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Venezuelan Supreme Court Admits Lawsuit against Mega-Mining Project

Venezuela’s Supreme Court agreed to hear a lawsuit filed against the Orinoco Mining Arc on Tuesday. (Archive)

Venezuela’s Supreme Court announced that it would hear a lawsuit filed by former high ranking cabinet members against a government plan to open 12 percent of the South American nation’s territory to open-pit mining.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Creates New Ministry for the Development of Ecological Mining

A promotional advertisement for the Orinoco Mining Arch from Venezuela’s Petroleum and Mining Ministry. “The Mining Arch wil

The new institution will be in charge of designing the state’s mining policy, as well as ensuring respect for the environment and human rights.

 

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Venezuelan Social Movements Converge on Supreme Court, Demand Injunction Against Mining Arc

Banners read left to right: "Impunity will not happen! Sabino Lives!", "No to the Mining Arc! Water is more valua

Grassroots activists and ex-government officials submitted a lawsuit demanding that the high court halt a contentious mega-mining project on constitutional grounds. 

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Venezuelans Commemorate International Africa Week

Vice-Minister for Gender Equality and Anti-Discrimination Nirva Camacho speaks with media (Jeanette Charles/Venezuela Analysis).

The South American nation honored its African ancestry with a variety of political and cultural events last week.

 

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Caracas “Afro Chávez” Forum Inaugurates Afro-Venezuelan Month

Afro-Venezuelan pre-independence leaders depicted in a mural at a cultural center in Acevedo, Miranda State. (Jeanette Charles)

Afro-Venezuelan revolutionaries came together on Tuesday for a forum to commemorate the Black political legacy of Hugo Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution. 

 

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Venezuelan Parliament Passes “National Production Law” in First Discussion

Venezuela’s National Assembly has been under the majority control of rightwing coalition, the Democratic Roundtable Unity, sin

Venezuela’s leftist government opposes the law, saying that it will privatise state-owned corporations. 

 

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First Black Woman Independence Fighter is Honoured in Venezuela’s National Mausoleum

Juana’s symbolic remains are transported to the Venezuelan pantheon of heroes (AVN)

Revered independence combatant Juana Ramirez’s symbolic remains were transferred over to the Pantheon of Heroes this past Friday in an official state ceremony. The revolutionary commander, born into slavery in 1790, is the first black woman to have been granted this posthumous honour in Venezuelan history. 

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Monument of Caribe Warrior Unveiled on Indigenous Resistance Day in Venezuela

The new statue was installed in Plaza Venezuela in the early hours of Monday morning (Correo del Orinoco)

The statue of Guaicaipuro was unveiled in the early hours this Monday morning in Plaza Venezuela in Caracas, where an effigy of Italian colonial invader, Christopher Columbus, was previously toppled by activists on Indigenous Resistance Day 2004.

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Maduro Touches Down in NYC Following Trip to Caribbean Islands

Maduro arrives in New York with Cilia Flores (PrensaPresidencial)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrived in New York Friday morning on the back of a brief visit to Dominica and Saint Kitts and Nevis. The head of state will participate in the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly, as well as in several other events. 

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Social Movement Victory: Venezuela’s Maduro Derails Plan for New Carbon Mines

Ecologist Jorge Guerrero was one of the many activists to draw attention to the environmental disaster that would be caused by a

After months of grassroots organizing, a “correction” of the presidential Decree 1,606 was published in last week’s Official Gazette revoking plans for new coal mines and a carbon-electric plant in Venezuela’s western region, in acknowledgement of the damage it would cause for the ecosystem and indigenous communities in the region.

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Murderer of Sabino Romero Given Maximum Sentence in Historic Ruling

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Venezuelan social movements celebrated victory on Friday following a long awaited court ruling sentencing to 30 years the man accused of murdering Yukpa indigenous leader Sabino Romero.

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Venezuelan Social Movements Rally Against State Coal Mining Decree

Banner reads: The Wayuu of Socuy Oppose Coal Mining (Photo: Lucas Koerner)

Activists from diverse social movements gathered outside Venezuela's Ministry of Energy and Mining in Caracas this morning to demand the repeal of a controversial presidential decree authorizing coal mining in the country's northwestern Perija mountain range located in Zulia state.

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Remains of Afro-Venezuelan Independence Hero Transferred to National Heroes Mausoleum

The symbolic casket arrives in Caracas seven days after it set out from Negro Primero’s birthplace in Apure (Albaciudad)

The symbolic remains of Afro-Venezuelan independence hero, Pedro Camejo, better known as Negro Primero, were transferred to the country’s “Hall of Heroes” Mausoleum on Wednesday during an official celebration of the 194th anniversary of the decisive Battle of Carabobo.

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Four Arrested after Yanomami Activist Beaten to Death by Venezuelan Police

27-year old Maita Camico was beaten to death by police on Saturday afternoon. (La Tabla/ Facebook)

Four policemen have been arrested for the murder of a 27 year-old Yanomami health activist on Saturday. 

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Maduro Signs Decree to Re-Open Controversial Coal Mines for Chinese Development

Woman protests the 1606 Decree in Maracaibo, Venezuela on March 23rd, 2015. Sign reads “Carbon is Death” (Provea)

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro passed a presidential decree outlining a deal with the Chinese state-owned company Sinohydro, granting them the authority to mine and develop 24,192 hectares (nearly 60,000 acres) of Venezuelan land.

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