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Armed Forces Protect Venezuela’s Oil Fields

Defense Minister General Garcia Carneiro reported that installations of Venezuela's state-owned oil company PDVSA in the western part of the country are under military custody to protect against acts of sabotage. The announcement came as reports of declined oil production increased.

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Venezuela’s Supreme Court Approves Extradition for Cuban-Venezuelan Terrorist

The Venezuelan Supreme Court approved an extradition petition for Luis Posada Carriles, a Cuban-Venezuelan convicted of organizing a terrorist act that blew up a civilian Cuban airline in 1976 and killed 73 people. Posada recently entered the US and is applying for political asylum there.

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Opposition Poll: Venezuela’s Chavez Approval Rating at 70.5%

According to the polling firm Datanálisis, over the course of the past nine months Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's approval rating has increased from 59% to 70.5%. 58.2% of Venezuelans have confidence in the president.

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Venezuela’s Chavez the Second Most Important Leader in Latin America Says Poll

According to a Latin America-wide public opinion survey Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's domestic popularity increased from 25% to 65%, the most impressive rebound in the region. The survey found that the Presidents of Cuba, Venezuela and Brazil enjoyed the "most important leader in Latin America" status.

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Chavez Affirms Venezuela is Heading Towards Socialism of 21st Century

President Chavez once again affirmed that his government is taking Venezuela towards socialism, a socialism that still needed to be constructed for the 21st Century. Rival May Day marches took place again in Caracas and ended without incident.

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Venezuela and Cuba Deepen Relations and Support Alternative to FTAA

With the FTAA "in pieces," Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro signed 49 agreements designed to consolidate the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA). Also, Venezuela opened branch offices of its state-owned oil company and bank.

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Venezuela Expropriates Abandoned Valve Factory

The Venezuelan government expropriated a valve factory that had been closed since 2003. The factory, Inveval, is the second ‘recuperated’ factory in a recent campaign to put abandoned and bankrupt factories back into production under worker-state co-management.

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Attorney General Starts Investigation of the Practice of Black Listing in Venezuela

Caracas Attorney General Luis Abelardo Velásquez was appointed to head an investigation looking into the state institutions' and private businesses' use of the “Tascon list” in discriminating against or favoring employees and prospective employees whose names appeared on the list.

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Ex-Venezuelan Soldier Says CIA Tried to Bribe Guards for Cuban Terrorist's Escape

During a phone interview Nelson Díaz, an ex-Venezuelan prison guard, recounted visits by CIA agents to the cell of convicted Cuban terrorist Luis Posada Carriles and the $20,000 bribes they offered in exchange for his escape.

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US and Brazil Do Not See Eye-To-Eye on Venezuela

Condoleezza Rice met with Brazilian Foreign Minister hoping to re-kindle the Free Trade Agreement for the Americas and to get Brazil to take a more critical stance towards Venezuela.

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Chávez Scolds Own Party as Internal Squabble Continues

Internal primaries held earlier this month by the governing Fifth Republic Movement (MVR) party continue to be hotly contested both within and without. As allegations of irregularities refuse to go away, the MVR risks alienating both its base and its allies in the pro-Chávez camp.

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Venezuela’s Information Minster Says Rice’s Mission to Latin America will Fail

Andrés Izarra, the Venezuelan Minister of Information and Communication predicted that Condoleezza Rice's visit to Latin America would prove unfruitful. He also defended Venezuela's arms purchases in the face of US criticisms and turned the tables to point out alarming trends in US military spending.

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US-Venezuela Military Cooperation Indefinitely Suspended

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced that the 35 year old military exchange program between the US and Venezuela has come to an end until the two countries establish mutually transparent relations.

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Venezuela VP Says "Rumsfeld's Cynicism is Unlimited", Rejects U.S. Criticisms on Weapons Purchase

Venezuelan Vice-President Jose Vicente Rangel, responded today to U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld renewed criticisms of Venezuela's recent weapons purchase.

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Venezuela’s Citgo Denies it is “Troubled,” as Reports New York Times

Responding to a New York Times article that said that the oil company was "troubled," Citgo, the Venezuelan-owned company, issued a statement highlighting its exceptionally high profits and its independent audits.

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