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Amnesty International details a Year of Impunity

Below, the Executive Summary to the New Amnesty International report on Venezuela: The Faces of Impunity: A Year After The Protests, Victims Still Await Justice. A year after the pro and anti-government protests that shook Venezuela between February and July 2014, hundreds of victims of human rights abuses are still awaiting justice. More than 43…

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Lee and the BIV: Two deaths

The world is mourning the death of Lee Kuan Yew, the visionary yet controversial father of modern Singapore. We at home should also get ready to mourn the imminent passing of the Industrial Bank of Venezuela. Those two deaths have more in common than you think. The term “padre de la patria” is thrown around a lot,…

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Anzoátegui’s Black Dunes

I once called it “Anzoátegui’s unnatural wonder”: A large accumulation of petroleum coke, which is located outside PDVSA’s José Antonio Anzoátegui Petrochemical Complex (better known to the locals as Jose Refinery). The coke mountain started way back in 2009 after a fire caused heavy damage to the docks used to transport the materials to export ships.…

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Ask Smartmatic

As primaries and elections loom, @LuisCarlos Diaz’s in-depth, myth-busting interview with Smartmatic’s Rui Santos (@ElRui) is well worth an hour of your time. Longtime readers know my view here: there’s a lot that’s wrong with the way elections are run in Venezuela, but little of it has to do with the e-voting system itself, which actually includes…