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To Save Venezuela, Washington Needs the Hemisphere

In response to the vote, the U.S. Department of State promised "strong, swift actions against the architects of authoritarianism," with administration officials suggesting that oil sector sanctions...

Maduro's Fledgling Dictatorship

PrintThe country that once birthed the great Liberator of South America, Simón Bolívar, is now once again the scene...

Venezuela’s Unprecedented Collapse

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...

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