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An August directive by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to “reduce to zero” bi-national trade with neighbouring Colombia has begun to bite, with imports from the neighbouring country falling dramatically. Chavez issued the directive in protest against a military agreement signed between Bogotá and Washington allowing US military troops access to Colombian bases. According to a report by Colombia’s National Department of Statistics, exports to Venezuela fell 49.5% in September. Trade between the two countries is expected to decline even further, after Venezuela imposed a blockade on Colombian agricultural products.

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Venezuelan Vice President and Defence Minister Ramón Carrizales claimed on Sunday that he had evidence that a group of Colombians who were kidnapped and assassinated a week earlier in Venezuelan territory were part of a “paramilitary infiltration plan” that aimed to destabilise the socialist government of President Hugo Chavez.

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In November lastyear, at the third extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of theBolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) - Peoples' TradeAgreement (TCP), the presidents came together with the intention to confront thecrisis of the global capitalist system.

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Brazilian President Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva met in Venezuela with President Hugo Chavez on Friday to evaluate the progress of bilateral development projects, in particular accords related to Venezuela’s industrialization, production of soy, and entrance as a member in the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR)

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Last week, Venezuelan officials arrested seven suspects in the deadly October 13th attack on an indigenous Yukpa community. However, the investigation was tainted with the arbitrary detention one of the victims, Yukpa Chief Sabino Romero, prompting indigenous rights activists to accuse the government of not fulfilling indigenous rights laws.


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Valencia, October 24th, 2009 (Aporrea.org) – Electrical sector workers, after a just struggle against the managerial bureaucracy of Corpoelec [the state owned National Electricity Corporation] conveyed their satisfaction with the announcements by Chavez regarding the electrical sector. The Corpoelec bureaucracy has revealed itself in the large failures in the electrical service, and in the violation of the rights of workers.

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indonesia_national_liberation_venezuela-thumb.jpgLatin America today is the centre for a political change in the world and also a testament to the failure of the neoliberal ideology. The gains of the Bolivarian Revolution have answered many of the immediate needs of the people, though not completely, and this success can become an inspiration to consolidate the movement against capitalism and imperialism, and build the national sovereignty in all over Latin America and the world.

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During an interview obtained by Al Jazeera, Geovanny Velasquéz Zambrano, an incarcerated Colombian paramilitary assasin, confirmed that a "wealthy Venezuelan politician" named Manuel Rosales, offered him $25 million to assassinate President Chávez by any means.

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Mérida, September 2nd 2009 (Venezuelanalysis.com) -This week, the Socialist Workers Front within the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) began the formation of worker "patrols," or local units, to function together with the party's neighborhood based patrols. Also, the party announced that it will host the ‘First International Meeting of Leftist Parties' in early October.

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