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Voter turnout was under 50 percent in Venezuela’s Dec. 10 mayor elections, which were boycotted by most opposition parties. Reuters

Venezuelan regime sweeps mayors races, tightening Maduro’s grip on power

Venezuela’s ruling Socialist Party won 39 of 40 major mayoral races on Dec. 10. A victorious President Nicolás Maduro is now likely to call a snap presidential election early next year. Can he win?
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire, meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, before dinner at the G20 Leaders Summit in Hangzhou, China in September 2016. Trudeau is in China to discuss a trade deal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Why there won’t be a ‘progressive’ Canada-China trade deal

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in China to discuss a trade deal. It's laughable for Canada to believe it can negotiate a "progressive" trade agenda with the Chinese.
Venezuela urgently needs financial assistance, but the regime of Nicolás Maduro has few international allies. AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan

Nobody is going to bail out Venezuela

China, Russia and the International Monetary Fund are among those contemplating a Venezuela bailout. But help for this debt-stricken nation seems far from assured.
For six months, the Venezuelan opposition staged daily protests against the Maduro regime. Then they decided to take their fight to the polls. Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

Venezuela’s opposition is on the verge of collapse

After the Maduro regime won Venezuela's recent gubernatorial elections, results are contested, people are desperate and the opposition has fractured. Can the resistance survive this setback?
Trump talks tough at the U.N. General Assembly. Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Trump speaks at the UN: 5 takeaways

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.
Cutting off the Maduro regime’s cash flow won’t help the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, where hunger, poverty and sickness are deepening the nation’s plunge into chaos. AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos

Venezuela: Why Trump’s sanctions won’t work

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.
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro (center) attends a graduation of National Armed Forces. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS

How much longer will Maduro’s grip on power last? Look to the military

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.
In the face of rising protest, Venezuela’s government has called on the military to squelch dissent. Efecto Eco /Wikimedia

For Venezuela, there may be no happily ever after

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.
Facing hunger, scarcity, sickness, protest and no clear path toward salvation, Venezuela is on the brink of something, but just what is not clear. ビッグアップジャパン/flickr

Global series: Venezuela’s collapse

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.
Protests escalate as corruption and public sector incompetence in South Africa hamper the provision of basic services. EPA/Kim Ludbrook

How corruption is fraying South Africa’s social and economic fabric

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.

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