“No experts were involved.” That’s what Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said of his new plan to raise taxes, take five zeros off the currency (renamed the sovereign bolívar) and hike the minimum wage some 3,400 percent. Around 90 percent of Venezuelans now live in poverty and the International Monetary Fund expects inflation to reach 1,000,000 percent. More than 500,000 have fled the country this year and migration to Brazil is rising even after attacks on refugee camps over the weekend. Meanwhile, opposition groups called a nationwide strike today to protest the new plan.



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