Corruption

Three men seated, raising hands to vote under Venezuela government seal (© Fernando Llano/AP Images)

Why Guaidó’s role in Venezuela’s National Assembly matters

When Venezuela's National Assembly recognized Juan Guaidó as interim president, it was asserting the rule of law over Nicolás Maduro's corruption.
Protesters gathered around fire and smoke (© AFP/Getty Images)

Top five stories in Iran in 2019

2019 was a year of unrest in Iran as people took to the streets to protest a regime that continued to oppress its citizens while fueling conflicts abroad.
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Iran’s regime tries to stifle 40-day anniversary of protests

December 26 marks 40 days since the start of the protests in Iran and a day of mourning for fallen demonstrators. See what Iran's leaders are trying to do.
Woman waving a Venezuelan flag in the center of a group of people (© Leonardo Fernandez/ AP Images)

Maduro election tactics: Threaten, exile, detain, bribe

As the former regime continues to extort, imprison and physically threaten members of Venezuela's National Assembly, the country's democracy disintegrates.
Secretary Pompeo speaking at lectern (© Matt Rourke/AP Images)

The U.S. stands with the Iranian people

The U.S. is supporting human rights in Iran after the regime's brutal crackdown on the Iranian people's expression of basic freedoms.
Illustration of people sneaking money out of large globe (State Dept./D. Thompson)

December 9 is International Anti-Corruption Day

Corruption props up dictators, weakens democracies, and drains needed revenue from the global economy. Find out just how much.
Illustration of open vault with gold bars showing (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Corrupt Maduro props up regime with Venezuelans’ gold

International Anti-Corruption Day is December 9. Learn how Maduro sells off Venezuela's gold reserves to fund his authoritarian regime.
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Human rights violations continue in Venezuela [video]

More than 4.6 million Venezuelans have been displaced from their country and forced to seek refuge in neighboring countries.
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Hostages as bargaining chips: An Iranian tradition

Iran holds around a dozen dual and foreign citizens in prison on fake "national security" and "espionage" charges. It's been that way since 1979.