Obama imposes sanctions on Venezuela officials

March 9, 2015 9:45 PM

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President Obama’s decision to reopen relations with Cuba is having an interesting side effect: It’s helping isolate Latin America’s other hardline leftist regime in Venezuela.

On Monday, Obama signed an executive order freezing the U.S. assets of seven mid-level Venezuelan officials over their handling of protests last year. In years past, many Latin American officials would have viewed it as more of the same from America, whose policy of punishing Cuba with sanctions was...

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