South And Central America
Like North America and Africa, the region is blessed with ample natural resources, water and farmland. It features climatic variety and easy access to the oceans. Its countries have avoided participation in major wars. The region is plagued, however, by inefficient governance and a lack of fiscal discipline, which has led to political instability, corruption and abrupt regime changes.
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In Venezuela, the pandemic helps Maduro dig in deeper
The regime of Nicolas Maduro is more entrenched than ever in Venezuela. While the opposition remains fragmented, the government has used the pandemic to strengthen its grip on power. Now, the strongman president is ready to use vaccines as a political cudgel, ensuring he remains the country’s leader for years to come – and the Venezuelan people will continue to suffer.