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Venezuela NewsLinks 10 - 16 April 2006
 

16/04/06

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/world/3797363.html
Venezuela: Diplomat Didn't Seek Protection
By: Houston Chronicle - United States
Venezuela denied on Sunday that it failed to uphold its obligations under international accords to provide protection for foreign diplomats, after the U.S. ambassador was harassed by supporters of President Hugo Chavez. Information Minister Willian Lara said U.S. Ambassador William Brownfield did not formally request police protection before his convoy was pelted with eggs by pro-Chavez activists in the streets of Venezuela's capital on April 7.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/fn/3797293.html
Venezuela Refinery Partially Restored
By: Houston Chronicle - United States
Production at Venezuela's Cardon refinery has been partially restored after a power outage idled the 300,000-barrel-a-day facility, the state oil company said Sunday. The refinery is currently producing 200,000 barrels a day with five of its seven crude-processing units back in service, Petroleos de Venezuela SA said in a statement.

http://www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=54078
Intelligence agencies: Top executives cooperating with Zulia separatists in plans for a US-led invasion of Venezuela's sovereign territory
By: VHeadline.com - Worth,IL,USA
VHeadline.com editor & publisher Roy S. Carson writes: Although some our our more vitriolic objectors may beg to differ, we do not take our responsibilities as publishers of VHeadline.com lightly. We subscribe to a code of ethics and an editorial manifesto which is 100% in support of Venezuela's democracy, constitutionality and the rule of law. Some, in their own peculiar fashion have chosen to see our independence as being somehow joined at the hip to President Hugo Chavez' political thrust ... and this is as may be, considering that he is the democratically-elected President of the country and that he is a servant to its democratically enacted and approved Constitution.

http://www.antara.co.id/en/seenws/?id=11341
Kalashnikov company lashes out at criticism of Venezuela deal
By: Antara - Antara,Indonesia
The makers and the veteran inventor of the Kalashnikov assault rifle lashed out Saturday against US criticism of a plan to sell 100,000 of the weapons to Venezuela. The Kalashnikov's Izhmash factory, the Russian arms export agency and even the inventor of the original AK-47, Mikhail Kalashnikov, lined up to deny an April 10 report in the Washington Times claiming that Venezuela had cancelled the deal because the weapons were outdated.

http://www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=54077
100% certainty that US is heading towards fourth attempt to oust Hugo Chavez
By: VHeadline.com - Worth,IL,USA
VHeadline.com commentarist Stephen Lendman writes: Does any reader of VHeadline.com still watch, listen to or read anything from the corporate media? If so, how do you stand it without having a good supply of stomach soothers and strong headache relief handy? I thought most everyone with enough smarts and common sense understood that this collective institutional juggernaut's mission is to sedate and seduce us -- a sort of one, two punch.

http://www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=54067
UK Blair may call on Australia and Canada to join USA conflict with Venezuela
By: VHeadline.com - Worth,IL,USA
Green Left Weekly (Jim McIlroy and Coral Wynter): “One important idea that [Venezuelan President Hugo] Chavez had was to give power to the poor people. In the classic fight between the classes, the rich people have all the money and control of the government. The socialism that we are trying to build in this country at this time is an attempt to give power to the poor people, the excluded sector -- which includes the poor, the workers, the professionals, the housewives, the indigenous people," Dr Marcelo Alfonso, director of the Institute of Experimental Medicine at the Central University of Venezuela, explained to Green Left Weekly.

