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Andres Oppenheimer: Maduro’s campaign strategy: a border war?

Eager to divert attention from a world-record inflation rate, massive food shortages and other self-inflicted economic problems that could lead to an opposition victory in the Dec. 6 legislative elections, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is pulling a trick of last resort for embattled demagogues: reviving a dormant territorial dispute to stir nationalist passions.

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Amid Puerto Rico debt woes, reality hits San Juan streets

The signs of a struggling economy can be seen in the shuttered restaurants and bars in previously thriving Old San Juan. In the faces of business owners who spend much of their day trying to coax customers through the doors. In statistics that show the island’s population has plunged over the past decade. And in the sense of indifference from people who can't afford to leave and have become used to a hard life.