Storm clouds ahead in Latin America

So much recent media attention on Latin America has focused on the political crisis and economic catastrophe in Venezuela - and with good reason. Here is a country in which a ruling party that once won elections fairly has stripped Parliament of power in response to opposition victories, stacked courts with political loyalists and eliminated virtually all independent media.

Opposition groups exert pressure on the government only in the streets. Political violence has claimed hundreds of lives.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 21, 2018, with the headline 'Storm clouds ahead in Latin America'. Print Edition | Subscribe