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Valijagate Trial Update VIII: And Now, The End Is Near

Can it be? This strange Miami suitcase trial has come to its last stage. The prosecution and the defense have made their closing arguments, and Friday the jury began deliberations on whether to send Franklin Duran to prison for "acting as an unregistered agent" of the government of Venezuela. Weeks of headlines, and still nobody knows what that means.

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Venezuelan Government Investigates Possible Sabotage in Massive Power Outage

An "erroneous adjustment of the security system" in Venezuela's electricity grid caused a power outage in 11 of Venezuela's 23 states on Sunday, from 10:40 in the morning until the evening, according to the president of the National Electricity Corporation (CORPOELEC), Hipólito Izquierdo.

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Smoke and Mirrors: An Analysis of Human Rights Watch’s Report on Venezuela

The September 18, 2008 Human Rights Watch report, “A Decade Under Chavez,” raises a few problems with regard to the protection of political rights in Venezuela, but the few places where it is on target are almost completely drowned in a sea of de-contextualization, trumped-up accusations, and a clear and obvious bias in favor of the opposition and against the government.

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Zulia Governor is Planning New Coup, Says Venezuelan President

President Hugo Chávez at a United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) event Sunday. (VTV)
During a campaign event for the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) in the western state of Zulia on Sunday, President Hugo Chávez declared that the current governor of Zulia, Manuel Rosales, is behind a plot to overthrow the national government.

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Chavez Clashes with Communist Party of Venezuela over Candidacies

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez threatened to "sweep off the map" the Venezuelan Communist Party (PCV) and fellow leftist party Patria Para Todos (PPT), both of which have launched alternative candidacies to those of Chávez's United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) in the upcoming November 23rd regional and local elections

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Human Rights Watch in Venezuela: Lies, Crimes and Cover-ups

A close reading of the recent Human Rights Watch "Report" on Venezuela reveals an astonishing number of blatant falsifications and outright fabrications, glaring deletions of essential facts, deliberate omissions of key contextual and comparative considerations and especially a cover-up of systematic long-term, large-scale security threats to Venezuelan democracy posed by Washington.

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Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez Launches Campaign for Regional Elections

Hugo Chavez gives speech to PSUV members on Sunday (PSUV)
At the main national launch of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela's (PSUV) electoral campaign on Sunday Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez declared that it would be possible to win all the governor positions but warned against complacency and betrayal and also looked at the tasks of the revolution beyond the elections.

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New Coup D'Etat Rumblings in Venezuela

With a few months left in office, the Bush administration may be unleashing its last hurrah in Latin America. A "hail Mary" effort to reclaim the region. Remove its weak democracies in countries like Bolivia and strong ones in Venezuela.

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I Can't Believe It's Not Human Rights Watch!

When we read in the American press that two officials from Human Rights Watch have been booted out of Venezuela, our first thought will not be, "what did they do". It won't be. We expect people who work for Human Rights Watch to, well, watch human rights.

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United Socialist Party of Venezuela Launches Electoral Campaign

Supporters of President Chavez gather outside the presidential palace to launch the campaign for the Nov. 23rd mayoral and gubernatoral elections. (ABN)
The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) officially launched its campaign for regional and municipal elections of November 23 on Tuesday.

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