Will Venezuela Be The Battleground In The Next U.S.-Russia Proxy War?

Amid the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, there is new potential for the country’s massive reserves of oil to end up in Chinese and Russian hands. It is unlikely that the U.S. will allow this to occur, even if it means getting into yet another proxy conflict with those countries.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, front, and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro enter the hall during their meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Jan. 15, 2015. (AP/Pavel Golovkin)

CHILE -- There’s no denying that Venezuela is deeply embroiled in a significant crisis. While most are aware of the country’s recent string of violent protests, food shortages and government crackdowns on opposition protesters, few are aware of the opposition’s use of underhanded and downright illegal tactics, as well as the United States’ role in

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Society To Collapse By 2040 Due To Catastrophic Food Shortages, Environmental Disaster

New scientific models supported by the British government’s Foreign Office show that if we don’t change course, in less than three decades industrial civilization will essentially collapse due to catastrophic food shortages, triggered by a combination of climate change, water scarcity, energy crisis, and political instability that are fueled by war.

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Before you panic, the good news is that the scientists behind the model don’t believe it’s predictive. The model does not account for the reality that people will react to escalating crises by changing behavior and policies. But even so, it’s a sobering wake-up call, which shows that business-as-usual guarantees the end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it:

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