Isabel Matos

Isabel is a Venezuelan translator that struggles to find a voice and to prosper in today’s political turmoil and tension. She is also an undergraduate English teacher and is currently pursuing a Master’s in English as a Foreign Language. Translator, teacher and always student, she is interested in how language shapes reality and how women and men negotiate power through discourse.
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FAQ from a Foreigner: Does Venezuela Still Support Maduro?

There are several topics and questions that come to the table when talking about Venezuela. Answering all of them would take hundreds of pages or hours of video. There are some, however, that have a higher frequency in conversations. So, here you have it, the questions we are asked the most once we make some friends abroad and the ice is broken between us.
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9 Things You Didn’t Know About Venezuela

After asking 20 teenage boys and girls inside a classroom in Panamá what they knew about Venezuela, I decided to write this article. I felt sad and almost ashamed of the image my country has taken inside their minds. A picture based on what they see on TV and what they listen to from the thousands of Venezuelans living in this country now. Not a beautiful picture to be honest.
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Electoral fraud in Venezuela

Venezuela: Smartmatic Revealed Electoral Fraud

Smartmatic is a Venezuelan company that offers electronic voting services in The United States, Barbados, Brazil, Africa, Belgium, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Venezuela, Panamá, The United Kingdom, The Netherlands, The Philippines and Taiwan. They work with different technology solutions such as identity management, smart city solutions, and electronic voting systems. They have been managing elections in Venezuela since 2004 and have been rapidly growing since then.
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Plebiscite: What Does That Word Mean in Venezuela?

Sunday 16th of July. The Venezuelan people have decided to go and express their disagreement with Maduro’s administration through a local referendum, the Constituent National Assembly (ANC in Spanish) and their desire to go through an election process to reestablish the constitutional power in the country. For the government, it is an act of treason!
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Venezuela – Decision Making: Stories From Home and Abroad

A few days ago, I was overwhelmed with the idea that my decisions were not mine anymore. I had this feeling of leaving my decision-making process to others, to chance and to some obscure strings that were pulling my life towards many different directions. I was not the owner of my future; my plans belonged to someone else.
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