Attempted Coup in Venezuela: World in 60 Seconds

What do Spain's election tell us about populism in Europe?

It says that populism is continuing to grow. The VOX party on the far right for the first time breaks through 10%. They are in Parliament, they've got 24 seats, and like so many other countries across Europe that's something that is continuing to grow. Their popularity is mostly in the south, where all of those North African immigrants are coming in.

Can Guaido really organize the biggest protests ever this week?

Given problems of electricity in Venezuela, all the depredation, how much time is spent in waiting in line. They're getting tired after all these months without any real movement against Maduro. No, in Venezuela I think he's he's enormously courageous. He's continuing to get people out there. But I'd be surprised if the biggest protest ever.

Are the Iranians ready to negotiate with Trump?

I think they are. They're blinking because they recognize their economy is going to hell with the Americans squeezing squeezing squeezing including not offering the waivers for a lot of foreign countries to buy Iranian oil. And they don't want to risk a war with the U.S. or Israel or Saudi Arabia, so as a consequence they're saying we're ready to negotiate. Give Trump a quick win in maybe allowing some American prisoners gone, if they can buy off Trump they're going to show some weakness. But ultimately it's showing that Trump's unilateral policy in Iran is paying some benefit.

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It was inevitable that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would make India's elections a referendum on Narendra Modi, and now that the vast majority of 600 million votes cast have been counted, it's clear he made the right call.

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Among the 23 men and women now seeking the Democratic Party's nomination to take on Donald Trump in next year's election, the frontrunner, at least for now, has spent half a century in politics. Former Vice President Joe Biden, first elected to the US Senate in 1972, is the very epitome of the American political establishment.

Yet, the dominant political trend in many democracies today is public rejection of traditional candidates and parties of the center-right and center-left in favor of new movements, voices, and messages. Consider the evidence from some recent elections:

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It's Friday, and Signal readers deserve at least one entirely upbeat news story.

José Obdulio Gaviria, a Colombian senator for the rightwing Democratic Center party, is an outspoken opponent of government attempts to make peace with the FARC rebel group after 50 years of conflict.

On his way into a meeting earlier this week, Gaviria collapsed. It was later reported that he had fainted as a result of low blood pressure probably caused by complications following recent open heart surgery.

A political rival, Senator Julian Gallo, quickly came to his rescue and revived him using resuscitation skills he learned as—irony alert—a FARC guerrilla. CPR applied by Gallo helped Gaviria regain consciousness, before another senator, who is also professional doctor, took over. Gaviria was taken to hospital and appears to have recovered.

Because some things will always be more important than politics.