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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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Venezuelan Government Official Calls U.S. Threat Assessment “False and Dishonest”

National Assembly Member Carlos Escarrá (ABN)
Carlos Escarrá, of the Venezuelan National Assembly, called many aspects of the U.S. National threat Assessment “false, dishonest, and injurious.” He brought attention to the fact that the United States has invaded and kidnapped the presidents of Latin American countries and supported the April 2002 coup against President Hugo Chávez.

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Venezuela To Receive Three More Hostages Held By Colombian Rebels

Relatives of hostages awaiting their return in Caracas (ABN)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez confirmed on Monday that Venezuelan authorities are ready to carry out the rescue operation of three former Colombian legislators soon to be released by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

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Chavez Presents His Government’s Achievements for 9th Anniversary in Office

President Chavez

Upon the completion of nine years in office, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez presented what he considered to be some of the main economic achievements of his government. Among these were the lowering of inflation, of poverty, and of inequality, and the increase in school attendance and in access to drinking water, among other things.

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Steel Worker’s Strike Shuts down Venezuela’s Largest Steel Plant

UNT national coordinator Stalin Perez Borges talking to striking workers (MAH)
More than 14,000 workers at Venezuela's largest steel plant, the Argentine-controlled Ternium Sidor, look set to extend a 48 hour strike Friday night, after negotiations for a collective contract, which has dragged on for almost a year, broke down.

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Venezuelan Regional Elections Set for November

Electoral Council President Tibisay Lucena (ABN)
The President of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, announced on Wednesday that the regional elections for mayors and governors would take place in the third week of November and called on all political parties to participate responsibly.

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Controversial Labor Leader is Fired from State Oil Company

Fired union leader Orlando Chirino (Aporrea)
Venezuelan union leader Orlando Chirino classified his dismissal from state owned oil company PDVSA, as an act of ‘discrimination and political persecution" this week.

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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Calls Suitcase Scandal "Absolutely Rigged"

Antonini Wilson, who is accused of illegally bringing $800,000 cash into Argentina.
Venezuela's Foreign Minister, Nicolas Maduro denied on Saturday that a Venezuelan lawyer, Moisés Maionica, who pleaded guilty to being an "unregistered foreign agent" in a Miami federal court, was acting on behalf of the Venezuelan government in the so-called "suitcase scandal."

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Venezuela, Nicaragua Propose Joint Military Force for Latin America

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega during the inauguration of a corn processing plant on Sunday. (LA PRENSA/AP)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega proposed the formation of a joint military force among Latin American countries to defend against outside intervention yesterday. Chavez also promised to dramatically increase food production in Venezuela.

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Summit of the Bolivarian Alternative (ALBA) Concludes in Venezuela

Conclusion of the ALBA Summit in Caracas (Telesur)
The 6th Summit of the Bolivarian Alternative for Latin America (ALBA), a joint Venezuelan-Cuban initiative based on fair trade as an alternative to the U.S.-sponsored Free Trade Area of the Americas, concluded in Caracas on Saturday with the founding of a new Bank of ALBA.

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