Oposición venezolana recibe el Premio Sájarov

Prodavinci - Mié, 12/13/2017 - 10:00
El actual presidente del Parlamento venezolano, Julio Borges, recogió el Premio Sájarov para la Libertad de Conciencia junto al exalcalde Antonio Ledezma y representantes de otros presos políticos del régimen de Maduro.
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#TrumpToo: los apoyos de Trump se desmoronan

Prodavinci - Mié, 12/13/2017 - 09:00
Donald Trump parece ser inmune a los escándalos que protagoniza desde hace meses; revelaciones e imputaciones de menor o mayor envergadura le resbalan como un huevo frito por una sartén. Pero el “hombre fuerte” de la Casa Blanca no es un “presidente de teflón”, en el sentido estricto de la expresión. Con las acusaciones en su contra –ya sea sobre prácticas comerciales turbias, una presunta interferencia rusa en la campaña electoral de 2016 o repetidas denuncias de acoso sexual– a menudo ocurre lo mismo: todo el mundo habla sobre ello, incluido el propio afectado. Pero las consecuencias nunca se materializan. Hasta ahora.
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Sinopec Settles PDVSA’s Cabilla Shaft

Caracas Chronicles - Mar, 12/12/2017 - 19:39

Say you’re a PDVSA official circa 2013-2014. Which country would you say you can least afford to shaft? Probably China, right? I mean, you need China as a customer, as a supplier, as a creditor, as a geopolitical patron, as an…everything. 

And yet shaft China is precisely what PDVSA decided to do, starting in 2012, over the most trivial matter possible: payment on $43.5 million worth of steel re-bars (a.k.a., cabillas) that China’s state-owned Sinopec shipped to Venezuela and didn’t get paid for in full.

The case eventually ended up in front of a judge in the U.S. — which does rather show exactly how much each side trusts the other’s judges.

As the Financial Times reports,

In a document filed on Tuesday in a US district court in Houston, Texas, PDVSA said that, “without implying acknowledgment of fault or responsibility but for the sole purpose of ending the controversy [between Sinopec USA and PDVSA]”, it agreed to pay Sinopec $21.5m, settling a contract agreed in May 2012.

However, the agreement stipulates that the amount be converted into Chinese renminbi and paid in two instalments, one on December 14 and another on January 15, 2018.

“That’s how cash poor and badly run PDVSA is,” said Russ Dallen of boutique investment bank Caracas Capital, who first made the dispute public. “They are sitting on top of the biggest oil reserves in the world and they can’t even write a cheque for $21.5m dollars.” He said worldwide publicity about the case over the past week had piled shame on PDVSA and the government in Caracas, “and they wanted it to go away as quickly as possible.”

The dispute centred on a $43.5m contract for supply of steel rebar, of which Sinopec said only half had been paid. It accused PDVSA of engaging in “intentional misrepresentations, deceit, and concealment of material facts” involving “wilful deception” and a co-ordinated conspiracy among several of its subsidiaries.

Sinopec, one of the biggest Chinese state oil companies, became involved in Venezuela as part of a package of Chinese loans and investments adding up to more than $62bn between 2007 and 2016. Caracas has struggled to repay its debts as the oil price has fallen from its 2014 peak and as production at PDVSA has dwindled.

Right when you think they can’t be any more criminally self-sabotaging, chavismo proves you wrong…again and again and again.

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Venezuela, sanciones internacionales y criptomoneda

Prodavinci - Mar, 12/12/2017 - 17:33
El presidente Nicolás Maduro informó que el gobierno crearía su “propio sistema de criptomoneda, el Petro”. Esa moneda digital estaría respaldada por las reservas de petróleo, gas, diamantes y oro del país. El presidente anunció el Petro como un ejercicio de soberanía, una fórmula para eludir el “bloqueo financiero internacional” y “para buscar nuevas formas de financiamiento”, lo que se interpretó como una manera de eludir las sanciones internacionales impuestas por otras naciones contra su gobierno.
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Fiscalía abrirá investigación penal a Rafael Ramírez

