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Venezuela is the fourth-largest supplier of oil to the
United States, but its economy is battered,
and three-quarters of the population has been plunged into
Learn more about Venezuela's long democratic tradition, its founding and the main media outlets.
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accounts for the remarkable staying power of Hugo Chavez, the maverick,
populist president of Venezuela? One year after Chavez was briefly
toppled in a coup d'état, FRONTLINE/World travels
to Caracas to investigate the highly charged, sometimes violent,
class struggle that swirls around him. watch video >> read
Reporter's Notebook: Dateline Caracas
While reporting "A Nation On Edge" for FRONTLINE/World,
Juan Forero also was writing for The New York Times. Read
his dispatches on martyrs, poverty and the political crisis.
Power at the Pump: Two Players in the Battle
for Control of Venezuela's Oil
Venezuela's state-run oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela, is
a key point of contention -- and a pawn -- in the controversy
surrounding Hugo Chavez. Hear first-hand from two Venezuelan oil
executives who each fall on opposite sides of Chavez's policies:
a loyalist who stepped down from retirement to run a plant for
Chavez, and a top leader in the oil strike who thinks state-owned
oil is a step toward totalitarianism.
A Diagnosis From the President's
Psychiatrist One of the country's most distinguished psychiatrists says
that political turmoil is driving large numbers of Venezuelans
to distraction. He has his own prescription for the anxiety gnawing
at his fellow citizens and a diagnosis of the mental makeup of
his most famous client, Hugo Chavez.