Venezuela is spinning out of control: starvation, desperation, chaos, fear. Hannah Dreier, the Associated Press correspondent in Caracas, is in the midst of it. In a briefing with Jay, she gives us the latest.

What does the latest include? The slums – the ruling party’s strongholds – turning against the party. The supreme court nullifying the congress. And then reversing itself. Opposition politicians seeking refuge in embassies. People getting thinner and thinner. People trying to leave, if they possibly can. Grandmothers protesting in the streets, along with the youth – something very rare.

Rare, too, is Hannah Dreier’s eyewitness reporting.

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Members have made 6 comments.

  1. Profile photo of JcTPatriot Thatcher

    Thank you. I have co-workers in Brazil, and they say it is getting really bad there, too. Going out at night is very unwise in some cities. The excessive taxation is starting to cause shortages in stores.

    Isn’t Socialism wonderful?

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    • April 14, 2017 at 8:58 am
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  2. Profile photo of Ontheleftcoast Inactive

    Thank you, Jay. It’s interesting that on the 9th or 10th NPR described the Venezuelan protests as “riots.” In contrast, NPR typically describes things like the Milo Yiannopoulos riots in Berkeley with $100,000 of property damage and serious injuries inflicted by the mob as “protests.”

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    • April 14, 2017 at 12:41 pm
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  3. Profile photo of I Walton Member

    Is any news media covering this? Is there any analysis going on? Is it widely known that the Cubans run the security apparatus, which is the same as running the politics? When even Drier speaks of the former elite she sounds as if they were right wing. Venezuela, like Chile before Allende who was a real communist or Pinochet, who let the Chicago boys impose the only successful revolution the continent has known, was run by socialist light, which were of course elite and rich, but populist in their rhetoric and corporatists in their economic policy, or social democrats to be polite. I wouldn’t want to be the guy who has to put that place back together. We ought to at least use it to educate our youth who think socialism is cool, or our media who don’t seem to care about such things as reality. Could we hand out some scholarships to go study there or some special assignments to top journalist wannabes.

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    • April 14, 2017 at 2:59 pm
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  4. Profile photo of Henry Castaigne Member

    Hello Jay. Thanks for asking what reggae-tono is. I appreciate those questions.

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    • April 14, 2017 at 2:59 pm
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  5. Profile photo of Henry Castaigne Member

    Did the anti-poverty programs of Henrique Capriles Radonski work at all or did they make people feel nice?

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    • April 14, 2017 at 3:09 pm
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  6. Profile photo of Titus Techera Contributor

    Am I the only one who thinks this lady’s smiling on the brink of laughter throughout this horrifying interview?

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    • April 18, 2017 at 5:23 am
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