Prodavinci - Mar, 12/12/2017 - 16:00
El martes 12 de diciembre de 2017, el fiscal general designado por la Asamblea Nacional Constituyente, Tarek William Saab, informó que el Ministerio Público investigará a Rafael Ramírez, expresidente de Petróleos de Venezuela y exministro de Petróleo y Minería, por “operaciones de intermediación de compra-venta de petróleo”.
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La espiral de la muerte de PDVSA

Prodavinci - Mar, 12/12/2017 - 15:05
Petróleos de Venezuela y la industria petrolera venezolana parecen haber entrado en la espiral de la muerte. La producción de petróleo del país ha caído vertiginosamente en los últimos años, llegando a menos de 2 millones de barriles diarios (MMBD), niveles inéditos en casi treinta años. Tanto en el 2016 como en el 2017, la…
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Where’s the Joy?

Caracas Chronicles - Mar, 12/12/2017 - 12:25

Photo: Panorama

Perhaps it was because it was a banking holiday yesterday and there were no school activities, but there was no celebration to prove the regime’s discourse about the victory that wasn’t. Minister Jorge Rodríguez was in charge of making a sort of synthesis, ignoring the abuses committed with the Carnet de la Patria, the Puntos Rojos, their soldiers’ attacks and of course, abstention. It’s funny that they’re so bent on surpassing the electoral achievements of the Comandanteterno. Be it a fixation for Nicolás or for his loyal team, Rodríguez said that Sunday’s triumph was “the greatest victory accomplished by any political force in Venezuela’s republican history,” claiming that elections set Venezuelans “freer every day.” So his assertion that chavismo’s building the future we deserve shouldn’t come as that big of a shock to us. What is shocking, though, is that despite the hate law, he spoke of winning in the cities “where the whities live,” and he also accused Juan Pablo Guanipa of being a white supremacist. According to Rodríguez, political stability has been recovered in Venezuela, and he was proud that “the guarimbero dollar” couldn’t break the people, which means it’s no longer necessary to eradicate it because citizens are surfing the consequences of a ruined economy.

Worse than Jorge

Nicanor Moscoso, head of Ceela, an organization of alleged electoral experts that has been collaborating with the CNE, presented his report on elections, which includes the absolute satisfaction with the opening of electoral stations, the arrival of electoral supplies; the voting machines and the complete effectiveness of verification systems. The second part of Moscoso’s report was even more cynical, underscoring that the locations of voting stations was appropriate (a journalist questioned Moscoso about the unnotified relocation of voting centers and VTV cut her off); that free and secret elections were guaranteed – what about Puntos Rojos and assisted votes?! – that voting stations were closed within the legally mandated period (false); that security audits were successful and there was a 47.3% turnout (and Mark Ruffalo is my boyfriend.)

The best: Plan República didn’t cause damages or problems! In any case, voters protested yesterday before PSUV headquarters in San Juan de los Morros, demanding the tickets they were promised in exchange for their votes. There were also complaints of public employees fired for supporting dissident chavistas.

The opposition

In addition to MUD’s statement, which nobody read, National Assembly Speaker Julio Borges met yesterday morning with The Vatican’s top diplomat Pietro Parolin, to discuss the reach of the negotiation and the humanitarian crisis.

Later, former CNE authority Vicente Díaz said that “there’s no legal precedent to exclude political parties from coming elections.”

Last night, former governor Henrique Capriles said that these elections were a ruse and that the government doubled down on its efforts to show “a non-existent democracy,” revealing its system’s corruption and an abstention that reflects the country’s institutional crisis. Capriles emphasized that after what happened with gubernatorial elections, the opposition suffered a split that unveiled individual interests and even complicity. He spoke at length about the dangers of losing faith in elections, giving in to uncertainty and despair, so he claimed: “We need a solid unity to pull the country out of this hole we’re in.”

