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Why US-backed aid to Venezuela harkens back to a dark history of covert operations

February 26, 2019

A push to bring US-backed food and medicine into Venezuela ended in chaos on Feb. 23, as trucks carrying supplies across the Colombia-Venezuela border were set aflame and several hundred people are reported injured in clashes. The humanitarian aid could have brought some relief to Venezuelans facing a humanitarian crisis — 90 percent live in poverty, and the dire shortages have forced millions to flee. But the move was also a confrontation over Venezuela’s political leadership and international backing — and brings up a history of American involvement in the region.

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