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Venezuela Transfers Administration of Ports and Airports to National Government

Anzoategui State Governor Tarek William Saab (at microphone) and 16 other governors ratified the transfer of power on Monday. (ABN)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced Sunday that the administration of Venezuela's ports and airports will be transferred from the state governments to the national government in order to defend national sovereignty and combat corruption, contraband, and drug trafficking.

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Venezuela Turns Women’s Affairs Ministry Into Full-Fledged Ministry

La Cantera performed with President Chavez Sunday in honor of women. (ABN)

In honor of International Women’s Day Sunday, President Hugo Chávez announced that the Women’s Affairs Ministry, which was created last year as an extension of the National Institute of Women (INAMUJER), will now have its own budget and central office.

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Inter-American Human Rights Court Says Venezuela Did Not Violate TV Station’s Free Speech

The headquarters of the Inter American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica. (Archive)
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights announced that the Venezuelan government did not violate the right to freedom of expression, equality before the law, or private property of two private television stations, Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV) and Globovisión.

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Venezuela Streamlines Government Ministries to Improve Efficiency

Communication and Information Minister Jesse Chacón announced the changes in Chavez's cabinet.
Venezuela's President Chávez consolidated several state ministries and shuffled his cabinet Tuesday in an effort to "accelerate the administrative dynamic of the state to make it more efficient," according to an official statement released by the President.

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Discourse and Division in Venezuela

Both sides of the Venezuelan political spectrum are well known for their inflammatory rhetoric. Given this context it would be tempting to view current declarations of an intention to construct a more consensual politics with optimism.

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“The People Won the Vote, Now The People Must Become the Government”

Journalist and activist of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) Vanessa Davies spoke with about the meaning of the referendum, the next steps and challenges ahead for the PSUV, gender in the Chávez government, the media, and U.S. President Barack Obama.

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Hugo Chávez and Venezuela: Tides of Victory

The referendum victory of Venezuela's president is founded on an extension of the understanding of democracy that has both national roots and regional parallels, says Julia Buxton.

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The Liberation of Venezuela's Revolution

The 55% majority which secured Sunday's referendum to remove term limits in Venezuela did not appear particularly impressive in comparison to the 63% that re-elected Chavez back in 2006. It should be recognised, however, that Chavez's support was partially split. Allegiances have in fact changed very little in the last few years.

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Director of Public Venezuelan TV Station Rejects Accusations of Irregularities

The president of the public broadcasting station Venezuelan Social Television denied harsh allegations made last week that the management had deviated from its purpose of being an outlet for Venezuela’s independent and low-budget producers.

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Venezuela Ends Term Limits

I feel the need to suggest that millions of Venezuelans may not really be fearful, complacent, or neglectful. I think that millions of people favor the policies of Hugo Chávez and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) because socialism has improved their lives.

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