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US Destabilization Attempts Will Continue Says Venezuela’s Chavez

Venezuelan President puts nation on alert to NATO's "Operation Balboa, predicting that attempts to destabilize his government will continue. Information and Communications Minister holds that it would be irresponsible to rule out any scenarios.

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Controversy over Venezuela Ecotourism and Cattle Ranch Expropiation Deepens

The Venezuelan government's declaration that Hato Piñero, famous for its ecotourism business, cannot prove its ownership title and that a portion of the land would be turned over to peasants has unleashed a storm of controversy because the government accuses the owners of environmental crimes, not protection.

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Venezuela Deported Leaders of Group of Human Traffickers to U.S.

Two leaders of a human trafficking ring were deported from Venezuela to the U.S., where they await trial. The deportation took place despite the Bush administration's charge that Venezuela is not combatting human trafficking sufficiently.

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Venezuela’s Attorney General Rejects Human Rights Watch Criticism of Investigation

Venezuela's Attorney General will continue to investigate Venezuelan human rights lawyer Carlos Ayala's actions during the April 2002 coup attempt, in spite of concerns expressed by various human rights groups.

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Venezuela's Foreign Minister Responds to US Ambassador

Venezuelan Foreign Minister responded to US Ambassador's concerns over recent statements made by the President of Venezuela's National Land institute. Rumsfeld reiterates concerns over Venezuelan weapons purchases.

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Energy Ministry Launches Natural Gas Concessions in Gulf of Venezuela

Venezuela’s energy ministry launched a bidding process for off-shore natural-gas blocks in the Gulf of Venezuela. The project is part of the government’s strategy of decreasing the country’s dependence on oil, 37 private companies from around the world participated in the official launch.

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Colombia’s Uribe Says Cooperation with Venezuela Keeps Improving

In an interview with a Colombian radio station, Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe said that cooperation between his country and Venezuela has been improving steadily. For Uribe, working through diplomatic channels is more important than making public criticisms.

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Venezuela's Oil Minister Says Citgo Will Not be Sold

Venezuelan Energy and Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez, dismissed reports about the sale of Citgo Corp., a U.S. based wholly-owned subsidiary of state oil company PDVSA.

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Venezuela to Create Military Reserve Force of 1.5 Million

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced that 1.5 million Venezuelans will be trained as military reservists, explaining that the best way to avoid war is to be prepared for it.

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US Senate Foreign Relations Chair and Venezuela’s Chavez Meet

Republican Senator and chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Norm Coleman, called his meeting with Chavez positive and constructive. Both vowed to improve relations.

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Venezuela Dismisses Washington Post Accusations of Persecution of Journalists and Media Censorship

Venezuela's Communications and Information Minister dismissed accusations made in The Washington Post, about persecution of journalists and censorship of the press by the Venezuelan government.

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Venezuela's Indigenous Protest Against Coal Mining in their Lands

Venezuelan indigenous demonstrators marched in Caracas against coal mining in western Venezuela. Credit: Aporrea.org / ANMCLA
A protest against coal mining in the Sierra de Perija Mountains, in Venezuela's western state of Zulia, highlighted how mining there is hurting their health, the environment, and their livelyhood.

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U.S. Continues to Push for Containment of Venezuela’s Chávez

Argentina's Defense Minister and a former Colombian president questioned Venezuela's arms sales, while a former Argentinean president and a former Argentinean soccer star gave President Chavez support.

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Venezuela’s Attorney General Criticizes Penal Code Reform

Attorney General Isaias Rodriguez said that the recently passed penal code reform, which human rights groups and the opposition have severly criticized, does not address President's concerns and violates constitutional guarantees.

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Venezuela Summit: Zapatero Asks US to Respect Arms Sale

Spain and Venezuela concluded their summit with the signing of seven agreements, including Spain's sale of military patrol boats and transport planes to Venezuela. President Zapatero argued that the sales were purely for defense and that the U.S. should respect these decisions.

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