The U.S. belatedly asked a district court to reverse a decision allowing the forced sale of shares in refiner Citgo – a crown jewel among Venezuela's assets. Despite D.C.’s weak logic and wishful premise, it could muck up the case. There may be broader damage, too.
Raul Castro's coming handover of Cuba's presidency is an effort to prolong beyond his own life span the communist revolution he built with late brother Fidel. Trying to modernize could also destroy it, though. And with neighbor Venezuela getting less able to provide cheap oil, economic reform can't wait.