Venezuela's President Starts to Look Desperate

Jailing his critic Leopoldo Lopez, Nicolas Maduro is not projecting strength.

The backlash against Lopez was no surprise.

Photographer: Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images

Deporting immigrants at rifle point, reigniting long-settled claims to a neighbor's oil reserves, sending soldiers instead of groceries to depleted supermarkets -- just when you'd think Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro could go no further to turn his country into an outlaw state, the leader of the Bolivarian Republic has trumped himself -- criminalizing dissent.

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