Venezuela | Texas Public Radio


Oscar Moreno

In recent years, Venezuela has been rocked by poverty, crime, and corruption. With its society in crisis, and a government in gridlock, violence and revolution are in the air.

Alejandro Perez-Segnini has been transfixed by daily events. In this story, he tells us about the place he grew up.

This story was recorded 2.5.18 at Brick as part of Worth Repeating's "Where I Come From" show.  Email to pitch your stories.

As he watches the political unrest in his native country grow, the Venezuela-born conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Carlos Izcarayis turning to a familiar place in search of solace and hope: music.

At the top of his playlist? The turbulent “Symphony No. 10,” by Soviet-era composer Dmitri Shostakovich.

Javier Corrales is a professor of political science at Amherst College and author of Fixing Democracy.

Venezuela's authoritarian government is unraveling, and possibly undergoing regime transition. Outside forces are playing an important role — but in an unexpected fashion.

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The ongoing power struggle in Venezuela surges as opposition continues to build against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, including from the Trump administration. 

Five South American countries and Canada have asked the International Criminal Court, a Netherlands-based tribunal, to place Venezuela under investigation for crimes against humanity. This is the first time a country has been referred to the ICC for investigation by an outside state. Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Paraguay and Canada submitted their request on Wednesday to the court.