Recall Referendum Raises the Stakes Between Venezuela’s Maduro and Opposition

An opposition rally to gather signatures to recall Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Caracas, April 27, 2016 (AP photo by Ariana Cubillos).
An opposition rally to gather signatures to recall Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Caracas, April 27, 2016 (AP photo by Ariana Cubillos).
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Venezuela’s unraveling is gathering speed. The country is now on course for an extended period of uncertainty, with a probably momentous and possibly dangerous outcome lying in wait. This does not come as a surprise. A few months ago, I described Venezuela’s shambolic start to what promised to be a dramatic year. That was not a risky prediction. Anyone watching the country’s trajectory could see disaster coming. The question now is, How will this end? A number of possible scenarios come to mind, some of them very troubling. The events of the past few days mark a sharp escalation in […]

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