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Venezuela Denounces US Hypocrisy in Cuban Terrorist Case

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez accused the US government of extreme cynicism and hypocrisy in its handling of the arrest of anti-Cuban terrorist Luis Posada Carriles. Posada is wanted by Venezuela and Cuba for a variety of terrorist acts including a 1976 bombing that killed 73. Venezuela’s extradition request is pending. “The world is watching,” said Chávez, warning the US not to have a double-standard on terrorism.

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Vice-President Warns Of A New Conspiracy Against Venezuela’s Government

Venezuela’s Vice-President Rangel warned that conspirators in the opposition are preparing for a repeat of the ultimately unsuccessful 2002 coup and that the recent attacks on the state oil company are a part of this plan.

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Venezuela's Black List Will Be Taken To Court

The Venezuelan Supreme Court gave National Assembly Deputy Luis Tascón ten days to prepare to defend himself and the posting of the referendum signature list before the highest court of land.

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US Arrests Cuban Terrorist; Venezuela Promises not to Send him to Cuba if Extradited

Cuban terrorist Luis Posada Carriles was arrested yesterday after withdrawing his request for political asylum in the US. US officials have 48 hours to determine whether they will honor Venezuela's extradition request or grant Posada political asylum. Venezuela promised he would not be sent to Cuba if extradited to Venezuela.

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Venezuela’s Tax Agency Fines News Channel Globovisión

Venezuela’s tax agency SENIAT fined private television network Globovisión on Monday. The US$1.5 million dollar debt includes fines and unpaid taxes for Globovisión’s failure to declare air-time provided free of charge during a 2003 opposition strike.

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Venezuelan Authorities Honor Colombian Extradition Request

Venezuelan authorities extradited FARC leader José Martínez Vegas "El Chiguiro" to their Colombian counterparts yesterday. The extradition comes after Colombia and Venezuela recently overcame a diplomatic impasse over Venezuela’s supposed harboring of Colombian guerillas.

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Venezuela Denies Rumors about Oil Industry Problems

A series of reports have emerged in Venezuela's oppositional press, saying that the oil company is in dire straights in terms of corruption, declining production levels, and misappropriated funds. A variety of government spokespersons say that this is all part of a coordinated smear campaign.

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Venezuela Could Hold Referendum to Decide Future of International Reserves

President Chávez continued his campaign for freeing up a portion of the country’s foreign exchange holdings on Saturday, announcing that the question could be put to a national referendum. Venezuela’s reserves currently are at an all-time high.

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Chavez Promises New Venezuelan Education Model to Combat Imperialist Values

President Hugo Chávez announced that his government would transform all Venezuelan high schools into Bolivarian high schools by 2007, which will change the traditional educational paradigm towards teaching the values of solidarity, creativity, and national culture over competition, individualism, and consumerism.

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Case Reopened against Mayor Says Venezuela’s Supreme Court

Venezuela’s Supreme Court has ordered criminal proceedings to be reopened against mayor of the affluent Caracas municipality of Baruta, Henrique Capriles Radonski. Capriles is charged with inciting violence against the Cuban embassy in April 2002 after a coup had briefly toppled the Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

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Venezuela and other South American Countries Meet with Arab League

The first ever South America-Arab League summit ended today. Although it was organized to foment South-South trade between the two regions, political debates won the day. The final declaration declared support for a Palestinian state, but recognized the new Iraqi government; declared its rejection of terrorism, but supported nations and peoples right to resist.

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Cuba and Venezuela Create a Transnational Construction Company

As a means to deepen the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas as well as to resolve the housing shortage throughout Latin America, Cuba and Venezuela created a transnational construction company yesterday. This company will be launched with Cuban machinery and equipment and Venezuelan capital.

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Venezuela's Arms Purchases are a "Closed Issue" for Colombia

Colombia’s Foreign Minister Carolina Barco said today that Venezuelan arms purchases are a "closed issued" for the Colombian government. Colombia plans to focus on cultivating joint projects with Venezuela and on securing their joint border.

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Venezuela’s National Assembly to Investigate Oil Contracts

According to an investigation by Venezuela’s Energy Ministry, some transnational oil companies currently operating in Venezuela have evaded taxes and could owe the government as much as US$2 billion. “Here, one average person pays more taxes than a transnational,” said the head of Venezuela’s tax agency.

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Chávez: US Military Presence in Colombia a Concern for Venezuela

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez says that US military presence in Colombia is a threat for the entire region, particularly the illegal activities carried out by US soldiers in Colombia and the impunity from Colombian justice they enjoy.

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