FROM Juan Cristobal Nagel
Chronic Food Shortages Prompt Riots in Venezuela Venezuela’s worsening economic crisis has spilled over into chaos in recent weeks. Hungry protestors have been rioting, ransacking and looting stores and restaurants, leaving scores of businesses in shambles and at least five people dead. The government has declared a state of emergency, and basic necessities are being rationed. How did a relatively recently prosperous country which sits on the world’s largest oil reserves come to this -- the world’s worst rate of inflation and nearly 90% of its population unable to afford to eat?
Venezuelan Violence Venezuelan streets are teeming with protesters, and government forces are violently cracking-down on them across the country. At least 8 people have died so far. But the situation has been mostly overshadowed in the U.S. media by the violence in Ukraine. Part of that is due to the government’s suppression of journalists in Venezuela.
Hugo Chavez: His Life and Legacy During fourteen years as President, Hugo Chavez used Venezuela's vast oil resources to help the poor, which made him a hero to masses of people. It also earned the ongoing opposition of the previous ruling class while, in this country, Chavez was demonized as anti-capitalist and anti-American. What's the mood today in Caracas? What about oil, Castro's Cuba and relations with the United States?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?