Caracas Chronicles

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Caracas Chronicles
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Caracas Chronicles is a group blog focused on Venezuelan news and analysis in English. Founded in 2002 by Francisco Toro,[1] its focus is on Venezuelan politics and economics in the Chávez and post-Chávez era. The website describes itself as "opposition-leaning-but-not-insane,"[1] and, according to an Associated Press article, though highly critical of Venezuela's socialist government, the site "doesn't spare the opposition".[2]

Francisco Toro is the editor of Caracas Chronicles.[1] He was joined in 2006 by Juan Nagel, a Venezuelan economist and professor at the Universidad de los Andes in Santiago, Chile.[3] In 2014, Caracas Chronicles became a group blog with the addition of other writers.[1]


The Associated Press says that the website's "English-language musings are a must-read for foreign journalists, academics and political junkies".[2]

Following the death of President Hugo Chávez, José de Córdoba wrote in Americas Quarterly:[4]

Caracas Chronicles, an English-language blog that has provided a running narration since 2002 of the Chávez era, will continue to be an indispensable tool of analysis and information for addicts of the Chávez story—a story that so far has managed to outlive the flamboyant president. ... One hopes that Venezuelans, and everyone else interested in the fate of the country, will continue to be served by the entertaining and insightful dispatches of Caracas Chronicles.

David Frum said at The Daily Beast that Chavismo was not sustainable, and that when oil prices declined, Caracas Chronicles "will be the essential guide".[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "About". Caracas Chronicles. Archived from the original on 11 June 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b Goodman, Joshua (3 February 2014). "Venezuelan Blogger, Francisco Toro, Calls It Quits". Associated Press. Archived from the original on February 4, 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  3. ^ Venezuela: A Crisis Three Years in the Making. Caribbean Journal of International Relations & Diplomacy, Vol. 2, No. 1, March 2014: pp.75-88.
  4. ^ de Córdoba, José (31 July 2013). "Blogging the Revolution: Caracas Chronicles and the Hugo Chávez Era". Book Review. Americas Quarterly. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  5. ^ Frum, David (17 March 2013). "David's Bookclub: Blogging the Revolution". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 28 May 2016.