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Largest Venezuelan Food Producer Denies Hoarding

Empresas Polar, Venezuela's largest food distributer

Venezuela's largest food producer, Polar Foods, denied that it is withholding food from the market in response to declarations by President Hugo Chávez in his Sunday talk show Aló Presidente that Polar is a "clear example" of a company that will be "immediately intervened in...and taken under control of the government" if it is caught hoarding food.

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Venezuela Calls on Exxon to Resume Arbitration Process

Enery Minister Rafael Ramirez announces close of sucessful negotions with Italy's ENI (YVKE Mundial)
Venezuela's Energy Minister, Rafael Ramirez, called yesterday for U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil to return to the framework of international arbitration over a compensation claim for a recently nationalized oil joint venture.

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Controversy Over Venezuelan Legislator’s Supposed Expulsion from Party Continues

National Assembly member Luis asks for the right to defend himself in the face of a possible exclusion from the party. (VTV)
Venezuelan National Assembly Deputy Luis Tascón said on Monday that he would solicit his right to defense before the founding congress of the new United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), in order to present his version of the events.

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Chavez Calls on Venezuela to Defend Its Oil Sovereignty

President Chavez speaks from the Petromonagas project, formerly called Cerro Negro, in the Orinoco Oil Belt. (Francisco Batista/MinCI)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called on the Venezuelan people to defend the nation's oil sovereignty on his Sunday talk show Aló Presidente yesterday. Broadcasting from the former oil fields of ExxonMobil in the Orinoco River Basin, Chavez dedicated the show to the recent clash with the transnational oil company and the new projects of the Venezuelan state oil company, PDVSA.

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Exxon Is Demanding Ten Times its Investment, Says Venezuelan Oil Minister

The maximum compensation Exxon should receive for its nationalized stake in the Orinoco River belt project is $1.2 billion, which is a tenth of Exxon's claim to $12 billion of PDVSA's assets, which were temporarily frozen, said Venezuelan Minister of Energy and Petroleum, Rafael Ramírez, on Thursday.

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Legislator Denies Expulsion for Accusing Venezuelan Infrastructure Ministry of Corruption

National Assembly Deputy Liuis Tascón (aporrea)
Venezuelan National Assembly deputy, Luis Tascón, denied media reports on Thursday that he had been expelled from the ranks of the new United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), for denouncing alleged irregularities in the Ministry of Infrastructure.

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Caracas Police Force Turned Over to National Government

Greater Caracas Mayor Juan Barreto (Archive)

Juan Barreto, the Mayor of Caracas, transferred control of Caracas's Metropolitan Police to the  Ministry of Justice and the Interior Wednesday. The changeover comes amidst several government initiatives so far this year aimed at reforming Venezuela's police forces.

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Venezuela Strengthens Community Media in “Battle of Ideas”

Communication and Information Minister Andres Izarra speaking to President Chavez on his cell phone during a forum with community media. (VTV)
Venezuela's Communication and Information Minister, Andrés Izarra donated sixty-nine sets of audio-visual equipment to community television stations from around the country on Wednesday, with the objective of promoting a National System of Popular and Alternative Communication.

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Ex-Coca-Cola Workers Shut Down Facilities of Former Employer in Venezuela

A former Coca-Cola employee wears a cap which reads "Don't drink Coca-cola" during a protest in Caracas October 23, 2006. Former employees took over several Coca-Cola Co. bottling plants in the country and blocked delivery trucks from leaving on Monday to
Ex-workers of Coca-Cola in Venezuela took over and shutdown 13 distribution centers and one bottling plant of their former employer over the past week. The actions are the culmination of a heated severance pay dispute.

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Chavez Threatens to Nationalize Nestle and Parmalat Plants in Venezuela

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez threatened to nationalize the milk factories of Nestle and Parmalat, accusing the transnational food companies of bribing producers and leaving the network of state-owned and cooperative milk processing plants without the product. 

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Venezuelan State Oil Company Suspends All Business Relations with Exxon

Venezuelan Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez (ABN)
Venezuela's state oil firm PDVSA issued a statement today, in which it said that it was freezing all its business dealings with ExxonMobil, in retaliation for the company's hostile actions in the dispute over compensation for a recently nationalized oil joint venture.

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Chavez Denounces Colombian Paramilitary Activity in Venezuela

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez denounced the presence of Colombian paramilitary groups operating in Venezuela with United States government support on his weekly Sunday talk show “Aló Presidente.”

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Exxon will Never Again Steal from Venezuela Says Chavez

United Socialist Party Delegates protest against ExxonMobil in Puerto Ordaz on Saturday (Gonzalo Gomez/Aporrea)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez classified the intention of the worlds largest oil company, ExxonMobil, to freeze assets of state-owned Venezuelan oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), as part of a US government backed "economic war".

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Chavez Urges Greater Efficiency in Increasing Venezuelan Food Production

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez during the inauguration of an agro-industrial complex on Sunday (Marcelo García)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez continued to focus his efforts to increase national food production on his Sunday TV and radio program Aló Presidente. He visited the central state of Barinas and demanded that idle land be expropriated in order to maximize production in the region.

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Venezuelan Minister: Oil Company Asset Freeze is “Judicial Terrorism”

Venezuela's Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez (VTV)
Venezuela's Energy Minister, Rafael Ramirez, characterised a series of court orders obtained by Exxon Mobil Corp. in Britain, the Netherlands, and the Dutch Antilles, freezing up to $12 billion in assets of Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA, as "judicial terrorism," in a statement today.

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