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The Strange New Pathologies of the World's First Rich Failed State

Why We're Underestimating American Collapse

You might say, having read some of my recent essays, "Umair! Don't worry! Everything will be fine! It’s not that bad!" I would look at you politely, and then say gently, "To tell you the truth, I don't think we're taking collapse nearly seriously enough."

When red lines are crossed in Syria, expect Israel to be shaken

Decision makers in Damascus said "Syria and its allies have decided to move more harshly against Israel, replicating Hezbollah's strategy in those days (the 90's), before the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.

Syria does not fear war with Israel: the rules of engagement have changed

Damascus air defence downed its first Israeli jet (F-16) ever, at a stroke changing the rules of engagement (ROE) with Israel and sending a clear message that it is ready for war and will no longer be silent on violations of its airspace.

Dialogue Ends as Presidential Elections Begin

Government spokesman Jorge Rodríguez said that, on the eve of the scheduled signing, the opposition received a phone call from Colombia and decided to withdraw from the dialogue.

Preliminary Agreement in the Dominican Republic: Shock, Rough Edges for Venezuela's Opposition

The dialogue started by President Nicolás Maduro represents a key episode in Chavismo's policy aimed at disarming incipient war.

Apollo Global – Vulture Fund and Promoter of Sanctions

According to investigations by Venezuela's Attorney General’s office, Apollo Global Management was contracted to refinance part of US$4 billion of Citgo's debt in exchange for the offer of an oil refinery as collateral in a deal regarded as damaging to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Four Effects of the Blockade Against Venezuela

The financial blockade directly affects routine international payments for goods and services.

Key Points on Venezuelan Dialogue in the Dominican Republic

The big problem for the dialogue negotiations is the inability of the anti-Chavismo forces to unite around a common position enabling them to comply with a possible agreement.

US Pressures, Threatens Against Venezuela Debt Restructuring

The U.S. Treasury has organized an assault via U.S. banks withholding notes of credit U.S. oil refineries need to be able to pay for Venezuela's crude oil.