News. Views. Hughes - February 07, 2019 (17:00 ET)

Venezuela’s dependence on foreign investments and oil prices

Leaders from Europe and Latin America met on Thursday to discuss the possibility of a political solution to Venezuela’s political crisis. China and Russia, both who’ve voiced support for President Nicolas Maduro, were excluded from the meeting. Venezuela relies heavily on foreign investment and oil exports, and Russia and China have deep economic ties to Venezuela. RT America’s Sara Montes de Oca discusses Venezuela’s foreign entanglements and the threat that Maduro’s US-backed opposition may pose to these ties. Then former CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton, host of “Boom Bust,” joins the conversation to discuss the impact of potential regime change on Venezuela’s debts.

France on edge: History of Yellow Vest Movement

The Yellow Vest movement began with grassroots protests in France by those angered by the country’s fuel tax hike. RT America’s Rachel Blevins explains how something minor and localized turned into mass marches, destruction of property, clashes with police, an expansion of protesters’ demands and solidarity from afar.  

Risk vs. Risqué: Gucci apologizes for posh racism

Fashion label Gucci has “apologized” for a black balaclava jumper which critics say is inspired by blackface minstrelsy. Scottie Nell Hughes wants to remind Gucci that it is the current year and there’s no way that their stunt was some innocent mistake.