15/04/06

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20060413.IBCHAVEZ13/TPStory/Business
Big Oil goes with the flow in Chavez's Venezuela
By: Globe and Mail - Canada
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has rattled oil markets with tough anti-capitalist talk, higher royalties and oil field takeovers, but petroleum companies operating in the world's fifth-largest crude exporter are hardly running scared. With crude prices soaring and oil reserves growing scarcer, the South American country is still an attractive proposition for top petroleum operators even as the country's socialist leader demands a bigger cut of the black gold revenues.

http://www.interfax.ru/e/B/politics/28.html?id_issue=11498494
Russia to sell state-of-the-art Kalashnikovs to Venezuela (Part 2)
By: Interfax Russia - Moscow,Russia
The Russian state arms trading agency Rosoboronexport has denied reports by a number of U.S. media alleging that Russia will sell outdated Kalashnikov assault rifles to Venezuela instead of modern ones, as it promised to do earlier. "We would like to express our surprise and even outrage at an April 10 article published in the Washington Times. The allegations it makes are untrue and absolutely absurd," Rosoboronexport spokesman Valery Kartavtsev said at a press conference on Saturday.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/fn/3795869.html
Venezuela Mulls Buying Bolivian Bank
By: Houston Chronicle - United States
The government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez may buy a majority share in a Bolivian bank, the president of a state-run bank said Saturday. Luis Quiaro, president of the Industrial Bank of Venezuela, told the state news agency that officials were in ongoing talks with Bolivian authorities regarding the potential purchase.

14/04/06

http://www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=53899
The Washington Post’s chief anti-Chavez cheerleader is primed for elections
By: VHeadline.com - Worth,IL,USA
Venezuela Information Office (Eric Wingerter): Anyone looking to keep up to date with the current talking points for the Venezuelan opposition need only follow the writings of Jackson Diehl in the Washington Post. As deputy editorial page editor, Diehl drafts the un-bylined editorials about President Hugo Chavez.

http://www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=53903
Jackson Diehl: Who needs the truth when you have an agenda to push ...
By: VHeadline.com - Worth,IL,USA
Oil Wars Blogspot writes: People who read the Washington Post probably already Jackson Diehl is no friend of Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez. They will probably also know that he hasn't much use for the truth -- for example he previously asserted that President Chavez made it a crime in Venezuela to insult the President which, of course, is a lie (the law he was referring to has been on Venezuela's books for at least 40 years).

http://www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=53895
False storylines left unchallenged shape US public and policymakers’ perceptions
By: VHeadline.com - Worth,IL,USA
The Venezuela Information Office: Yesterday marked the fourth anniversary of the end of the coup against Venezuela's Hugo Chavez. On April 13, 2002, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans rose up and demanded the return of their democratically-elected President, after a bizarre 2-day series of events which pitted the country's business elite, along with corrupt union bosses and select members of the Venezuelan military against the principals of democracy.

http://www.freemarketnews.com/WorldNews.asp?nid=11210
FACTORING COUNTRY RISK INTO INVESTMENTS
By: Free Market News Network - Pompano Beach,FL,USA
What with the nationalistic diatribes of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and the runoff elections scheduled in Peru next month, the issue of country risk is moving to the forefront of investor’s calculations. If a new politician comes to power and decides to unilaterally change the rules, there is little that a mining resource company can do other than pay the asking price or leave the area.

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D8H
02AH05.htm?campaign_id=apn_home_down&chan=db

Venezuelan economy posts sharp 1Q growth
By: BusinessWeek - USA
Venezuela's oil-driven economy grew sharply in the first three months of this year -- even more than the annualized rate of 7.9 percent growth logged during the same period last year

http://english.eluniversal.com/2006/04/14/en_eco_art_14A693841.shtml
Ecuador offers Venezuela milk surplus
By: El Universal - Venezuela
Ecuadorian Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Pablo Rizzo is to take action with his counterparts of Peru and Venezuela to export milk surplus from the Andean nation. "In accordance with the Trade Law of the Andean region, Minister Rizzo is making direct contacts to place exceeding Ecuadorian milk in the Peruvian market. A similar step will be taken with his Venezuelan counterpart," a press release noted.

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D8GV
SBQ01.htm?campaign_id=apn_home_down&chan=db

Electric fault disrupts Venezuela refinery
By: BusinessWeek - USA
Operations at Venezuela's Cardon oil refinery have been disrupted by an electrical fault, the state oil company said Friday.

http://www.vcrisis.com/index.php?content=letters/200604140802
Hugo Chavez's comrades behind drugs seized in Mexico
By: V Crisis - London,England,UK
MEXICAN authorities yesterday began investigations into the involvement of Colombian guerrillas in the shipment of 5.5 tons of cocaine seized from a commercial aircraft. The high-purity cocaine, the biggest seizure in recent years, was found amid 128 pieces of luggage on a US passenger airline, Aero Flight, which left Caracas in Venezuela and made an unregistered stop in Ciudad de Carmen, Mexico, where soldiers found the drugs. The cocaine is valued at £70 million.

