Venezuela spins at the rim of a black hole

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs May 5, 2017 Venezuela is being sucked into a political and social vacuum because neither its local leaders nor regional players have the slightest idea where the country of 30 million people should be heading or how to

Venezuela’s drawn-out agony nears crisis

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs May 21, 2016 This weekend’s largest military exercises ever by Venezuela may reveal whether the country is heading merely for an accelerated political and economic melt-down, or a full-blown civil war. Besieged President Nicolas Maduro authorised the demonstration of military

Oil slump devastates Venezuela

JONATHAN MANTHORPE: International Affairs March 5, 2016 Venezuela’s grey and featureless President, Nicolas Maduro, the default successor to that preening, strutting rooster Hugo Chavez, is set to become the first head of government felled by tumbling oil prices. It’s just a matter of