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Venezuela Expels Human Rights Watch Director for “Meddling Illegally”

Human Rights Watch Americas Director José Miguel Vivanco was expelled from Venezuela Thursday for violating the conditions of his tourist visa because he engaged in political activity in the country. (YVKE)
The Venezuelan government expelled two employees of the U.S-based NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW), Americas Director José Miguel Vivanco and Americas Deputy Director Daniel Wilkinson, after the two presented a report that harshly criticized the "government's willful disregard" for fundamental rights.

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The Truth Suffers in Human Rights Watch Report on Venezuela

Human Rights Watch focuses on the issues of political discrimination, the separation of powers, and the media in Venezuela, but misrepresents the realities of all three, taking what are at best isolated incidents and portraying them as common occurrences.

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Former Venezuelan Vice President Testifies on Recent Coup Plot

Former Vice-President José Vicente Rangel spoke to reporters Wednesday afternoon, after testifying before the National Assembly's special commission to investigate the latest coup plot against President Chavez.
In a presentation to the Venezuelan National Assembly (AN) on Wednesday, former Vice-President José Vicente Rangel detailed the results of his ongoing investigations into plots to assassinate President Hugo Chávez and overthrow the government.

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Venezuelan Government to Investigate Coup Plot

President Chávez greeted anti-coup demonstrators outside the presidential palace Thursday. The demonstrators chanted "If they come like the 11th, we´ll come like the 13th [of April, 2002]," referring to the day masses of Venezuelans took to the streets to
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez confirmed that several people have been detained for suspected involvement in a recently foiled plot to assassinate him and to take over federal government buildings.   

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Coup Plot Against Chavez Disclosed on Venezuelan TV

Mario Silva, host of the political satire and commentary program La Hojilla (The Razorblade) (VTV)
On Wednesday night Mario Silva, on the program "La Hojilla" (The Razor Blade) showed a recording from an unidentified source in which various military personnel, some retired and some active, were planning a coup against Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

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Venezuelan “Street Parliaments” to Discuss 26 Law-Decrees

The Venezuelan government and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) started a National Plan of Mobilization for the Defense of the 26 Law-Decrees President Chavez passed last July.

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Chavez Accepts Responsibility for Blackouts in Venezuela

Hydropower plant in Guyana (Tamara Pearson)
Following nationwide blackouts, the Venezuelan government acknowledged its responsibility and outlined a plan to fix the ongoing problem.

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Corporate Media Bashes Venezuelan Government's Law Decrees

Chavez critics don't explain Venezuelan law or how Supreme Court rulings interpret it. Nor do they report how the Enabling Law works, that the nation's Constitution authorizes it, that four other presidents used it, among many other things. How can they? It would expose their false accusations and discredit their entire argument.

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United Socialist Party of Venezuela Candidates Register For Regional Elections

March in support of Marcos Diaz, PSUV candidate for governor of the state of Merida (Tamara Pearson)
Over the weekend and today, almost all of the candidates of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) registered for the upcoming November 23 state and regional elections in the National Electoral Council (CNE) office, many accompanied by large marches of their supporters.

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Venezuelan Supreme Court Ratifies Candidate Disqualifications as Constitutional

Venezuela's Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) issued a long-awaited ruling on the constitutionality of disqualifying candidates who are accused of corruption. (Archive)
Venezuela's Supreme Court issued a series of decisions Tuesday and Wednesday that validated the Comptroller General's ruling to temporarily disqualify nearly 300 opposition and pro-Chavez Venezuelans accused of corruption from holding public office.

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