Supreme Court upholds Maduro’s state of emergency extension

President Maduro extends the self-declared state of emergency for a third time, “given the extraordinary circumstances of social, economic, political, natural and ecological order that seriously affect the national economy.” Such a state of emergency grants Maduro special powers, including over the distribution of food. The opposition-controlled National Assembly rejected the extension as a crude increase of Maduro’s power, but it was predictably upheld by the Supreme Court, which is dominated by Maduro supporters.

Meanwhile, according to a report by the Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict, there has been a 24 percent increase in protests -- roughly 19 demonstrations a day -- throughout Venezuela in which six people have died, during the first half of 2016 when compared to last year.