Beginning with President Chávez and continuing under President Maduro, Venezuela has evolved into a rampant kleptocracy.
Maduro, who was sworn in for his second term on Jan. 10, has rigged elections, jailed rivals and plunged Venezuela into crisis. But Trump's proposed 'military option' to remove him remains unpopular.
When poorer countries print more money, it doesn't make them richer – it just means people need more money to buy the same things.
The success or failure of Mexico's new president will have an impact on politics in the rest of Latin America as right-wing forces reclaim power. Is a brighter future for the region possible?
Trump has called Venezuela a 'human tragedy' and threatened invasion while quietly deporting and denying asylum to Venezuelan refugees. His anti-socialist rhetoric may make for good midterm politics.
Colombia's new president Ivan Duque has some big issues in his inbox.
Up to 5,000 refugees flee hunger and chaos in Venezuela each day – a migrant crisis rivaling Syria's. Most arrive to poor South American border cities that are dangerously unprepared for the influx.
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.