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Venezuela has been blessed and cursed by oil. Once Latin America's wealthiest country, its petrodollars paid for political stability, dramatic modernisation and rampant corruption. But the boom years are now long gone and Venezuelans face poverty and growing social conflict. Despite its political woes, South America's cultural melting pot is a vibrant centre for music, soap operas and sport, relecting its rich mix of people and influences.