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Venezuelan Government and Activists Seek to Advance toward “Communal State”

In the town of Mesa Bolivar last weekend, commune members met in an assembly where initial announcements and cultural activities

The Venezuelan government and commune movement are taking steps to move towards the creation of what is referred to as a “communal state”, which involves community organisations assuming collective control of local production and decision making.

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Venezuelan Peasants Protest Supreme Court Decision to Return Lands to Agribusiness

Jose Tapia Coiran: “Our production is for the people, for the state, for the institutions. These lands were rescued.” (Aporr

On Monday, hundreds of peasant workers, or campesinos, gathered in a central plaza of the Venezuelan capital Caracas to protest a Supreme Court decision. The ruling upheld agribusiness and large landowners’ claims to ownership of land that has been cultivated by peasant collectives for over 12 years.

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U.S. House of Representatives Ignores Latin American Consensus, Passes Sanctions against Venezuela

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., right, and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., speaking at a May 9 rally on Capitol Hill to push f

Despite emphatic opposition from UNASUR, CARICOM, the OAS, the Movement of Non-Aligned Nations, the Venezuelan President, the Venezuelan National Assembly and Venezuelan public opinion, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly for sanctions.

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Childcare Workers Begin Vigil Outside National Assembly in Venezuelan Capital

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With at least one representative from each of Venezuela’s 23 states, some 100 childcare workers gathered yesterday outside the National Assembly. “We’re revolutionaries, not slaves. We cannot live on 2975 bolivares a month—barely 70% of the nation’s minimum wage. And we get no benefits or pensions.”

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Wives of Jailed Opposition Mayors Win Municipal By-Elections

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The wives of two opposition mayors jailed for refusing to act against militant opposition street barricades have won the municipal by-elections to replace their husbands in two western Venezuelan cities.

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UNASUR Rejects Intended US Sanctions on Venezuelan Officials

Unasur foreign ministers during their press conference (EFE)

The Union of South American Nations (Unasur) late on Friday rejected a legislative initiative which is being processed in the United States in order to impose sanctions on Venezuelan officials in connection with the protests facing the South American country in the last three months.

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Opposition University Strike Coincides with Fresh Violence in Venezuela

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Pro-opposition university authorities and lecturers largely closed 18 of the country’s 61 universities on Thursday. The strike was part of a protest action that coincided with fresh incidents of street violence, including an attack on the youth wing of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (JPSUV).

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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

Carl Herrera (archive)

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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