Despite Venezuela's chronic shortages, entrepreneurs are still doing their part to boost the economy. For example, chocolatiers are producing gourmet bars that allow them to make a living.
More than 3 million people have fled Venezuela in recent years. And many companies have moved away, as well. But Thilo Schmitz, a German-Venezuelan businessman, remains optimistic that better days are around the corner.
Donald Trump gets good grades for his handling of the Venezuela crisis, says former US envoy Patrick Duddy. Duddy, who knows Nicolas Maduro, also explains why the embattled president will likely be forced to resign.
With the US and other countries throwing their weight behind Juan Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate leader, time seems up for the Maduro government. But keeping the debt-ridden country afloat will prove a massive task.
There is a solid case to be made for regime change in Venezuela as advocated by the US and many of its allies. Still, scholars say, the US' record and some key Trump administration players are cause for concern.
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