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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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President Chavez Defends Venezuela’s New School Curriculum

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned parents to not be deceived by media reports about "brainwashing" and explained that the new "Bolivarian" curriculum was designed by education experts, parents, and students, with the intention of strengthening national identity and national values.

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Venezuela Officially Launches "Petrochemical Revolution"

President Chavez presents plans for Venezuela's "petrochemical revolution" during his weekly TV program Aló Presidente. (MinCI)
President Hugo Chavez officially launched Venezuela's "Petrochemical Revolution" on his national TV and radio program Aló Presidente yesterday, with an estimated investment of $20 billion.

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Presidents of Venezuela and Brazil Reaffirm Commitment to Integration

(Archive)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez traveled to Manaus, Brazil, yesterday to meet with his Brazilian counterpart President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and to discuss the Gas Pipeline of the South, Venezuela's entry into Mercosur, the Bank of the South, and other bilateral projects.

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Venezuelan Doctors Step Up Protests against Government

(El Universal)
A dispute supported by the Venezuelan Medical Federation (FMV), erupted within Venezuela's public hospital system this week with doctors demanding salary increases and improved working conditions.

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Caracas Housing Activists March Against Forced Evictions

Protests march to the the Supreme Court in Caracas, to demand an end to evicions. (Silvia Leindecker)
Hundreds of Venezuelan housing activists descended on the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ), this Tuesday, to demand an end to the forced evictions.

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President Chavez to Meet with the FARC in Venezuela

Hugo Chávez and Colombian Senator Piedad Cordoba (MinCI)
President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela will meet with the FARC spokesperson Raul Reyes in Venezuela in the coming weeks, Colombian Senator Piedad Cordoba announced yesterday after a meeting with the president.

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Opposition Protestors Attack Venezuelan Regional Newspaper

Venezuelan opposition protestors violently attacked the offices of privately owned Venezuelan regional daily, Panorama, on Monday, with the aim of shutting the newspaper down.

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Venezuela Launches New “Bolivarian” Education Curriculum

With the inauguration of 15 new Bolivarian Schools, President Hugo Chavez kicked off the 2007-2008 school year across the country this week. He announced the new Bolivarian education curriculum to which he said all schools in Venezuela, including private schools, will have to abide.

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Venezuela Dismisses U.S. Criticism on Cooperation against Drug Trafficking

The U.S. government criticized Venezuela for the third consecutive year in its annual memorandum on major drug transit or major illicit drug producing countries. Venezuela's Attorney General dismissed the report as part of the U.S. government's "psychotic" relationship to Venezuela.

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Venezuela to Carry Out "Natural Gas Revolution"

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced plans for a "Natural Gas Revolution" as part of a strategy for national development yesterday during his Sunday TV and radio program Aló Presidente.

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Venezuelan Opposition Leader’s Security Chief Linked to Political Assassination

The security of chief of the opposition governor of Venezuela’s Zulia State, Manuel Rosales, was arrested and charged on Friday with crimes relating to the murder on August 8 this year of Claudio Enrique Macías Briceño, an officer of the Military Intelligence Direction (DIM).

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