Our Best Weekend Reads
Inside the U.S. decision to get behind Congo’s election and how the United States failed Afghan women.
Venezuelan Opposition Leader Declares Himself President, With Trump Backing
National Assembly President Juan Guaidó promptly won the support of the U.S. and other countries. But will the military throw its weight behind him or Nicolás Maduro?
U.S. Military Targets Growing Russian and Chinese Influence in Latin America
The Air Force chief of staff pushes back during a visit to Colombia.
U.S. Ramps Up Pressure on Venezuela, But Maduro Keeps Hanging On
The United States has announced new sanctions on Venezuela and may threaten further action—but there’s little sign that will bring the regime down anytime soon.
How Venezuela Struck It Poor
The tragic — and totally avoidable — self-destruction of one of the world’s richest oil economies.
OPEC Close to Agreement to Open the Oil Taps
With or without Iranian cooperation, extra barrels of crude could help meet rising demand. But there’s still reason to fear a price spike later this year.
Dire Measures to Combat Hunger in Venezuela
Prominent priest calls on Venezuelans to label trash that contains food for the hungry.
Venezuela Is So Broke It Can’t Even Export Oil
Oil tankers flush with crude wallow adrift in the Caribbean, as cash-strapped PdVSA can’t pay the bills.
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.
Don’t Blame It On the Oil
Yes, Venezuela’s economy is cursed – by its political regime, not its natural resources.
The Curse of Chávez’s Ghost
Nicolás Maduro’s Venezuela is falling apart. Can anything save its oil-starved economy?
State Department Balks at Venezuela’s Proposed Prisoner Release
The State Department balked at an unusual new proposal by embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to broker the release of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.
Cuba’s Christmas Surprise for Caracas
Havana’s sudden embrace of ties with the U.S. has caught Venezuela off guard. Will President Nicolas Maduro pay the price?