Why would Venezuela refuse international aid?

According to the NY Times: President Nicolás Maduro has acknowledged that people are hungry in Venezuela, but he has refused to accept international aid, often saying that Venezuela’s economic problems are caused by foreign adversaries like the United States, which he says is waging an economic war against his country.If it is true that the population is starving: what reason would Maduro have to refuse aid?...Read more

venezuela - Did Leopoldo Lopez take part in a coup against Hugo Chavez?

Leopoldo Lopez is currently in jail in Venezuela. He is considered to be a political opponent of Maduro, and his imprisonment is one of the main reasons why the 2018 Venezuelan elections were considered to be undemocratic, and thus why some nations refer to Maduro as a dictator rather than a president despite holding national elections.I know that Lopez was arrested for alleged involvement in instigation of a riot, arson and violence in 2014, and that the case was highly dubious. But what I would like to know, is did he participate in the 2002 ...Read more

venezuela - Where is all the Venezuelan oil money?

I followed the news on Venezuela during the last few months and I find it disturbing to what degree the crisis has grown by now. I am wondering what political and/or economical reasons are behind the recent crisis. Especially I am asking myself the question where all the oil money is going.Wikipedia says: Venezuela has the largest oil reserves, and the eighth largest natural gas reserves in the world, and consistently ranks among the top ten world crude oil producers.A country with this kind of resources should not have any problem providing...Read more