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Venezuela Hails OAS Meeting As Great Success

Minister of Communication and Information, Andrés Izarra, said that Venezuela made a significant contribution to the Organization of American States meeting that just ended because eight of its proposals were adopted, which would strengthen freedom of speech and respect for sovereignty. Vice-President Rangel emphasized that Latin America had regained its dignity.

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Venezuela Confiscated Missile Parts at Airport, Launches Investigation

Venezuelan authorities seized the missile parts of three air-to-air missiles that were found in a hanger in Venezuela's main airport. The parts came from Colombia and were supposed to go to Israel.

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Venezuela, OAS Countries Reject US Proposal to Monitor Democracies

A proposal sponsored by the US to establish a mechanism to monitor "threats" to democracy in the Americas, was rejected by the majority of the member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS).

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Venezuela Dismisses US Accusations of Involvement in Bolivia's Crisis

US Assistant Secretary of State Roger Noriega blamed Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez for the current social and political unrest in Bolivia. Venezuela's Foreign Minister Alí Rodríguez responded by asking Noriega to provide proof that Chávez is meddling in Bolivia's affairs.

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Latin America Defies US Over Venezuela at OAS

Most Latin American countries have said that they are opposed to the Bush administration's draft for a final statement at the 35th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS). Most see it as an effort to isolate Venezuela in the future.

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OAS Should Support both Social and Political Rights Says Venezuela’s Foreign Minister

In his address to the OAS General Assembly, Venezuela's Foreign Minister Ali Rodriguez said that Democracy and Poverty are incompatible and that the OAs ought to adopt the social charter Venezuela helped draft, in order to strengthen social rights in the region.

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Rice Advocates Intervention for Democracy in Veiled Threat Against Venezuela

Lobbying for the idea that the OAS should adopt a mechanism for monitoring the quality of democracy in member countries, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, emphasized the importance of "democracy promotion." President Chavez suggested that the US needs to be monitored.

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Venezuela’s Poor 33% Richer Thanks to Social Programs

A report released by Datos Information Resources earlier this week reveals that Venezuelans have gotten poorer over the past twenty years. But government programs providing subsidized food, free health care and education have made a difference to the tune of 33% in the poor’s purchasing power of the past year.

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Venezuela Dominates Preliminary Discussion at 35th General Assembly of the Organization of American States

The OAS is meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida from Sunday-Tuesday to discuss how to “deliver the benefits of democracy,” to all the country’s of the hemisphere. One way to do so, say US and OAS officials is to give civil society groups a “voice.” Yet the OAS’ guardianship of Latin American democracy has long been criticized as inadequate, and it is not clear that incorporating NGOs into the organization’s structure will improve the situation.

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Venezuela Accuses US of Politicizing Human Rights Work

The US State Department released it’s annual Human Trafficking Report today, classifying Venezuela as one of fourteen “Tier 3” countries. In a communiqué, the Venezuelan government criticized the lack of objectivity of the report, denouncing it as a “demonstration of how the administration has politicized it’s work on human rights.”

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Venezuelan Opposition Leader’s Meeting With Bush Stirs up Controversy

A 15 minute meeting between President Bush and Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado was widely interpreted as a sign of thinly-veiled U.S. support for Venezuela’s opposition. U.S. Congressman José Serrano and foreign Minister Rodriguez condemned the meeting, while Bush spokespersons defended it.

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Venezuela’s Embassy in U.S. Says It Still Seeks Posada’s Extradition

Venezuela's Embassy in the U.S. released a communiqué that states that Venezuela will continue to seek the arrest of Cuban-Venezuelan Posada Carriles, who Venezuela and Cuba say is a terrorist. The communiqué says that Venezuela will provide further evidence of Posada's crimes so that he would be extradited to Venezuela.

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20,000 Graduate from First Round of New Venezuelan Educational Program

During the graduation ceremony, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez honored the 20,686 graduates and affirmed that the budget for the education missions would be increased to $50 million per month. Chávez acknowledged Cuba's solidarity and thanked Cuba for granting 10,000 scholarships for graduates to study holistic community medicine.

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Oil Transnationals in Venezuela Agree to Pay Back Taxes

The majority of the 22 petroleum transnationals working in Venezuela are going to pay back the billions of dollars they owe to the Venezuelan state. A meeting has been set for next Thursday to determine the method of payment.

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Venezuelans March for Petroleum Sovereignty, Against Bush

Venezuelans marched on Saturday in support of the petroleum sovereignty of the new PdVSA, Venezuela's state-owned petroleum company and in protest of the US's decision not to extradite Cuban terrorist Luis Posada Carriles to Venezuela. Vice President José Vicente Rangel affirmed that US terrorism goes beyond Posada and includes a network of government officials such as the Bush family.

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