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A woman holds new Bolivar-notes in downtown Caracas on August 21, 2018. - Caracas is issuing new banknotes after lopping five zeroes off the crippled bolivar, casting a pall of uncertainty over businesses and consumers across the country. (Photo by Federico PARRA / AFP) (Photo credit should read FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty …

Venezuelans Baffled as Government Fails to Explain ‘Sovereign Bolívar’ Currency

Venezuelans have started the week in confusion and panic with the introduction of the “sovereign bolívar,” a new currency dictator Nicolás Maduro insists will improve the devastated socialist economy. Speaking to local media, Venezuelans say the government never explained the value of the new currency, meaning they have no idea how to use the new bills.

Nicolas Maduro

Cuban-Style Economic Apartheid Hits Venezuela as ‘Dollar-Only’ Trade Grows

The rapid and steady decline of Venezuela’s national currency, the Bolívar, is forcing a growing number of businesses to do trade only in American dollars, freezing out Venezuelan citizens from buying cars, renting apartments, or boarding flights offered by businesses that refuse their currency even when they can muster an equivalent amount of retail prices in Bolívars.