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.
It’s hard to know what to believe these days.
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.
Protests in Ecuador.
But there is a stand-off on the left of the political spectrum.
If Maduro is to stay in power, he needs to keep these guys on his side.
(UPDATED) If the military abandons Venezuela's power-grabbing president, it's game over for the Maduro regime.
Tear gas on the streets of Caracas.
Fed up with an increasingly authoritarian government, Venezuelans are taking to the streets – where they are met with violence.
Rally against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas, Venezuela.
REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Rather than an outright coup, Venezuela's government has slowly eroded its democratic institutions and processes, until now.
Ecuador’s Rafael Correa is one of the wold’s top politician-tweeters.
Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters
When leaders of weak democracies use social media to connect with their constituents, people feel heard. But Twitter responses won't give citizens what they need.
The wife of a jailed opposition leader, during a rally to mark the third anniversary of his arrest in Caracas, Venezuela.
Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters
Venezuelans, fleeing hunger and repression at home, have surpassed Central Americans as the top US asylum-seekers.
Primera's tomb // lubrio/flickr
It was popular music that enabled Chávez to link his political movement with grassroots activism.
Nicolás Maduro was elected President in 2013 after the death of Hugo Chavez.
Nicolás Maduro was elected President in 2013 after the death of Hugo Chavez
Venezuela’s major crises will continue in 2017. These include ongoing economic instability, over-reliance on the price of oil, shortages of food and electricity and increasing inequality. At the core is…
Donald Trump raises his fist after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States
The world is on edge as Donald Trump enters the White House.
ExxonMobil and Venezuela have been spatting over oil for decades.
Venezuela and ExxonMobil have been spatting over oil for decades. How will that history impact relations under a Rex Tillerson-run State Department?
Many Venezuelans won’t be able to celebrate Christmas this year.
Empty toy stores, bakeries without bread and families who can't travel to be together. This is the year that the government Grinch stole Christmas.
Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro in 1999.
More than any other, Venezuela is a country of Cuba's making. But its own national tragedy is too deep for most citizens to mourn Fidel Castro's death.
Venezuelan demonstrators clash with the National Guard in October 2016 during a protest demanding the removal of President Nicolas Maduro.
Carlos Eduardo Ramirez/Reuters
In a time of hunger and violence, Venezuela's proposed peace talks are narrowly focused on power distribution. But where's the seat for the countries citizens?
Former Chadian leader Hissene Habre being escorted in to stand trial at the Palais de Justice in Dakar, Senegal in 2015. He was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison in 2016 by judges of the Extraordinary African Chambers for crimes against humanity, rape, sexual slavery.
There are fears that the withdrawal of countries from the ICC would mark the end of international criminal justice in Africa. This need not be the case.
Hillary Clinton, then US Secretary of State, with then-president of Venezuela Hugo Chavez, in 2011.
Facing shortages in food and medicines, extreme political polarisation, and a spiraling economic crisis, Venezuelans find it hard to care about the adventures of Clinton v. Trump.
Members of the Non-Aligned Movement meet at the session of the 17th summit of heads of state and government.
The Non-Aligned Movement member states enjoy cohesion on few issues. Historically, their heterogeneity ranged from absolute monarchs to socialist presidents.
More than 50 animals in a Venezuelan zoo have reportedly died from starvation in the past few months.
Flotsam mixes with the marginal São José community, overlooked by new-build apartment blocks in Brazil.
Fernando da Veiga Pessoa Flickr
Money and resources in Latin America often don't reach those who need them most – and criminal gangs are on hand to take advantage.