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Gold and Grief in Venezuela’s Violent South

Across swathes of southern Venezuela, army units, Colombian guerrillas and crime syndicates jostle for control over gold mines funnelling hard currency to President Nicolás Maduro’s government.

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Outside powers should stop considering military intervention and instead help broker a peaceful transition in Venezuela, lest chaos ensue.

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Venezuelan crime syndicates and Colombian guerrilla groups are creating new threats across southern Venezuela as they compete for control of the region’s valuable mineral resources.

Tensions and violence have spiked in recent months, and could worsen in the…

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