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    Can Venezuela’s New Normal Endure?

    It’s a recipe for disaster. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s popularity’s near 20 percent, inflation’s nearing 700 percent and his oil-producing nation’s facing economic collapse. So why, after sustained opposition protests, is the government still in power? Facing high-profile failures like Maduro’s replacement of the National Assembly, plus jailing and harassment of opposition leaders, many would-be activists have resigned themselves to the new paradigm. Russia and China are propping the nation up for now, but observers wonder if that will last, and if Venezuelan military leaders’ tolerance will erode into mutiny.

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