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Two Spies in Caracas: Venezuela’s Collapse, in Truth and Fiction

April 09, 2019

Venezuela’s implosion is among the greatest human tragedies of the 21st century, with the country’s people facing ever-worsening shortages of food, medicine and electricity amid epic levels of violence – much of it state-sponsored. Today’s heartbreaking reality obscures the fact that, not even a decade ago, Venezuela – and the socialist “Bolivarian revolution” launched by its late leader, Hugo Chávez – was seen by many as a glorious success, a model not just for Venezuela but for the whole region. 

How the country, once one of Latin America’s most prosperous and stable democracies,...

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