World #1 – Days-long blackout in Venezuela has killed 21 people

Daily News Article - March 12, 2019


1. For VENEZUELA, give the following information:

  1. capital
  2. location/the countries that share its borders
  3. the religious breakdown of the population
  4. the type of government
  5. the chief of state (and head of government if different) If monarch or dictator, since what date has he/she ruled? – include name of heir apparent for monarch
  6. the population

Find the answers at the CIA World FactBook website. For each country, answers can be found under the “Geography” “People” and “Government” headings.

NOTE: Before answering the following questions, read the info under “Background” and watch the video under “Resources” below.

a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) Venezuela’s national power outage is the longest in world history. Who does Socialist President Nicholas Maduro blame for the power outage?
c) How does interim-president Juan Guaido refute this false accusation?
d) What is the real reason for the country-wide power outage in Venezuela?
e) The on-going economic / humanitarian crisis in Venezuela caused by the Socialist leadership keeps getting worse.  Two headlines from Monday:

Caracas Goes Thirsty as Power Crisis Shuts Down Water Plants
(March 11, Bloomberg News)
Caracas began going dry Monday as Venezuela’s power crisis put utilities out of commission, risking supplies for 5.5 million people, many of whom found themselves reduced to carrying buckets of filthy river water. …

Doctors pray for sick as blackout batters Venezuelan hospitals
(March 11, Reuters)
A group of doctors on Sunday held a mass to pray for the sick, and later walked to the J.M. de los Rios hospital to seek more details about the situation there. The doors were locked even though they arrived during visiting hours. Women shouted from the windows that they needed help and that there was no food, but police at the entrance blocked their way, according to a Reuters witness. …

Maduro has so far blocked all humanitarian aid being sent from the U.S. and other countries to Venezuela.  Do you support the international calls for the Venezuelan military to end their support for Maduro and get behind the widely recognized interim president Juan Guaido? Explain your answer.

Pray for the people of Venezuela.