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First International Film Festival in Caracas Projects Latin American Visions

A mural was created to draw attention to the festival (FestCineCCS)

On Friday, September 12, Venezuela's First International Film festival commenced in Caracas. The festival features over 100 films from across Latin America, 89 of which have been entered into a competition whose winner will be selected by popular vote at the end of this week.

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Maduro Announces the Creation of the Communal Development Bank

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. (AVN)

On Tuesday, President Maduro announced the creation of the Communal Development Bank and the Presidential Council of Popular Communes as a new structure to bolster local popular power.

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University Enrollment Rises 294 percent in Venezuela

Venezuelan University Students
Venezuela  ranks fifth in the world in the number of university students. This Monday 2,630,000 Venezuelan students resumed their studies in public or private universities. The total number of students at the highest level shows a striking 294 percent rise in the last 14 years, from 894,418 students in the year 2000.

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Venezuela to Present Report on Indigenous Rights at UN

This Monday the Venezuelan chapter of the Indigenous Parliament of America completed the final details of a report on the levels of inclusion of original peoples in Venezuela communities. Proposals to include the people who were excluded for more than 500 years, since the arrival of the colonizers in America.

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56 Tons of Venezuelan Humanitarian Aid Reach Gaza in Second Shipment since August

Venezuelan humanitarian aid being loaded onto plane at Maiquetia airport, Caracas (AVN)

Fifty-six tons of Venezuelan humanitarian aid were delivered this Monday in Egypt by the Red Crescent Society, which will be in charge of distributing the tents, non-perishable food items, water, and clothes to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip throughout the week.

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Venezuela Targeted by White House for Not Cooperating with DEA, Despite Steady National Progress

The DEA task force police are a controversial presence in Latin America (archive)

On Monday, the White House released this year’s list of problem countries in the area of drug trafficking and production, based on information tracked by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). In the memo, US president Barack Obama accused the governments of Venezuela, Bolivia, and Myanmar of having “failed demonstrably” to cooperate with international anti-drug efforts. 

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Venezuela Terror Plot Links Uribe and Criminality

Alvaro Uribe (Reuters)

Alvaro Uribe was mentioned by Venezuelans planning homeland attacks in leaked video.

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Video Surfaces that Shows Venezuelan Opposition Activists Planning Violence

Opposition activists Lorent Gómez Saleh and Gabriel Valles in a recording of a video conference.

Venezuelan state television, VTV, released a video conference recording Monday night in which Venezuelan opposition activists are shown to be planning terrorist activities against the government of President Maduro.

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Venezuela Poised to Win UN Security Council Seat with Unanimous Regional Support

Daughter of the late Hugo Chavez, Maria Gabriela Chavez is the alternate ambassador to the United Nations for Venezuela. (Presid

After the failed 2006 bid for a coveted seat on the United Nation's Security Council, Venezuela has unanimous backing from Latin American and Caribbean countries to win a two-year term.

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Delay in Leopoldo Lopez Trial Causes Unrest in Venezuela and Abroad

Leopoldo Lopez turned himself in to the police on February 19, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said Friday he will not tolerate any more violence from the opposition, after government buildings were vandalized on Friday in response to the postponement of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez's trial.

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Venezuelan Opposition Protestors Dress as KKK

Yesterday's protest in Altamira, Caracas (#VENEZUELA/Twitter)
Far right sectors of the Venezuelan opposition, who have been calling for the "exit" of the elected government, have resumed violent actions and blockades.

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Fuel Trafficking Decreases 53% in Venezuela

Venezuela's Vice-President Jorge Arreza (Photo: Reuters)

Venezuela's vice-president Jorge Arreaza said on Saturday that fuel trafficking in the country decreased 53 percent during 2014. Government said the decrease is result of program “Zero trafficking”.

 

 

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ALBA Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

Representatives from ALBA member countries meet to discuss of the importance of the regional bloc. (Photo: teleSUR)

Ambassadors from the nine member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA-TCP) are meeting in Caracas, Venezuela to evaluate the progress achieved since the bloc was created 10 years ago.

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Venezuela’s PDVSA Discusses Sale of Citgo as Central Bank Reports Drop in Inflation

A Citgo gas station in Chicago, USA. (Wikimedia Commons/Sdi-jr)

Yesterday the Venezuelan Central Bank reported that inflation has dropped steadily from 5.7% in May of 2014 to 3.9% in the month of August, representing 63.4% accumulated inflation since August of last year. Now under new management, state-owned oil and gas company PDVSA is reportedly seeking US$10 billion dollars for the sale of the Citgo Petroleum Corporation.

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Venezuela Provides 30 Million Free Textbooks For New School Year

Venezuela's students using Canaima software to control their robot (Photo: AVN)

An estimated 10 million Venezuelan students will return to school for the new academic year. Venezuela's Education Minister, Hector Rodríguez said, “most of our citizens are now in classrooms, this is historic.”

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