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Rene Gonzalez of “Cuban 5” Visits Hugo Chavez Remains in Venezuela

Cuban Rene Gonzalez in Caracas with Venezuelan vice-president Jorge Arreaza. (AVN)

Cuban Rene Gonzalez, famously accused of espionage by the United States government and imprisoned 13 years in Miami, was received in the Venezuelan capital yesterday by foreign minister Elias Jaua. His arrival marks Gonzalez’s first trip abroad since he was released to Cuba by U.S. authorities in October of 2011.

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Venezuelan Opposition Militants in Fresh Attack on Universities, Public Property

Opposition militants in San Cristobal, Tachira yesterday (UN/courtesy)

A wave of small opposition protests and violent actions took place in five regional states yesterday, resulting in damages to universities and public property.

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Venezuela Anticipates Improved Relations with Panama, El Salvador Following Newly Elected Leaders

Nicolas Maduro and Salvador Sanchez Ceren visited Hugo Chavez’s remains in Caracas on Friday. (Archive)

On Sunday Juan Carlos Varela was announced the victor of Panama’s presidential electoral race, with 39.2% of the popular vote. Just hours after the results were announced, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro called to offer a renewal of diplomatic relations between the two nations, to be recognized as soon as Varela takes office on 1 July.

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Venezuela’s Interior Affairs Minister Details Foreign Involvement in “Destabilisation Campaign”

Minister presents strategy

The Venezuelan interior affairs and justice minister, Miguel Rodriguez Torres, has given information on an alleged plan to destabilise the country, detailing foreign involvement in the recent militant opposition street barricades.

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Extended Social Programs and Benefits Announced during Venezuela’s May Day Celebrations

In his May Day speech at a large rally in Caracas, President Nicolas Maduro announced the extension of social programs and benef

In his May Day speech at a large rally in Caracas, President Nicolas Maduro announced the extension of social programs and benefits to workers and the population in general. The opposition held its own march to criticise the state of the economy.

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Maduro: Universal Welfare Aim of Venezuela’s Socio-Economic Model

Maduro economic announcement

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced new initiatives yesterday to address current economic problems, stating that guaranteeing the population’s universal welfare is a key aim behind policymaking.

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Venezuelan Human Rights Council to Design Protection Policies

Council of Human Rights

Venezuela’s National Human Rights Council met for the first time yesterday and set priorities for the institutional defence of human rights in the country.

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Head of Venezuela’s Barricades Arrested

The “brains” of the opposition’s barricades has been arrested, while a suspect in the shooting of a former Venezuelan inte

A key organiser of the Venezuelan opposition’s barricade groups, and a suspect in the shooting of a prominent revolutionary figure have been arrested in separate incidents, according to authorities.

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Venezuelan Annual Wage Increase Below Inflation For First Time in 15 Years

Maduro said the national government has awarded 25 wage increases in the last 15 years (Prensa Presidencial)

Yesterday, President Nicolas Maduro announced a 30% increase in the minimum wage and pensions. For the first time, the Bolivarian government’s May Day increase is less than annual inflation, which was at 57.3% in February, with March experiencing 4.1% inflation.

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Renowned Venezuelan Revolutionary Murdered in Caracas

Eliecer Otaiza was shot dead on Saturday, in Caracas (William Dumont)

On Saturday, renowned Chavista revolutionary Eliecer Otaiza, 49, was found dead in the municipality of Baruta in Caracas. His body, struck by multiple bullet wounds, was identified yesterday afternoon. 

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Community Volunteers Aid in Housing Construction in Venezuela, Registered Communes Reach 600

600th Commune

Communes minister Reinaldo Iturriza announced this Saturday the creation of 400 volunteer work fronts for housing construction. A march was also held in Lara state to commemorate the registration of the 600th commune.

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Venezuela Launches Widespread Vaccine Campaign, Changes in Medical Sector

The Ministry of Health estimates over 3 million children under the age of six will have access to the vaccinations (AVN)

This week the Venezuelan government launched a vaccine campaign which is equipped and estimated to serve over 3 million children. The procedure is has been set in motion in accordance with the Pan American Health Organization’s “Vaccine in the Americas” initiative. 

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Political Violence Stokes Inflation in Venezuela, Says Central Bank

The BCV has warned that inflation could continue to rise, following a four month high of 4.1% increase in March. (Archive)

Venezuela’s central bank has blamed political violence for the highest monthly inflation rate in four months.

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Seven Million Students To Participate in Venezuela’s National Education Consultation

The National Consultation for Quality Education will be rolled out nationwide over the next five months. (Juventud Rebelde)

Students, teachers and parents from around 29, 000 educational institutions across Venezuela are expected to participate in a nation-wide consultation scheme.

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Venezuelan Government-Opposition Dialogue Produces Results, Army Moves on Barricades (+ Video)

Both the government and the moderate opposition remain committed to the talks, with MUD spokesperson Ramon Aveledo saying that i

The third dialogue talk between the Venezuelan government and opposition has produced more results, while the armed forces have largely “liberated” another city from militant opposition street barricades.

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