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Venezuela Increases Funding of Communal Councils and Communes

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.

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Legislators Denounce Separatism and Paramilitarism in Venezuelan Border State

Governor of Táchira, César Pérez Vivas (YVKE)
The 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.

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The Venezuelan Coup Revisited: Silencing the Evidence

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.

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Venezuelan Media Workers March, New National Paper Announced

Marchers celebrate Day of the Journalist in Caracas (ABN)
On 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.

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Venezuela Opens its First Center for Disabled People

Yesterday 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.

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Venezuelan Education Minister Clarifies Education Law in Response to False Opposition Propaganda

Education Minister Hector Navarro (RNV)
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.

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Students March for New Type of Education in Venezuela

The student march on Tuesday (ABN)
Youth 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.

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"Evo Morales Incites Genocide of the Peruvian Police Force"

In a June 13 article in the online version of the Bolivian state-run newspaper Cambio, Peruvian president Alan García is quoted as accusing international communism of attempting to create chaos in Peru.

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Venezuelan Government: Separatist Opposition Uses Paramilitaries for Social Cleansing, Destabilization

Paramilitary troops on Venezuela's border (YVKE archive)
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.

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Venezuela Orders End to Coca-Cola Zero Production

Coca-Cola Zero (Archive)
On 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 the drink.

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