MinCI Minister Izarra: We'll have Telesur on air before the end of the year
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
Andres Izarra says that there are talks currently being held with his Brazilian counterpart, aimed at signing an agreement that will give legal base to a project that should see Television del Sur (Telesur) on air before the end of this year.
President hits out at Fedecamaras board's stone-throwing politicking
By: Patrick J. O'Donoghue
The President says he needs to continue meetings with business sectors but that out of personal dignity he is not prepared to dialogue with people who throw stones … “I just can't do it.”
New Minister of Interior & Justice (MIJ) Chacon conducts prison inspections
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
With a visit to Carabobo State Prison, Minister of Interior & Justice (MIJ), Jesse Chacon has begun the inspection tour of the country's prisons announced during his swearing-in ceremony last Friday.
Coordinadora Democratica (CD) meets with OAS Cesar Gaviria in Washington
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
Enrique Mendoza, Timoteo Zambrano and Asdrubal Aguiar have met with Secretary General of the OAS, Cesar Gaviria to explain the last findings linked to fraud allegedly committed during last month's Presidential Recall Referendum.
President Hugo Chavez Frias repeats desire for closer links with the USA
By: Patrick J. O'Donoghue
The Venezuelan government hopes to reach agreements with spokespersons and intermediaries of the USA because Chavez Frias says his government is a serious.
Comando Maisanta dismisses Hausmann's statistics as rehash of stale news
By: Patrick J. O'Donoghue
First reaction from the Venezuelan government's electoral command (Comando Maisanta) is to dub the preliminary report presented by opposition constitutional lawyer, Tulio Alvarez as “xenophobic.”
Aguiar and Zambrano in Washington to present preliminary fraud report
By: Patrick J. O'Donoghue
What is stopping them from reaching their destination is Hurricane Ivan, which continues to affect Venezuela's coastline as it passes neighboring Grenada on its way northwards, cancelling all flights to and from Venezuela.
World Bank places Venezuela low on opening business table
By: Patrick J. O'Donoghue
Venezuela is criticized for the length and cost of starting a business … it takes roughly 119 days passing through 14 formal steps and costing investors $788 … in Colombia, it now just takes 14 days to go through 19 steps and costing $500.
Who are the Venezuelans who've been financed by USAID and the NED?
By: Oscar Heck
Eva Golinger‚s article, “United States government tries to cover up covert financing to the Venezuelan opposition and Sumate to the tune of US$10 million…‰ … brings up an interesting challenge for an investigative reporter.
Chris Herz: Follow the money
By: Chris Herz
Politicians blather on about this and that … but when one wishes to figure what is really going to happen look for where they put real money. This week in Washington has been a good one for that exercise.
Venezuelan government will not talk with stone-throwing business executives
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
Chavez Frias was speaking during an event in which 1,300 business executives were gathered to hear Chavez ratify his call for dialogue that the National Executive has been promoting in the wake of his August 15 Recall Referendum victory.
Finance Minister Nobrega says inflation should end 2005 at 15%; GDP +5%
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
Venezuela's rate of inflation for 2005 should end at 15%, while the rate of economic growth will be around 5% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to information provided this Wednesday by the Minister of Finance, Tobias Nobrega.
National Catholic Reporter's Bart Jones: Chavez' missions key to his popularity
By: Bart Jones
Besides Mission Robinson, the barrio also is home to a Mission Ribas program, which offers high school diplomas to adults who dropped out of school. Beyond that, Mission Sucre permits impoverished students to continue to university studies.
National Catholic Reporter Bart Jones: Divisions harden after Chavez victory
By: Bart Jones
Oscar Rodriguez had left his new part-time home of West Palm Beach, Fla., and was on an airplane headed for his homeland, Venezuela, with an urgent mission: to vote President Hugo Chavez out of office in a recall referendum.
National Catholic Reporter editorial: The essential lesson of Chavez
By: Tom Roberts
As writer Bart Jones said in a personal assessment after reporting on the election for NCR, “Poor people have risen up and taken power in Venezuela. That‚s the essential lesson of Chavez, whether he‚s a good President or a bad President.‰
US government cover up on covert financing to Venezuelan opposition
By: Eva Golinger
Despite the illegal withholding of names on the USAID-DAI grants, one document apparently was skipped. The name, Sumate appears on a grant intended to encourage “electoral participation‰ in the referendum, citing US$84,840 as the total grant amount.
Chris Herz: More on the US Budget
By: Chris Herz
In hearings before the US Congress we see Pentagon officials involved in the military administration of conquered territory admitting to their inadequacies in Iraq.
Prosecutor's Office will not appeal Baruta Mayor Capriles Radonski's bail
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
Anderson believes the situation is different inasmuch as he considers that decision handed down by the 3rd Trial Court guarantees continuation of the process as well as Capriles Radonski's participation in it.

