Antonio Ledezma, the mayor of Venezuela’s capital, is fighting conspiracy charges after the government accused him of being part of a coup plot. But legal experts say the judicial system is unlikely to give him a fair shake.
The recent history of oil-rich Venezuela should be taught in universities around the world as a textbook case of an economic miracle in reverse: despite having benefited from the biggest oil boom in recent history, the country has managed to be poorer.
Cuba’s loss of direct support from Venezuela could cause a 7 to 10 percent drop in Cuba’s GDP, experts told PunditFact. So, we rated CNN’s Ana Navarro statement Mostly True that “a lot of what (Cuba’s) survival depends on is Venezuelan oil money, which is drying up.”
Freedom for prisoners held in both Cuba and the U.S. was a big underlying factor in the agreement between the two countries that will lead to renewed diplomatic relations but analysts say there are also other reasons the accord came now.