Diego Scharifker

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Todo venezolano, sin importar en qué país del mundo estemos, tenemos el mismo deseo: que Venezuela recupere inmediatamente su estabilidad.

Para ello, la oposición democrática venezolana y el gobierno del presidente interino, Juan Guaidó, ha contado con el apoyo de las autoridades estadounidenses, así como de la gran mayoría de gobiernos democráticos en nuestra región.

Al ser un tema de naturaleza bipartidista podemos reconocer que, en líneas generales, el gobierno actual estadounidense, bajo el mando del presidente Donald Trump, ha asumido posturas muy contundentes contra la dictadura que encabeza Nicolás Maduro. Sin embargo, como venezolano-estadounidense, encuentro que esas políticas no han sido ni suficientes ni efectivas: Maduro sigue en el poder y la dictadura sigue oprimiendo a su pueblo.…  Seguir leyendo »

Supporters of Juan Requesens, a Venezuelan lawmaker accused of plotting against President Nicolás Maduro, gathered at the headquarters of the Organization of American States in Caracas, on Aug. 10. (Miguel Gutierrez/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

Venezuelans have every reason to doubt the events surrounding the mysterious “assassination” attempt against President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas on Aug. 4. The regime distorts reality every day, even refusing to recognize and address the economic and social collapse it has created.

But whether you believe the official version or not, there’s no question that it has served as a heaven-sent excuse to further crack down on civil liberties and the opposition.

A mere three days after the alleged attack, Juan Requesens, a 29-year-old member of the National Assembly, was dragged out of his home by masked men. At the end of the building security tape, you can see one of the men pointing the camera toward a wall to hide their actions.…  Seguir leyendo »

Venezuelan security forces have detained thousands of demonstrators. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

Efraín Ortega, a 42-year-old with a college degree in administration and computer science, was unlawfully detained in Caracas on July 24, 2014. He was tortured and beaten, his body taped with cardboard and newspapers to avoid leaving marks. He was later handcuffed with his arms behind his back and hung until his shoulders gave up. He was finally released on Oct. 6, 2017, after his preliminary hearing was postponed 20 times.

Ortega’s harrowing story is included in report released last week by the Organization of American States, which had appointed a panel of independent international experts to establish whether the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro had committed crimes against humanity while repressing multiple protests from 2014 to 2017.…  Seguir leyendo »