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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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Bush Lobbies Argentina, Mexico, and Canada to Contain Venezuela’s Chávez

In private conversations with Argentina's Kirchner, Mexic's Fox, and Canada's Martin, U.S. President Bush tried to convey hs "concerns" about democracy in Venezuela. Also, US officials are said to have criticized Spain's weapons sales to Venezuela.

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Summit in Venezuela: “Accelerate South American Union”

The summit between the presidents of Colombia, Spain, Venezuela, and Brazil ended with an agreement to coordinate in the fight against international crime, against poverty, and for South American Integration.

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Brazil’s President Lula Defends Venezuela’s Right to Sovereignty

During a press conference after the summit meeting between the president of Spain, Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela, Brazil's president strongly defended Venezuela's President Chavez against U.S. accusations.

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US State Department Releases Critical Report on Venezuela’s Human Rights

A State Department Report on its efforts to support human rights around the world contains critical comments on the state of human rights in Venezuela. Vice-President Rangel and President Chavez rejected the report, saying it was baseless and represented more interference in Venezuela's affairs.

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US – Venezuela Relations Thaw over Easter

Secretary of State Rice appeared to tone down the Bush administration's accusations towards the Chavez government, saying that good relations with Venezuela are possible. The Vice-Minister of Foreign relations welcomed the remarks.

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Rumsfeld Criticisms of Venezuela Rejected by Brazil's Ruling Party

U.S. Defense Secretary Rumsfeld questioning of Venezuela's recent weapons purchase, were rejected by Brazil's ruling Worker's Party (PT) , which issued a statement in defense of Venezuela.

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US Gov’t Urges Court to Deport Venezuelans Accused of Terrorism

The U.S. Department for Homeland Security appealed an immigration judge's decision not to deport two Venezuelans who are being accused of having committed terrorist acts in Venezuela. The appeal denies that the suspects would face torture in Venezuela.

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Venezuela VP Responds to Rumsfeld: U.S. Wants to Destroy Latin American Unity

In response to accusations by U.S. Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, Venezuelan Vice President Rangel, accused the U.S. government of carrying through a campaign against Venezuela.

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Venezuelan Land Commission "Recovers" Two Landed Estates

The "recovery" of two large landed estates was made official, based on on the owners' inability to document their rightful ownership. They will be allowed to continue to operate parts of the land, which is currently being used, but idle parts will be distributed to landless farmers.

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Venezuela and ExxonMobil Begin Negotiations over Tax Increase

ExxonMobil, which has challenged the recent increase in oil royalty payments from 1% to 16.6% is entering into negotiations with Venezuela, to see if it can have the rate lowered. Other companies in a similar situation as ExxonMobil are paying the full increase, though.

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