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Uproar after Chavista Colonel Detained for Giving Controversial Interview

Jose Martin Raga gives an interview to Newsweek. (Photo: Aporrea)

Venezuelan Colonel Jose Martin Raga was detained Wednesday after Newsweek en Español published an interview in which he shared his critical perspective on the Bolivarian government, while maintaining his support for the revolution. The military official was released today without charges, after his arrest took social media by storm. 

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Venezuela Frees Ex-Defense Minister Convicted of Corruption

Raul Isaias Baduel (Photo: archive/UltimasNoticias)

Former defense minister Raul Isaías Baduel was granted parole by a Venezuelan military tribunal yesterday after serving six years for corruption charges.

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Hundreds Attend Caracas Forum on Kurdish Revolution in Rojava

On Tuesday, two hundred people attended an event held by the Kurdish Solidarity Committee-Venezuela in Caracas on the Kurdish liberation struggle in northern Syria.

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New Parliamentarian Candidates Announced in Venezuela Amid Controversy

Ricardo Sanchez once formed part of the opposition party Un Nuevo Tiempo (A New Time), made popular by Maria Corina Machado. (Ph

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced Monday that a former political opponent and two former opposition activists would appear on the ballot of the socialist alliance, the Great Patriotic Pole, for the December 6th National Assembly elections. The move coincides with the controversial barring of the Trotskyiest group Marea Socialista from fielding its own candidate list as well as fresh divisions within the opposition coalition following the expulsion of the Christian Democratic Copei. 

 

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Venezuela and Greece Sign Energy Agreement

Secretary General for Foreign Relations Yorgio Tsipras with Vice-Minister for Economic Cooperation Calizto Ortega and Greek emba

Venezuela and Greece signed an agreement strengthening cooperation in the energy sector on Saturday, concluding a week-long visit to Caracas by Greek Secretary General for Foreign Relations Yorgos Tsipras.

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Venezuela Rejects Guyana Border Demarcation, Receives Backing of PARLATIN and São Paulo Forum

The disputed Essquibo region (AVN)

The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry emitted a statement on Friday rejecting a regulation adopted by the Guyanese government extending sovereignty over the disputed Essequibo region claimed by both nations.

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Venezuelan President Visits UN to Help Resolve Guyana Dispute

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maudro (L) with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York, July 28, 2015. (Photo: United Natio

President Maduro said the U.N. secretary-general responded positively to his request for assistance in finding a diplomatic solution to the ongoing territorial dispute.

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Venezuela and Haiti Sign Agreement for Electoral Cooperation

CNE President Tibisay Lucena Haitian President Micky Martelly (CNE)

Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE) signed a memorandum of understanding with its Haitian counterpart on Friday as part of an effort to deepen cooperation between the two electoral institutions in technical assistance and training. 

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New Poll: 52% of Venezuelans Say Opposition Lacks Plan for the Nation

The logo of the main Venezuelan opposition coalition, the Roundtable of Democratic Unity. (MUD)

A new study by the independent, Caracas-based polling firm Hinterlaces has determined that 52% of Venezuelans believe the anti-chavista opposition has no "plan for the nation."

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Venezuela and Palestine Dispel Rumors of Diplomatic Rift Over Scholarship Program

Palestinian students arrive in Venezuela (AP)

Venezuelan and Palestinian authorities reaffirmed their close ties today following rumors of diplomatic friction circulated by an Associated Press report last week.

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Maria Corina Machado Barred from Public Office for Failing to Disclose Income

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Venezuelan far right leader Maria Corina Machado has been barred from holding public office for twelve months after she neglected to disclose the full extent of her earnings during her term as a congresswoman.

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PSUV Parliamentary Primary Sees Historic Grassroots Turnout

Over 3 million PSUV activists voted in the historic elections (AVN)

In reportedly historic turnout, 3,162,400 Venezuelans voted in the internal parliamentary primaries of the governing Unified Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) that took place yesterday.

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Venezuelan Parliamentary Elections Set for December 6

CNE President Tibisay Lucena silences rightwing rumors that elections would not be held this year. (teleSUR)

Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) has announced that national parliamentary elections will be held on December 6. The announcement effectively silences an opposition-fueled rumor campaign that has filled international headlines with speculations that elections would not be held.

 

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Venezuela Rejects Felipe Gonzalez Visit as Former Spanish PM Touches Down in Caracas

A woman waves a placard rejecting Gonzalez's visit: "Murderer and Fascist - Venezuela respects itself" (Laiguana)

The former Spanish Prime Minister claims to be visiting the country in order to help with the legal defence of jailed opposition leaders, Leopoldo Lopez, Daniel Ceballos and Antonio Ledezma. He met with Ledezma on Sunday. 

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Venezuela Rejects Attacks against Cabello, Government Launches Campaign

Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, vowed to back Cabello against what he labelled international right-wing attacks (Reuters)
The Venezuelan legislative branch of government and the Supreme Court have vehemently rejected reports that the US is probing National Assembly president Diosdado Cabello for alleged links to international drug trafficking.
 

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