Article Photos: Venezuela in the Chavez era: a reporter's view 7/7

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2013 file photo, a giant inflatable doll depicting Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is displayed in front of Venezuela's National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela. After more than eight years covering Venezuela, AP reporter Ian James finishes his assignment believing Venezuela's many long-term challenges, such as crime, corruption, a troubled economy and bitter political divisions, can seem as vast as the sea of crude oil that Venezuela sits atop. And with Chavez battling cancer, the country could be headed for big political shifts and possible turmoil. But James takes the view that the country's problems can be solved. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)