Amazonas without lawmakers

The TSJ Electoral Chamber shelved the file opened on December 28, 2015, against parliamentary elections in Amazonas, according to ruling 221 published yesterday by government-run newspaper Últimas Noticias. Before the AN installation, this chamber ordered them not to incorporate the lawmakers elected in Amazonas because of the lawsuits filed for alleged electoral frauds in that state, especially “vote buying,” without tickets for toys or CLAP bags. The AN inducted those lawmakers, which caused the infamous “contempt” they could never shake off. In the ruling written by Malaquías Gil, the full responsibility for this case (cause suspension and failure to hold new elections) falls on plaintiff Pedro Luis Cabello Hermoso, because it didn’t comply with the law, forcing them to shelve the file, while they try to resolve the other seven filed suits. Calmly, of course.


While chavismo disseminates the entry into circulation of the communal currency El Panal, David Paravisini reported that the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) will discuss a project to increase liquid fuel prices which, according to his proposal, “must be brought to the average prices abroad, which is approximately one dollar [per litre].” Pdvsa was paid more than $ 5,000 million to subsidize gasoline in 2016 alone.

Later, Oil Minister and PDVSA chief Manuel Quevedo, asked the Comptroller General to carry out an audit of all PDVSA units. The nepotic Comptroller, Manuel Galindo, responded that they will draw up a plan of up to 30 days “to start seeing the appropriate results after the prosecution’s proceedings and after investigations.”

Ah! Reuters reported that the accumulation of tanks waiting to be loaded in Venezuelan ports has increased because Pdvsa hasn’t been able to deliver liquid fuel for exports, so the news to review and validate contracts signed by Pdvsa, its subsidiaries and joint ventures, becomes less relevant.


Heather Nauert, spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, said that Nicolás’ intention to ban opposition parties from participating in presidential elections is an “extreme measure to close the democratic space in Venezuela,” stating that with this measure, the president only seeks to “consolidate power in his authoritarian dictatorship.” Canada expressed deep concern for the same threat, because it puts “at risk solutions to restore democracy & resolve the humanitarian crisis, urgently needed by all Venezuelans.” By the way, the head of the Venezuelan Airlines Association, Humberto Figuera, said that only 25% of the airplane fleet managed by national companies is operational, due to the low frequency of flights and price-regulated plane tickets, and that the money from ticket sales “isn’t enough to cover expenses.” I quote him here due to our growing inability to travel abroad, while Trump announced his intention to send humans to the Moon and NASA explains its potential. Nicolás travelled to Turkey last night to meet with Erdogan.

Yesterday was National Broadcaster Day, in celebration of the 87th anniversary of Radio Caracas Radio (750 AM), the oldest radio station in the country. In addition to its symbolic value, RCR also has an important political value, as it continues to be a space of radical dissent in most of its daily schedule, despite harassment, threats, lawsuits and fines. Cheers for our broadcasters! Congratulations to all the people in RCR!

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Guerras, posguerras y Odiseo

Prodavinci - Mar, 12/12/2017 - 10:00
Diario de Milán. Parte III Milán, martes 5 de diciembre de 2017 Guerras, posguerras y Odiseo “La historia es una pesadilla de la que estamos intentando despertar”, dice uno de los personajes de James Joyce. Un sentimiento que, seguramente, comparte la mayoría de los venezolanos, víctimas (esta es la palabra justa), de la tragedia provocada…
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Caracas Cenital: La ciudad desde la pasión de William Niño Araque (+Video)

Prodavinci - Mar, 12/12/2017 - 09:00
El año 2017 ha estado dedicado a celebrar el aniversario 450 de la ciudad de Caracas. En este contexto el Archivo Fotografía Urbana presenta en su sección Apuntes sobre el fotolibro un video sobre el proyecto editorial Caracas Cenital: un libro fundamental para comprender el crecimiento de nuestra capital, identificar sus complejos sistemas de relación y promover una discusión multidisciplinaria sobre sus perspectivas de desarrollo.
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That Bitter Scribble

Caracas Chronicles - Lun, 12/11/2017 - 19:54

The Maternity Hospital where I was doing part of my Obstetrics internship last week is located in Ejido, a small bedroom city 9 km west of Mérida. It’s a small place, with capacity for eight patients only, a tiny Delivery Room, and an even smaller Operation Room where only carefully planned c-sections are performed. It’s not designed to deal with emergencies, so you usually have time to spare during the night. During one of those calmed shifts, I found something I wasn’t expecting at all: a souvenir from El Difunto himself.

