Venezuelan security forces
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro blames 'fascists' and 'US spies' for the violent protests against his government.
Most of the protests have been in Venezuela's 'rich' neighbourhoods.
Oil at the heart of Venezuela's turmoil Financial Times, February 21, 2014
Maduro meets Putin
Venezuela has the world's largest energy reserves.
The USA would like to get its hands on Venezuela's oil.
Did Opposition Presidential Candidate Henrique Capriles have a falling out with the CIA?.
The trouble with Venezuela's government is partly 'extreme' socialism, which means a degree of inefficiency.
Think of shortages of toilet paper, for example.
Think of a fall in oil production.
Think of inflation of more than 56 per cent.
Venezuela's real inflation may be six times the official rate.
Venezuela has the fifth highest murder rate in the world.
Venezuela has its rich and its poor.
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"There is no doubt that high inflation continues to plague the country and that creates all kinds of problems when it comes to access to basic foodstuffs, you are seeing shortages on many of these goods.
"Venezuela over the past decade has enjoyed pretty robust per capita economic growth, declining income inequality and many other kinds of indicators show pretty dramatic increases in the day-to-day life of the average Venezuelan...
"So that coupled with Maduro's election last year (2013) mean that the government still retains a very broad mandate."