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AP Interview: Chavez Connects With Poor

"What hurts me most is poverty, and that's what made me a rebel," Chavez said during six hours of conversations with The Associated Press on Saturday during a road trip across the southern plains, a helicopter flight and a visit to a cattle ranch.

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First Meeting of ALBA Ministers Concludes in Venezuela

The countries that make up the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) trade block met in Venezuela this Wednesday for a meeting of the ALBA Ministers.

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Chavez Accuses U.S. of a “Soft Coup” Attempt in Venezuela

Chavez accused the Venezuelan opposition and the U.S. of planning a “soft coup with a slow fuse,” using the same method that has been applied in various eastern European countries in the past few years.

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Venezuela Keeps Regional Human Rights Seat in Blow to U.S.

Venezuela held onto its seat on a Pan-American human rights commission on Tuesday in a blow to U.S. diplomacy a day after the countries traded barbs over media freedom and the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay.

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Pro-RCTV Students Continue to March in Caracas

University students continued to march in the Venezuelan capital this week against the government decision to not renew the broadcast license of the private television channel RCTV.

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U.S. and Venezuela Clash at OAS Meeting

The United States and Venezuela clashed sharply yesterday at a special session of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Panama.

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RCTV Case Causes Tensions between Brazil and Venezuela

The recent case of Venezuelan private television channel RCTV appears to have opened a rift in relations between Brazil and Venezuela after recent declarations made by the Brazilian Congress, and the response from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

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Chavez Dismisses International Disapproval of Venezuela’s Media Policy

As several hundred thousand Chavez supporters rallied in Venezuela’s largest avenue on Saturday, President Chavez rejected all international interference with his decision not to renew a television station’s broadcast license.

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Legislators Present Evidence that Politicians Are Behind Venezuelan Student Protests

Leaders from the opposition political parties in Venezuela are the real actors behind the student protests in Venezuela, according to several Venezuelan National Assembly Members who released evidence yesterday.

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Venezuelan Civil Society Groups Accuse U.S. of Fomenting Destabilization

Organizations, journalists, students, activists and intellectuals in Venezuela accused the national and international media of waging a campaign against Venezuela and of supporting destabilization plans that have been carried out in the country in the past few days.

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Venezuelan President Warns Private Media Against Inciting Violence

In his first declaration since the private network RCTV went off the air last Sunday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez spoke on national television yesterday warning the private television channel Globovision that he would take measures against them if they do not stop "inciting violence" and "calling for disobedience."

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Venezuelan Government Accuses CNN and Globovisión of Inciting Violence

The Venezuelan government accused CNN and the Venezuelan private channel Globovisión yesterday of using subliminal messages during their coverage of the RCTV protests to instigate violence and damage the image of President Hugo Chavez. Communications Minister William Lara presented two videos as evidence of the supposed manipulations to the public and to the Attorney General's office to be investigated if the channels can be tried for "inciting to commit a crime."

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Violence Breaks Out in Anti-Government Student Demonstration in Venezuela

Students from several Caracas universities organized a demonstration to protest the non-renewal of RCTV’s broadcast license. According to several reports, including the opposition-oriented newspaper El Universal, violence broke out between demonstrators and police when demonstrators started throwing rocks at a government building. Student demonstrations continued today, but without incident.

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Protests For and Against RCTV Continue in Caracas

The case of the private Venezuelan television channel RCTV going off the air due to the non-renewal of its broadcast license this Sunday provoked large protests in Caracas both in favor and against the station. Opposition marchers rallied in front of the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel), where conflicts with the police produced several injuries.

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Venezuela Announces New Programs and Progress in Health and in Education

Unperturbed by increasing criticism about the non-renewal of the broadcast license of one of Venezuela’s main television channels, Venezuela’s President Chavez announced a major new higher education initiative and important progress in expanding the country’s health care system.

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