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Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó speaks to the press in Caracas on Jan. 31. (Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images)

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People raise their hands during a mass opposition rally against President Nicolás Maduro, during which Juan Guaidó declared himself Venezuela's acting president, in Caracas on Jan. 23. (Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images)

Venezuela Unraveled

On the Podcast: A human rights activist describes life under Maduro.

Venezuelan National Assembly head Juan Guaidó declares himself the country's acting president in Caracas on Jan. 23. (Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images)

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?

A health worker shouts slogans demanding fair and higher wages during a protest of the lack of medical supplies and poor conditions in hospitals, in front of a line of police  in Caracas on Aug. 16. (Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak at an OPEC meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on April 20. (Amer Hilabi/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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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.

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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?

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