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0414/p06s01-woam.html
Venezuela tightens oil grip
By: Christian Science Monitor - Boston,MA,USA
Powering ahead with stringent nationalist reforms, Hugo Chávez's Venezuela is showing multinational oil firms little mercy. Tense relations between private firms and Mr. Chávez's government escalated last week when the government seized fields operated by two European oil giants - France's Total and Italy's ENI - after the two companies snubbed government demands to convert their contracts to joint ventures with the state by April 1

http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=567902006
FARC guerrillas' link to £70m cocaine haul
By: Scotsman - United Kingdom
MEXICAN authorities yesterday began investigations into the involvement of Colombian guerrillas in the shipment of 5.5 tons of cocaine seized from a commercial aircraft. The high-purity cocaine, the biggest seizure in recent years, was found amid 128 pieces of luggage on a US passenger airline, Aero Flight, which left Caracas in Venezuela and made an unregistered stop in Ciudad de Carmen, Mexico, where soldiers found the drugs. The cocaine is valued at £70 million.

13/04/06

http://news.monstersandcritics.com/southamerica/article
_1155250.php/Venezuela_says_it_won`t_report_to_U.S

Venezuela says it won`t report to US
By: Monsters and Critics.com - Glasgow,UK
Venezuela said it would no longer disclose information regarding its oil revenue to the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission, El Universal reported Thursday. Officials with the country`s state oil company said it was no longer obligated to report to the SEC after buying $83 million in U.S. trade bonds.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/R
TGAM.20060413.wvene0413/BNStory/Front/home

Corrupt cops allegedly behind Venezuela slayings
By: Globe and Mail - Canada
A Caracas police officer has been arrested in connection with the slayings of three Venezuelan-Canadian brothers, Marcos Chavez, chief of the Venezuelan judicial police, said Thursday. The arrested metropolitan police officer was identified as Javier Rafael Pineda Chirinos.

http://www.ahora.cu/english/SECTIONS/international/2006/abril/13-04-06a.htm
Venezuela Asks Colombia to Probe Assassination Plot
By: Ahora.cu - Holguín,Cuba
Venezuelan Parliament Speaker Nicolas Maduro has asked his Colombian counterpart Claudia Blum to carry out a thorough investigation of the plans in Colombia to assassinate President Hugo Chavez.

http://www.periodico26.cu/english/news_world/rangel041206.htm
Venezuela’s VP Recalls US Role in April 2002 Coup
By: Periódico 26 - Las Tunas,Cuba
Venezuelan Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel accused the US government on Tuesday of organizing and directing the coup that in 2002 kidnapped President Hugo Chavez for three days until his triumphant return to Caracas. Rangel said the coup was conducted by the United States out of its embassy in Caracas, and supported by "traitors in the military and business groups."

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/3790447.html
Oil companies not running from Venezuela
By: Houston Chronicle - United States
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has rattled oil markets with tough anti-capitalist talk, higher royalties and oil field takeovers, but petroleum companies operating in the world's fifth-largest crude exporter are hardly running scared. With crude prices soaring and oil reserves growing scarcer, the South American nation is still an attractive proposition for top petroleum operators even as the country's socialist leader demands a bigger cut of the black gold revenues.

