In this series we will publish weekly cutouts from the book by Kristian Niemietz
Can we call the legitimate will of the Venezuelan people to recover their country's freedom and democracy a "coup"?
On Tuesday, April 30, Venezuelans woke up with a surprise on social networks, the interim President of Venezuela Juan Guaidó and the political leader of Voluntad Popular (center left) Leopoldo López called on the armed forces to execute the definitive cessation of usurpation , the first step of the political strategy that aims to conquer freedom in the country and then p
There are two Venezuelas: the Venezuela of yesterday, prosperous and thriving, and the Venezuela of today: poor, corrupt and in the dark.
Constitutional president Juan Guaidó claims Venezuela is not socialist because there's no social justice, while economic indicators show it's the most equal country: equally empoverished.
The Rosneft oil giant has threatened to ban Reuters from operating in Russia after the international news agency released a report saying that Venezuela had sold oil to Russia in an attempt to evade U.S. sanctions.
"Compra velitas, no hay luz," a Venezuelan man says to me at the border between Colombia and Venezuela, "Buy candles, there is no electricity". A few days ago, the Venezuelan military started allowing pedestrians to cross the Simon Bolivar bridge after closing the border completely in February.
In Venezuela, not only the main industries have been taken or highly regulated by the State, education has also been the victim of a totalitarian project that aims to manufacture a mass of serfs, while pursuing any individual with critical thinking.
As a Venezuelan and an economist, I believe we economists sometimes need to go beyond economic indicators. We need to speak from our hearts about our experiences. Only by doing this can we truly communicate the social implications of an economic collapse of this magnitude.
This tragedy must be stopped. Venezuelans are suffering in the dark. With no electricity, parents have no means to communicate with their children in the midst of an oppressive regime, plus the tens and hundreds who perish in hospitals with no power.