Standing on the Evaluation Room desk there was a big, old book. The thin layer of protective plastic wrapping it was falling apart and the what had once been a blue cover had lost much of its flair. Still, the title was clearly visible: Guía Spilva de las especialidades farmacéuticas, 1999. The Guía Spilva is a classic in any Venezuelan doctor’s bookshelf. First printed in 1954, this book has a list of all drugs commercialized in Venezuela, along with its presentations, doses, commercial names and a list of pharmaceutical companies producing them. It’s published  every two years, to keep it updated with changes in a once dynamic market.

Hugo Chávez, the man responsible of the worst economic crisis this country has ever witnessed, had signed a book listing all the medicines available in 1999’s Venezuela.

I didn’t get why someone would keep an old, outdated pharmacological guide out of the trash, until I saw the first page. Covered with a foil of the same transparent plastic protecting the cover, there was a big scribble in black ink. Hugo Chávez’ unmistakable signature was written in the middle of the page, dedicating the book to its former owner, some random doctor who I guess worked here once.

It was weird to touch something the man responsible of my many years of piled up anger held in his own hands two decades ago. I was Harry Potter facing Tom Riddle’s diary, it felt almost like touching a book that could spark some dark magic that’d bring El Comandante back. I then realised how appropriate the scene was: Hugo Chávez, the man responsible of the worst economic crisis this country has ever witnessed, had signed a book listing all the medicines available in 1999’s Venezuela, medicines impossible to find 18 years later due to the corrupt, nonsensical model he unleashed upon us.

Irony is a magnificently sad thing.

Take, for example, Buscapina, page 431: an antispasmodic commonly used for stomachache and as part of the protocol to prevent preterm labor, a condition where babies are born too early. You’d expect this drug to be easily available in a hospital that only treats pregnant women, right? Well, it’s nowhere to be seen. Buscapina simply disappeared from the country after Boehringer-Ingelheim, the company producing it, ceased its activities in Venezuela, two years ago.

You won’t find antibiotics like Cefazolin, Cefalotin or Cefadroxil anywhere at Ejido’s Hospital but in pages 15, 20 and 17 of that old Guía Spilva, even though every single woman giving birth at the place should receive them to prevent postpartum infections.

Other drugs didn’t appear in the guide, since the Health Ministry never considered them necessary enough to be imported. That’s the case with Atosiban or Hydralazine, first choices to treat preterm labor and gestational hypertension, respectively. We were taught in med school that in case you can’t stop preterm labor, at least you should be able to speed up the maturation of the fetus’ lungs by using steroids. Betametasone, the intramuscular steroid used in these cases is listed three hundred and nineteen pages after Chávez’ rabo e’ cochino, yet the Maternity Hospital stock ran out of it last weekend.

Chávez’ signature isn’t only present in that eighteen year-old book. I can see it printed in the brand-new Chinese ambulance parked in front of the building, whose brakes broke a couple weeks ago, or in the face of that skinny 17 year-old girl who came in a few days ago, whose father was killed before she met him, currently pregnant with her second son; it’s indelibly written in the tearful eyes of the old nurse whose salary can’t buy her enough food for three daily meals and in the young, recently graduated doctor supervising us, who plans to leave the country as soon as possible… Chávez’ signature is present all over the place, all over the country and all over our lives.

