By Kiraz Janicke - Green Left Weekly, Nov 2nd 2009
A 14-month struggle by Venezuelan electrical workers for an industry-wide collective contract culminated with the resignation of the president of the state-owned electrcity company Corpoelec on October 22. The struggle is emblematic of a growing conflict within Venezuela’s Bolivarian revolution.
A total of 70,501 socialist “patrols” (local branches of 20-30 members) participated in the process for nominating candidates over the past week for delegate elections for the First Extraordinary Congress of the PSUV, according to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
By W. T. Whitney Jr. - People's World, Oct 26th 2009
U.S. measures for resisting progressive changes in Latin America have included funding of rightwing opposition groups, military deployment throughout the region, and the Fourth Fleet for monitoring a continent. This year seven new bases have been announced for Colombia, one in Peru and two in Panama.
To increase national production and reduce national consumption of electricity, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez created a new Ministry for Electricity and ordered a team of ministers to organize a national educational campaign to save energy.
Venezuelans consume 2,790 calories daily, slightly more than the 2,700 calories that the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the UN suggests is the daily requirement, according to National Nutrition Institute (INN) Director Marilyn Di Luca.
By Francisco Dominguez - The Guardian, Oct 19th 2009
As Latin Americans witness the return of dictatorship – with Honduras suffering political executions, widespread repression and condemnation from human rights organisations about curtailing of press freedoms – it seems a strange time for the media to repeat opposition allegations that Venezuela is becoming a tyranny.
During his weekly television show "Hello President" on Sunday,
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez criticised protests by right-wing opposition
student groups over alleged political persecution in Venezuela as "defending
impunity and corruption."