José González Vargas

Three Free Must-Watch Documentaries on Venezuela

These documentaries on the pre-Chavismo era in Venezuela -completely free and available on YouTube- offer important background information on the current political and economic crises in the South American nation.

  • Oct 6, 2021
  • 11:31 AM

Trump’s Legacy for Venezuela? The Rise of the Magazolanos

Or the the radicalization of a faction of Venezuelans.

  • Nov 12, 2020
  • 11:20 AM

Alone in Madrid: Three Latina Students on How They Manage the Quarantine Away From Home

“What worries me the most is that I don’t know when can I return to my country. First, I don’t know when will the restrictions will end here. Secondly, I don’t know what measures will establish in Brazil,” one student said.

  • Apr 27, 2020
  • 4:10 PM

Sanctions, Censorship and Scarcity: COVID-19 Becomes Venezuela’s Latest Problem

The low numbers of Venezuela in contrast with its size and population —256 infected in a country of over 27 million— has raised questions about the veracity of the official toll.

  • Apr 20, 2020
  • 11:27 AM

Two Speakers, One House: An Explanation of What Took Place in Venezuela’s National Assembly

Over the weekend, the country’s legislature was at the center of a power struggle between Maduro’s supporters and Venezuela’s opposition.

  • Jan 6, 2020
  • 2:43 PM

A Venezuelan Weighs in on the Second Season of JACK RYAN and Its Suspicious Lack of Arepas

Ryan goes to Caracas as part of the team of U.S. senator Jim Moreno—who shares a couple of traits and none of the flaws of Marco Rubio.

  • Nov 5, 2019
  • 12:28 PM

MLB to Bar Players From Venezuela’s Winter League

So far the Maduro government hasn’t made an official statement, but Venezuela’s pro-government media has been quick to condemn it.

  • Aug 26, 2019
  • 11:34 AM

A Venezuelan in Thomas Jefferson’s White House

Francisco de Miranda on a revolutionary project: A united Spanish-speaking nation in the Americas, spanning from California to Tierra del Fuego.

  • Aug 23, 2019
  • 12:22 PM

Rum for Oil: Venezuela Faces a Gas Shortage

U.S. pressure is not the only problem for Venezuelan oil. Since the early 80’s, gas prices have been kept artificially low.

  • Jun 3, 2019
  • 2:55 PM

Venezuelans Weigh in on Guaidó’s Failed Uprising and Its Aftermath

“That day something was achieved,” says a local middle-aged woman living in the Libertador Municipality of Caracas.

  • May 8, 2019
  • 4:32 PM

Venezuela’s Guaidó Takes All or Nothing Risk With Military Uprising

MARACAY, VENEZUELA — This Tuesday, Caracas and the rest of Venezuela woke up in shock. At 5:30 am at the La Carlota Air Base, located on the east side of the country’s capital, Juan Guaidó —speaker of the opposition-led National Assembly, who shook the hemisphere by declaring President Nicolás Maduro’s rule as illegitimate— appeared with […]

  • May 1, 2019
  • 8:09 AM

Living Through Venezuela’s Blackout

An account of what I was able to report.

  • Mar 15, 2019
  • 1:37 PM

For Some Venezuelans, Trump Remains a Faustian Bargain

“I expected something different,” said Coromoto, a 50 year-old mother of two who works at a government ministry.

  • Feb 20, 2019
  • 6:28 AM

As US Pressure Mounts, Venezuela’s Presidential Crisis Remains Unsolved

On Monday, the United States Department of the Treasury imposed new sanctions on Venezuela’s state-oil company PDVSA, which includes Citgo Petroleum Corporation.

  • Jan 29, 2019
  • 11:08 AM

Where Will Venezuela Go Next? The Answer Is Hard to Determine Right Now

The events on Wednesday in Caracas were unsurprising.

  • Jan 24, 2019
  • 9:43 AM

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