Currency crisis is aggravating scarcities of medicine, equipment.
President Nicolas Maduro alleges officials conspired with "extreme right" to sabotage economy.
Latest attempt to discredit opposition leader Henrique Capriles.
Socialist candidate seen as proxy for Manuel Zelaya's return.
Critics warn militias may be used to cement government's hold on power.
Nicolas Maduro, embattled successor to Hugo Chavez, wants the new organization to defend the "Bolivarian revolution."
Critics dismiss the "Secure Homeland" initiative as a political charade that is sure to include human rights abuses.
First milk, butter, coffee and cornmeal ran short. Now Venezuela is running out of the most basic of necessities.
Bitter fight between Nicolas Maduro and opposition reaches personal level.
While not as vociferously anti-Washington as his Venezuelan ally and close friend, the late Hugo Chávez, Morales has had his share of diplomatic tensions with the U.S. government.Americas,W. Alex Sanchez
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