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Venezuela Officially Launches "Petrochemical Revolution"

President Chavez presents plans for Venezuela's "petrochemical revolution" during his weekly TV program Aló Presidente. (MinCI)
President Hugo Chavez officially launched Venezuela's "Petrochemical Revolution" on his national TV and radio program Aló Presidente yesterday, with an estimated investment of $20 billion.

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Presidents of Venezuela and Brazil Reaffirm Commitment to Integration

(Archive)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez traveled to Manaus, Brazil, yesterday to meet with his Brazilian counterpart President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and to discuss the Gas Pipeline of the South, Venezuela's entry into Mercosur, the Bank of the South, and other bilateral projects.

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Venezuelan Doctors Step Up Protests against Government

(El Universal)
A dispute supported by the Venezuelan Medical Federation (FMV), erupted within Venezuela's public hospital system this week with doctors demanding salary increases and improved working conditions.

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Caracas Housing Activists March Against Forced Evictions

Protests march to the the Supreme Court in Caracas, to demand an end to evicions. (Silvia Leindecker)
Hundreds of Venezuelan housing activists descended on the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ), this Tuesday, to demand an end to the forced evictions.

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President Chavez to Meet with the FARC in Venezuela

Hugo Chávez and Colombian Senator Piedad Cordoba (MinCI)
President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela will meet with the FARC spokesperson Raul Reyes in Venezuela in the coming weeks, Colombian Senator Piedad Cordoba announced yesterday after a meeting with the president.

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Opposition Protestors Attack Venezuelan Regional Newspaper

Venezuelan opposition protestors violently attacked the offices of privately owned Venezuelan regional daily, Panorama, on Monday, with the aim of shutting the newspaper down.

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Venezuela Launches New “Bolivarian” Education Curriculum

With the inauguration of 15 new Bolivarian Schools, President Hugo Chavez kicked off the 2007-2008 school year across the country this week. He announced the new Bolivarian education curriculum to which he said all schools in Venezuela, including private schools, will have to abide.

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Venezuela Dismisses U.S. Criticism on Cooperation against Drug Trafficking

The U.S. government criticized Venezuela for the third consecutive year in its annual memorandum on major drug transit or major illicit drug producing countries. Venezuela's Attorney General dismissed the report as part of the U.S. government's "psychotic" relationship to Venezuela.

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Venezuela to Carry Out "Natural Gas Revolution"

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced plans for a "Natural Gas Revolution" as part of a strategy for national development yesterday during his Sunday TV and radio program Aló Presidente.

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Venezuelan Opposition Leader’s Security Chief Linked to Political Assassination

The security of chief of the opposition governor of Venezuela’s Zulia State, Manuel Rosales, was arrested and charged on Friday with crimes relating to the murder on August 8 this year of Claudio Enrique Macías Briceño, an officer of the Military Intelligence Direction (DIM).

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Colombian Senator: Chavez is “The Only Person” Who Can Deal with the FARC

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, “is the only person who can achieve a humanitarian accord” with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), says Colombian Senator Piedad Córdoba.

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Party on Verge of Breaking Away from Pro-Chavez Coalition

The rift between Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and the political party Podemos, which is part of the pro-Chavez coalition, deepened on Tuesday after Podemos deputies abstained in a vote on Chavez’s proposed project of constitutional reform.

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Venezuelan Opposition Invited to National Assembly to Debate Constitutional Reform

Julio Borges (Primero Justicia)
Leaders from Venezuelan opposition parties Democratic Action (AD), Movement towards Socialism (MAS) and Justice First, were received in the Venezuelan National Assembly yesterday to present their views on President Hugo Chavez's proposed constitutional reforms.

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Chavez Warns that Bolivia is Being Destabilized by U.S. Just as Venezuela

Flanked by Bolivian President Evo Morales, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned of a plan financed by the United States to derail the democratically elected government of Bolivia, including a plan to assassinate Morales.

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Pro-Chavez Deputies Rebuke Fellow Deputies of Venezuela’s National Assembly

After five hours of discussion the Socialist Block in the Venezuelan National Assembly resolved Thursday to disallow parliamentary deputies Luis Tascón and Iris Valera from speaking on behalf of the Block.

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