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Venezuela Calls for Reconstruction of Gaza

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro (AVN)

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says he will convene a meeting of Arab leaders to coordinate reconstruction efforts for the war-torn Gaza Strip.

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Amid Confusion over Announced Sidor Collective Contract Agreement, Workers Continue Protests

While Sidor Workers’ Union Secretary José Meléndez (top) announced the completion of a new collective workers’ contract, o

While representatives from both the Venezuelan government and the workers’ union at the state-owned Sidor steel plant in Ciudad Guyana announced that each side had agreed to terms for a new collective workers’ contract early Thursday morning, other union members contested that the negotiations left out key leaders, and convoked protests later in the day.

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In Effort against Contraband, Venezuelan Officials Implement Night-Closing of Colombia Border

According to figures from the Venezuelan state, smuggled goods across the 2,200 km border between the two countries include up t

In an attempt to combat rising border smuggling and contraband sales, Venezuelan officials have decided to close the border between Venezuela and Colombia between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., a measure announced earlier this week.

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14 Arrested and Two Injured in Confrontations between Sidor Workers and Venezuelan National Guard

The protests focused on continued delays in the negotiation of a collective workers’ contract with the national government (@C

Clashes between protesting workers at the state-owned steel plant Sidor and the Venezuelan National Guard on Monday in the southeastern city of Guyana ended with at least 14 arrests and two injuries, according to multiple sources.

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$1.2 Billion Investment Announced to Regenerate Venezuela’s Barrios

The barrio of Petare, Caracas. The Venezuelan government has announced an investment of 7.3 billion bolivars ($US 1.2 billion) i

The Venezuelan government has announced an investment of 7.3 billion bolivars ($US 1.2 billion) in programs to renovate and beautify the country’s poorer urban and rural communities.

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First Bolivarian Workers’ Congress Begins in Venezuela

“We need to build a new economic model in the country, where the working class is protagonist,” said Maduro. (prensa Miraflo

The First Congress of Workers, which officially starts today, will debate plans and proposals for the economic development of the country, with the presence of rural workers, industrial workers, and civil servants, among others.

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Venezuela to Take in Palestinian Child Refugees “As Soon As Possible”, Gaza Aid Ready

Elias Jaua visiting Palestinian victims of Israel's assault on Gaza while in Egypt (Photo: Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minis

Venezuela is working on the legal mechanisms to be able to bring in Palestinian child refugees “as soon as possible”, while Egyptian authorities are to facilitate the delivery of Venezuelan aid to the besieged Gaza strip.

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Warnings of Medicine Shortages in Venezuela

Spokespersons from the pharmaceutical industry in Venezuela have warned that shortages of medicines exist in the country’s pha

Spokespersons for the pharmaceutical industry in Venezuela have warned that shortages of medicines exist in the country’s pharmacies, and hope that recent foreign currency allocations for imports will improve the situation.

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Transportation Strike Ends in Venezuela’s Nueva Esparta

The strike, protested a lack of auto parts, insecurity, and the creation of a cheaper, government-initiated MetroBus system that

After carrying out a day-long strike affecting an estimated 95% of public transportation in Margarita in Nueva Esparta state, the Nueva Esparta Transport Union agreed to resume work yesterday after an assembly between workers and government representatives.

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Housing Movement Condemns Police Corruption within Venezuela’s Barrios

“We firmly support the efforts of the revolutionary government to ensure peace and coexistence, but we believe that the action

Representatives of the Housing Movement, communal councils, and various social movements gathered in downtown Caracas on Sunday to denounce police corruption and abuse within the city’s barrios.

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AP: US Sent Venezuelan Youth to Cuba to “Provoke Unrest”

Venezuelan lawyer Zaimar Castillo contracted with a USAID-funded program to evaluate the subversive potential of Cuban universit

A program overseen by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) sent almost a dozen youth to Cuba from Costa Rica, Venezuela, and Peru, with the goal of rousing opposition against the Cuban government, an Associated Press (AP) investigation revealed earlier this week.

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Venezuelan President Maduro Proposes to Increase World’s Cheapest Gasoline Price

President Maduro made the proposal at the close of the governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV)’s congress last Th

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has proposed to create a consensus around the need to increase the price of gasoline in the South American OPEC nation.

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Venezuelans Say, “Palestine, Resist!”

According to Venezuelan state news agency AVN, protesters chanted, “Palestine, resist!” (AVN)

Venezuelans have rallied in support of Palestine, amid renewed calls for donations for Gazans.

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Venezuela’s Maduro, Colombia’s Santos Agree to New Exchange Rate, Other Accords

Perhaps the most crucial agreement established a new exchange rate between the countries for trade and remittances (EFE)

In a meeting held yesterday in Cartagena, Colombia, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro and Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos forged agreements on several topics relating to finance, energy, and social programs.

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Venezuela to Send Aid to Gaza, Welcome Refugees, as Regional Leaders Condemn Assault

Presidents of the bloc urged the international community to act within international law. (Reuters)

Venezuela's foreign minister says an initiative to send relief aid to Gaza is a “testament of solidarity” with Gazans being “massacred” by Israel.

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