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Venezuela to Host Pre-Cop Environmentalist Gathering Ahead of Lima

Claudia Salemo, Venezuela’s climate change negotiator at the United Nations (Democracy Now screen capture)

Claudia Salemo, the Venezuelan government’s climate change negotiator, has briefed delegates at a climate change conference in Bonn, Germany, on preparations for the “Social Climate Change Pre- COP’ scheduled to be held in her country ahead of COP 20 taking place in December 2014 in Lima, Peru.

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Initiative Launched to Increase Employment Opportunities for Disabled People in Venezuela

The first disabled people’s employment fair was opened last Monday in Caracas with the presence of around 40 public and privat

The Venezuelan government is organizing a series of employment fairs to increase the number of disabled people in formal employment, as part of efforts to guarantee the disabled their full rights as citizens.

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OAS, Venezuela Declare Solidarity with Argentina in U.S. Hedge Fund Dispute

The Organization of American States (OAS) has declared its solidarity with Argentina in its sovereign debt dispute with a U.S. b

The Organization of American States (OAS) has declared its solidarity with Argentina in its debt repayment dispute with a U.S.-based hedge fund. Venezuela meanwhile has argued that the case underlines the need for a new regional financial architecture.

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Venezuela Promises Reform amid Debate over Economic Direction

In a speech last week about the performance of state oil company PDVSA in 2013, Vice President for the Economy Rafael Ramirez (p

The Venezuelan government has confirmed that it is planning a series of macroeconomic reforms to confront ongoing problems, provoking diverse reactions over the country’s economic direction.

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Venezuelan Farmers on Disputed Land Say They Have No Intention of Vacating

José Tapia Coirán points to an example of the ubiquitous farming equipment on Hato Santa Rita land, accused of being “unprod

On May 2nd, the Venezuelan Supreme Court motioned to uphold the November 2003 ruling in favor of landowner Rogelio Peña Aly, economist and former mayor of Barinas state, who claims his land has been illegally occupied since February of 2003. The peasant communities currently inhabiting the vast “Hato Santa Rita” estate believe they are within their rights under the Land Law, a position which late president Hugo Chavez publicly supported.

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Maduro Initiates Government “Shake-Up” in Venezuela for July

Maduro addresses the nation through his weekly radio program, In Touch with Maduro. (Presidential Press)

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced yesterday the need for “a complete and profound revolution within public administration.” 

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Venezuela’s Maduro Offers to Bury the Hatchet with Internal Critics

On Friday Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro offered to renovate his government and bury the hatchet with the former ministers

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has offered to renovate his government and end the dispute with the former ministers who recently criticized his leadership.

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Social Programs Expanded in Venezuela’s Poorest Communities

In the barrio of Antimano in Caracas, Vice President Jorge Arreaza participated in a house to house visit where high risk housin

The Venezuelan government has initiated its policy of expanding social programs in the country’s most deprived areas in a bid to eradicate extreme poverty.

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Venezuelan President Maduro Responds to Former Ministers’ Criticisms

In a meeting with grassroots activists of the governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) on Wednesday, Maduro accused

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro and other top government officials have responded to recent criticisms made by several former ministers which have revealed a rift within Chavismo. 

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Venezuelan Government Implements Special Measures in Face of Drought

The reduced level of rainfall and the subsequent prolonging of the November – April dry season is taking its toll on the north

Venezuelan authorities are taking special measures to reduce the impact of the drought affecting the country, which is estimated to be the seventh worst in the last sixty years.

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PSUV Leader Navarro Faces Possible Suspension for Backing ex-Venezuelan Minister Giordani

Hector Navarro, longtime PSUV figure and ex minister of electricity. (agencies)

Prominent Venezuelan socialist Hector Navarro could face suspension from the PSUV for publicly supporting former planning minister Jorge Giordani.

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CELAC Draws Up Plan to Eliminate Poverty & Malnutrition in Region by 2024

Representatives of CELAC member states met with various regional organisations and international development bodies in Caracas,

The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) has advanced toward the agreement of a common plan to tackle social and developmental problems in the region. 

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Venezuela’s Economic “Architect” Giordani’s Exit from Government Causes Controversy

Jorge Giordani (AVN)

The dismissal of one of the government’s long standing economic figures, Jorge Giordani, from his ministerial post has caused debate and controversy in the South American country.

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Venezuelan President and High Ranking Officials to Declare Wealth, Ex-Minister Investigated for Corruption

Eugenia Sader, ex-Health Minister. (VTV)

Venezuelan comptroller Adelina Gonzalez announced yesterday that all senior officials in public office must update their sworn declaration of wealth (DJP) between the 1st and 31st of July.

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Maria Corina Machado is Witness in Maduro Assassination Case in Venezuela

National Guard accompany Machado to the public ministry where she gave testimony yesterday (Vicente Correale)

Yesterday, the far right opposition leader and former legislator Maria Corina Machado arrived at the Attorney General’s Office in Caracas to act as a witness in a high-profile investigation regarding an alleged plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro.

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