In the early 1980s, Venezuelans enjoyed the highest standard of living in South America. Now they are starving, if they cannot flee.

Police in Venezuela destroyed nearly 2,000 shotguns and pistols on August 17 in a very public display of gun control held in a city square in the country’s capital city of Caracas.

When Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro allowed his citizens to travel to Colombia, thousands of Venezuelans crossed the border to buy what they could because socialist price and food controls in their country are causing severe shortages and starvation.

Brazil’s upper house, following 16 hours of speeches and rancorous debate, voted 59-21 to begin the impeachment trial of the country’s president, Dilma Rousseff.

With reports of dead bodies and excrement floating in the water, the threat of Zika, and the Russian doping scandal, the Rio Olympics appears the Frankenstein of athletic events. And now Rio seems dopey in another way: Owing to political correctness, a runner with, reportedly, no uterus or ovaries but internal testes will be allowed to compete with women.

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