Venezuela

Iranians show ink-stained fingers after casting their ballots on May 19. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran’s Not a Totally Fake Democracy, Study Says

A new survey shows a country with a constrained but active body politic, contrary to plenty of D.C. conventional wisdom.

dis bitch

Trump Administration Slaps Economic Sanctions on Venezuela

It’s not an oil embargo. But it does tighten the screws on the Maduro regime.

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 - 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. 
 / AFP PHOTO / Federico PARRA        (Photo credit should read FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images)

White House Imposes New Sanctions to Punish Venezuela’s President

The Trump administration promises even more economic pain if Maduro moves forward with a vote to rewrite the constitution.

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.

Opposition activists demonstrating against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro clash with riot police in Caracas on June 26, 2017. 
A political and economic crisis in the oil-producing country has spawned often violent demonstrations by protesters demanding Maduro's resignation and new elections. The unrest has left 75 people dead since April 1. / AFP PHOTO / FEDERICO PARRA        (Photo credit should read FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. Needs to Apply More Pressure to Venezuela’s Allies in the OAS

An annual meeting of the Organization of American States came and went without any action on crisis-torn Venezuela.

helicaracas

Could the Bizarre Helicopter Attack in Venezuela Be a Turning Point?

The former police officer behind the stunt said it was against a "criminal government."

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. 
 / AFP PHOTO / Federico PARRA        (Photo credit should read FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

View inside a looted supermarket in Capacho, Tachira state, Venezuela, on May 17, 2017. 
Venezuela's government said Wednesday it was sending troops to a western region rocked by looting and attacks against security installations during a wave of anti-government protests. / AFP PHOTO / George Castellanos        (Photo credit should read GEORGE CASTELLANOS/AFP/Getty Images)

Venezuela’s Road to Disaster Is Littered With Chinese Cash

Politicized loans left the socialist South American country trapped under a mountain of Chinese debt — but now others want to sign up for Beijing's "generosity."

trump zilch ven

When it Comes to Venezuela, Trump Follows in Obama Footsteps

But some diplomats are frustrated by the policy paralysis.

Load 10 More Articles

You have read 0 of 5 free articles

Global Thinkers 2015 Issue Cover