A demonstrator holds a Venezuelan flag during a vigil for the victims of the clashes with the government's security forces, during protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Several humanitarian organizations and the opposition have accused the security forces of using too much violence during demonstrations against the government, which have left dozens dead. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)Venezuela, by the numbers, resembles a country hit by civil war.
Welcome to the Interpreter newsletter, by Max Fisher and Amanda Taub, who write a column by the same name. On our minds: The attack in Manchester, Britain, has us thinking about nearly a decade of writing about suicide terrorism. Wounded people in Manchester Arena after a bombing at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday evening. Press Association, via Associated Press Looking for Meaning in Terrorism The attack in Manchester, where a man killed 22 people at a concert, is incomprehensible.
City streets are marked by black markets and violence. The last reported murder rate, in 2014, was equivalent to the civilian casualty rate in 2004 Iraq. In a country with the world’s largest proven oil reserves, food has grown so scarce that three in four citizens reported involuntary weight loss, averaging 19 pounds in a year. Its economy, once Latin America’s richest, is estimated to have shrunk by 10 per cent in 2016, more than Syria’s.