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Venezuela unrest illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Cuba's President Raul Castro, left, shakes hands with Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in front of the press after arriving to Miraflores presidential palace for an emergency ALBA meeting in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. The Venezuelan-led ALBA bloc of leftist regional governments is expected to express support for Venezuela's position that its sovereignty is being violated by U.S. attempts to destabilize the country. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, center, waves a national flag during a rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Venezuelans took to the streets of Caracas in dueling demonstrations on Saturday, with one group calling attention to a crackdown on opponents of the government and another showing support for the embattled socialist administration. At left is Venezuela's first lady Cilia Flores. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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Lilian Tintori said her husband, opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, has become the symbolic face of dozens of jailed opposition activists in Venezuela, and of a movement that won't die until there is "clear justice, a clear rule of law and human rights for all people" in the nation. (Associated Press)

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Ricardo Trillos, owner of Cao Chocolates, brushes a dusting of color onto freshly made bonbons, with chocolate made from cocoa beans from Venezuela, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in Miami. Mr. Trillos makes many of his confections from "bean to bar," starting the process with beans from a variety of countries, including Venezuela, Ecuador, Trinidad, Peru and Uganda. Mr. Trillos will be making from 2,000 to 3,000 truffles and bonbons a day leading up to the Valentine's Day holiday on Saturday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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Ricardo Trillos, owner of Cao Chocolates, holds a handful of roasted cocoa beans from Patanemo, Venezuela, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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Miss Universe contestants Artnesa Krasniqi, of Kosovo, left, and Migbelis Castellanos, of Venezuela, right, pose in the water during the Yamamay swimsuit runway show, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, in Doral, Fla. The Miss Universe pageant will be held Jan. 25 in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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Miss Universe contestants Artnesa Krasniqi, of Kosovo, left, and Migbelis Castellanos, of Venezuela, right, pose in the water during the Yamamay swimsuit runway show, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, in Doral, Fla. The Miss Universe pageant will be held Jan. 25 in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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Miss Universe contestant Migbelis Castellanos, of Venezuela, participates in a Zumba class for the contestants, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Doral, Fla. The Miss Universe pageant will be held Jan. 25, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Miss Universe contestant Migbelis Lynette Castellanos, of Venezuela, laughs as she poses for photos after a news conference for contestants from Latin America and Spain, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Doral, Fla. The Miss Universe pageant will be held on Jan. 25, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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A customer glances at a McDonalds' banner menu showing a burger accompanied by arepas or corn cakes, instead of fries, in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. McDonald’s franchises in Venezuela have run out of potatoes and are now serving South American alternatives like deep-fried arepas or yuca, a starchy tuberous root. The franchisers are blaming a contract dispute with West Coast dock workers for halting the export of frozen fries to the country. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference at Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. Venezuela's socialist government Tuesday confirmed the economy fell into a deep recession this year but blamed the slump on opponents trying to sabotage activity in the oil-rich nation. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) **FILE**

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Crude prices have plunged by 25 percent since June, making it painful or uneconomic for producers in Russia, Venezuela and Iran, for the pioneering shale oil drillers in America's heartland and for Canada's oil sands extractors. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Hugo Carvajal is Venezuela's former head of military intelligence. (Image: YouTube)

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Hugo Carvajal is Venezuela's former head of military intelligence. (Image: YouTube)

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Illustration on dangers from Venezuela by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Illustration on dangers from Venezuela by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times