U.S. economic sanctions Guaidó, Maduro Sign Pandemic Agreement. Could It Lead To Larger Venezuela Negotiation? By Tim Padgett • Jun 3, 2020 Ariana Cubillos / AP For a year-and-a-half now, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó have been at political — if not actual — war. But now they’ve actually shaken hands on something. U.S. Shouldn't Weaponize Pandemic – Even If It Aids Democracy In Venezuela, Cuba By Tim Padgett • Apr 1, 2020 Ariana Cubillos / AP COMMENTARY You could say I’ve got pandemic in my blood. My first American ancestor came to this country in 1665 escaping London’s bubonic plague, which killed a quarter of the city's population. U.S. Sanctions And Coronavirus: Why Aid Offers To North Korea, But Not To Cuba? By Tim Padgett • Mar 31, 2020 Ramon Espinosa / AP via Miami Herald Last week, we asked if the U.S. should loosen economic sanctions against countries during grave crises like the new coronavirus. We considered Venezuela; this week we look at Cuba — and U.S. sanctions against its communist regime.