On Tuesday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced that BsF 100 million ($US 40 million) will be added to the budget of the youth organisation Francisco de Miranda Front (FFS) to help organize the community councils into communes over the second half of this year.
vice president of the legislative council in Táchira state, Jonathan García,
denounced a campaign by Táchira Governor César Pérez Vivas (an opponent of President
Hugo Chávez), together with other rightwing sectors, to promote a separatist
movement in the Venezuelan state, which borders Colombia.
Now a book-length treatment of the April 2002 coup against Chavez is available: Brian Nelson's The Silence and the Scorpion. It is a shame that a progressive publisher like Nation Books would publish such a one-sided account of the coup against Chávez and thereby contribute to the already overwhelming media meme that Chávez and his supporters are violent brutes.
Saturday, to mark the Day of the Journalist, media workers both for and against
the Venezuelan government marched in separate marches in Caracas. President
Hugo Chavez also announced the creation of a new national paper.
the governor of Aragua state, Rafael Isea, inaugurated the country's first
Coordination Center for People with Disabilities. The center will be both a
place of attention for disabled people, as well as a space where the general
population can generate policies and projects related to disability issues.
In response to an opposition-led media campaign to convince Venezuelans that the Education Law under discussion in the Venezuelan National Assembly will permit the government to arbitrarily take custody of children, Education Minister Hector Navarro denied that the law will contain such a clause and compared the campaign to the U.S.-led psychological war and expatriation of children from Cuba in the early 1960s.
and students marched on Tuesday morning from the Bolivarian University of
Venezuela (UBV) to the National Assembly, in order to demand more democratic decision
making in the nation's universities and a transformation of the university
system to make it more equitable.
In a June 13 article in the online version of the Bolivian state-run newspaper Cambio, Peruvian president Alan Garcíais
quoted as accusing international communism of attempting to create
chaos in Peru.
Venezuelan Minister for Justice and Internal Affairs, Tarek El-Aissami, accused the governors of opposition-controlled states along the Colombian border of permitting bands of Colombian paramilitary troops to destabilize the region and carry out a wave of "social cleansing" murders in recent months.
Wednesday the Venezuelan Ministry for Health ordered the Coca-Cola Company to
remove its product Coca-Cola Zero from sale for containing a cancerous
ingredient, sodium cyclamate, an ingredient not included in the US version of