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Anti-government activists stand near a barricade burning in flames in Venezuela's third city, Valencia, on August 6, 2017, a day after a new assembly with supreme powers and loyal to President Nicolas Maduro started functioning in the country.
In the video posted online earlier, allegedly at an army base used by the National Bolivarian Armed Forces in Valencia, a man presenting himself as an army captain declared a "legitimate rebellion... to reject the murderous tyranny of Nicolas Maduro" and demanded a transitional government and "free elections." After the video surfaced, military chiefs said troops had put down the "terrorist" attack.

 / AFP PHOTO / Ronaldo SCHEMIDT        (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

Venezuela Quells Military Uprising, Fires Outspoken Government Critic

The protest-rocked country could face a fresh round of U.S. economic sanctions.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets US President Donald Trump  prior to the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7.
Leaders of the world's top economies will gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / IAN LANGSDON        (Photo credit should read IAN LANGSDON/AFP/Getty Images)

Can Anyone Save Venezuela?

An economic and humanitarian crisis, precipitated by the Maduro regime, has brought Venezuela to the brink of collapse.

Members of the Venezuelan community in Argentina protest against the election for a "Constituent Assembly", in Buenos Aires on July 30, 2017 as Venezuela holds 
A controversial vote in Venezuela championed by beleaguered President Nicolas Maduro sparked an escalation of deadly violence, with half a dozen people reported killed and troops and protesters attacking each other in Caracas and elsewhere. / AFP PHOTO / ALEJANDRO PAGNI        (Photo credit should read ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP/Getty Images)

Maduro Claims Victory, But Opposition Claims Voter Fraud

Venezuela vote for a Constituent Assembly sparks unrest, draws criticism

TOPSHOT - An anti-government demonstrator stands next to a national flag during an opposition protest blocking the Francisco Fajardo highway in Caracas on May 27, 2017. 
Demonstrations that got underway in late March have claimed the lives of 58 people, as opposition leaders seek to ramp up pressure on Venezuela's leftist president, whose already-low popularity has cratered amid ongoing shortages of food and medicines, among other economic woes. / AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO        (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

Maduro Tells State Employees to Vote in His Constitutional Reform

As Venezuela’s crisis deepens, the regime tries to leverage vulnerable state workers to support its agenda.

TOPSHOT - Anti-government demonstrators attack the administration headquarters of the Supreme Court of Justice as part of protests against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, on June 12, 2017. 
With Venezuelans suffering from high inflation, food shortages and soaring crime rates, plus a deepening corruption scandal, the Venezuelan opposition has mounted near-daily anti-government protests since April 1. The protests have left 66 dead and more than a thousand injured, according to prosecutors. 
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How to Avoid a Bloodbath in Venezuela

President Nicolás Maduro won’t go down without a fight. But tightening the screws on his would-be accomplices could help save the country from total collapse.

Mexican members of different social organizations march in support of President Nicolas Maduro in Mexico City on April 19, 2017. 
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that the White House is "closely" and "concerned" about the situation in Venezuela, where supporters and opponents of the government are carrying out massive street demonstrations in a tense environment. / AFP PHOTO / ALFREDO ESTRELLA        (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson’s Diplomatic Approach in Venezuela is Paying Off

Applying the North Korea playbook to Venezuela would offer a lifeline to the autocrat.

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Student Shot and Killed at ‘Mother of All Protests’ in Venezuela

Neighboring countries called for citizens to be allowed to protest peacefully. Those calls went unanswered.

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In Venezuela, Young Protester Killed and Opposition Leader Barred From Office

The government is cracking down on protesters and trying to take serious opposition candidates out of the running ahead of the next election.

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After Crackdown on Protesters, Venezuela’s Opposition Slams Judges for ‘Coup’ Attempt

The Maduro government seems determined to ride out the latest wave of dissent. The opposition seems determined to make sure it doesn't.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (L) shakes hands with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro after reviewing the honor guard at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran on January 10, 2015. Maduro arrived in the Iranian capital the previous day for a 24-hour visit during which he will meet officials from fellow OPEC member Iran to discuss plunging oil prices, state television said. AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE        (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

In Venezuela’s Toxic Brew, Failed Narco-State Meets Iran-Backed Terrorism

Venezuela has become a rabidly anti-American failed state that appears to be incubating the convergence of narco-trafficking and jihadism in America’s own backyard.

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At Least Lawmakers in Venezuela Can Agree It’s Wrong to Massacre Civilians

A small sliver of something good from a country in pecuniary and political crisis.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 28:  Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro checks his watch as he speaks to the media following a meeting with UN chief Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York on July 28, 2015 in New York City. Maduro is in New York to speak with the UN about his country's escalating border dispute with Guyana.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Global Firms Sell Venezuelan Operations as DJ Maduro Criticizes Obama

President Nicolás Maduro will not hold early elections, but he will spin salsa tunes.

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After 24 Years, I Am Leaving the Disaster Venezuela Has Become

And my heart grieves for my friends and neighbors, who are stuck there — for worse is yet to come.

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A Democracy Lab Contributor Is Venezuela’s Latest Political Prisoner

Desperate to halt a recall referendum against the president, Venezuela’s government has arrested one of our authors.

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