Venezuela

Global Politics

Chavez reversals

Lorne Matalon reports on a series of policy reversals by Venezuela's president Hugo Ch-vez: critics say the reversals show that Ch-vez is struggling, but Ch-vez appears to be shifting positions to consolidate his support among voters in Venezuela.

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.

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

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

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Malnourished Venezuelans hope urgently needed aid arrives soon

Many Venezuelans suffering from malnutrition as the once-prosperous, oil-rich OPEC nation has seen its economy halve in size over the last five years under President Nicolás Maduro. Venezuelans' diets have become ever more deficient in vitamins and protein, as currency controls restrict food imports and salaries fail to keep apace with inflation that is now above 2 million percent annually.

What's the best (and worst) possible outcome for Venezuela?

Currently, there's a standoff about whether or not international aid should enter the country. The World speaks with Oliver Stuenkel, a professor of international relations at the Vargas Foundation in Brazil who's been closely following the situation in Venezuela, about what's next for the Latin American country, including the possibility of an American military intervention there.