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Labor Dispute Continues in Venezuela’s State-Owned Oil Industry

The ongoing industrial dispute in Venezuela's state-owned oil company PDVSA continued yesterday as a work stoppage called by some unions over a week ago, called “Zero Hour,” approached with various small industrial actions taking place around the country.

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Actor Sean Penn Tours Venezuela

The Venezuelan president reveled in his role as host to the Hollywood star as they flew across the country Friday and traveled through the countryside in a military jeep with Chavez at the wheel, stopping to greet cheering supporters.

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Chavez Announces Latin American Tour to Strengthen Integration

In a record breaking eight-hour session of Aló Presidente Sunday, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, speaking from the presidential palace of Miraflores, called for a global “alliance of civilizations” to resist the attacks of US imperialism. Chavez also officially announced he will visit Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador this week with the aim of strengthening Latin American integration.

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Zulia Regional Police Accused of Kidnappings and Collaboration with Paramilitaries

The Mayor of Maracaibo, Gian Carlo Di Martino, called for a national government takeover of the Regional Police Force of Zulia state. Di Martino’s call comes in the context of a surge of kidnappings, murder and extortion in the frontier state, which borders Colombia.

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Constitutional Reform to Give More Power to Venezuelan Communities

At a meeting with communal councils on Thursday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez emphasized the power of the grassroots as one of the most important changes of the proposed constitutional reform.

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Venezuelan President Accuses U.S. for Problems With Mercosur

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez accused the government of the United States yesterday of causing the difficulties Venezuela has had in joining the South American trade block Mercosur.

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Inflation Drops Significantly in July in Venezuela

The Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) reported inflation dropped to 0.5% for the month of July, down from 1.8% registered in June of this year. This decrease also contributed to a reduction of the annual inflation for July 2006 - July 2007 to 17.2%, compared to 19.4%, for the period June 2006-June 2007.

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Venezuela's RCTV Defies Government, Supreme Court Allows Broadcast

Venezuelan private television channel RCTV barely avoided being taken off of cable TV today, when the country’s Supreme Court granted an injunction that allows its continued broadcast, despite RCTV's defiance of a government ultimatum for the channel to register itself as a national broadcaster.

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Venezuela’s Chavez Inaugurates New “Socialist Production Centers”

As part of a policy to promote a new socialist production model for the country, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has inaugurated several new "socialist production centers” around the country in the last few days.

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Venezuela and Argentina Deepen Industrial Integration

Delegations from Venezuela and Argentina met last week to discuss new cooperative projects between the countries. A total of 56 projects of industrial development were discussed.

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$5.8 Billion More in Oil Revenues and a “New Geometry of Power” for Venezuela

Speaking from La Cabrerita in the state of Anzoátegui during his weekly program Aló Presidente, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced that Venezuela has recuperated US$5.8 billion annually through measures to introduce ‘oil sovereignty’ and elaborated on his vision for the “new geometry of power” in Venezuela.

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Unified Socialist Party of Venezuela Holds First Meetings

This past Saturday a second round of neighborhood meetings were held to begin the consultation process for the launching of the soon to be formed Unified Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). Meetings got off to a slow start, but with much enthusiasm.

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Venezuelan Opposition Calls for “Broad Front” Against Constitutional Reform

Venezuelan opposition figures have called for the formation of a “broad front” to reject the plans to modify Venezuela’s Constitution of 1999. As the reforms have not yet been presented to the National Assembly, the exact content remains unclear, however.

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President Chavez Announces Construction of 15 New Hospitals in Venezuela

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced the construction of 15 new hospitals across the country at an event in Caracas yesterday. The new hospitals, along with the remodeling of existing hospitals, make up the third and fourth phases of the Barrio Adentro (Inside the Barrio) health program.

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New Study Says Venezuelan Economy to Continue to Boom

A new paper from the Center for Economic and Policy Research looks at the Venezuelan economy during the last eight years and finds that it does not fit the mold of an "oil boom headed for a bust," as is commonly believed.

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