SOCIALISM. NOT EVEN ONCE – A harrowing photo essay and news story from Venezuela, once the richest country in South America:

Hunger has stalked Venezuela for years. Now, it is killing the nation’s children at an alarming rate, doctors in the country’s public hospitals say.

Venezuela has been shuddering since its economy began to collapse in 2014. Riots and protests over the lack of affordable food, excruciating long lines for basic provisions, soldiers posted outside bakeries and angry crowds ransacking grocery stores have rattled cities, providing a telling, public display of the depths of the crisis.

The voice is largely passive, circumstances mysterious. Things happen and no one knows why, like in some depressing Latin American magical realist novel. You read the whole long and painful essay right to the end and you are none the wiser what’s happening in Venezuela. “Socialism” doesn’t get a mention, neither do the Chavista government’s collectivist policies, the nationalisations, the attacks against business, large and small. It’s all a tragic enigma.