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The latest news from Venezuela: long gas lines, dying crops, and failing infrastructure.
It wasn’t always this way.
3 generations of native Venezuelans tell us what every American should know about one of the worst humanitarian crisises in the world.
“It’s really hard to think of a human tragedy of this scale outside civil war. This will be a touchstone of disastrous policies for decades to come.”
“It was a free Venezuela. It was paradise.”
“Last time I went to Venezuela in 2015, I wanted to cry, because grocery stores were near empty. Shelves were lined of vinegar and almost nothing else. For basic foods like rice, eggs and milk, people had to stand in long lines…”
“It’s complete misery. Even for those who have the means to buy food and basic necessities like soap and toilet paper, it’s a nightmare, because there’s a shortage of these items. That’s why people are fleeing to nearby countries like Colombia.”
“We are such a wealthy country, and yet there is no food, some days there is no currency in circulation. It’s quite ironic.”
Negotiations between current Venezuelan leadership (Nicolás Maduro's gov't) & the opposition (led by Juan Guaidó) are currently underway, looking for a political path forward. Read more on how Venezuela got to this current state.
Turned the tide of World War II
“You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you…We will accept nothing less than full Victory! “
D-Day invasion took about 6 months to plan and Germany surrendered less than a year later. Gen. Eisenhower wrote his wife before the invasion, explaining why he might be out of touch. Here's his letter to her:
D-Day: The Soldiers
“Here in a jumbled row for mile on mile are soldiers’ packs. Here are socks and shoe polish, sewing kits, diaries, Bibles and hand grenades. Here are the latest letters from home… Here are toothbrushes and razors, and snapshots of families back home staring up at you from the sand. Here are pocketbooks, metal mirrors, extra trousers and bloody, abandoned shoes.”
With fighting still taking place, war correspondents had to share their work with the military before publishing. For many soldiers, D-Day was just the beginning of a long string of battles that eventually led to the liberation of Europe, forever altering its future.
Two years after being named “special counsel”, former FBI Director Robert Mueller steps-forward, speaking for the first time publicly about the investigation:
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