Venezuela's people are suffering the consequences of a parasitic elite, and their economy's over-reliance on oil extraction.
They are dealing with inflation, difficulties in importing goods, falling oil prices, and worsening economic recession.
Since Maduro's United Socialist Party of Venezuela lost its majority in the Dec. 6 legislative election, its battle with right forces has entered a new stage.
Our delegation from the North American-based Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle met with leaders of the Venezuelan Communist Party for an assessment of the results.
If indeed the Chavistas win on Sunday, which many people we have met so far are sure will be the case, count on the opposition to immediately start yelling "Fraud!" to whoever will listen.
Last year, Robert Serra was murdered in his apartment in Caracas, along with Maria Herrera, his companion and political helper.
Sixteen Democratic members have called on Obama to withdraw sanctions on seven Venezuelan government officials.
So far the U.S. has held back in regard to Venezuela, though it applauds destabilization there.
The U.S. invasion was justified as protecting American lives. Within days, this was changed to "preventing a Communist takeover."
President Obama said the situation in Venezuela represents a danger to U.S. interests; protests against that statement occurred all over the world.