TRENDING TOPICS THIS WEEKEND: This weekend’s editorials address the ongoing issues in Venezuela, where the government of Nicolas Maduro is running out of excuses to justify the country’s economic debacle, while also explaining the reasons that make Maduro so similar to Donald Trump.

EL NUEVO HERALD: El síndrome populista / The populist syndrome

Carlos Alberto Montaner provides a detailed list of “syndromes” that explain why politicians who may be at opposite ends of the political spectrum – like Donald Trump and Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro – can be lumped together under the populist banner. Montaner asks, “What do we mean when we describe a populist politician or a government? How can you put Donald Trump and Nicolas Maduro in the same bag? God creates them, the devils from the right and left separate them, but populism brings them back together.” He proceeds to give 15 characteristics to look out for when trying to identify them – both on the left and the right.

You can read Montaner’s column published on April 3, 2016 by clicking here: El Nuevo Herald

DIARIO LAS AMERICAS: Democracia entre rejas / Democracy behind bars

Diario las Americas editorial highlights the threat that the possible liberation of political prisoners presents to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Despite his efforts to continue blaming the U.S. for Venezuela’s economic collapse, the regime is running out of excuses. The editorial states that: “The reality is that the dying regime is kicking. It refuses to leave power, and this is why they insist on trampling democracy by keeping it behind bars. With Leopoldo Lopez, Antonio Ledezma, and Manuel Rosales out of prison, the government of Nicolas Maduro would run out of air.”

You can read Diario las Américas’ editorial for April 2, 2016 by clicking here: Diario las Américas