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(UPDATED) National Assembly Election Results - 95 Legislators for PSUV

President Hugo Chavez voting today (agencies).

More than 11 million Venezuelans voted today, electing 165 legislators to the national assembly and 12 to the Latin American Parliament, in 36,553 voting centres across the country. The PSUV won a majority of positions, but not the two thirds necessary for some decision making.

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Abrupt Replacement of Minister Rodriguez Torres Raises Questions in Venezuela

Former interior justice minister, Miguel Rodriguez Torres. (Ultimas Noticias)

On Friday, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced that Interior Justice Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres would be replaced in his post by chief admiral and former defense minister Carmen Melendez. Many Venezuelans believe the decision was an attempt to mend the rift with revolutionary grassroots collectives, who hold the former minister accountable for the deadly shooting of five armed collective members earlier this month.

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Ideological Diversity within the Bolivarian Revolution: Interview with Aporrea's Gonzalo Gomez

Gonzalo Gómez speaking to an opposition crowd at the controversial Forum on Margarita Island.  Gómez has been widely criticise

In this interview, Gonzalo Gómez, founder of leftist Venezuelan website Aporrea.org and militant of  Marea Socialista (Socialist Tide) criticizes the PSUV for stifling political debates. He also expresses regret for participating in a debating panel with members of the right-wing opposition, and defends Aporrea from claims that it is financed by the CIA.

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“The Opposition Doesn’t Keep Its Word”: Interview with National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello

Diosdado Cabello (El Universal)

In this interview with private newspaper El Universal, National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello discusses the state of chavismo, confesses that he doesn’t believe in political neutrality and assures that he’s never had rift with President Nicolas Maduro.

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Venezuela at the UN, Washington At Bay

US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power. (Wikimedia Commons)

Greg Grandin examines the US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power’s, futile attempts to block Venezuela’s recent appointment to the UN Security Council, and anticipates the effect that a Chile-Venezuela Council alliance may have on US foreign policymaking.

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Taking a Leadership Role: Venezuela on U.N. Security Council while Washington Suffers Setback in Prestige

U.N. representatives for Venezuela, including Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez, right, celebrate after being elected to a two yea

With 181 out of 193 of the United Nations representatives voting yes on Thursday, October 16, the Venezuelan government has gained not only a seat on the U.N. Security Council, but an affirmation of a leadership role in the Americas.

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Thousands of Venezuelan Youth March to Demand End to “Terrorism”

A youth participant in Saturday's march against terrorism and for peace stands among thousands of participants and a photo

On Saturday thousands of Venezuelan youth and government supporters participated in a march against terrorism and for peace.  The youth march was organized in response to the assassination of 27-year old lawmaker and Chavista leader Robert Serra, who was murdered along with his partner Maria Herrera in their home earlier this month. 

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Leader of Pro-Government Collective Dies, Four Others Killed in Police Standoff

Jose Odreman, left, with slain legislator Robert Serra, in an image posted by Odreman on Twitter. (Photo: Twitter)

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, an eight hour standoff took place in a Caracas building between the special investigative police body (CICPC) and a pro-government armed collective known as The Revolution’s Shield, of which five members were fatally shot.

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The Professor & The President: Who’s the Bully?

Ricardo Hausmann (prodavinci.com)

Suren reviews the inflammatory Sep 5th opinion piece by Harvard economist Ricardo Hausmann, titled Should Venezuela Default? The article caused interest rates on Venezuelan bonds to temporarily soar as investors balked at Hausmann’s calculated commentary regarding the nation he once served as planning minister, during Venezuela's era of neoliberal reign known as the 4th Republic.

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Victims of 2002 Venezuelan Coup Denounce Double Standards in Justice after Iván Simonovis’ Release

Yesenia Fuentes, president of the Association of Victims of April 11, 2002 (Asovic) speaking at a Press Conference on Llaguno br

Just blocks away from the Presidential Palace, stands Llaguno bridge, the site of a massacre during the April 2002 coup briefly removing Hugo Chavez from Venezuelan office. Today, the bridge was filled with family members of the victims who were demanding answers and justice following the release of former Police chief Iván Simonovis.

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