12/04/06

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/fn/3791052.html
Venezuela to Invest $83M in Cuban Refinery
By: Houston Chronicle - United States
Venezuela said it plans to invest $83 million to refurbish an idled Soviet-era oil refinery in Cuba. The Cuban government and state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA, announced an agreement this week to rehabilitate the refinery in the central Cienfuegos city on Cuba's southern coast to refine, store and distribute crude oil.

http://watchingamerica.com/elmundoes000007.shtml
US Cedes 'Backyard' to President Hugo Chavez
By: Watching America - New York,NY,USA
For decades, Latin America was referred to as the United States' "backyard." Today, such as statement could be regarded as reckless, since the United States appears to be losing allies by the handful in the region. Almost all of South America appears to be shifting to the left, partially because North America has abandoned the region, but also due to deception of native upper-class criollo [native] oligarchs.

http://english.pravda.ru/news/world/12-04-2006/79064-Venezuela-0
US ambassador to Venezuela visits US aircraft carrier in Atlantic
By: Pravda - Moscow,Russia
The American ambassador to Venezuela visited a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Atlantic as it sailed to the Caribbean for naval exercises, a trip that came just as President Hugo Chavez threatened to expel the diplomat from the country. U.S. Ambassador William Brownfield met with Gen. Bantz Craddock, the head of the U.S. Southern Command, and other commanders during a two-day visit aboard the USS George Washington that ended Monday, said Jose Ruiz, a spokesman for the Miami-based Southern Command.

http://www.ahora.cu/english/SECTIONS/national/2006/abril/12-04-06a.htm
Joint Cuba-Venezuela Enterprise Established in the Field of Oil Refining
By: Ahora.cu - Holguín,Cuba
With the signing Monday of an Agreement of Association and its complementary documents, a joint Cuban-Venezuelan enterprise named PDV-CUPET S.A. was established, aimed at the reactivation of the Cienfuegos oil refinery, in central Cuba. The oil companies PDVSA from Venezuela, and CUPET from Cuba authorized their respective branches PDVSA CUBA S.A. and Comercial CUPET S.A., to formalize the accord, thus implementing a letter of intent signed on April 28, 2005 under the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, an initiative of presidents Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Fidel Castro of Cuba.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/fn/3790719.html
Venezuela State Oil Co. to End SEC Filings
By: Houston Chronicle - United States
Venezuela's state oil company said it has paid off $83 million in debt registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and will stop filing public financial reports with the agency. Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA, said in a statement late Wednesday that as a result of the debt buyback it "no longer has any financial instrument registered" with the SEC and that its obligation to report to the agency has "expired."

http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20060412-013351-7276r
Venezuela-Spain arms deal to go through
By: United Press International - USA
Venezuelan officials said they would move ahead with the purchase of Spanish military planes and ships despite U.S. objections, El Pais reported Wednesday. The $2 billion deal -- which the two nations signed last year -- appeared to be on hold when Washington said it would not allow Spain to sell the military equipment to Venezuela because it included U.S. technology.

http://www.menafn.com/qn_news_story.asp?StoryId=CrdX7qeidDMvUzxP1zwXHlwnOyxzLEMzHBNm
Chavez millions of fans not Bush or rich
By: Middle East North Africa Financial Network - Amman,Jordan
Despite policies that irk the Bush administration and Venezuela's upper class, President Hugo Chavez' popularity remains with the common people in Caracas. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Chavez' social policies such as free food, medical care, housing and education to poor families, drive his popularity.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4901718.stm
Venezuela marks coup anniversary
By: BBC News - UK
Venezuelans have been commemorating the fourth anniversary of a failed military coup against President Hugo Chavez. The government accuses Washington of orchestrating the coup from which Mr Chavez returned after just 48 hours.

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/04/12/140206
Investigative Reporter Greg Palast: US Energy Dept. Concludes ...
By: Democracy Now - New York,NY,USA
In an interview with BBC investigative reporter Greg Palast, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he would ask the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to set the long-term price of oil at $50 a barrel. Palast reports that analysis by the US Department of Energy shows that Venezuela - not Saudi Arabia - could have the biggest oil reserves in the OPEC.

http://www.periodico26.cu/english/news_world/venezuela041206.htm
US Meddling in Venezuela Denounced
By: Periódico 26 - Las Tunas,Cuba
US attorney and author Eva Golinger denounced Washington’s escalating interference in Venezuela in an interview published Monday by Ultimas Noticias daily. The attorney said that the US government bankrolls the Venezuelan opposition, and that she has documents that prove it. Golinger also noted that Washington has tried to work with Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Austria and Spain to form an anti-Venezuela alliance.

