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U.S. and Venezuela Clash Amidst Efforts to Calm Relations

Venezuela's Ambassador to the U.S. Bernardo Alvarez (Archive)
Despite recent verbal clashes between government officials of Venezuela and of the U.S., both Venezuela's ambassador to the U.S. and the top U.S. diplomat for Latin America both issued statements that tried to calm relations between the two countries.

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Campaign Launched to Extradite Posada Carriles to Venezuela

Luis Posada Carriles during his press cofnerence shortly after his entry into the U.S. in April 2005.
Medea Benjamin, spokesperson for CODEPINK: Women for Peace, a well known anti-war group in the US, and Jesús Marrero from the Committee for the Extradition of Posada Carriles in Venezuela, held a joint press conference in Caracas today to demand the arrest and extradition to Venezuela of Luis Posada Carriles.

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Chavez Supporters and Opposition Commemorate Overthrow of Venezuela’s Last Dictatorship

 Civil-military uprising in 1958 (El Universal)
Tens of thousands of government supporters turned out to official celebrations in the barrio 23 de Enero in Caracas today to commemorate 50 years since the civic-military uprising that overthrew US backed dictator Marcos Pérez Jiménez in 1958.

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Venezuelan Grassroots Groups Push For A United Movement

Grassroots leaders meet in El Valle to discuss a unitary platform (Michael Fox).
This weekend, pro-Chavez grassroots social movements transformed the reflection after the loss of the constitutional reform into action, and held an unprecedented 2-day long grassroots assembly with the goal of building a unified agenda. 

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Chavez Attacks Latest U.S. “Media Offensive” Against Venezuela

President Chavez speaking during his weekly television program Alo Presidente. (Prensa Presidencial)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez compared his Colombian counterpart Alvaro Uribe to a Mafia boss and accused him of being a "sad pawn of US imperialism," in response to what he called a "Colombian media offensive" and the recent visit of top US authorities to Colombia.

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Chavez Announces Project to Combat Food Shortages in Venezuela

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez talks to a worker during the inauguration of a milk processing plant on Sunday. (Prensa Presidencial)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez focused on the persistent shortages in the nation's supply of milk and meat products during his Sunday TV and radio show Aló Presidente yesterday.

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Venezuelan Legislature Supports Belligerent Status for Colombian Rebels

Female FARC soldier in Colombia (Aporrea)
The Venezuelan National Assembly voted yesterday to support President Chavez's call for Colombia to recognize the "belligerent status" of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN).

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Venezuelan Informal Economy Workers Protest Relocation

Street vendors protesting in Caracas (Noticias 24)
Several thousand street vendors, traditionally known as "buhoneros," marched peacefully to the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas on Tuesday to hand over a document protesting a decree by the Mayor of Libertador, Freddy Bernal, ordering them off the streets.

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Venezuela Strengthens Ties with Central America

Nicaragua's President daniel Ortega and Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez talk to Nicaraguan business men and women. (ABN)
Following a three-day whirlwind tour of Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, Venezuela's President Chavez returned today with strengthened ties between Venezuela and these Central American countries. During his trip, Chavez issued more statements on the troubled relationship between Venezuela and Colombia.

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Venezuela's Chavez: No Military Solution to Colombian Conflict

Venezuelan President Chavez speaking to reporters in Guatemala (Prensa Presidencial)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez reiterated on Monday his belief that peace in Colombia will not be achieved by military means, but requires a political solution between the Colombian rebels and the government, said Chavez.

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Chavez Inaugurates Founding Congress of New Socialist Party of Venezuela

Coordinators of the founding congress of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (Francisco Batista/RNV)
Over one year after he first proposed the formation of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez opened the founding congress of the new party on Saturday.

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Venezuela Solidarity Network Files for Records on US Funding of Argentine Parties

The independent US Venezuela Solidarity Network (VSN) filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) demands to US government agencies for "all records" of "all grants, payments and/or funds transfers to individuals, groups or political parties in Argentina from January 1, 2006 to date."

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Chavez Promises Food Sovereignty for Venezuela

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez walks through a corn field with local farmers during his Sunday TV and radio program (Zurimar Campos, ABN)
During the 300th airing of his Sunday TV and Radio Program, Aló Presidente, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez focused on the problems of the country's agricultural sector, emphasizing increasing agricultural production to make Venezuela totally self-sufficient in its food supply.

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2008 “The Year of Solutions” to Persistent Problems, Says Venezuela’s Chavez

Venezuela's President Chavez addresses the National Assembly for his annual report (ABN).
President Chavez concluded his annual report to Venezuela's National Assembly with a call for 2008 to be a year of "solutions" to the persistent everyday problems of Venezuelans, such as crime, food shortages, corruption, and bureaucracy.

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US Praises Colombian President, Not Venezuela’s Chavez For Hostage Release

U.s. State Department spokesperson Tom Casey
U.S. State Department spokesman Tom Casey praised Colombian President Alvaro Uribe's efforts to secure the release of two hostages held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), but only grudgingly acknowledged the role of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez after being prodded by journalists during a press conference on Thursday.

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