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?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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?