Unpacking The Crisis In Venezuela | Connecticut Public Radio

Unpacking The Crisis In Venezuela

Feb 22, 2019

This hour: the crisis in Venezuela. We take an in-depth look at the realities on the ground in the country and consider the future that lies ahead for its people.

Plus: We learn how a New London, Connecticut-based nonprofit is opening residents’ eyes to the diverse cultures of Latin America. 

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  • Scott Smith - Associated Press correspondent based in Caracas, Venezuela (@ScottSmithAP)
  • Dr. Marco Cupolo - Associate Professor and Director of the Hispanic Studies Program at the University of Hartford
  • Domingo Medina - New Haven, Connecticut resident who was born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • Lee Toath - Board member of Expressiones, a non-profit based in New London, Connecticut


AP: Aid wars: US-Russia vie to ease Venezuelan crisis - "As tensions in Venezuela mount ahead of a Saturday showdown over humanitarian aid, both sides are digging in, highlighting how the South American nation’s crisis has become the latest fault line in a battle for global influence by the former Cold War adversaries."

The Washington Post: Venezuela crisis: How did it get so bad? - "Today, the country’s economic and political crisis has morphed into a humanitarian disaster. About 3 million Venezuelans have fled the country, creating refugee crises in several neighboring countries. Medical services have all but collapsed, and food shortages are endemic: In a May report, Human Rights Watch said most Venezuelans go to bed hungry. In 2017, the report said, Venezuela’s health minister released data showing that 'maternal mortality increased 65 percent, infant mortality 30 percent, and malaria cases 76 percent.' The minister was fired shortly thereafter."

Chion Wolf contributed to this show.