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Venezuela Responds to US Secretary of Defense

Venezuelan Vice-President Jorge Rodriguez (Union Radio)
Responding to US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who said that Hugo Chavez is a "threat to regional stability," Venezuelan Vice-President Jorge Rodriguez affirmed that Hugo Chavez is indeed a "tremendous threat" to the "empires of the world," and assured they would continue to be a "greater threat" as time goes on.

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Venezuelan Efforts Praised, Meeting Postponed in Colombian Hostage Negotiation

Venezuelan President Chavez met with a representative of France's President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday, to discuss Chavez's efforts to obtain the release of the French citizen Ingrid Betancourt, along with other hostages held by the Colombian guerrilla g
UN High Commissioner for Refugee congratulated the government of Venezuela in relation to the efforts of President Chavez to achieve a humanitarian exchange of 45 hostages held by Colombian guerrillas for guerrilla insurgents held in Colombia jails. A crucial meeting between Chavez and the rebels for next week has been postponed, though.

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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Slams US Government at the UN

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro Speaks Before the United Nations General Assembly in New York (Reuters)
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro sharply criticized Washington at the UN General Assembly yesterday for increasing threats against Iran and for its actions in the war on terrorism. Maduro also met with US officials on Monday to discuss the delicate relations between the two countries.

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Venezuelan Bond of the South Sale a “Total Success”

Venezuelan finance minister Rodrigo Cabezas (Archive)
Finance Minister Rodrigo Cabezas announced the results of Venezuela's third Bond of the South sale, valued at US$1.2 billion, which he described as a "total success." The sale is meant to help hold down annual inflation, which registered at 15.3% in September, slightly down from the previous month.

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Protesters Block Colombian-Venezuelan Border Crossings

Protests along the Venezuelan-Colombian Border block traffic between the two countries.
Many border crossing points between Venezuela and Colombia have been blocked for the past week and at least seven people were wounded in clashes with Colombian police over a new toll imposed by the Colombian government.

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Grassroots Group Celebrates Delay of Game Attacking Venezuela

“The Venezuela Solidarity Network notes with pleasure that Pandemic Studios announced on Sept. 24, 2007 that it is delaying the release of its new video game Mercenaries 2: World at War which is set in Venezuela,” announced US Interim Coordinator Chuck Kaufman.

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Venezuela Begins Construction of Six New Hospitals

Venezuela President Hugo Chavez during his TV show Aló Presidente on Sunday.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez inaugurated the construction of six new hospitals across the country on his national TV and radio program Aló Presidente Sunday. Chavez also criticized increased consumption of imported luxury goods.

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United Socialist Party of Venezuela Prepares for National Conference

Vice-President Jorge Rodriguez announcing the results of the weekend's PSUV elections (Wiston Bravo, ABN)
The process of constructing the new United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) has entered a new chapter with the participation on Saturday of over one million aspiring members in the elections of spokespeople for each "socialist battalion."

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Venezuelan Oil Workers Clash with Police Over Collective Contract

Venezuela's Energy Minister assured that the collective contract for oil workers, which has been under negotiation since April, would be finalised in the next two weeks after clashes between oil workers and police in Anzoátegui state on Thursday left several people injured.

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President of Iran Visits Venezuela and Signs Economic Agreements

Venezuela's President Chavez and Iran's President Ahmadinejad present new cooperation agreements they signed late Thursday night.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, arrived in Caracas late Thursday where he met with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. The two discussed the importance of unity and cooperation and signed several bilateral agreements.

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Venezuela Membership in Mercosur and CAN Still in Doubt

The Foreign Ministers of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru reiterated their call for Venezuela to rejoin the Community of Andean Nations (CAN). Meanwhile, Venezuela's full membership in Mercosur suffered another delay in Brazil's Congress.

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President Chavez Inaugurates New Initiatives in Housing and Education

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez inaugurated new initiatives in housing and education this week. As a part of a new government program called Mission Alma Mater, the government opened five new universities and began construction of several others across the country.

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Venezuela to UN: Global Warming a Product of Capitalism

Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jorge Valero (Archive)
Venezuela's Deputy Foreign Minister Jorge Valero stated on Monday at a UN event on climate change that the responsibility for global warming falls exclusively on the "irrational capitalist model of consumption" of the first world countries.

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Chavez Says U.S. Can Help in Negotiations to Free Colombian Hostages

Hugo Chavez, center, holds hands of children during  meeting with relatives of hostages kidnapped by rebels in Colombia at presidential palace in Caracas, 25 Sep 2007
As part of his efforts to mediate a humanitarian accord between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called for help from the United States yesterday.

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American Indians in Venezuela Create Bonds of Solidarity

American Indians from the north joined with Indigenous from around the world in Venezuela to unite in the struggle for Indigenous rights and opposition to colonial oppression.

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