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CNE anuncia resultados de las elecciones municipales de 2017

Prodavinci - Lun, 12/11/2017 - 19:12
Fotografía de Federico Parra / AFP El Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE) anunció los resultados de los comicios municipales del domingo 10 de diciembre de 2017. De las 335 alcaldías, el Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV) ganó 298. Candidatos opositores triunfaron en 26. Aún se desconocen los resultados en 11 municipios. Sandra Oblitas, vicepresidenta del…
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Douglas Barrios sobre la hiperinflación en Venezuela

Prodavinci - Lun, 12/11/2017 - 18:19
Distintas mediciones como la que realiza la Asamblea Nacional señalan que la crisis económica ingresó en el territorio de la hiperinflación. Más allá de medir la velocidad con la que aumentan los precios existen temas de fondo que aún no han sido abordados por los expertos: ¿Cuál ha sido el impacto en términos de crecimiento en los países que ya han padecido este desequilibrio? ¿Venezuela está ante un fenómeno coyuntural o estructural? ¿Cuánto puede tardar la recuperación una vez se aplican los correctivos?
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The Perfect Blackmail

Caracas Chronicles - Lun, 12/11/2017 - 17:57
Photo: Agencia Escalona, retrieved

According to Sandra Oblitas, CNE board member, the Puntos Rojos must be 200 meters away from voting centers. In reality, these political beacons can be in the same block or across the street from where you vote. The Puntos have always been key tools for the chavista machinery during elections and, this time, they’re demanding the carnet de la Patria after voting.

“Abstention is the enemy, not only for (the opposition), but for us too. That’s why we need this Punto Rojo,” Xiomara, the woman in charge of the Punto in a Catia school, told me.

Chavismo has presented these spots as “Puntos Tricolor” in an attempt to disguise what they’ve always been. Full of chavistas, they’re a gentle reminder that Big Brother is watching.

“The process is easy and fast” said Xiomara, “after you finish voting you come here and present your carnet. We’ll ask if you already voted, because, remember, you need to vote first, and then come here. Two minutes and done.”

There’s no line outside this voting station, but there’s at least 10 people waiting in the Punto, everyone with their carnet de la Patria at hand. “I almost forgot to do this” a woman in line said, “I was already walking home.”

Each person must present their carnet; the QR code in the back is scanned with a cellphone, your name and phone number are written down and you’ll get a text message as proof that your carnet is registered. Xiomara admits that she has lists and “you can call folks or go to their houses and say ‘hey, let’s go vote.'”

At the Tricolor school, Xiomara did some calculations: they have data with 792 names from the community, all receiving some benefit from the Government, each with a valid carnet de la Patria. By mid-day, 200 people are registered as “already voted.”

“Nobody is forcing me to be here with my Carnet,” said a young woman. “So why not? I rather wait here for a while today, than not receive my Clap next month.”

“Those Puntos are useless” candidate Eduardo Samán explained to me. “They can’t know who you vote for, this is just a way to scare people, playing with the need for some food or medical assistance.”  

For Rosa, who’s in charge of another Punto in another school, the registration is a way to prove “that you are with el proceso, a logical part of receiving a benefit. A lot of people receive help and now they have to do their part.”

“The carnet is like our second ID. All the data from the Punto is going to the PSUV, and it’s our responsibility to call and ask people to come and vote. This is not about denying you the Clap if you don’t vote. Because, in the end, we don’t know who you’re voting for.”

And just like they maintain the secrecy of the vote, people at the Puntos insist that what they’re doing is not illegal; since they’re just keeping a log of who has voted (instead of, say, making you vote for a particular candidate), this is not a violation of the CNE’s dispositions. I mean, they have the name of Erika Farías, one of the candidates, written on the back of their shirts, but they’re not promoting candidates explicitly.

“Nobody is forcing me to be here with my Carnet,” said a young woman at Rosa’s Spot, “so why not? I rather wait here for a while today, than not receive my Clap next month.”

It’s true: there’s no one outside voting centers forcing you to register at the Punto, but a little fear goes a long way if you have a lot to lose. Betting on your empty stomach, chavismo knows you feel watched and you won’t risk it. It’s the perfect blackmail, the one you do to yourself.

