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A matter of keeping your priorities straight

After tons of criticisms and complaints, CENCOEX – the replacement to currency distributor CADIVI – has finally received praise for doing things right on time. Was it for food supplies? For medicines? Nope, it was for baseball players. Oscar Prieto Párraga, the current head of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (LVBP) has thanked both the Sports Minister Antonio…

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Torre de David Avant la Lettre

A visionary Caracas urban development abandoned amid political turmoil, squatted on, turned into an epicenter of urban legends and violence…El Helicoide was Torre de David before there was a Torre de David. Celeste Olalquiaga picks up the fascinating, mostly forgotten story of what’s now Venezuela’s Security Policy headquarters for Failed Architecture. Nelson Rockefeller tried to…

Pasaporte Venezuela

My kingdom for a passport

“You have to wait,” said the lady at the Embassy. “But I have been waiting, it’s been almost a month and my daughter’s passport expires in just a few weeks,” I protested. The lady pursed her lips. She was getting tired of me. There was a modest line of people outside the embassy door. They all clutched their manila…

Zumaque

One hundred years of oil

Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of commercial oil production in Venezuela. On July 31st 1914, the Zumaque I oil well in Mene Grande, Zulia, became the country’s first oil well. In its initial years, the 135-meter deep well produced 264 barrels of oil per day. Zumaque I has been an eyewitness to many of the country’s most…