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Venezuela Congratulates Correa’s Win to Ecuadorian Presidency

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro expressed his satisfaction yesterday and President Chavez congratulated, as Ecuador took a step to the left on Sunday when Rafael Correa became its new president.

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Chavistas Flood Caracas as Venezuela’s Chávez Closes Campaign

After the very impressive turnout on Saturday by supporters of presidential election candidate Manuel Rosales, some supporters of Hugo Chávez were getting a little nervous. They need not have worried.

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Venezuelan National Assembly Approves 2007 Budget of $53.6 Billion

The Venezuelan National Assembly last week unanimously approved a budget of $53.6 billion (115 trillion bolivars) for the coming year, which is 32% higher than the 2006 budget.

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Massive Rosales Rally Marks the End of Opposition Electoral Campaign

Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans hit the streets of Caracas yesterday to show their support for Manuel Rosales, the main opposition candidate for President. The rally marks the end of the Rosales campaign one week before the December 3rd Venezuelan Presidential elections.

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Cuba-Venezuela Health Agreement Celebrates 6th Anniversary

The Cuba-Venezuela Integral Health Agreement is celebrating its 6th anniversary this week. According to the President’s office, nearly 14,000 Venezuelan patients and 11,000 accompaniments have been sent to Cuba on nearly 200 flights, since 2000.

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Associated Press Poll Shows Chavez With Strong Lead

A strong majority of Venezuelans plan to cast their ballots for President Hugo Chavez on Dec. 3, with most saying the fiery opponent of President Bush has handled government and foreign relations well, according to an AP-Ipsos poll that revealed deep divisions along class lines.

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Venezuela’s Electoral Council and Observers Finalize Preparations

The three main international observer groups, for the upcoming December 3rd presidential election, from the Organization of American States, the Carter Center, and the European Union, have all arrived in Venezuela and began their work this week.

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CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil Program Makes 1st Delivery this Winter

CITGO Petroleum Corporation, in partnership with Citizens Energy Corporation, made its first delivery of discount heating oil of the 2006-2007 winter season last Friday.

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Venezuelan Autonomous Movements March in Caracas for Chavez

Thousands of Venezuelan campesinos, indigenous, union members, and media activists marched in Caracas on Monday, in support of Venezuelan President Chavez, for the consolidation of the revolution, and for the continued autonomous mobilization of their various movements.

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Telesur Correspondent Arrested by Colombia Upon his Return from Venezuela

Telesur journalist Fredy Muñoz Altamiranda was detained Sunday by Colombian security forces on charges of “rebellion and terrorism.” Telesur President Andrés Izarra suggested the arrest could be an attack on the new Latin American TV channel.

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New Book Launched in Venezuela: “Bush vs. Chavez”

Eva Golinger inaugurated her new book Sunday night, “Bush vs. Chavez: Washington’s War Against Venezuela.” It is the highly-awaited update to “The Chavez Code” and chronicles US destabilization attempts and ongoing intervention in Venezuela since 2005.

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Venezuela’s Economy Grew By 10.2% in 3rd Quarter

Venezuela’s economy grew by 10.2% in the 3rd quarter of this year, compared with the same period last year. The driving force behind the growth is the non-oil sector of the economy.

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Venezuela’s Legislature Passes Disability Rights Law

The Venezuelan National Assembly yesterday passed a new Law for Persons with Disabilities that will guarantee disabled people medical assistance and will ensure they are adequately represented in the work place.

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European Union and Venezuela’s Electoral Council Sign Observer Agreement

Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) and a delegation of the European Union signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday, which will guide the EU election observer team for the December 3 presidential elections.

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Minnesota to Host Conference in Solidarity with Venezuela

A conference to be held Nov, 17-19 in St. Paul, Minnesota, will feature workshops ranging from the regional and global significance of the bolivarian political process, U.S. interventionism in Venezuela, the future of the bolivarian process.

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