The president threatened North Korea and decried the decimation of the American middle class – but didn’t have much praise for the work of the United Nations.
New US sanctions against Venezuela deliver a clear condemnation of the Maduro regime's authoritarian maneuvering but overlook two key problems: Russian meddling and the humanitarian crisis.
The loyalty of Venezuela’s soldiers is getting shaky. History shows from the Arab Spring to Latin American coups, when the military withdraws support for a leader, a fall from power is imminent.
For all its faults, Chavismo has finally put marginalised Venezuelans at the centre of national culture – and many on the right still resent it.
When the price collapsed, the world's most disastrously oil-dependent state was the biggest casualty.
As their country's politics and economy collapse, Venezuelan writers, publishers and booksellers are taking a stand.
Venezuela is long gone; say hello to Cuba-zuela.
Venezuela's opposition has called a 48-hour strike to stop the Maduro government from rewriting the nation’s constitution. But grassroots democracy may not be able to save the Bolivarian Republic.
The best news and analysis of Venezuela's dangerous descent into crisis, written by local economists and political scientists who are living it every day.
The spectacle of two countries confronting systemic corruption and bad government says a lot about the state of Latin American democracy.
The authoritarian regime is pushing ahead despite widespread objections. A peaceful resolution is far from sight.
After a high point in 2011, it looked like a global wave of protest had crested. But another one is surging.
The political cost of corruption is reaching unacceptable levels in South Africa. Reversing the effects of state decay on the poor will take short and long term interventions.
How is a country that was once South America's richest now on the verge of bankruptcy? A Venezuelan economist breaks down his country's descent into chaos.
The world seems convinced that Venezuela's famous national orchestral programme is turning on the government. Why?
As democracy unravels and hunger spreads, Venezuelan youth must decide whether to join the resistance or build their lives abroad.
Musicians who learned how to play through a state-funded program called El Sistema are taking their instruments to the streets to protest the government.
Protests in South Africa are about more than just service delivery of basic services such as water and electricity. They reflect a wider crisis about the failure to build a more equitable society.
The president has fled the country. An activist has died in jail. A military coup is afoot. Fake news is dividing Venezuelans, making a peaceful end to its profound crisis ever less likely.
But there is a stand-off on the left of the political spectrum.