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Trial Against Venezuelan NGO Annulled, To Begin Anew in March

Amid debates about freedom of dissent and independence of the judiciary, an appeals court ruled to nullify the trial of four leaders of the opposition NGO Súmate. The trial will start over again in March.

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Venezuela's Chavez Tells Britain's Tony Blair Not to Get Involved

Responding to recent comments by Tony Blair that Venezuela should respect rules of the international community, Chavez said angrily that Blair should "not mess with me" and that it is Blair who disrespects international law.

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Spanish Arms Manufacturer Says It Cannot Export Planes to Venezuela

The Spanish arms manufacturer, EADS-CASA, which had agreed to export 12 military planes to Venezuela, says it will not be able to fulfill its contract because of a US veto on the inclusion of US-made parts in the planes. Replacing the parts with non-US items would be unviable, according to EADS-CASA.

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Caracas Objects to “Enhancement” of Voice of America Coverage to Venezuela

US President George Bush’s proposed 2007 budget requests enhanced Voice of America coverage to Venezuela. Caracas responded by suggesting that Washington take care of US poor.

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Venezuelan Participatory Community Planning Councils to Receive $1 Billion

Venezuela’s President Chavez announced that his government will allocate $1 billion to expand and fund community planning councils, which give people direct control in local decisions.

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Venezuela’s Chavez Inaugurates Campaign for Second Six-Year Term

During a march commorating the anniversary of Chavez's 1992 coup attempt, where hundreds of thousands of Chavez supporters demonstrated in Caracas, Chavez offically launched his reelection campaign. Chavez also announced a variety of new government programs.

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Venezuela Expels U.S. Embassy Officer, U.S. Retaliates

Shortly after President Chavez announced that his government expelled a military attaché of the US embassy in Venezuela, for spying on the Venezuelan military, the U.S. government retaliated and announced the expulsion of the chief of staff of the Venezuelan ambassador to the US.

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Venezuela defends Telesur's Cooperation with Aljazeera

Venezuela has hit back at a US congressman's criticism of a recently unveiled alliance between Aljazeera and Latin America's Telesur network.

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Venezuela May Buy Elsewhere if Spain Cannot Overcome US Pressure

President Chavez said that Venezuela might buy military equipment from Russia or China if the US manages to prevent Spain from fulfilling an already signed contract for the purchase of patrol boats and planes.

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Venezuela Launches 12 New State Enterprises to Substitute Imports

The Chavez government inaugurated 12 new state-owned enterprises, which will help the country to become less dependent on imports and use the country's raw materials, instead of exporting these.

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Venezuela Agrees not to Cut OPEC Production, Supports Iran

After initial reports that Venezuela would support production cutbacks in OPEC, it agreed to maintain current levels, while arguing high prices are not the result of insufficient supply. Instead, Venezuela argued that unjustified threats against Iran are one of the causes of high oil prices.

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Venezuela Says It Uncovered U.S. Spy Ring

Venezuela's President Chavez reiterated accusations first made last week that the U.S. embassy in Venezuela is involved in spying. numerous low-level Venezuelan officers were accused of taking payments for information.

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Traffic Jams Worsened in Caracas Because of World Social Forum

Commuters stand in traffic and street vendors and taxi drivers lose money after the partial closing of a major Caracas artery for the Venezuelan gathering of the sixth World Social Forum.

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Small and Earnest Alternative Social Forum in Venezuela

A small Alternative Social Forum, which criticizes the World Social Forum's reliance on government support, is being held in Caracas, in parallel to the large WSF.

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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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