Aggressive protests and aggressive crackdowns have brought a nation to the brink.
Maduro and Castro vs. Rubio and Cantor.
With China's role in global growth likely to slacken, the world may need a new champion.
There are deep parallels between the two beleaguered states.
Other top figures could learn from the popularity of a slum-visiting cleric and a Beetle-driving president.
Latin America will be a focal point of growth and culture alike in the coming year.
One might begin to get the impression that this is all futile.
The NSA defector abandons his claimed patriotic motives and grovels at the feet of a foreign government.
The West looked to them for growth. They might soon look back.
From the United States to Venezuela, the island nation's biggest export is espionage.
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