Foreign Policy US punishes Venezuela over brutal crackdown in spring. Why now?

Pressure from Congress to impose sanctions over the repression, in which 40 protesters were killed and scores jailed, spiked after the failed extradition this week of a Venezuelan general, an alleged cocaine trafficker.

By , Staff writer

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It’s been years since the United States has had anything approaching a working relationship with Venezuela, the leftist-populist South American country most often associated in the US with oil and deceased leader Hugo Chavez.