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Hunger’s Victory

Caracas Chronicles - Lun, 12/11/2017 - 12:48

Photo: Luis Carlos Díaz

Once again, without prior notice, the CNE changed our voting station and we had to vote within walls decorated with drawings of el finado’s face, several versions of his crooked eyes and Fidel’s portrait, in a so-called camp of pioneers. Upon watching me enter, the idiot who acted as secretary of my table said “Una escuálida más,” a violation of my human rights, but if I could practice restraint with the space imposed by the CNE, I could do it with him as well. There were no pictures of the candidates in the ballot, only the logos of the political parties and the candidates’ names in small letters. At 4:00 p.m., I was the fourth person to sign the records.


These elections were marked by defeat at too many levels: the imposition of the ANC’s election, gubernatorial elections, the induction of the winners before the ANC, the results in Bolívar state being tampered with and the ouster of Zulia’s legitimately elected governor. They were also marked by imprisoned mayors and those who were forced to flee the country, by the administrative disqualification of so many politicians with unresolved proceedings, as well as by notable mistakes committed by the opposition’s leadership and the expectations they created without preparing any answers for potential failures. A disenchanted electorate, consumed by the anguish of shortages, hyperinflation, the collapse of public services, sealed the ruinous path of institutional decay, of an illegal CNE that decided, with the greatest brazenness possible, to act as the Administration’s instrument once again.

Attacking your peer

Voting or not voting wasn’t a dilemma. It was, instead, a reason for digital confrontations that included discreditations and insults among the same victims of the failed State, the consequence of infamous decisions. Abstention was sold as the best way to demonstrate our insatisfaction with institutions, more than justified with what I described above. For others, it was an act of surrender that only eased the way for the regime violate our electoral rights. In my mind, abstention did nothing to undermine power, it only gave them stability, wrapped with the ribbon of the certainty that I couldn’t do anything to change it.

The day’s barbarities

Plan República didn’t prevent the attacks from chavista armed groups, the pressure of red spots or the campaign they carried out near voting stations, but they did prohibit voters from exercising their rights if their arms, legs or feet were uncovered. Additionally, Plan República prevented journalists from accessing electoral centers, some were stripped off their phones and forced to erase pictures, while others were even detained. When you have the chance, check Venezuelan Electoral Observatory’s work (@OEVenezolano on Twitter). At the end of the process, there were abundant complaints for voting stations that hadn’t closed despite long hours without voters.

Most notably, PDVSA and Oil Ministry employees were forced to report their vote on a website.

Motta committed a crime

Electrical Energy Minister Luis Motta Domínguez decided to keep his voting ticket even though he was being recorded.

It’s an electoral crime because the ticket is a public document, necessary for auditing, and the fact that it’s not in the box only guarantees numeric inconsistency between registered votes and their physical records.

Journalist Eugenio Martínez (@puzkas on Twitter) said that holding on to the ticket “is the way to guarantee that everyone who registers for the carnet de la patria voted for the PSUV,” so each voter leaves the carnet, goes to vote, takes the ticket and the following voters keep that ticket and do the same with their own. Regardless of whether this is the “method”, the CNE has to investigate minister Motta’s case and set a stance regarding the coaction imposed by red spots.

Regime candidate Erika Farías let slip a tweet stating that Nicolás “spoke of rewarding those who vote through the carnet de la patria.” She erased it, but didn’t consider the magic of screenshots.

Banned from running?

Nicolás voted at the same hour as me yesterday and offered statements to consolidate his tyranny, after attacking Henry Ramos Allup (“Alú” in his version) and claiming that the U.S. already picked another presidential candidate, he said that “Even though all polls show AD as the main party of the Venezuelan opposition, very far from PSUV; and the remaining parties, Voluntad Popular, Primero Justicia, have disappeared from the Venezuelan political scene, and now they’re gone for good, because any party that didn’t participate today and instead called for a boicó (sic) on elections, can no longer be allowed to participate, that’s the position that the ANC has adopted constitutionally and legally, and since I am the head of State of a legitimate power. I support them, they’re banned from running again.” The ANC’s decision is neither constitutional nor legal. Diosdado Cabello made his contribution by claiming that all elected mayors must be inducted before the ANC in order to take office.

