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New Agriculture Minister Launches Bid to Cut Import Dependency

The new measures are the first actions taken by new Minister of Agriculture and Land, Wilmar Castro Soteldo (AVN).

Venezuela’s new Agriculture and Land Minister, Wilmar Castro Soteldo, launched a string of measures this past Saturday in a bid to get the country’s national food production back on track.

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Venezuelan National Assembly Approves New Supreme Court Magistrates and Historic Grassroots Seed Law

Venezuela's National Assembly. (archive)

This Wednesday, Venezuela’s outgoing National Assembly approved 13 judges to the Supreme Court and passed the long-awaited “Anti-GMO and Anti-Patenting Seed Law”. 

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Outgoing National Assembly Creates “National Communal Parliament”

The parliament will work to channel the voices of the commune movement into the Venezuelan legislature (UltimasNoticias)

Outgoing President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, created a “National Communal Parliament” this past Tuesday. The parliament will work to promote communal power within the Venezuelan legislature.

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Venezuela: Massive Turnout at Elections Simulation

About 4,455 voting stations have been activated in the country's 87 electoral districts (AVN).

Thousands of Venezuelan voters took to the streets early Sunday morning in order to participate in the vote simulation convoked by the electoral authorities before election day on Dec. 6.

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Venezuela Announces 4-Year Human Rights Plan

Vice President Jorge Arreaza said the new four year plan will deepen the government's efforts to promote human rights. (tel

Venezuela announced Tuesday a four year plan to improve human rights, including institutional reform and better coordination with social movements.

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PSUV Grassroots Propose Candidates for Legislative Elections, 60% Women

(UBCH, Roberto Martinez, Caricuao, Caracas)

The successful nominees will take part in the United Socialist Party of Venezuela’s (PSUV) internal elections on June 28th, when party members will vote on a final list of candidates.

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Venezuelans March to Celebrate 15 Years of the Bolivarian Constitution

A demonstrator holds up a battered copy of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela at the march in Caracas toda

Today thousands of Venezuelans marched in Caracas to celebrate 15 years since the Bolivarian Constitution was passed in a nationwide referendum, creating the legal framework for the Bolivarian revolution.

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Venezuela Creates Council for People with Disabilities

According to Venezuelan law, 5 percent of a company's workforce needs to be persons with disabilities to ensure employers c

The Presidential Council was created after social organizations lobbied for better state representation of disabled persons.

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Venezuela’s PSUV Accused of Expelling Marea Socialista Dissidents

Speaking to national media yesterday, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, who is also PSUV leader, welcomed the internal electi

The governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) held internal elections on Sunday to choose almost 4000 local leaders. However the election was preceded by accusations that several party dissidents had been arbitrarily ejected from the organisation.

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Consultation Reveals Advances and Challenges for Education in Venezuela

The preliminary results of the Venezuelan government’s National Consultation for Quality in Education were released this week,

The preliminary results of the Venezuelan government’s National Consultation for Quality in Education were released this week, underlining the advances and existing challenges facing the Bolivarian education model.

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Thousands of Venezuelan Youth March to Demand End to “Terrorism”

A youth participant in Saturday's march against terrorism and for peace stands among thousands of participants and a photo

On Saturday thousands of Venezuelan youth and government supporters participated in a march against terrorism and for peace.  The youth march was organized in response to the assassination of 27-year old lawmaker and Chavista leader Robert Serra, who was murdered along with his partner Maria Herrera in their home earlier this month. 

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Philosophical Summit of the Poor Draws Hundreds of Participants in Caracas, Venezuela

People discussing and debating at the philosophical summit of the poor in Caracas (Cory Fischer-Hoffman, Venezuelanalysis)

The Philosophical Summit of the Poor held its fourth gathering in Caracas on Friday.  Hundreds of people participated in open discussions about a range of issues exploring the culture and politics of the poor.

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Venezuelan Experts, Union Leaders Debate Increase in Gasoline Prices

The forum included presentations by each of the five speakers – two economists and three transportation sector representatives

In a public forum on Thursday organized by Caracas newspaper Últimas Noticias, experts and union leaders expressed tentative approval for an increase in Venezuela’s gasoline prices.

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Activists & National Authorities Create Regional Councils for “Communal Governance” in Venezuela

Since Maduro created the first regional Presidential Council of Communal Governance in mid-July, a series of meetings involving

Across Venezuela commune activists are creating regional Presidential Councils of Communal Governance in order to play an increased role in the management of local and regional affairs in conjunction with national authorities.

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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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