Venezuela on the verge of total collapse

Record high inflation, food shortages and deadly protests are gripping Venezuela, once considered South America’s richest nation.

Now it’s on the verge of collapse as its people demand economic reform and an end to the country’s authoritarian rule.

Socialism has never worked.  It only appears to work when it has a capitalist host to be a parasite on.   

Demonstrators blame Maduro [Chavez died in 2013 and Nicolas Maduro was his hand-picked successor] for the country’s crisis along with the shortages of food and medicine, with the New York Times reporting hospitals don’t even have clean water or soap for surgeons to wash their hands.

Food is scarce, with many people taking to foraging for bush food which might not be safe to eat.

Meals that cost a certain amount one week are likely to be many more times expensive a week later. People are struggling to survive.

These harsh conditions – a huge change from Venezuela’s former living standards – have prompted tens of thousands of people to protest. They are demanding elections to remove the leftist president.

Instead of allowing peaceful action, the government has clamped down hard.

At least 37 people have been killed since protests intensified in April after Maduro’s administration and the courts stepped up efforts to undermine the opposition.

Hundreds more have also been injured while thousands of others arrested.

It’s only time now before this blows up into a full-scale civil war.

Maduro and his officials say the crisis rocking the country is a US-backed conspiracy designed to topple him and install a right-wing government.

Of course it is.  /sarc

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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