Venezuela: Al-Jazeera op-ed in denial

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Ewa Sapiezynska and Hassan Akram, both from the University of Chile, writing at al-Jazeera, claim that Bleak media reports about the country’s polity and economy are exaggerated. According to Sapiezynska and Akram, the Venezuelan economy is stable, economic woes are politically induced, and Venezuela’s electoral system is “the best in the world” because Jimmy Carter said so. That al-Jazeera would publish such nonsense about a country with an implied annual inflation rate of 325%, the second-most corrupt and least-free in our hemisphere speaks poorly not only of al-Jazeera; it also makes you wonder what kind of charlatan they hire at the University of Chile. . . .

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