March 20, 2014 4:41 pm -

We are so consumed with Russia, Ukraine, Crimea and a missing jet that we are barely paying attention to Venezuela.

At least 31 people have died in Venezuela and 461 have been injured in violent clashes between opposition demonstrators and government forces that began last month, an official said Thursday.

Another 1,854 people have been detained during the unrest, according to Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres.

The weeks of protests across Venezuela mark the biggest threat President Nicolas Maduro has faced since his election last year. Demonstrators say they have taken to the streets to protest shortages of goods, high inflation and high crime.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.