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The Resource Curse

In Venezuela, desperate conditions turn worse

by Scott Tong Jul 19, 2016
Inflation roars while the country runs out of food and other necessities
Venezuelans cross the Simon Bolivar bridge linking San Antonio del Tachira, in Venezuela with Cucuta in Colombia, to buy basic supplies on July 17, 2016. Thousands of Venezuelans again poured into the Colombian city of Cucuta on Sunday, profiting from the brief reopening of a long-closed border to buy food and medicine. 
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The Resource Curse

Venezuela's economic crisis spurs food riots and looting

by Marketplace Staff Jun 20, 2016
Another sign of the resource curse: following the country's state of emergency declaration, conditions worsen.
Fading Chavez graffiti.
Jorge Galino/Marketplace
The Resource Curse

Oil pushes out Venezuela's agriculture

by Scott Tong Apr 18, 2016
A strong currency pushed up by oil exports, and national price controls, have marginalized once strong economic sectors
Egg-producing hens at a farm in Venezuela.
Jorge Galino/Marketplace
The Resource Curse

A bad mix for Venezuela: oil and Chavez

by Scott Tong Apr 12, 2016
The socialist president used oil revenue to buy support for his regime and now the country is suffering for it
Another barrio mural of Chavez. 
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The Resource Curse

In struggling Venezuela, cheap gas and food are smuggled out

by Scott Tong Apr 11, 2016
Gas is so cheap that it can be sold at a profit in neighboring Colombia.
Long lines formed outside a Venezuelan gas station.
Jorge Galino/Marketplace
The Resource Curse

How oil-rich Venezuela ended up with a miserable economy

by Scott Tong Apr 5, 2016
A history of the Latin American country's resource curse.
Street art depicting the oil fields of Venezuela. 
Jorge Galino/Marketplace
The Resource Curse

In oil-bust Venezuela, buying diapers on the black market

by Scott Tong Apr 4, 2016
A journalist with a baby visits his diaper connection.
The barrios of Venezuela. 
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The Resource Curse

A day out at the (black) market in Venezuela

by Scott Tong Mar 23, 2016
Low oil prices and government actions created shortages and soaring inflation
Jorge Galino/Marketplace
The Resource Curse

Venezuela's economy, as told by a hot dog

by Scott Tong Mar 23, 2016
The story of a Pepito, a Venezuelan take on the hot dog, illustrates the country's economic problems.
Pepito vendors in Caracas, Venezuela. 
Jorge Galino/Marketplace
The Resource Curse

Venezuela's inflation woes are growing

by Kai Ryssdal and Scott Tong Feb 23, 2016
Marketplace's Scott Tong reporting from Venezuela