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Venezuelan Journalist Sentenced for Defamation

Ibéyise Pacheco, who accused a military officer of wrongdoing in columns she wrote for one of Venezuela's main newspapers, was given a nine month sentence for defamation. The case has attracted much attention for allegedly being an example of the persecution of journalists in Venezuela.

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U.S. National Security Strategy Cites Venezuela as a Challenge

The Bush Administration’s 2006 Strategy document calls Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez a demagogue “seeking to destabilize the region” and focuses on security importance of free market reforms.

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EU Observers Blame Lack of Confidence in Venezuelan Elections on Campaign

The election observer mission of the European Union presented its final report on the December 2005 parliamentary elections, stating that the greatest problem with the process was the lack of trust in it. According to the head of the observer mission, José Silva Pineda, this lack of trust had its roots in the public debate and not in the actual process itself.

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Venezuela Considers Increasing Taxes for Oil Companies (Again)

Venezuela’s oil minister announced an increase in taxes, from 34 to 50 percent, for companies producing extra heavy crude in the Orinoco Oil Belt, along the Orinoco River.

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Uruguay and Venezuela: Need to Strengthen Mercosur

Uruguay's President Tabaré Vazquez and Venezuela's President Chavez met in Caracas yesterday and today, to sign numerous cooperation agreements and expressed their disapproval of free trade agreements with the U.S.

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Venezuelan Worker Controlled Factory Movement Demonstrates for more Expropriations

A newly created organization, the Revolutionary Workers Front of Occupied and Co-Managed Companies demonstrated for more government expropriations of idle factories today.

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Nineteen Accused of Corruption in Venezuelan Sugar Processing Plant

A report by the National Assembly has leveled accusations against 19 civilians and military officers who were involved in a scandal at a sugar processing plant that cost the government $1.3 million.

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Professor Believes FBI Grilled Him for His Political Beliefs on Venezuela

A Pomona College professor who is an outspoken critic of U.S. policy in Venezuela was questioned Tuesday by two agents from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in what he calls an act of intimidation.

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Venezuelan Women March Against US Invasion of Iraq

Tens of thousands of Venezuelan women took to the streets on International Women’s day to demand an end to the US Occupation of Iraq.

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British Parliament Debate Supports Chavez’s Venezuela

A debate in Britain's parliament about UK policy towards Venezuela allowed most participants to express their support for Venezuela and the need for the UK to have a constructive policy towards the country.

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Venezuela Aviation Authority Plays Hardball With U.S. FAA

Venezuela has announced its intention to cut back flights from US airlines, in response to a decade old US classification which limits Venezuelan flights into the States. American Airlines supports Venezuela’s reclassification.

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Chavez Accuses State Governor of Seeking To Secede from Venezuela

Chavez accused Manuel Rosales, the governor of the Venezuelan state of Zulia, of seeking secession for his state, with support from the U.S., in an effort to destabilize the country. Rosales, though, strongly denied the accusations.

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Prices in Venezuela Fall 0.4% in February

In its biggest drop in 18 years, prices fell 0.4 percent last month, due to a decrease in the cost of food. Inflation over the past 12 months has been 12.5%, which is the lowest rate since 2001.

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Connecticut Latest State to Accept Venezuelan Oil

Among critics' concerns of political interference, Connecticut becomes the latest state to help relieve its residents' heating bill by accepting discounted Venezuelan heating oil.

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U.S. Intelligence Director Negroponte Slams Venezuela

Negroponte accused the Chavez government of spending millions on an extravagant foriegn policy and of suffocating democracy in Venezuela. Venezuelan officials reacted by pointing out that Negroponte is one of the shadiest characters in the Bush administration.

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