Join the Caracas Chronicles Team

Caracas Chronicles is getting closer to our Epic Relaunch. It’s going to be pretty great. And you – yes you – can be a part of it. We’re looking for great new writers, and for an outstanding podcast producer. The ideal candidate lives in Venezuela, isn’t scared to do some reporting on the street, can read and maybe even write…

Nicmer’s Terminal Case of Esto-es-el-colmo Syndrome

There’s a special fascination to the genre: the fallen-from-grace former true believer whose life embodies every stalinist fiber in chavismo’s body but who is just physically unable to grasp how his personal experience comprehensively  refutes his political ideology. The layers upon layers of self-delusion of sheer automojoneamiento involved are engrossing. And no one but no one is in…

Why Tareck?

What exactly is the government trying to signal through Aragua Governor Tareck El-Aissami’s extremely high profile over the last few days? In the space of a week, he went from announcing a major security operation on the Colombian border to making a new batch of paranoid-schizophrenic allegations of opposition murder plots.  Why him? Technically, Tareck…

Another Dakazo?

The episode is seared into the opposition’s collective psyche: with his approval ratings already in freefall, Nicolas Maduro headed into state and local elections in late 2013 facing a certain drubbing. Then, at the last minute, he had a great idea. Inviting people to quasi-legally loot a popular electronics-and-appliances chain of shops would be sure…