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Bush Orders More CIA Activity in Venezuela

Yesterday, CIA chief General Michael V. Hayden revealed President George W. Bush had requested his agency “pay more attention” to the activities of President Hugo Chávez and his government in Venezuela.

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Venezuela’s Legislature Approves Emergency Sessions for “Mother of Laws”

Venezuela’s National Assembly approved a resolution yesterday, according to which the legislature would declare emergency sessions for the approval of an “enabling law,” which will allow President Chavez to pass law-decrees on specific issues in the next 18 months.

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Venezuela and Ecuador Sign Energy Agreements

Venezuela and Ecuador yesterday signed nine energy accords in a move that they say will strengthen the already close links between the two governments.

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Venezuela’s Chavez Guest of Honor at Ecuadorian President’s Symbolic Inauguration

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez was the guest of honor, together with Bolivia’s President Evo Morales for the symbolic indigenous inauguration of Ecuador’s new President Rafael Correa on Saturday.

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Iran and Venezuela Plan Anti-U.S. Imperialism Fund

Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad -- fiery anti-Bush leaders whose moves to extend their influence have alarmed Washington -- said Saturday they would help finance investment projects in other countries seeking to thwart U.S. domination.

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Venezuela to Compensate Telcom Owners Upon Nationalization

Govenrnment officials tried to calm investors last week, assuring that the nationalization of the telecommunications company CANTV would not involve expropriation, but that owners would be fairly compensated for their shares. Further clarifications of the other nationalization were also provided.

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Nicaragua Joins Venezuela in Regional Association and Cooperation Agreements

Nicaragua’s newly elected President Daniel Ortega signed 15 cooperation agreements with Venezuela and agreed to have his country join Venezuela’s “Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas.” Venezuela also forgave Nicaragua’s debt to Venezuela.

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Chavez Sworn In to Second Full Term as Venezuela’s President

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez was sworn in to his second full term as President, promising to dedicate himself to the construction of Venezuelan socialism.

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Venezuelan Government Announces $5 Billion for Communal Councils in 2007

The Venezuelan government announced Monday that $5 billion dollars will be available for the new participatory democratic institutions the Communal Councils in 2007.

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Chavez Announces Nationalizations, Constitutional Reform for Socialism in Venezuela

During the swearing-in ceremony of his new cabinet, Venezuela’s President Chavez announced a series of dramatic new measures for moving ahead in establishing 21st century socialism in Venezuela. Among these new measures are the convocation of a new constitutional assembly and the re-nationalization of key industries.

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Chavez Swears-In New Cabinet for “Venezuelan Path to Socialism”

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez swore in 15 new and 12 continuing members of his cabinet today. The cabinet shake-up comes as Chavez is about to renew his own oath of office on Wednesday, at the start of his second full term as President of Venezuela.

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Venezuela’s Chavez Names Vice-President, Ministers for New Term

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced yesterday that Jorge Rodríguez would replace José Vicente Rangel as his new Vice-president while Minister for Justice and the Interior Jesse Chacón is to be replaced by National Assembly Deputy Pedro Carreño.

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Venezuelan Prison Riots Kill 22 Inmates this Week

Fresh fighting between rival gangs in a Venezuelan jail left six inmates dead, raising the death toll in riots this week to 22, officials said Wednesday.

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Venezuelan Economy Grows Over 10% for 3rd Year in A Row

The end of year figures for the Venezuelan economy showed a mixed bag of good news and bad news. On the negative side the final inflation figure for 2006 was 17%, while on the plus side the government collected $25 billion dollars in taxes and the economy grew by 10.3% over the year.

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Venezuelan Government Will Not Renew “Coup-Plotting” TV Station’s License

In a controversial decision, President Chavez announced last week that the broadcast license of the oppositional TV station RCTV, which expires in May of this year, will not be renewed. Government officials explained that according to Venezuelan law the renewal is a discretional decision of the government and is thus completely legal.

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