…

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The sudden rise of the bodyguards

They say crisis is half opportunity. And, indeed, what you see as an unrelenting crime wave, looks like an opportunity to the bodyguard industry. This week, two dispatches cover the issue and offer an inside look in the world of bodyguards (known here as escoltas) and their personal experiences. First up, Associated Press’ Hannah Dreier meets Julio Delgado, who works…

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Bombs away

The ink has not dried on the news that Sucre mayor Carlos Ocariz had been declared “the fourth-best mayor in the world” by the City Mayor Foundation, and we are finding out just what we (and Ocariz in particular) are up against. First off, in a clear act of arson, seven garbage collection trucks were set ablaze…

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No shortage of violence

Public attention in the last few days has been all about the long, long queues in the country’s supermarkets, and the shortage of food and other basic products. But the other main problem for Venezuelans continues: unabated, relentless crime. Last Thursday afternoon, a burial took place at the local cemetery in the town of Turmero (Aragua State),…

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How will our women help solve our conflict?

The role of women in Venezuelan society is a topic that is rarely discussed. Our media tends to portray women as either helpless victims, sex objects, or chavista firebrands. Sometimes we see in the choices of poor women the root causes of poverty – just yesterday, we highlighted a 31-year old single mother of five that appears in…