The resilience of the Maduro regime. The Strategic Operational Command of Venezuela’s military announced that, at the order of President Nicolas Maduro, it had deployed to various “strategic installations” to defend the country. Venezuelan TV reported that the command was deployed to guard the country’s national electricity system and water distribution network. Both Venezuelan opposition forces and foreign anti-Maduro countries lambasted Venezuela for failing to avert a power outage that shut off electricity in the country for almost five days. Not only does the Maduro regime seem no worse for wear, but it is also demonstrating that it still has the military’s loyalty.
The persistence of Algeria’s protesters. Despite securing a major concession from octogenarian Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to drop his bid to run for a fifth term, Algerians took to the streets again yesterday to demand the president’s resignation. So far the Algerian military has taken a fa
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