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New Measures Launched to Protect Venezuelans' Constitutional Right to Health Care

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The people of Venezuela enjoy health care as a constitutional right. Yet given the political economy of the pharmaceutical industry, the distribution of medication necessary to secure that right has been inconsistent.

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U.S. Senate Committee Approves Sanctions, Venezuela to Appeal to United Nations

Roberta Jacobson attended the Senate hearing and expressed the White House’s disapproval of possible sanctions directed toward

Earlier this afternoon in Washington, the Foreign Relations Committee of the U.S. Senate approved 13 to 2 the “Venezuelan Human Rights and Democracy Protection Act.” The bill includes sanctions on key individuals of the Venezuelan government and at least $15 million to “defend human rights… and strengthen the rule of law.”

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Alitalia Suspends Service to Venezuela, IATA Warns of Further Withdrawals

Before May, Alitalia flew 5 times a week to and from Caracas. (BBC Mundo/AFP)

Italian Airline Alitalia, whose services represent 22% of the routes between Europe and Venezuela, has announced the suspension of its operations in the South American nation, starting June 5th.

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UNASUR Ministers “Re-Open” Communication between Venezuelan Government and Opposition

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Foreign diplomatic representatives in Venezuela responsible for assisting the dialogue process between the Venezuelan government and opposition have reported a “re-opening” of communication between the two sides.

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Venezuela and Palestinian President Abbas Reach Fresh Oil & Diplomatic Agreements

Mahmoud Abbas and Nicolas Maduro (AVN)

Venezuela and Palestine have signed fresh agreements on oil, taxation and diplomatic cooperation.

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Venezuela’s “El Sistema” Youth Orchestra System Expands to Public Institutions

Nicolas Maduro was present at the inauguration of the new centre (agencies)

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro inaugurated a new children’s music centre in the headquarters of the electricity ministry on Thursday as part of plans to greatly increase the number of children receiving free classical music education in the country.

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Bolivarian Government Defends Venezuelan Basketball Hero against Racist Attacks

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Last week, vandals who Diodado Cabello, President of the National Assembly, labeled “neo-fascists” scrawled racist death threats on three walls of the stadium where Herrera’s team was scheduled to play.

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Candidates Officially Launch Campaigns to Replace Jailed Venezuelan Opposition Mayors

Alejandro Mendez of the GPP launched his campaign in San Cristobal, but faces an uphill struggle to win in the opposition strong

On May 25, the voters of San Diego, Carabobo State and San Cristobal, Táchira State, will go to the polls to elect new mayors for their respective cities.

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Venezuelan Capital Sees Rise in Violent Street Bands Following Opposition Withdrawal from Peace Talks

On Tuesday, Ramon Aveledo, the executive secretary of MUD, announced the opposition was walking from dialogue talks (agencies)

The rekindling of street violence follows a widely publicized press conference held by the leadership of the Democratic Unity Table (MUD), where the opposition announced their withdrawal from the dialogue talks initiated by the government.

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Venezuelan Leftists Meet to Discuss Future Directions in Political Ideology and Eco-Socialism

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Venezuelan leftists met in two conferences over the weekend as part of efforts to design the direction and strategy of the country’s Bolivarian revolution in the coming period.

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Polls Reveal Wider Concerns of Venezuelan Public

The wealthy business center of Chacao, Caracas, has served as the trenches for anti-government protests and barricades since Feb

Two private Venezuelan polling firms, Hinterlaces and Datanalisis, recently released data concerning Venezuelan public opinion in the face of protest-related violence.

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Venezuelan Intelligence Chief Murdered, 11 Protestors Indicted after Thursday’s Mass Arrests

Venezuelan Justice Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres expressed grief and his determination to identify the sniper who killed poli

Yesterday at noon, Rafael Celestino Albino Arteaga, 44, Vargas state chief of the Venezuelan Bolivarian Intelligence Service (SEBIN), was shot dead by an unidentified male assailant in a shopping mall in the western city of Maracay.

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Venezuelan Policeman Killed by Sniper While Clearing Protest Barricade in Caracas

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In the early hours of Thursday morning, Jorge Tovar, 24, a Venezuelan national police officer was shot dead in the neck by a sniper, according to official sources. The shooting occurred as police attempted to clear an encampment that blocked traffic set up by hardline anti-government protestors, or guarimberos, in the upperclass neighborhood of Los Palos Grandes, in eastern Caracas.

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U.S. Bill Proposing Sanctions on Venezuela Passes House Foreign Affairs Committee

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A Human Rights bill proposed by Florida Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, which includes sanctions on the Venezuelan government, cleared its first legislative hurdle this morning after passing the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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United Nations, UNICEF Praise Venezuelan Equality As Government Takes On Steep Housing Goals

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Yesterday Niky Fabiancic, Resident United Nations Coordinator for Venezuela, praised Venezuela’s prowess in meeting the United Nations’ Millennium Goals. “Venezuela is one of the leading countries in Latin America and the Caribbean in reducing inequality,” Fabiancic said.

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