http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=45&ItemID=10082
The Danger of Hugo Chávez's Successful Socialism
By: ZNet - Woods Hole,MA,USA
When the hated despots of nations like Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan loot their countries' treasuries, transfer their oil wealth to personal Swiss bank accounts and use the rest to finance (in the House of Saud's case) terrorist extremists, American politicians praise them as trusted friends and allies. But when a democratically elected populist president uses Venezuela's oil profits to lift poor people out of poverty, they accuse him of pandering.

http://english.people.com.cn/200604/12/eng20060412_257827.html
Venezuela denounces US threat to impose restrictions on its ...
By: People's Daily Online - Beijing,China
The Venezuela government said on Tuesday that the United States would be violating the Vienna Convention if it restricted the movement of its ambassador in Washington and warned of possible diplomatic consequences. U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormick said on Monday that Washington would restrict the movement of Venezuelan ambassador Bernardo Alvarez Alvarez, if attacks on the U.S. ambassador to Caracas, William Brownfield, continued unchecked.

http://www.angus-reid.com/polls/index.cfm/fuseaction/viewItem/itemID/11528
Chávez Maintains High Approval in Venezuela
By: Angus Reid Global Scan - Vancouver,BC,Canada
Angus Reid Global Scan) – Many Venezuelans express satisfaction with the performance of Hugo Chávez, according to a poll by IVAD. 60.2 per cent of respondents rate the president’s performance as excellent or good. Chávez has been in office since February 1999. In July 2000, he was elected to a six-year term with 59.5 per cent of all cast ballots. In August 2004, Chávez won a referendum on his tenure with 59 per cent of the vote. The special election was called after opposition organizations in Venezuela gathered 2.5 million signatures to force a recall ballot.

http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AI
D=/20060410/NEWS/604100553/1006/SPORTS

Chavez threatens to expel U.S. ambassador
By: Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Sarasota,FL,USA
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said the U.S. ambassador was "provoking the Venezuelan people" and threatened Sunday to expel the American diplomat, whose convoy was chased by pro-government protesters on motorcycles. Chavez condemned the crowd of protesters for pelting U.S. Ambassador William Brownfield's car Friday with eggs and tomatoes, saying his government "rejects any kind of aggression."

11/04/06

http://trinicenter.com/cgi-bin/selfnews/viewnews.cgi?newsid1144814182,26599,.shtml
Venezuela Says US Preparing For Invasion
By: Trinicenter.com - La Seiva Maraval,Trinidad and Tobago
A U.S. aircraft carrier strike group is moving into the Caribbean this week to start two months of naval exercises. The military is dismissing allegations by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez that it is planning an invasion of his country. But analysts say the show of force sends a signal to Chavez and other Latin American leaders about U.S. strength. "There's no other symbol of American power like the carrier," said the Southern Command's chief of staff.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1102AP_Nicaragua_Venezuela.html
Nicaraguan party accuses Venezuela
By: Seattle Post Intelligencer - USA
Nicaragua's governing party accused Venezuela on Tuesday of planning to indirectly fund the leftist Sandinista Party's election campaign through oil sales. A Sandinista legislator denied the accusation and Venezuelan Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel brushed it off.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4901466.stm
Venezuela and Cuba agree oil link
By: BBC News - UK
Venezuela and Cuba have formed a joint venture to revamp a Cuban oil refinery, tightening ties between the countries. The two sides will pump an initial $800m to $1bn (£460m-£570m) into the scheme which aims to completely reactivate the Cienfuegos refinery.

http://www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=53593
Venezuela moves forward with companies that recognize its national ...
By: VHeadline.com - Worth,IL,USA
Speaking in London, Venezuela's Vice Minister of Energy & Petroleum, Dr. Bernard Mommer reassured international oil markets saying that private investment remain vital for the stability of Venezuela's oil sector and the country itself. "We need private investors ... they are very useful," Mommer told over 100 oil executives, journalists and foreign diplomats.

