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WSF Talks Latin American Integration

Panelists at the official World Social Forum event on Latin American integration argued in favor of integration as way for overcoming neo-liberal economics and economic dependence on the North.

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Diverse Venezuelan Groups March To Open Sixth World Social Forum

Among throngs of foreigners, Venezuelans marching across Southwest Caracas speak about how they’re working to make another world possible.

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Judge Issues Injunction Against Venezuelan Media

In a decision which critics say violates freedom of the press, a court ruled that the media cannot print information about case files and the private life of a key witness in the assassination case of State Prosecutor Danilo Anderson.

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Venezuela's Chavez and Bolivia's Morales Sign 8 Agreements

The Presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia signed eight cooperation agreements, involving oil for food trade and assistance in the development of Bolivia's natural gas reserves. The two countries also committed themselves to fight imperialism and capitalism.

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Venezuela, Brazil, and Argentina Plan 8,000 Kilometer Gas Pipeline

The Presidents of Venezuela, Argentina, and Brazil gathered in Brasilia to discuss plans to build a 8,000 km gas pipeline from Venezuela to Argentina, so as to promote Latin American energy integration and independence.

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Venezuela OKs Anti-Drug Pact With U.S.

Venezuelan officials said Thursday that they have approved a new anti-drug agreement with the U.S., months after the South American nation suspended cooperation amid allegations of U.S. spying.

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Venezuelan Government Workers to Receive Raises

The National Workers Union and Venezuelan government are in negotiations to determine this year’s civil servants’ raises. For the past two years, only those workers receiving minimum wages have seen salary increases.

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Venezuelan Supreme Court Judge Accuses Justice Department of Corruption

Supreme Court Judge Luis Velazquez Alvaray accused functionaries of the Venezuelan court system's administration of corruption and asked the Attorney General to investigate.

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Chavez Summarizes Accomplishments of 2005 and Accuses U.S. of Interference in Venezuela

Addressing the nation and the Venezuelan parliament, Chavez summarized accomplishments of his government in 2005, citing reductions in poverty, among others. Chavez also accused the U.S. of pursuing imperialist aims with its efforts to prevent Venezuelan arms purchases.

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Venezuela Launches Social Mission Aimed at Helping the Most Vulnerable

Mission Negra Hipólita, the new Venezuelan social mission, will work toward helping the most disenfranchised groups in Venezuelan society, such as homeless adults, street children, and the disabled.

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Spain Resists U.S. Attempts to Block Venezuelan Aircraft Sale

The U.S. government told Spain that it would not allow the sale of spanish military patrol boats to Venezuela, as these include U.S. technology and would destabilize the region. Spain said it would proceed with the sale anyway, with non-U.S. parts, if necessary.

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Venezuelan Homeless Occupy Abandoned Buildings, City Preps Legal Take-over

According to Caracas City Mayor Juan Barreto, 32 abandoned buildings have been occupied illegally recently, which must be distinguished from the city's efforts to legally expropriate abandoned buildings for the city's homeless.

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Venezuela's CITGO, Maine Gov. and Tribes Sign Low-Cost Heating Oil Deal

CITGO starts delivering discounted heating oil for residents of U.S. the state of Main. Governor John Baldacci thanked CITGO and Venezuela for the generous act.

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World Social Forum in Venezuela is on Track Say Organizers

Organizers of the 2006 World Social Forum in Caracas expect 100,000 participants at 2,200 events, in 250 meeting spaces this coming January 24 to 29. Transportation problems between airport and city will be dealt with.

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Venezuela's Jews Defend Leftist President in Flap Over Remarks

The Venezuelan Jewish community leadership and several major American Jewish groups are accusing the Simon Wiesenthal Center of rushing to judgment by charging Venezuela's leftist president, Hugo Chavez, with making antisemitic remarks.

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