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Friday, April 7, 2017

Venezuela’s Maduro still hasn’t gotten the message


Another day, another cloud of pepper spray and tear gas in the streets of Caracas. The autocratic government of President Nicolas Maduro has hardly changed its spots. It may have seemed otherwise, after the Venezuelan Supreme Court was forced to reverse its unconstitutional takeover of the country's legislature. But Maduro has continued to suppress peaceful protests of his rule. So it will be up to Venezuela's neighbours to restore democracy, stability and prosperity to the country with the world's biggest oil reserves. The U.S., given the resentment of both its current leadership and past role in the region, can play but a limited role. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio discovered as much when he threatened the governments of the Dominican Republic and El Salvador with cutbacks in U.S. assistance unless they voted with the U.S. against Venezuela at the Organization of American States. They reacted as one might expect — with disdain.More…

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