http://www.vcrisis.com/index.php?content=letters/200604111109
Hugo Chavez does Hugo Chavez
By: V Crisis - London,England,UK
Exactly four years ago, a motley crue group of useless politicos, military and union bosses saw fit to remove Hugo Chavez from Venezuela's presidency. What followed was a tragicomedy in which the various actors demonstrated their Venezolanity, understood as the characteristic lack of common sense of the ruling political class of Venezuela. Many hypotheses were born that fatidic day, each side of the divide has picked one, or two, and hasn't stopped running with it since. The one of the coup led by Pedro Carmona -although the term as commonly defined is a misnomer; the one of Chavez's resignation -as announced by then highest ranking military officer Lucas Rincon Romero; the one about the CIA being behind the plot -unsubstantiated to this day; and some more.

http://www.upi.com/Energy/view.php?StoryID=20060411-093328-8488r
Venezuela: No guarantee on oil tax hikes
By: United Press International - USA
Venezuela, the world's fifth-largest oil producer, has warned international oil companies of new tax increases. The comments by Deputy Oil Minister Bernard Mommer in London Monday came just weeks after Caracas imposed new operating contracts on foreign oil firms and took over oil fields belonging to France's Total and Italy's ENI who failed to form new joint ventures with state-owned PDVSA.

http://www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=53517
Venezuela marks the fourth anniversary of the April 11-12 (2002) ...
By: VHeadline.com - Worth,IL,USA
Prensa Latina: Venezuela marks the fourth anniversary today, Tuesday, of the coup d'etat that briefly ousted President Hugo Chavez, as it steps up civilian-military alliance. The interaction between the population and the armed forces was the key element in thwarting the opposition's attempt to oust Chavez, who came to the presidency in 1998 on a platform to recover national sovereignty.

http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/miami/17746.html
Venezuela offering free eye care
By: El Universal Online - Mexico
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is helping Luis Xool, a Mayan Indian who speaks only a few words of Spanish, recover something he lost 24 months ago: his sight. Xool is among 90 Indians from the Yucatan who went to Venezuela last week for free eye care - an all-expense paid trip courtesy of Chávez that has raised accusations the Venezuelan leader is trying to influence Mexico´s July 2 presidential race.

http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-ven11.html
Venezuela: Ambassador was meddling
By: Chicago Sun-Times - United States
The Venezuelan government cited the U.S. ambassador's charity visits to poor neighborhoods as a sign that he is meddling in the country's internal affairs, and said Monday he could face expulsion. President Hugo Chavez first threatened to kick out U.S. Ambassador William Brownfield on Sunday, accusing him of trying to provoke confrontations in recent run-ins with pro-government protesters.

http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200604/200604110003.html
US Threatens Retaliation After Attack on Envoy in Venezuela
By: Chosun Ilbo - Seoul,South Korea
The United States warned Venezuela Monday, it will retaliate diplomatically, if there is a repeat of what U.S. officials say was a government-organized mob attack on the American ambassador last Friday in Caracas. The State Department says the incident was an act of "thuggery."

http://english.pravda.ru/news/world/11-04-2006/79013-Spain-0
Venezuela to purchase arms from Spain
By: Pravda - Moscow,Russia
Venezuela will purchase 10 airplanes and eight patrol boats from Spain despite the United States' attempts to block the deal, a top navy official said Monday. Angel Lopez Rojas, the navy's logistics commander, said in a statement that the Spanish companies EADS-Casa, a branch of a European aerospace consortium, and the shipyard Navantia have fulfilled all the requirements for the construction of the planes and boats, according to the state news agency.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/4
/11/apworld/20060411101056&sec=apworld

Venezuela sends 2 million barrels of crude to India
By: Malaysia Star - Malaysia
Venezuela sent 2 million barrels of crude oil to India in April as the South American country expands its efforts to find new markets beyond the United States, its top buyer. A tanker departed on April 5 for India's Sikka port carrying 1.3 million barrels of light-sour Mesa crude and 700,000 barrels of heavy Merey crude, state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA, said in a statement Monday.

http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/04/10/news/notes.php
Briefly: US warns Venezuela about 'thuggish' acts
By: International Herald Tribune - France
The United States may severely restrict the movements of Venezuela's ambassador if pro- government activists in Venezuela engage in any more "thuggish" activities against U.S. Ambassador William Brownfield, a spokesman said Monday.

