Venezuela

They fled Venezuela's crisis by boat — then vanished

Years of economic mismanagement by the socialist government have crippled the oil-rich nation with hyperinflation, shortages and misery. An estimated 4 million people — about 12% of the populace — have fled the South American country in just the last five years. Some simply disappear.

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The World - Episode 20071113 - Tensions in Venezuela

Protests are erupting throughout Venezuela as a planned vote on constitutional reforms draws near. The reforms would expand President Hugo Chavez's power...and - critics say -- severely weaken one of South America's oldest democracies. Reporter Ruxandra Guidi has more from Venezuela's capital, Caracas.

Global Politics

US support for Colombia

President Bush called Colombia's president to express US support for the South American nation. Colombia sparked a regional crisis with a military operation inside Ecuador that killed a Colombian rebel leader

Global Politics

Venezuela and Colombia patch things up

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Latin America expert Michael Shifter about the now-resolved crisis between Colombia and its neighbors Venezuela and Ecuador; Shifter says the crisis ended when Colombia and Venezuela essentially check-mated each other.

Global Politics

Making the people's bicycle

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with the BBC's James Ingham in Caracas about a joint venture by Venezuela and Iran: the two oil producers are joining forces to produce bicycles in government-run, socialist factories.

Global Politics

Chavez calls for hostage release

Lisa Mullins speaks with the BBC's James Ingham in Caracas about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's surprise call for Colombia's FARC rebels to release all their hostages and seek a negotiated settlement with the Colombian government.

Chavez bicycle offer

Anchor Lisa Mullins tells us why Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez offered President Bush a bicycle.