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Massiel

We’ve been meaning to write about the sad case of Massiel Pacheco for a while, but … así estarán las cosas … things are so bad that the case has gotten lost in the shuffle of news coming out of Venezuela. Massiel Pacheco is a working class food vendor in Caracas’ Parque del Este. A…

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When in Rome…

A few days ago, Maduro was having a down in the dumps day, he needed a quick pick me up, something empowering, something to assert his manhood. So, he did what any self respecting male  would do, he made a rape joke, gorillas included. Yes, a rape joke on Cadena Nacional. In our little machista…

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La Terrorista

Oh “La venganza de la Obrera” How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love the faces of the men aghast with the piropos that you say. I love those that stammer and look at you with a bright red face. I love the ones that smile meekly and then quicken the…

Death at a maternity

Once in a while, the bizarro-meter in Venezuela reaches such elevated heights, you have to catch your breath. Case in point: this short Globovisión news item on the death of a nurse. The nurse in question apparently saw two patients at the maternity hospital where she worked purposefully damaging an elevator. When she tried to…

A great Boris Muñoz piece in The New Yorker

Boris Muñoz is one of a select few “must-read” Venezuelan writers. His latest for the New Yorker – talking about our black-and-blue National Assembly – is a doozy. Apparently, chavista “intellectual” Nicmer Evans thinks people who confuse chavismo with a personalist, autocratic, no-criticism-allowed movement … are mistaken! They somehow misunderstood what Chávez meant to teach…

8,191,132 rapists

Yesterday we learned that Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni, Hugo Chávez’s most visible political prisoner, was tortured and raped while in jail. She bravely told her story in a book by Venezuelan journalist Francisco Olivares. The situation at the INOF women’s prison – where sexual assault and prostitution are the norm – is nothing short of…

El lado no tan lindo de la noche…

From comments, as translated by FT, I’m a woman, born and raised in Venezuela. My problem with Miss Venezuela isn’t that some girls decide to go hungry, undertake the risks implied by unnecessary surgery and compete to do something that in many cases doesn’t require any talent beyond a certain grace in showing off bodies…

Our sexist opposition

The other day, Carlos Ocariz, candidate for governor of Miranda, endorsed a group of 21 people who are vying for mayor in his state. Their names? Juan Carlos, David, Ramón, José Manuel, Guillermo, Raimundo, Richard, Julio Cesar, Luis Manuel, José, Iván, Enrique, Maximino, Roger, Oswaldo, Pedro, Ovidio, José Luis, Roberto, Orlando, and David. Leopoldo López,…