10/04/06

http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2006/4/10/152524.shtml
Hugo Chavez Seeks Alliance with Iran
By: NewsMax.com - West Palm Beach,FL,USA
Officials at the Pentagon and State Department are increasingly concerned over Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s efforts to strengthen his nation’s ties with Iran.

http://www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=53314
Colombian paramilitary infiltration is plan to destabilize the Chavez government
By: VHeadline.com - Worth,IL,USA
Prensa Latina: The process to dismantle Colombian paramilitary groups is affecting security in Venezuela, which has witnessed recent cases of abduction and kidnapping. At least 590 members of the Catatumbo Front have pushed over the border, especially in provinces bordering with Colombia, according to statements by deputy Iris Varela, of the Fifth Republic Movement, in a meeting of the National Assembly to discuss the issue of violence.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-04/11/content_4409715.htm
US ambassador supports opposition, heightens US-Venezuela tensions ...
By: Xinhua - China
United States ambassador William Brownfield has heightened tensions between the U.S. and Venezuela by attempting to support the country's opposition parties, Venezuela's communication minister said on Monday. William Lara, said in a statement that Brownfield was a "hooligan" who was heightening tensions between the two countries by acting like "a neighborhood bully." Lara warned Brownfield to stop making statements that contained more "calumnies" than those of the country's opposition parties.

http://www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=53317
Chavez needs foreign oil companies as much as they need access to giant reserves
By: VHeadline.com - Worth,IL,USA
The China Post (John J. Metzler): Nationalizing foreign owned oil fields, mobilizing the masses for a hazy vision of the Bolivarian Revolution, and a spending spree supporting regional comrades from Cuba to South America with infusions of money, has all made President Hugo Chavez, a former left wing army colonel, the new poster boy of the Left.

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D8GT8
NKO0.htm?campaign_id=apn_home_down&chan=db

Venezuela sees boosting trade with Cuba
By: BusinessWeek - USA
Friendly ties between Fidel Castro's Cuba and Hugo Chavez's Venezuela have opened the way to a burgeoning trade relationship projected to reach more than $3.5 billion this year.

http://www.greenleft.org.au/back/2006/664/664p14.htm
VENEZUELA: Young people defending the revolution
By: Green Left Weekly - Chippendale,NSW,Australia
“I think it is possible to build socialism. We are demonstrating it already”, Lilibet Sira Torres, Caracas director of the Frente de Francisco Miranda, told Green Left Weekly. The FFM is a revolutionary youth group organising young people to actively support the Venezuelan revolution.

http://english.eluniversal.com/2006/04/10/en_pol_art_10A692273.shtml
Beneficiaries of Venezuela discounted oil meet with Citgo
By: El Universal - Venezuela
Citgo Petroleum Corporation, the Venezuelan state oil giant Pdvsa's refining arm in the United States, met last Saturday in New York with more than 200 groups that have benefited from the Venezuela-sponsored program to provide discounted heating oil to the poor in the United States.

http://www.theconservativevoice.com/article/13760.html
Chavez Seeks Deeper Ties with Iran
By: The Conservative Voice - Kernersville,NC,USA
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is seeking to deepen its military and commercial ties with Iran. Venezuela is speaking with Iran about holding joint military exercises and is also talking with the Hamas-run Palestinian Authority for possible Venezuelan funding. The Washington Times’ Rowan Scarborough reports: “…in October that the Chavez government had made overtures to Iran about obtaining nuclear technology”. The Times also reports that a senior Bush Administration official commented: "Hugo Chavez has been clearly talking to Iran about uranium."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/
article/2006/04/10/AR2006041000214.html

