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Venezuela is being pillaged like never before

Colombian police escort a Venezuelan soldier who defected at the Simon Bolivar international bridge, where Venezuelans tried to deliver humanitarian aid despite objections from President Nicolas Maduro, in Cucuta, Colombia, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Opposition leader Juan Guaido says the military is key to restoring democracy in Venezuela, although masses of soldiers appear to remain loyal to Maduro. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Venezuela appears to be in danger of collapse. The result of its 2018 presidential election continues to be disputed. The economy has been ravaged by hyperinflation. And the government is on the verge of default. Embattled president Nicolás Maduro has prevented aid from entering the country on the pretext that it is a “theatrical presentation” by which the West means to undermine Venezuela.

A coalition of more than 60 countries, led by the United States and most of Western Europe, is backing the opposition leader, Juan Guaido. Maduro’s support is drawn from Russia, China, Iran, North Korea and Cuba.

So what does this international standoff mean? We asked José Buscaglia, a scholar of Latin America who directs the Center for International Affairs and World Cultures at Northeastern. He shared his views on the international standoff that has formed around the humanitarian and political crisis in Venezuela.

Read the full story on News at Northeastern. 

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