REPORTERS Without Borders Urges Venezuela to Fully Investigate…
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
In a letter to Venezuela's attorney general Isaias Rodriguez, Reporters Without Borders says Mauro Marcano's death is very troubling because he regularly…
NEW Documents Reveal that USAID Provided $2.3 Million to… – Caracas,Venezuela
… annually during the past two years was given by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to various organizations in Venezuela, many of…
NATIONAL Catholic Reporter Bart Jones: Divisions harden after…
Venezuela Electronic News – Venezuela
… Chief) writes: Oscar Rodriguez had left his new part-time home of West Palm Beach, Fla., and was on an airplane headed for his homeland, Venezuela, with an…

PERU'S ex-spy chief faces new trial
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… Captured in Venezuela in June 2001, Montesinos went on trial the following
year to begin facing nearly 80 charges accusing him of everything from
illegal arms…

CHAVEZ Foes Plan Legal Fight Against His Recall Win
Reuters – USA
CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) – Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday said
it would present a legal challenge to President Hugo Chavez's victory
in an Aug.…

VENEZUELA: Divisions Harden after Chávez Victory – Caracas,Venezuela
Oscar Rodríguez had left his new part-time home of West Palm Beach, Fla.,
and was on an airplane headed for his homeland, Venezuela, with an urgent


