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The News with Rick Sanchez - February 22, 2019 (17:00 ET)

Who is really behind Venezuela’s poor economy?  

Rick Sanchez offers an illuminating report of the impact of the “Bolivarian revolution” in Venezuela and how Hugo Chavez and later Nicolas Maduro alleviated poverty and improved the lives of average Venezuelans. Then professor of Latin American history Steve Ellnor joins to share his expertise, arguing that Venezuela’s predicament comes from an unsustainable over-reliance on oil exports. Meanwhile, some media agencies are reporting “clashes” on the border of Venezuela over the arrival of $20 million in US humanitarian aid. RT America’s Dan Cohen reports live from the Colombian side of the border at the much anticipated anti-Maduro rock concert, organized by British billionaire Richard Branson. The Maduro government has already accepted aid from the European Union and elsewhere. 

ISIS execution revealed in hacked drone footage

RT America’s Rachel Blevins joins Rick Sanchez to discuss the footage of hacked US drones recently released by the Iranian military. She explains how the footage was verified and what it tells us about the US role in the fight against Islamic State.

Newest robots inspired by nature

RT America’s Michele Greenstein joins Rick Sanchez to discuss the latest in robotics – from unmanned spacecraft to robots that can teach themselves to perform tasks.