Guests: George Ciccariello-Maher, Francisco Toro
Empty supermarket shelves, rolling power outages, skyrocketing inflation, and staggering crime rates – Venezuela is in the midst of an economic crisis. Food shortages across the country have led to mass looting, food riots and demands for a recall referendum to oust President Nicolás Maduro. Just how this oil-rich nation arrived at this state of near collapse is what we are talking about this hour of Radio Times. Marty’s guests are GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER, an associate professor of politics at Drexel University and author of We Created Chavez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution, and FRANCISCO TORO, Venezuelan journalist and founder and editor of the blog, Caracas Chronicles.