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Science under fire

I have fond memories of the IVIC, the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research. I only got to spend a few months there, specifically in the Cellular Neuropharmacology Lab as part of a short internship – all fun stuff, even got to do scorpion milking once – but I enjoyed every minute of it. What blew my mind was how well equipped the…

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This is the sound of wasteful culture

Caracas has been hosting a music festival in the last few days, courtesy of the Mayor of western Caracas (Libertador Municipality) Jorge Rodríguez. The former CNE president/Vice-President/head of both Chavez & Maduro’s recent presidential campaigns has made this a pet project of his. Suena Caracas isn’t your traditional festival in the style of Woodstock or Glastonbury.…

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José Manuel Briceño Guerrero, 1929-2014

José Manuel Briceño Guerrero, the llanero philosopher and author whose dazzling prose did more to illuminate the Venezuelan condition to me than that of any of his contemporaries, died in his beloved Mérida last Friday. He was 85. Obituary writers have hurried to pronounce his legacy “influential”, but in fact Briceño Guerrero was much more often celebrated than read,…

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Too much death

The great Alberto Barrera on the Serra murders, talking about all the morally bankrupt chavistas jumping the gun and putting the blame for the Serra murders on our side. The highlight: La violencia no nos rodea. Ya, más bien, vivimos en ella. No es una amenaza externa. Habita con nosotros. Está en todos lados. También…