Chavez Threatens to Expel US Ambassador
By: Washington Post - United States
The Venezuelan government cited the U.S. ambassador's charity visits to poor neighborhoods as a sign that he is meddling in the country's internal affairs, and said Monday he could face expulsion for aligning himself with the opposition. President Hugo Chavez first threatened to kick out U.S. Ambassador William Brownfield on Sunday, accusing him of trying to provoke confrontations in recent run-ins with pro-government protesters.

http://yalibnan.com/site/archives/2006/04/lebanese_canadi_1.php
Lebanese Canadian teenage brothers executed in Venezuela
By: Ya Libnan - Beirut,Lebanon
The kidnapping and brutal murder of three teenage brothers in Venezuela last week has sparked international outrage, including large protests in Caracas demanding and an end to the scourge of kidnappings.

http://english.ohmynews.com/ArticleView/article_view.asp?no=284859&rel_no=1
Venezuela's Chavez threatens to expel US ambassador
By: OhmyNews International - South Korea
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez threatened to expel the U.S. ambassador Sunday, accusing him of ''provoking'' a confrontation two days earlier by visiting a poor pro-government area where protesters beat on his car and chased his convoy. Chavez's ultimatum came in response to Washington's warning of ''severe diplomatic consequences'' if anything similar should happen again to U.S. Ambassador William Brownfield. His threat appeared to take long-standing tensions between Venezuela and theU.S. to a new extreme.

http://www.greenleft.org.au/back/2006/664/664p18.htm
VENEZUELA: 'Dangerous situation' over murders
By: Green Left Weekly - Chippendale,NSW,Australia
A “dangerous situation” is being created in Venezuela after a series of much-publicised murders in recent weeks, according to Carolus Wimmer, a deputy to the Latin American Parliament and prominent member of the Venezuelan Communist Party. Wimmer recently toured Australia under the auspices of the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network.

http://www.greenleft.org.au/back/2006/664/664p14b.htm
VENEZUELA: A struggle without borders
By: Green Left Weekly - Chippendale,NSW,Australia
Within Venezuela we have always had strong solidarity movements with just struggles around the world, such as with Vietnam and Cuba. Our struggle in Venezuela is an international struggle, a struggle without borders. A central aspect of the Bolivarian revolution is solidarity, which is why the involvement of Green Left Weekly in supporting the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network is so welcome.

http://www.greenleft.org.au/back/2006/664/664p14f.htm
VENEZUELA: Foreign-operated oil fields taken over
By: Green Left Weekly - Chippendale,NSW,Australia
Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA took over seven oil fields in early April, which were previously run by foreign oil companies. Five of these fields were ceded to PDVSA intentionally and the others — one run by the Italian oil company Eni and one by the French oil company Total — PDVSA took over without the companies’ agreement.

http://www.greenleft.org.au/back/2006/664/664p28.htm
VENEZUELA: A new kind of socialism
By: Green Left Weekly - Chippendale,NSW,Australia
“One important idea that [Venezuelan President Hugo] Chavez had was to give power to the poor people. In the classic fight between the classes, the rich people have all the money and control of the government. The socialism that we are trying to build in this country at this time is an attempt to give power to the poor people, the excluded sector - which includes the poor, the workers, the professionals, the housewives, the indigenous people”, Dr Marcelo Alfonso, director of the Institute of Experimental Medicine at the Central University of Venezuela, explained to Green Left Weekly.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4894478.stm
Venezuela head accuses US envoy
By: BBC News - UK
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has threatened to expel the US ambassador to the country after accusing him of "provoking" a recent demonstration. Last week ambassador William Brownfield's convoy was pelted with eggs, onions and tomatoes and chased by supporters of the president.

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TODAY'S EDITORIAL: Chavez's Oil
By: Times of India - India
Escalating oil prices on international markets appear to indicate the world is running out of oil, but is this really the case? If a proposal mooted by Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez were to be accepted all round, the oil era still has some time to run. Chavez essentially proposes a deal with consumer countries that would fix oil prices at $50 a barrel.

  
   

  

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