SUCCESSFUL Hands Off Venezuela meeting at Portcullis House (London…
In Defense of Marxism – UK
The Hands Off Venezuela campaign public meeting held on September 7 in
Portcullis House (Houses of Parliament annex) was very successful with
around 70 people…
“CREATING a caring economy in Venezuela”
Collective Bellaciao – Paris,France
We are proud to host Nora Castañeda, President of the Women’s Development Bank of Venezuela, on her first speaking tour of the United States in January…
Time that a real opposition emerged … one called Venezuela‚s Loyal Opposition
By: Maria Paez Victor
In a democracy, the opposition is bound to criticize government policies and propose alternative solutions to problems. It does not, under any circumstance, undermine or attack the very legitimacy of the institutions of the State itself.
MVR denies changes of pro-government candidates, ignores reality check
By: Patrick J. O'Donoghue
The key factor, in the choice of candidates, will be President Chavez Frias himself and what he is hearing from non-MVR sources, especially in the grassroots and among 20% of voters that swung the election in his favor.
Housing Minister to tackle abuses in housing solution lists and red tape
By: Patrick J. O'Donoghue
Montes says the list of persons awaiting housing solutions presented by the Federation does not correspond with the survey to be undertaken by the Ministry … “it has has even sold application forms for 60,000 bolivares each.”
Kicking red-bereted, Castro-luvvin' Hugo Chavez Frias down Avenida Urdaneta
By: Roy S. Carson
I must confess to having shook my head on several occasions lately as Gustavo continues to rail against democracy and Chavez Frias in particular in some fond belief that he's created his own Venezuelan version of Bill O'Reilly's 'No Spin Zone.'
Surplus of opposition candidates to mayor's office in western Maracaibo
By: Patrick J. O'Donoghue
Opposition State Governor Manuel Rosales is supporting his Un Tiempo Nuevo colleague, Pablo Perez, who claims that his candidacy is upward bound. The La Alianza party has called on Perez to withdraw in favor of Nestor Rincon.
Ugueth Urbina warned not to get police involved in freeing hostage mum
By: Darryn Mijares
Ugueth himself has flown from Detroit to Venezuela but has been deliberately keeping a low profile to avoid complicating the issue. and placing his mother in danger. The kidnappers have told family members not to get the police involved.
CICPC breaks up luxury car hostage-takers after picking wrong victim
By: Patrick J. O'Donoghue
The gang's specialty is the car-jacking and theft of luxury cars but their luck changed because their lastest victim just happened to be the son-in-law of outgoing Interior & Justice (MIJ) General (ret.) Lucas Rincon Romero.
Opposition lawyers claim to have proved massive fraud in August 15 Referendum
By: Patrick J. O'Donoghue
Martinez Mottola attacks Carter Center representative Jennifer McCoy saying the arguments forwarded by the Venezuelans puts a hole in Carter Center's decisions … incidentally, she attended the sitting but no comments have been issued so far!
Venezuela's oil industry is breathing a deep sigh of relief as Ivan passes
By: David Coleman
In a television interview, Executive Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel said the situation is under control … there hasn't been a repeat of Venezuela's worst natural disaster in 1999, when flash floods and mudslides left thousands dead.
Ismael Garcia: Opposition will be just like frog's skin and pale into insignificance
By: Reporters
Garcia stresses the fact that even AD leader Claudio Fermin … currently running as a candidate for Caracas Metropolitan Mayor's Office .. has pointed out in a series of radio and television interviews that there has not been a single fraud proven.
Opposition fails to provide proof to back charges of massive electoral fraud
By: Reporters
The report continues that, in the half-hour broadcast, opposition leader Enrique Mendoza repeated claims the government manipulated electoral registers, broke election laws and programmed electronic voting machines to ensure Chavez won.
Oil & gas drilling ceases in southern Caribbean as Ivan wreaks havoc
By: David Coleman
Venezuela has closed ports and canceled flights and evacuated thousands of people from three of its most-affected eastern states as oil tankers were barred from leaving Puerto La Cruz and its nearby Jose oil terminal.
What was good for the American Revolution is good for the Venezuelan…
By: Cort Greene
He compared this to Britain, and pointed to the fact that if this were done in the UK, there is no doubt that the authors of such articles would be arrested. Can you imagine a British journalist openly calling for the assassination of Tony Blair?
Moody's Investors Service raises Venezuela long-term foreign currency rating
By: David Coleman
Venezuela's foreign debt rating has been raised two levels by Moody's Investors Service, in a statement which says that higher foreign currency reserves and government restrictions on US$ purchases will help ensure it will repay its debts.
Venezuela's main Maiquetia, Margarita, Barcelona + Maturin airports closed
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
Venezuelan Air Force Colonel Francisco Paz Freitas, informed that given the fact that hurricane Ivan's category had been elevated to category 4, Cumana, Margarita, Barcelona, Maturin and Maiquetia airports have been closed.
CEN says that PDVSA could generate +US$30 billion 2004 net income
By: David Coleman
BCV chief executive Domingo Maza Zavala confirms that state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) is on track towards reporting “around $32 billion net income this year” adding that the projection is dependent on crude prices remaining around US$32.

VENEZUELA begins negotiations to join Mercosour
Viet Nam News Agency – Hanoi,Vietnam
Havana (VNA) – Venezuela on Tuesday began negotiations for its admission
to the Southern American common market (Mercosur), which includes Uruguay,

WORKERS World newspaper :Carter in Venezuela – Venezuela
What's an old imperialist like Jimmy Carter doing validating the results
of the referendum in Venezuela—results that show the large majority of
the Venezuelan…

CHAVEZ Foes Show Video on Referendum Fraud Charges
Reuters – USA
CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) – Venezuela's opposition on Tuesday presented
a video laying out details of its allegations that leftist President Hugo
Chavez won…


