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Venezuela to Completely Overhaul Its Health Care System

Chavez announced Mission Barrio Adentro III, which will reorganize and fully fund Venezuela's ailing hospital system. Funds will come from a new development fund constituted from "excess" Central Bank foreign currency reserves.

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Venezuela's CITGO to Provide Cheap Gas for U.S. Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Schools

10% of CITGO's refined oil products, to be sold directly to hospitals, nursing homes, schools and organized poor communities in U.S. soil.

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Venezuela's Parliament Honors Martin Luther King with Jesse Jackson as Featured Speaker

Reverend Jesse Jackson, Venezuelan indigenous National Assembly Deputy Nohelí Pocaterra, and President Chavez honored Dr. King's "I have a Dream speech" in Caracas.

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Venezuela to Provide Discounted Heating Oil and Free Eye Operations to U.S. Poor

President Chavez said today that Venezuela would provide discounted oil to poor communities in the U.S., beginning with heating oil for this coming winter. He hopes Jackson and U.S.-based groups will help with the plan. Also, Venezuela will provide free eye operations to anyone who needs one.

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Jesse Jackson Says Venezuela No Threat, Praises Venezuelan Government Concerns

U.S. Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson is visiting Venezuela for three days, where he is meeting with a vareity of groups and individuals and representatives. He held a speech at the National Assembly, in honor of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech and said that Venezuela is no threat and that the government is concerned with the "great themes of our time."

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Venezuela’s Chavez Says Pat Robertson Expresses Wishes of U.S. Elite

Chavez said that Pat Robertson's call for his assassination were the expression of a frustrated U.S. elite. He also said that if something were to happen to him the Bolivarian Revolution would continue. Meanwhile, Venezuela suspended the issuing of new permits to foreign preachers.

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Venezuela to Host OAS Meeting on Social Charter

Venezuela will host an Organization of American States ministerial meeting next week, where OAS ministers will discuss a draft proposal for a Social Charter of the Americas, which is to complement the existing Democratic Charter.

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Calls for Bush to Reject Robertson’s Statements on Venezuela Intensify

U.S. Representatives Pelosi and Meeks, Venezuela's foreign ministry, and Rev. Jesse Jackson all urged the Bush administration to unequivocally dissociate itself from Rev. Robertson's statement that the U.S. government should try to assassinate Venezuela's President Chavez.

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Venezuela’s Ambassador Says Robertson is “No Ordinary Citizen”

Venezuela's Ambassador to the U.S. contradicted the U.S. State Department and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, who had dismissed Pat Robertson's call for Chavez's assassination as the comments of an ordinary private citizen. Ambassador Alvarez highlighted the close connection between Bush and Robertson.

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Human Rights and Religious Groups Condemn Pat Robertson’s Attack on Venezuela

The human rights group Global Exchange and the National Council of Churches issued statements in which they condemned Pat Robertson's call for Chavez's assassination. Global Exchange urged Republicans to disassociate themselves from the comments and urged that Robertson be investigated for possible violations of the law.

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Venezuela’s State Oil Company Opens Office in China

PDVSA, Venezuela's state-owned oil company opened an office in China, to which it is exporting five times more oil than it did a year ago. The new office is supposed to help diversify Venezuela's exports, so that the company is not solely dependent on the U.S. market for oil.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson Condemns Pat Robertson's Calls to Kill Venezuela President

U.S. civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr., condemned calls by conservative Christian Coalition leader Pat Robertson’s to assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

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Venezuela VP Condemns Calls by U.S. Religious Leader to Kill Chavez

Venezuelan Vice-president Jose Vicente Rangel condemned today the calls by U.S. religious leader Pat Robertson, to assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

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U.S. Christian Leader Calls for the Assassination of Venezuelan President

U.S. Christian televangelist Pat Robertson, called for the assassination of Venezuelan President Chavez, during his TV show on Monday, arguing that it is cheaper than starting a war to overthrow him.

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Venezuela to Lend Oil to Ecuador

Venezuelan President Chavez announced that Venezuela would provide a loan of oil to Ecuador, which is currently struggling with its oil production because of protests against Transnational oil companies in Ecuador. Venezuela's opposition rejected the move.

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