Tim Padgett http://wdiy.org en As The Economy Struggles, Venezuelans Hit The Streets http://wdiy.org/post/economy-struggles-venezuelans-hit-streets Leopoldo López is a rock star to Venezuelans living in the United States. But in west Caracas he's the rich guy. And those contrasting images could affect the outcome of street protests playing out in Venezuela right now.<p>But first the obvious: This week's arrest of López, a top Venezuela opposition leader, is a reminder that President Nicolás Maduro's credibility is plummeting during the anti-government demonstrations that have swept his country since Feb. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 10:18:00 +0000 Tim Padgett 35563 at http://wdiy.org As The Economy Struggles, Venezuelans Hit The Streets Brazil's Slaves Are Being Freed, But Owners Go Largely Unpunished http://wdiy.org/post/brazils-slaves-are-being-freed-slaveholders-go-unpunished I bought Francisco Lima his first taste of freedom in decades.<p>A cheeseburger.<p>It was 2004, and Brazil was starting to confront one of its most distressing problems: slavery. I was in <a href="http://www.britannica.com/media/full/129036" target="_blank">northern Pará state</a>, in the Amazon, observing a special police unit that raided slaveholding farms and firms and liberated workers like the 74-year-old Lima.<p>We found Lima in a squalid, dirt-floor shack with bees buzzing over his pot of days-old rice and beans. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:05:00 +0000 Tim Padgett 34232 at http://wdiy.org Brazil's Slaves Are Being Freed, But Owners Go Largely Unpunished