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Maduro Creates Council To “Revolutionize" Food Production in Venezuela

Venezuelan farmers will benefit from the increased production network, Maduro said. (archives)

On Sunday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced the formation of a presidential council of farmers, fishers and rural producers working alongside a state-run food distribution company, aimed at addressing nutrition, food scarcity, and rural production in Venezuela.

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63% of Venezuelans Support Government Measures to Fight Smuggling: Poll

Sixty three percent of the Venezuelan population supports president Nicolas Maduro’s measures to fight food smuggling, according to the most recent monthly survey.

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Venezuelan Government, Sidor Workers Sign New Collective Contract

Sidor Workers’ Trade Union (Sutiss) leaders with Minister of Industry José David Cabello (@jdavidcabello)

Workers from the state-owned steel plant Sidor in Guayana City have signed a new collective contract, Minister of Industry José David Cabello announced on Thursday. The contract ends a long-standing dispute between workers and the national government, who have spent over two years in negotiations after the last collective contract expired in 2010.

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Maduro, Venezuelan Catholic Church Dispute “Chavista” Version of “The Lord’s Prayer”

The figure of Chavez is surrounded by spiritual imagery in Venezuela (Terra.com.ve)

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and the Venezuelan Catholic Church have conflicted over the text of a poem which bishops claim amounts to a chavista version of “The Lord’s Prayer.”

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Venezuela Criticizes US Drama for Accusing Maduro of Buying Biological Weapons

The series "Legends" airs on TNT. (21st Century Fox)

The television series Legends has been criticized by the Venezuelan government for a scene in which a character accuses President Maduro and the PSUV party of planning to buy chemical weapons.

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Maduro Announces 'Five Big Revolutions' in Venezuela, Overhauls Cabinet

Maduro announced a new stage of the revolution on Tuesday (VTV)

In declarations to the country on Tuesday night, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced what he described as "a new stage of the revolution", consisting of five designated areas of reform and a full-blown cabinet overhaul.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Condemns Western “Aggression” Toward Russia

Maduro addresses a crowd in Caracas on September 1st (RT News)

While addressing a crowd yesterday in Caracas, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro criticized the “threats” made by the United States and Europe, insisting that “Russia defends itself, and is then accused of employing aggressive politics against the West.” 

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Venezuela, Brazil and the Dominican Republic Offer Emergency Aid to Guatemala

Guatemalan Drought

Venezuela, Brazil and the Dominican Republic have all responded to a plea from Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, who said last week the country could be on the verge of a major food crisisdue to one of the worst droughts in Guatemala's history.

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15 Venezuelan Military Officials Arrested Amid Ongoing Anti-Smuggling Efforts

The officials were arrested in Táchira state (Correo del Orinoco)

Caracas, September 1st 2014 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – 15 members of the military, among them a captain and lieutenant, have been charged for facilitating the smuggling of gasoline and basic food items in Táchira state.

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Venezuelan Experts, Union Leaders Debate Increase in Gasoline Prices

The forum included presentations by each of the five speakers – two economists and three transportation sector representatives

In a public forum on Thursday organized by Caracas newspaper Últimas Noticias, experts and union leaders expressed tentative approval for an increase in Venezuela’s gasoline prices.

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40 Percent Decrease in Smuggling, 232 Arrests Mark Venezuelan Effort Against Contraband

In Zulia alone this year, authorities have recovered 127,613 tons of food and 259,151 liters of fuel, in addition to 106 vehicle

Since the decision to close the 2,200 km border between Venezuela and Colombia at night went into effect on August 12, Zulia state has seen a 40 percent decrease in contraband, General Major Vladimir Padrino López reported earlier today.

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Venezuelan Biometric System Sees Positive Results amid Opposition Boycott

A biometric scanner. (quepasa.com)

Now installed in 11 major supermarket chains nationwide, the biometric system initiated by the Venezuelan government to combat scarcity has produced immediate results. 

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Cultural Ministers of Celac Countries Meet in Caracas

The Celac cultural summit in Caracas, on August 21st. (Minci: JR)

Last Thursday, the second annual meeting of the cultural ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) was held in Caracas. 33 member states met to discuss their objective of fomenting cultural activity as a medium for social development. 

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Venezuelan Army Major Killed in Latest Wave of Anti-Smuggling Operations

Major Bracho was killed on Friday night (Photo: Radiomundial)

​The Venezuelan government has offered its condolences to the family of army Major, Raul Antonio Bracho Jaimes, after the high ranking army official was gunned down by ¨smuggling gangs¨ on Friday night.

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Poll Sees Conflicting Approval Rates for Venezuelan President Maduro

Nicolas Maduro (archive)

Two conflicting reports over the same data – a poll by the private firm Hinterlaces – have pegged Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s approval rating at 60 percent and 39 percent, respectively.

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