The US has meddled in Latin America so much that its influence there is viewed there with deep suspicion.
Fleeing economic collapse, around 2.3 million Venezuelans have left the country over the past few years.
Venezuela recently devalued its bolivar by 95 percent to tame rabid hyperinflation that has been sending prices on everyday goods through the roof. If history is a guide, it won't work.
Cheap Venezuelan oil boosted Nicaragua's economy and funded President Daniel Ortega's many anti-poverty programs. With Venezuela in crisis, the oil has dried up – as has support for Ortega's regime.
How long can a rogue regime survive assassination attempts, sanctions, bankruptcy, humanitarian crisis and mass unrest? When it comes to Venezuela, President Maduro may cling to power for some time.
The ban has major implications for thousands of would-be immigrants from all of the affected countries, except perhaps Venezuela.
The impact of Venezuela's medical crisis is not gender-neutral.
In 2016, Venezuela opened up a large swath of the country to mining in an effort to prop up its economy. Now it is paying the environmental price.
Venezuela has freed 79 political prisoners in recent months, to global plaudits. But the hard-line regime has also charged 100 military officials with conspiracy. Does President Maduro fear overthrow?
Maduro's landslide May 20 re-election marks the official death of democracy in Venezuela. Dozens of nations worldwide have declared the vote illegitimate, and the US imposed new sanctions.
As Venezuela's May 20 election approaches, scholars and students at the country's autonomous universities continue the fight for knowledge and freedom.
The Venezuelan opposition is asking people not to vote in the country's May 20 election, which they call a 'farce.' President Maduro regime has jailed or blacklisted most of his competitors.
At first, the 2010s seemed full of hope for democracy. The picture today is rather more complicated.
Venezuela – once known for its friendly people, oil wealth and beauty queens – ranks 102nd of 156 countries surveyed in this year's World Happiness Report, which measures well-being worldwide.
Pioneering chefs from Bolivia to Brazil are stepping out of the kitchen and into public service. The 'social gastronomy' movement uses food to create jobs, prevent violence and boost economies.
Bolivia's populist leader has been in office for 12 years. He's a thorn in the US's side and an ally of the late Hugo Chávez. Now he's running for a fourth term. But that doesn't make him a dictator.
After a fire killed 66 inmates at a Venezuelan jail in March, news stories portrayed the country's prisons as lawless. The real backstory of this deadly riot is more complex — and maybe a bit scarier.
Venezuela's Petro cryptocurrency is a clever way to raise money by getting around international sanctions against the country.
Democracy takes many forms, some of them democracy in name only. Confusion and misappropriation complicate the public struggle for the democracy to come, but this challenge is always unending.
The Venezuelan government has just announced that it will hold a presidential election by the end of April. Despite pervasive hunger and discontent, democracy still doesn't stand a chance.