As Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela Deepens, US Weighs Intervention Options

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A supporter of Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido holds a Venezuelan flag before a rally at El Paraiso neighbourhood in Caracas on April 05, 2019.  (Photo: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. imposed a new round of sanctions on Venezuela Friday, targeting oil companies that the U.S. says are propping up President Nicolás Maduro’s regime. The sanctions come amid a worsening political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, as citizens cope with a collapsed health system and dire food, water and electricity shortages. Meanwhile, Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó remains vulnerable to arrest after the government stripped him of immunity on Tuesday. We’ll talk about the ongoing crisis and how the U.S. should respond.


Isaias Medina III, former senior diplomat, United Nations Security Council for Venezuela

Gabriel Hetland, assistant professor of Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies, University at Albany, SUNY

Scott Smith, correspondent based in Caracas, Associated Press