philbq said: But there is a major factor that should be told. The self-appointed ruler of the Western Hemisphere, the U.S., is conducting a massive campaign of political and economic subversion against the Maduro government. It is channeled thru the "National Endowment for Democracy", a U.S. govt. funded organization that intervenes in target countries , doing subversive work that used to be done by the CIA. They fund U.S.-approved political parties, pay labor unions to create labor unrest, promote anti-government demonstrations,etc. Also the media in Venezuela is owned by rightwing oligarchs and only has negative stories about the Maduro govt. So if you want to be a cheerleader for U.S. imperialism, go ahead. I personally prefer real democracy.