Last month, I wrote an article about Venezuela’s business environment
Venezuela is constantly over the news given its unprecedented economic collapse. Yet, numerous people still think that the country’s economic hardships were caused by external factors, such as declining oil prices or financial sanctions from the international community. When in reality, the Venezuelan collapse is the direct consequence of the country’s inefficient, distorted, and hostile business environment.
There is a dramatic and worrying informational blackout in Venezuela. The regime censored all traditional media outlets. Social media has become more deception than information. And as if these problems were not enough, most Venezuelans don't even have internet access.
We did a great interview with Rodrigo Figueredo, he is an artist, a political analyst and a social media influencer, he has spent his life defending human rights, freedom of expression and democracy.
Questions in the interview:
What was the situation when you had to flee Venezuela?
What happened when Chavez came to power?
What reforms were being implemented by Carlos Andres Perez, the last Democratic president of Venezuela?
How did Chavez use the power when he was president?
How did the connection between Venezuela and Cuba come about?
As an artist, a political analyst and a social media influencer, I have spent my life defending human rights, freedom of expression and democracy.
Here you can see a video which we created from the article by Jorge Jraissati
The Day After: Venezuela’s Post-Maduro Economic Manifest by Jorge Jraissati
In this series we will publish weekly cutouts from the book by Kristian Niemietz
Fifteen thousand Cuban intelligence operatives and ‘military advisers’ bar the path to democracy in Venezuela. Luis Amalgro, Secretary-General of the organisation of American States, has described them as “an occupation army that teaches to torture, to repress, to do intelligence tasks, civil documentation, migration.”
The first time I couldn’t buy food at the grocery store, I was 15 years old. It was 2014 in Caracas, Venezuela, and I had spent more than an hour in line waiting. When I got to the register I noticed I’d forgotten my ID that day. Without the ID, the government rationing system would let the supermarket sell my family the full quota of food we needed.