Headlines for Tuesday, September 07, 2004 (Caracas time)
Richard Smith: Grasping at straws…
By: Richard Smith
Any right-thinking human being would conclude that laying siege to an embassy, destroying motor vehicles would be shunned and treated like the hoodlum he really is, while facing 8 years behind bars.
Los Palos Grandes Monster Luis Carrera Almoina could face 12-year jail
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
After a 6-month wait, Carrera Almoina trial was begun, Monday, before Caracas Metropolitan Area Judicial Penal Circuit Court 20 under Judge Rosa Cadiz; after delays caused by the inhibition of 59 judges and 29 deferrals.
Venezuelan State news agency VENPRES' news round-up — September 7, 2004
By: Armando Nuñez
Ministry of Finance Public Loan director, Alejandro Dopazo, has told state news agency (Venpres) that so far this year, the Republic has paid off US $2 billion of external debt this year, or 80% of the total that must be paid this year.
CNE will announce date for National Assembly recall after October elections
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
The date set for the recall referendum process against nine (9) opposition National Assembly (AN) deputies will be announced by the National Elections Council (CNE) after regional and municipal elections take place on October 31.
AD challenges the Salas dynasty and citizen assemblies gaining force
By: Patrick J. O'Donoghue
Observers suggest that Salas Romer is sitting out the CD's internal crisis after its failure to oust Chavez Frias in the recall referendum. Opposition leaders, such as Miranda State Governor Enrique Mendoza, have disappeared from public view.
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez Frias mooted to visit China in January
By: Reporters
Perez says it had initially been projected that Chavez Frias would travel to China before the end of this year, but plans had to be delayed because of the President's busy post-Recall referendum schedule.
Venezuela leads in E-Voting; election conducted using a paper audit trail
By: Edward Custer
The recall vote in Venezuela shows that an electronic voting system, which produces paper ballots that can be matched with the machine count if a recount is required, can work.
Sergio Calderon: Chavez Frias has been defeated twice in Tachira State
By: Patrick J. O'Donoghue
Calderon admits that the opposition has separated itself from people's problems and have been entertained by what Chavez Frias says .. “whatever he says on the Sunday radio address, opposition leaders get ready to answer back with a soundbite.”
Domingo Alberto Rangel wants to join President's war on corruption
By: Patrick J. O'Donoghue
The campaign should start with an investigation into the acquisitions of Infrastructure Minister, Diosdado Cabello and the President must verify the truth of accusations that Cabello purchased the Eveba sardine factory in Cumana through front men.

MICHAEL Shifter : Venezuela's contained revolution – Venezuela
… support that view. Chavez's victory in the August 15 recall referendum
can be attributed to reasons unique to Venezuela. Record-high…

BAKR visit 'nothing big'
Trinidad & Tobago Express – Trinidad and Tobago
… at the Trinidad and Tobago Embassy in Caracas, Nieves Calendar, said
yesterday Jamaat al Muslimeen leader Yasin Abu Bakr visits Venezuela regularly
and his…

WARRANTS for Colombian Soldiers in Union Killings
Reuters – USA
… The army said the unions were guerrilla suspects and carrying weapons
and explosives when they were shot in the oil-rich region near the border
with Venezuela.…

GAS prices won't cool
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
… But don't expect costs to fall significantly until there's more certainty
in global hot spots such as Russia, Iraq and Venezuela, said Mark Baxter,
director of…


VENEZUELA'S Public Housing Program Attempts a Housing Revolution – Caracas,Venezuela
Housing projects to benefit the poor, however, are not new in Venezuela
and not restricted to President Hugo Chavez's government.…