Human rights

Journalist Gregoria Díaz (@churuguara) denounced:

#10Dic Un enorme despliegue militar y policial en #MBI de #Aragua para detener al exalcalde y candidato @DelsonGuarate luego que reclamara cierre de centros abiertos sin electores en cola. Se desconoce paradero del candidato expreso político

— Gregoria Díaz (@churuguara) December 11, 2017

“A huge military and police deployment in MBI Aragua to arrest former mayor and candidate Delson Guárate after he demanded that voting stations without voters in line must close. The whereabouts of the candidate and former political prisoner are unknown.” And this happened yesterday, right on Human Rights Day.

The day also marked the 8th anniversary of judge María Afiuni’s arbitrary detention, ordered by Chávez during a cadena and carried out by prosecutor general Luisa Ortega Díaz, even though judge Afiuni merely complied with a resolution of the UN and the Inter American Justice Court and has stood abuses throughout a trial with liberty restrictions that exceed the top limit of her sentence: seven years.


With 97% of transferred data, CNE authority Sandra Oblitas announced a 47.32% turnout: 9,139,564 voters. With the abstention reported all over the country, many question the consistency of this figure. Omar Prieto took Zulia’s governorship with 57.3% and except for San Cristóbal, all the results reported so far show PSUV taking every mayorship, with the opposition losing historic bastions.

Chavismo celebrates its “victory”. The carnet de la patria was instrumental, because the government has made the instrument necessary for access to any social benefits. Coercion doesn’t guarantee support or loyalty, it’s merely a testament to despair and misery, key variables for this “victory”, hunger’s victory.

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Dictador desde el principio

Prodavinci - Lun, 12/11/2017 - 12:00
Se ha sostenido que la dictadura de Juan Vicente Gómez empieza con propiedad en 1913, cuando advierte peligros en torno a su hegemonía. Ciertamente a partir de entonces aprieta los tornillos de la represión y los mantiene sin alivio hasta la hora de la muerte, pero el hecho no indica que no hubiera estrenado procedimientos…
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Jim & Andy: un genio del humor en la piel de otro

Prodavinci - Dom, 12/10/2017 - 17:00
Es el show de David Letterman del 15 de octubre de 1980. Andy Kaufman entra con los aplausos. Despeinado, mal vestido, descuidado, un hilo de moco le cae por el bigote incipiente camino a la boca. Risas entrecortadas, risas indecisas, pero risas al fin. El público estadounidense está frente a una forma de humor que…
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¿Negocio o no negocio? ¿Política o economía?

Prodavinci - Dom, 12/10/2017 - 11:57
Hemos hablado sobre la negociación política desde la perspectiva de lo que busca la oposición:  reinstitucionalizar al país y se restablecer la democracia. Lo que necesita para lograrlo es otra historia. Tendría que tener algo tan poderoso como para obligar al gobierno a ceder en el rescate de instituciones y derechos que él mismo ha bloqueado para permanecer en el poder.
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Jorge Roig: “La democracia es más testaruda que cualquier revolución”

Prodavinci - Dom, 12/10/2017 - 10:00
Lo que sigue más abajo es la visión que tiene Jorge Roig del país. Su participación en la comisión técnica que asesora a los representantes de la oposición que negocian con el gobierno en República Dominicana fue metida y consultada con personas, cuyas opiniones ratificaron lo que le decía su instinto. “Hay que arriesgar y…
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El arte de difundir rumores

Prodavinci - Dom, 12/10/2017 - 09:53
¿Cómo se difunden las falsedades?¿Por qué las creemos? Ángel Alayón reflexiona sobre estas preguntas a partir de las ideas del libro "Rumores", de Cass Sunstein
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La alergia del Gabo

Prodavinci - Dom, 12/10/2017 - 08:51
—Dile que si es un verdadero periodista él sabrá lo que tiene que hacer. Ese fue el mensaje terminante enviado con un amigo personal, luego de una semana de cartas infructuosas. Desde las 9:30 de la mañana, el periodista novato esperaba pacientemente sentado en un sofá del lobby del Hotel Mark, en Manhattan. La voz…
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