11 Countries With More Problems Than America

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Since taking power in 1999, dictator Hugo Chavez has turned a hopeful economy—fortified with vast amounts of oil—into a clunky, Soviet-style mess. Inflation is 25 percent per year, and the government literally can't keep the lights on, with—blackouts occurring regularly. Chavez's government blames sabotage, excessive consumption, and unusual weather.

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