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Venezuela's Unprecedented Collapse - Project Syndicate

With per capita GDP down by 40% since 2013, Venezuela's economic catastrophe dwarfs any in the history of the US, Western Europe, or the rest of Latin America. And yet headline GDP numbers actually understate the magnitude of the economy's decline.and more »

Venezuela's controversial new Constituent Assembly, explained - Washington Post

On Sunday, Venezuelans took to the streets to either vote in or boycott a controversial election to choose members of an all-powerful Constituent Assembly. The new assembly will be made up completely of government supporters but will have authority ...and more »

US slaps sanctions on Maduro and labels him a 'dictator' - Miami Herald

The Trump administration promised to punish Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro — and now, it has. After what was widely seen as a fraudulent vote that usurped power from Venezuela's democratically elected lawmakers, Washington froze Maduro's ...and more »

Venezuela heading for dictatorship after 'sham' election, warns US amid clashes - The Guardian

Up to 14 feared dead in clashes with security forces as many voters boycott poll that President Nicolás Maduro hails as a 'vote for peace'. Sibylla Brodzinsky and agencies. Mon 31 Jul 2017 00.11 EDT First published on Sun 30 Jul 2017 13.09 EDT. Share ...and more »

Nicolás Maduro: will Venezuela's president drag his people to the edge? - The Guardian

When Hugo Chávez anointed Nicolás Maduro to succeed him as Venezuela's president, few realised that he would become Latin America's Robert Mugabe. After all, Maduro had a reputation as a conciliator. He was physically imposing – a big, burly man ...and more »

Venezuela just moved one step closer to authoritarianism - Vox

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has just claimed victory in a historic election that will vastly expand his power and potentially lead to a new era of authoritarianism in what had once been a vibrant democracy. The outcome wasn't a surprise ...and more »

US slaps sanctions on Venezuelan president Maduro - CNNMoney

The Treasury Department slapped sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Monday, sending a clear signal of the Trump administration's opposition to his regime. The move comes a day after Maduro declared a sweeping victory in a vote that will ...and more »

Venezuela's economy is sliding into oblivion - Quartz

In Venezuela, runaway inflation, a collapsing currency, and chronic shortages have battered the South American nation's economy for years. Over the past five years, Venezuela's economy has shrank by a quarter, according to the IMF. Now, as president ...and more »

Deadly election day in Venezuela as protesters clash with troops - CNN

Caracas, Venezuela (CNN) Deadly clashes between protesters and police marred voting on Sunday, as Venezuelans cast ballots on a controversial measure that could mark a turning point for their country. The election will allow President Nicolás Maduro to ...and more »

Dictatorship in Venezuela will soon be reality - The Globe and Mail

Jose Mauricio Gaona is an O'Brien Fellow at McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, a Saul Hayes Fellow at McGill University's Faculty of Law, and a Vanier Canada Scholar. Sunday's election in Venezuela of a national constituent assembly ...and more »