These shipments are rarely just about saving lives.
Assertive politics is not enough.
Can a new government, perhaps by shoring up democracy and oversight, harness this commodity for peace and prosperity?
For many Haitians, blackouts do not just signal a political crisis; they also symbolize feelings of their loss of political power.
Inflation is soaring, millions are fleeing – and two politicians are seeking to lead. It's an impossible choice for an impoverished people.
Venezuela is gripped by a struggle for power, and much of the rest of the world is leaning in. Just how did it find itself in this position?
Food shortages in Venezuela are a result of draconian government policies and should be declared an international crime against humanity.
Venezuela's political crisis is rooted in its unfolding economic disaster. It takes a special blend of public and private behaviour to create rampant hyperinflation.
When an elected leader turns autocratic, the economy tends to suffer. That's because, in a functioning democracy, economic policy is made jointly, with lawmakers playing a key role.
A coup seems so imminent in Venezuela that people are debating whether Maduro's overthrow would be good or bad for Venezuelan democracy. But history suggests a coup may be less likely than it seems.
Venezuela's military is an armed political actor with a gun to the head of a society that is urgently demanding a return to democracy.
The rankings in Transparency International's 2018 index shows that highly democratic countries tend to have low levels of corruption. Is there something inherent in corruption that can kill democracy?
Canada has been considered a human rights champion when it comes to accepting Syrian refugees. So why is it doing next to nothing for those fleeing Venezuela?
Other nations tolerated the erosion of liberal values in Venezuela for a long time before crisis hit.
At least a dozen countries are supporting the Venezuelan opposition lawmaker Juan Guaidó, who has declared himself Venezuela's legitimate leader while President Maduro rejects calls to resign.
Beginning with President Chávez and continuing under President Maduro, Venezuela has evolved into a rampant kleptocracy.
Maduro, who was sworn in for his second term on Jan. 10, has rigged elections, jailed rivals and plunged Venezuela into crisis. But Trump's proposed 'military option' to remove him remains unpopular.
When poorer countries print more money, it doesn't make them richer – it just means people need more money to buy the same things.
The success or failure of Mexico's new president will have an impact on politics in the rest of Latin America as right-wing forces reclaim power. Is a brighter future for the region possible?
Trump has called Venezuela a 'human tragedy' and threatened invasion while quietly deporting and denying asylum to Venezuelan refugees. His anti-socialist rhetoric may make for good midterm politics.