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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Nicolás Maduro
Sometimes the government can make life better for everyone. This is the socialist dream. Most of the time the government fails, usually miserably, as with President Obama's miserable attempt to manage the nation's health care. So far his administration has been unable to manage a website. Socialist dreams always die hard, as the common folk — and the uncommon folk as well — are learning in Venezuela in the wake of the Hugo Chavez experiment in economic fantasy.
Expulsion of U.S. and Venezuelan embassy officials is a game of diplomatic roulette that started under Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrived in Beijing on Sunday and signed away a big part of his country's development projects to China.
Venezuelan Vice President Jorge Arreaza announced the "temporary occupation" of a factory that produces toilet paper in the state of Aragua to review the "production, marketing and distribution (of) toilet paper," following embarrassing shortages earlier this year.
Dante Alighieri was the 13th-century Florentine author whose "Inferno" apportioned his sinners' suffering in hell to their vices committed on Earth with delightful affect. For instance, flatterers are mired in human excrement.
U.S. intelligence officials are braced for more disclosures of National Security Agency eavesdropping secrets from renegade contractor Edward Snowden, who is seeking asylum in Venezuela.
The presidents of Nicaragua and Venezuela offered Friday to grant asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, one day after leftist South American leaders gathered to denounce the rerouting of Bolivian President Evo Morales' plane over Europe amid reports that the American was aboard.
NSA leaker Edward Snowden has yet another place to go, if only he can get there. Bolivian President Evo Morales says Snowden is welcome in his country.
Anew law in Venezuela bans the sale of guns, requires universal gun registration and threatens to send violators to prison for 20 years.
One of the greatest ironies of the late strongman Hugo Chavez's rule was that even as he attempted to personify Venezuelan nationalism, he was quietly outsourcing more and more of the country's sovereignty to the Castro brothers in Cuba.
Socialism has finally hit the fan in Hugo Chavez's Venezuela, though he checked out just in time to miss it. He left millions of Venezuelans struggling to clean up the mess.
First, milk, butter, coffee and cornmeal ran short. Now Venezuela is running out of the most basic of necessities — toilet paper.
A member of Venezuela's assembly appeared on state television with a bruised, swollen and bloody head Tuesday evening, after a brawl erupted among lawmakers in a heated session over post-election powers.
Venezuela offers a classic study of how socialist regimes impose misery and mayhem but manage to fool or intimidate enough voters to keep the regime in power.
Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, has won Venezuela's presidential election by a stunningly narrow margin that highlights rising discontent over problems ranging from crime to power blackouts. His rival demanded a recount, portending more headaches for a country shaken by the death of its dominating leader.
Maduro has appeared daily on TV to announce the confiscation of businesses he accuses of helping wage an "economic war" on Venezuela.
Mr. Maduro then declared something of a Black Friday sale, giving the old advertising slogan of "Everything Must Go" an entirely new twist.