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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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Decalogue of the 26 Law-Decrees

The following is a translation of a document produced by the Venezuelan Ministry for Communication and Information. It is a summary of the content of the 26 laws passed by the National Executive and also seeks to debunk some of the myths spread by the opposition.

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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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