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Beneficiaries of Venezuelan Missions March Against Threats by Opposition Governor-Elect

Students and workers of the educational missions in Los Teques march in defense of the missions

Beneficiaries, teachers, adults, disabled people, students and workers came out on Friday to defend the social missions and programs of the national government in the face of threats to close them down by the new governor-elect of the state of Miranda, Henrique Capriles Radonski.

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After Venezuelan Elections, Workers Propose a Cleaning Out and More Revolution

Stalin Perez Borges, a national coordinator of the National Union of Workers (UNT)

It’s time to calm down and sit down together in order to evaluate in depth with the comrades, and draw conclusions that truly reflect reality. It is necessary to open a profound debate within the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), to reflect and proceed with self-criticism, as President Chávez indicated on Sunday night.

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Venezuela Proposes New Regional Currency During ALBA Summit

The presidents of ALBA member countries and associates in Caracas Wednesday
In a speech at the III Extraordinary Summit of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) in Caracas on Wednesday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez proposed the creation of a regional monetary bloc with its own currency to break the hegemony of the U.S. dollar and U.S.-dominated international financial institutions.

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Russia and Venezuela Sign Nuclear Energy Accord During Historic Presidential Visit

Russian President Dimitri Medvedev (Left) shakes hands with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (VTV)

Russian President Dimitri Medvedev became the first Russian president ever to visit Venezuela on Wednesday. A Russian naval fleet arrived in Venezuela to carry out joint excercises, and Medvedev and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez agreed to cooperate to stabilize the price of oil, and discussed the possibility of Russian participation in the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA).

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International Observers “Dazzled” by Venezuelan Electoral Process

International observers present their accounts of Venezuela's elections in a press conference Monday (ABN)
A group of more than 130 international election observers praised the organization, fairness, and efficiency of last Sunday's regional and local elections in Venezuela, and also gave constructive suggestions for how to reduce lines at polling booths in the future.

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Feet of Clay or an Achilles’ Heel?

The catastrophic collapse of Chavismo was not to be, but nor was this a crushing victory or a clear mandate for the drastic radicalization of the revolutionary process. What was revealed was not feet of clay, but an Achilles' heel, giving necessary pause to revolutionaries and imposing reflection on some serious strategic losses.

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Venezuela's 2008 Regional Elections

Regional elections held in Venezuela on November 23rd have been portrayed in the U.S. media as a defeat for to the government of President Hugo Chávez, when in fact the results strongly favor his party, the PSUV. The vast majority of state governorships and mayoralties, including those in many strategic parts of the country such as the Orinoco Oil Belt, remain under pro-government leadership.

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Hugo's Still in Charge

Chavez achieved a sustained rate of economic growth outstripping that of most of Latin America and he put these resources to use tackling the most acute issues of poverty, health and education. These elections show that Chavez now faces a more specific but equally imperative challenge, that of radically improving the infrastructure, and with it, the efficiency and quality of life in the country's main cities.

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United Socialist Party of Venezuela Wins 81% of Mayoral Offices in Elections

President Chavez holds up a copy of the national constitution of Venezuela during his post-election press conference. (PP)
Candidates from the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) won 81% of the mayor’s offices and 77% of the governorships in Venezuela in last Sunday’s regional and local elections, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced in a press conference Monday evening.

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Victory for Venezuela’s Socialists in Crucial Elections – November 2008

The pro-Chavez United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) won 72% of the governorships in the November 23, 2008 elections and 58% of the popular vote, dumbfounding the predictions of most of the pro-capitalist pollsters and the vast majority of the mass media who favored the opposition.

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