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"We have a PhD in crises in Latin America. We had 25 crisis in 30 years. We are better managing crises than abundances," the Inter-American Development Bank's chief executive Luis Alberto Moreno told your correspondent on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Latin America in Medellín. After a commodity boom that placed many into the emerging middle class, he sees a key challenge is to make political actors use those supposed crisis skills to form a "new Latin American citizen" - more educated, more connected, more aspirational and demanding better and more transparent management.
As Venezuelans line up to validate a petition to recall socialist President Nicolás Maduro and call fresh elections, his government had better pay attention to the growing demands of its desperate people. Even China, Venezuela's main lender, is getting itchy and has been approaching the opposition to safeguard debt payments. Venezuela's situation has got so out of control that a gunman opened fire at the central bank as he asked for the board members. Meanwhile, emissaries led by former Dominican President Leonel Fernández are trying to lure the president to unify Venezuela's exchange rates to give oxygen to the ailing economy.
Economist Francisco Rodríguez believes there is still hope because "Venezuela is a patient in intensive care, not one suffering from a terminal illness." But tension continues to grow with two opposition members locked up, while the Organisation of American States debated if democratic order had broken down.
OAS' Secretary General Luis Almagro urged regional governments to "stay on the right side of history and defend people who are voiceless." Venezuelan foreign minister Delcy Rodríguez called the meeting pure coup mongering with exaggeration designed to overthrow Mr Almagro. She claimed "there is no humanitarian crisis" even after the country's security forces had arrested hundreds following food riots. So Ms Rodríguez may even be tempted to follow the advice of some fellow southern neighbours and throw a big crisis bash à la bresilienne - and of course, hire scores of waiters.
But while in Venezuela there is food scarcity, in Brazil there is an abundance of crookery probes. Prosecutors are now focused on the Operation Zelotes - the "other" corruption furore alongside Petrobras, which has already implicated Brazil's second-richest man and is closing in on former finance minister Guido Mantega. Based on initial digging, investigators believe that more than 70 Brazilian companies bribed officials and cheated the state out of at least $5.5bn. (That may look like peanuts for the guys at Oi, Brazil’s only major national operator, which was forced to seek protection from creditors owed $19bn.)
"After more than 50 years of confrontations, attacks, and pain, we have put a full stop to the armed conflict with the Farc," Mr Santos said, "the time for living in peace has arrived." After five decades of a bloodbath that has killed 220,000 people, to give peace a chance is a top lesson in crisis management. Chapeau.