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Chavez is totally indifferent about meeting US President Barack Obama
President Hugo Chavez said he was totally indifferent about meeting US President Barack Obama at the April 17-19 Summit of the Americas in Trinidad & Tobago. “The reason I’m attending the summit is not that Obama’s there. I couldn’t care less if he

Four armed men entered the offices of a state-owned radio station
Four armed men entered the offices of a state-owned radio station east of Caracas and looted its equipment and food tickets. The raiders also damaged some equipment of Radio Nacional de Venezuela (RNV), but no one was hurt in the incident, the Venez

17 hostages held at gunpoint in Carupano courthouse are freed unhurt
By: International Herald Tribune
Police say 17 hostages, including a judge, have been freed unhurt after being held for more than four hours by a man attempting to free two suspected thieves. Police commissioner Pablo Heredia says the hostages were held in a courthouse in the coastal

Venezuela to face an uncertain and painful future in years to come
By: Chris Herz
North Americans are beginning to notice the implosion of their economy, and thus of their privileges. They complain on liberal blogs that their credit cards now charge 19% interest where just last year the rate was only 9%. Wow, gee whiz, what suffer

High-ranking Venezuelan bank executive German Garcia Velutini abducted
By: International Herald Tribune
A high-ranking executive of one of Venezuela’s leading banks has been kidnapped, authorities said Friday. Banker German Garcia Velutini was abducted by a group of heavily armed and masked men who forced him out of his car on an avenue in the capital,

El Palito oil refinery to undergo 70 days maintenance starting next week
By: Reuters
Venezuela’s 135,000 barrel per day El Palito oil refinery will undergo 70 days of maintenance work starting next week, the state news agency said on Friday, citing the refinery’s manager. State oil company PDVSA had announced in December it would car

President Chavez designates Jorge Giordani as new planning minister
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Friday that he has designated a new planning minister and promised to announce new cabinet changes in coming days. “I’m going to announce some cabinet changes soon,” Chavez said in televised remarks moments befor

VENEZUELA: Wound still gaping 20 tears after ‘El Caracazo’
By: Humberto Marquez
As Jose Luis reached the bus stop, he saw a crowd of furious local residents smashing shop fronts, cars and telephone booths. Without giving it much thought, he threw himself into the mob that broke into a small supermarket, triggering the worst soci

Venezuelan oil sales to the United States down 12.3% as Obama submits plan
By: El Universal
Obama announced in a speech before the Congress last Tuesday night that his country’s stimulus plan will double the production of renewable energy over the next three years, with the related investment amounting to $15 billion per year. The amount wi

Venezuela rejects US report as purposefully deceitful and interventionist
The Venezuelan government has categorically rejected a report submitted last Wednesday by the United States in which it attempts to evaluate the Human Rights situation in Latin America, inbcluding Venezuela. An official statement released by Ministr

Vice President Carrizalez says government will not dialogue with Elite
By: VHeadline Venezuela News
Vice President Ramon Carrizales says that the Chavez government is willing to establish dialogue with some sectors in Venezuela … but that dialogue with the Elite is not an option! Speaking at the National Assembly (AN) in Caracas, Carrizalez said

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