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Caracas Objects to “Enhancement” of Voice of America Coverage to Venezuela

US President George Bush’s proposed 2007 budget requests enhanced Voice of America coverage to Venezuela. Caracas responded by suggesting that Washington take care of US poor.

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Venezuelan Participatory Community Planning Councils to Receive $1 Billion

Venezuela’s President Chavez announced that his government will allocate $1 billion to expand and fund community planning councils, which give people direct control in local decisions.

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Venezuela’s Chavez Inaugurates Campaign for Second Six-Year Term

During a march commorating the anniversary of Chavez's 1992 coup attempt, where hundreds of thousands of Chavez supporters demonstrated in Caracas, Chavez offically launched his reelection campaign. Chavez also announced a variety of new government programs.

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Venezuela Expels U.S. Embassy Officer, U.S. Retaliates

Shortly after President Chavez announced that his government expelled a military attaché of the US embassy in Venezuela, for spying on the Venezuelan military, the U.S. government retaliated and announced the expulsion of the chief of staff of the Venezuelan ambassador to the US.

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Venezuela defends Telesur's Cooperation with Aljazeera

Venezuela has hit back at a US congressman's criticism of a recently unveiled alliance between Aljazeera and Latin America's Telesur network.

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Venezuela May Buy Elsewhere if Spain Cannot Overcome US Pressure

President Chavez said that Venezuela might buy military equipment from Russia or China if the US manages to prevent Spain from fulfilling an already signed contract for the purchase of patrol boats and planes.

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Venezuela Launches 12 New State Enterprises to Substitute Imports

The Chavez government inaugurated 12 new state-owned enterprises, which will help the country to become less dependent on imports and use the country's raw materials, instead of exporting these.

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Venezuela Agrees not to Cut OPEC Production, Supports Iran

After initial reports that Venezuela would support production cutbacks in OPEC, it agreed to maintain current levels, while arguing high prices are not the result of insufficient supply. Instead, Venezuela argued that unjustified threats against Iran are one of the causes of high oil prices.

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Venezuela Says It Uncovered U.S. Spy Ring

Venezuela's President Chavez reiterated accusations first made last week that the U.S. embassy in Venezuela is involved in spying. numerous low-level Venezuelan officers were accused of taking payments for information.

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Traffic Jams Worsened in Caracas Because of World Social Forum

Commuters stand in traffic and street vendors and taxi drivers lose money after the partial closing of a major Caracas artery for the Venezuelan gathering of the sixth World Social Forum.

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Small and Earnest Alternative Social Forum in Venezuela

A small Alternative Social Forum, which criticizes the World Social Forum's reliance on government support, is being held in Caracas, in parallel to the large WSF.

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WSF Talks Latin American Integration

Panelists at the official World Social Forum event on Latin American integration argued in favor of integration as way for overcoming neo-liberal economics and economic dependence on the North.

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Diverse Venezuelan Groups March To Open Sixth World Social Forum

Among throngs of foreigners, Venezuelans marching across Southwest Caracas speak about how they’re working to make another world possible.

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Judge Issues Injunction Against Venezuelan Media

In a decision which critics say violates freedom of the press, a court ruled that the media cannot print information about case files and the private life of a key witness in the assassination case of State Prosecutor Danilo Anderson.

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Venezuela's Chavez and Bolivia's Morales Sign 8 Agreements

The Presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia signed eight cooperation agreements, involving oil for food trade and assistance in the development of Bolivia's natural gas reserves. The two countries also committed themselves to fight imperialism and capitalism.

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