Monday, May 06, 2019

VENEZUELA - The Power Struggle

"In Venezuela, Guaido calls for military to turn against Maduro" PBS NewsHour 4/30/2019


SUMMARY:  The political power struggle in Venezuela took a violent turn Tuesday, as opposition leader Juan Guaido appealed to the military to turn against President Nicolas Maduro’s regime, and for the public to take to the streets.  Thousands turned out in support, but it was unclear whether the armed forces are indeed ready to shift allegiance.  William Brangham reports on a volatile day in Venezuela.

"In Venezuela, Maduro holds on to power as Guaido’s military support falters" PBS NewsHour 5/1/2019


SUMMARY:  After Tuesday’s violent clashes, Wednesday dawned quiet in Caracas but eventually grew chaotic again.  Police threw tear gas at Venezuelans demonstrating in support of opposition leader Juan Guaido.  Meanwhile, it was unclear why Guaido’s earlier talks with military leaders about joining his campaign to unseat President Nicolas Maduro appeared to have fallen through.  William Brangham reports.

"Venezuelan standoff continues between Maduro and Guaidó" PBS NewsHour 5/4/2019


SUMMARY:  As the standoff over transition of power in Venezuela continues at least 50 countries including the U.S. have thrown their support behind Juan Guaidó whose recent calls for military support and for mass demonstrations have not been successful.  Columbia University’s Christopher Sabatini joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the power struggle, Russia's role and the U.S. government response.

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