The eagerly anticipated meeting, where both men indicated a willingness to “discuss everything,” occurred amid criticism of the the U.S. by leaders at the Summit of the Americas for maintaining the decades-old embargo.
The 7th Summit of the Americas, which begins in Panama this week, was supposed to revolve around the good will generated by Cuba’s inclusion for the first time. But Venezuela will be turning up the heat with its efforts to repeal sanctions.
The Venezuelan government says Leiver Padilla is a hardened killer who murdered a congressman to try to destabilize the country. In an interview from a Colombian jail, however, Padilla said he’s being framed.
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.