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Venezuela’s Electoral Council Initiates 19 Additional Recall Procedures

Venezuela’s National Electoral Council approved requests to initiate recall procedures against 19 more elected officials. Also, the Council announced that signatures in support of recall referenda will be collected June 16 to 18.

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Chavez Denounces Effort to Give Venezuelans Political Refugee Status in the U.S.

Five Representatives of the U.S. Congress asked President Bush to give temporary legal status to Venezuelan immigrants in the U.S., claiming that "there exists a dictatorship in Venezuela." President Hugo Chávez responded yesterday, accusing the United States of developing an international campaign against him.

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Chavez Announces Takeover of 16 Estates for Venezuela’s Land Reform

Sixteen landed estates will be expropriated for Venezuela’s land reform program, announced President Hugo Chavez yesterday, during his television program Alo Presidente. The total area of land that will thus become available for redistribution to peasants and agricultural cooperatives will exceed 330,000 hectares.

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Chavez Launches Formation of Unified Socialist Party of Venezuela

In front of more than two thousand "promoters" for the Unified Socialist Party of Venezuela yesterday, President Hugo Chávez called for all the political parties that support him to unite behind the new party. These "promoters" will carry out the first stage in the formation of a united pro-government party by the end of the year.

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Activists Ask Bono to Help Shoot Down Video Game About Venezuela

Dozens of organizations are asking Bono, the lead singer of the rock group U2, to stop production of Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, a violent video game in which players become hired mercenaries who invade Venezuela, where a tyrant has tampered with the country's oil supply.

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Venezuela Announces Sale of $5 Billion in PDVSA Bonds

President Hugo Chávez announced the launch of $5 billion in PDVSA bonds, which will be sold to domestic investors starting on Monday. the sale is expected to meet strong demand and will soak up excess cash in the economy and lower inflation.

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Venezuelan Electoral Authority Approves 28 Requests for Recall Referenda

Venezuela’s National Electoral Council announced that it had approved of 28 requests for the initiation of recall referenda against governors and mayors. The Council’s president, Tibisay Lucena, announced the decision yesterday.

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Trinidad and Tobago Signs Energy Agreement with Venezuela

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Patrick Manning met in Caracas yesterday to sign an energy agreement between the two oil producing countries. Despite previous conflicts regarding regional energy agreements, the two nations took a historical step forward in terms of economic integration.

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Venezuelan Fuel Oil Program Praised For Aiding Many Poor Tribes

CITGO Petroleum Corp. came to the rescue of thousands of American Indian families in the Great Plains this past winter with a donation that assisted with the cost of heating homes during a sometimes brutal winter season.

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Chavez: Parties that don’t Join Unified Socialist Party of Venezuela are Free to Leave

Venting his frustration about his coalition partners’ reluctance to join a new unified socialist party, Chavez said yesterday that those who don’t join “may leave.” Representatives from the three largest parties that are part of Chavez’s coalition have said, though, that they are not interested in leaving the coalition.

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Presidents of Argentina, Paraguay, and Ecuador Publicly Defend Venezuela’s Chavez

Argentinean President Nestor Kirchner, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, and Paraguayan President Nicanor Duarte all came to the defense of Hugo Chávez following his controversial tour of Latin America last week and criticized the politics of his counterpart George W. Bush.

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Venezuela Squeezes Out the International Monetary Fund

Hugo Chavez dogged Bush during his own whirlwind tour of Latin America, signing trade accords to promote regional integration. Part of Chavez’s agenda is to squeeze the International Monetary Fund out of Latin America and replace it with a regionally based institution.

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Venezuela Says Inter-American Human Rights Commission Lacks Objectivity

Venezuela’s representative to the Inter-American Human Rights Commission (IAHRC) of the Organization of American States (OAS) accused the commission of being “biased” because it only takes positions of opposition groups into account.

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Venezuela’s Chavez Concludes Whirlwind Latin America and Caribbean Tour

Following his visit to Argentina, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez continued his tour of Latin America and the Caribbean this past weekend, to Bolivia, Nicaragua, Jamaica, and Haiti. On the way he signed more cooperation agreements with the respective countries.

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Venezuela and Argentina Strengthen Regional Integration

While his counterpart U.S. President George W. Bush visited Brazil and Uruguay, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez made a brief visit to Argentina to strengthen his plan for regional integration, the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas and to speak at an Anti-Bush rally.

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