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Chavez Offers Condolences and Criticizes Bush’s Handling of Catastrophe

Speaking during his weekly television program, Chavez blasted Bush's handing of the hurricane crisis, saying that the government should have helped poor people evacuate before the hurricane hit. Chavez expressed his solidarity with the people of the U.S. and offered more aid.

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Venezuela Increases its Aid to U.S. by Another $1 Million

The CEO of CITGO, the subsidiary of Venezuela's state-owned oil company PDVSA announced that Venezuela would provide an addtional $1 million to victims of hurricane Katrina. Also, Venezuela will provide one million barrels of gasoline.

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Venezuela Officially Offers Aid to U.S., Which Is Accepted

Venezuela's foreign Ministry sent an official note to the U.S. embassy in Venezuela, expressing the ministry's condolences for the disaster and formalizes its offer of aid and fuel for the victims. U.S. State Dept. said it would accept the aid, but this does not change anything in U.S.-Venezuela relations.

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Venezuela and DEA Close to Agreement to Re-Start Cooperation

Venezuela's top anti-drug officer says that Venezuela and the U.S. might be close to reaching an agreement that would allow the re-strating of cooperation between Venezuela and the DEA.

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Venezuela Offers $1M, Oil, Food and Equipment for U.S. Victims of Hurricane Katrina

Venezuela, through CITGO, is donating $1 million towards Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Venezuela also offers additianal crude oil, water, electricity generators, and rescue teams. The U.S. however, said the unsolicited offers can be "counterproductive"

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Venezuela’s Economy Grew 9.3% in First Half of 2005

According to Venezuela's Central Bank, the economy grew by 9.3% in the second half of 2005, continuing a long period of economic growth that began in late 2003. The private and non-oil sectors led this economic growth.

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Posada Carriles Could be Deported, not Extradited, to Venezuela

During Luis Posada Carriles deportation hearing, a judge said that if Posada were deported, he would be sent to Venezuela. The hearing is considering Posada's request for political asylum and whether he should be deported for having entered the U.S. illegally.

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Rev. Jackson and Chavez Meet to Improve US-Venezuela Relations

Rev. Jesse Jackson and President Chavez met for a two-hour private meeting to discuss U.S.-Venezuela relations. Jackson urged a lowering of hostile rhetoric and a reexamination of the suspension of cooperation with the DEA and praised Venezuela's offer to provide discounted heating oil to low-income communities in the US.

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Venezuela to Completely Overhaul Its Health Care System

Chavez announced Mission Barrio Adentro III, which will reorganize and fully fund Venezuela's ailing hospital system. Funds will come from a new development fund constituted from "excess" Central Bank foreign currency reserves.

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Venezuela's CITGO to Provide Cheap Gas for U.S. Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Schools

10% of CITGO's refined oil products, to be sold directly to hospitals, nursing homes, schools and organized poor communities in U.S. soil.

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Venezuela's Parliament Honors Martin Luther King with Jesse Jackson as Featured Speaker

Reverend Jesse Jackson, Venezuelan indigenous National Assembly Deputy Nohelí Pocaterra, and President Chavez honored Dr. King's "I have a Dream speech" in Caracas.

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Venezuela to Provide Discounted Heating Oil and Free Eye Operations to U.S. Poor

President Chavez said today that Venezuela would provide discounted oil to poor communities in the U.S., beginning with heating oil for this coming winter. He hopes Jackson and U.S.-based groups will help with the plan. Also, Venezuela will provide free eye operations to anyone who needs one.

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Jesse Jackson Says Venezuela No Threat, Praises Venezuelan Government Concerns

U.S. Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson is visiting Venezuela for three days, where he is meeting with a vareity of groups and individuals and representatives. He held a speech at the National Assembly, in honor of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech and said that Venezuela is no threat and that the government is concerned with the "great themes of our time."

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Venezuela’s Chavez Says Pat Robertson Expresses Wishes of U.S. Elite

Chavez said that Pat Robertson's call for his assassination were the expression of a frustrated U.S. elite. He also said that if something were to happen to him the Bolivarian Revolution would continue. Meanwhile, Venezuela suspended the issuing of new permits to foreign preachers.

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Venezuela to Host OAS Meeting on Social Charter

Venezuela will host an Organization of American States ministerial meeting next week, where OAS ministers will discuss a draft proposal for a Social Charter of the Americas, which is to complement the existing Democratic Charter.

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