Who would have thought that, during the attempted coup d'état in Venezuela on January 23 and its immediate aftermath, Caracas would become, only five months later, the epicentre of the Latin American left?

"Oh, I am against military intervention!" goes a "pacifist" narrative heard in the North that serves as pretext for a statement on Venezuela. This prelude consoles the soul, clears the liberal conscience and strives to maintain the desired – but increasingly elusive – "progressive" academic, journalistic and political credentials.

On May 2nd, the Title III of the Helms-Burton Act entered into force, which allows US citizens, who were subject to nationalizations or expropriations by Cuban laws from January 1959, may file a claim with the United States courts against those people who "traffic" with their old properties.

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