POOR Women Gave Chavez His Win in Venezuela
Women's Enews – New York,NY,USA
… CARACAS, Venezuela (WOMENSENEWS)—A few days after Venezuela's President
Hugo Chavez won the mid-August referendum recall, Juana Faria applied
for a second…
United States downplays anti-drug cooperation as Venezuela bites the bullet
By: David Coleman
“The Venezuelan government and State anti-narcotics agencies have stressed the importance of fighting drug trafficking around the world, and especially in the Caribbean area … its not just related to Venezuela.”
Venezuelan State news agency VENPRES' news round-up — September 6, 2004
By: Armando Nuñez
In a communication issued by the Venezuelan MRE, the Government says that it repudiates terrorist acts, whatever their motive and categorically rejects that the integrity of humans was attempted against in the name of any ideology or purpose.
4,840 lbs. of Colombian cocaine discovered at Cumana tourist lodge
By: David Coleman
Two suspects identified as Colombian citizens died during a shootout with the National Guard (GN) near two tunnels where 600 kilos (1,320 lbs.) of cocaine were discovered in Sucre State.
GN anti-drugs seize 200 kilos of cocaine at Caracas international airport
By: Patrick J. O'Donoghue
In a separate incident, a Venezuelan (39) has been arrested for attempting to evade GN controls by hiding 4.1 kilos of cocaine in a chess board as he boarded a flight to Valencia, Spain.
Carter Center ignores Sumate and Ricardo Hausmann's statistics tests
By: Patrick J. O'Donoghue
The Carter Center reveals that statistics experts from Stanford and John Hopkins universities have undertaken studies and have not found any evidence of manipulation of electoral voting machines used in Venezuela's recall referendum.
Arias Cardenas says poor have given Chavez Frias a second chance
By: Patrick J. O'Donoghue
“What is needed are tried and capable officials rather than politically faithful hacks … to govern implies showing capacity to defeat criminals and organized crime.”
Media Minister Izarra apologizes for Alo Presidente radio suspension
By: Patrick J. O'Donoghue
Minister Izarra has announced that “important announcements” the President had planned to broadcast during the show would be broadcast next week. According to sources, President Chavez Frias was about to announce the creation of new Ministries.
The FTAA is dead: Kirchner, Da Silva and Chavez are unifying South America
By: Bob Chapman
We believe that Argentina‚s switch to gold in their reserves, and the victory of President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, and the increase in Mexican oil reserves is going to change the complexion of US relations with Latin America.
Int'nal Forecaster: Calling Chavez dictator is as far from the truth as you can get
By: Bob Chapman
However, George P‚s trip to Mexico was marred by his outspoken comments about events in Venezuela, where his uncle attempted the assassination of President Hugo Chavez Frias.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Perez seeks to expand cooperation with China
By: David Coleman
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and “Venezuela hopes to establish much closer relations with China and increase bilateral cooperation in areas of common interest.
How a right-wing think-tank might grade the Venezuelan opposition
By: Glen Forbes
A tongue in cheek chronology of events based on how a right-wing think tank might evaluate the coordinadora if asked:

(Note: Chavez first elected Dec 1998)
Score range: +20 to ?20
? = questionable step
Houston Chronicle: President Chavez mixes social welfare with free markets
By: Reporters
While poor people like Enriquez may be enthralled by Chavez, his critics — who largely come from the minority middle and upper classes — see sinister intentions behind a gamut of social programs, called missions, he has launched.
Interior & Justice (MIJ) Chacon to continue humanization of prison system
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
“During the administration of General Lucas Rincon at the MIJ, important advances were made with the creation of the Office of Human Rights, work education and sports activities to combat idleness.”
Andres Izarra to create competitive State news system to combat infophrenia
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
“Let us remember that during the oil strike, the (private) media only transmitted spots exclusively against the government … without even broadcasting commercials … that damage caused to the population will take some time to heal.”
Chelmsford first TUC in UK to support and sponsor Venezuelan reforms
By: Andy Goodall
The Resolution:

Essex County Association of Trades Councils recognizes that a social revolution is taking place in Venezuela and since the election of Chavez in 1998 massive social progress has been made.
Charles Hardy: Sister Louis Marie, Venezuela needs you…
By: Charles Hardy
I see and hear so much about her that sometimes I get the feeling that this holy woman, who went around the world begging the rich to give a few of their pennies to the poor, was a Venezuelan. Only Johnnie Walker seems to be better publicized as a so

VENEZUELA: Chavez calls for move away from capitalism
Green Left – Australia
… “We have to eliminate large land holdings in Venezuela”, Chavez
said. “What we've done so far has been very, very superficial.”.…

New MinCI Minister Andres Izarra makes commitment to work for the people
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
“I will work so that all those who voted Yes and No, all find the space in which we can all fit together … work together to achieve the country we all want, because, indeed, it has changed forever … and it belongs to everyone now.”
President Chavez charges new Interior Minister to tackle prison reform
By: Patrick J. O'Donoghue
The President has called on Media Minister Izarra to help him overcome mental obstacles that many opposition supporters have developed. “Many Venezuelans think they are against our project but they really don't know it.”
Mitchell Chase: Sometimes less is more in the Olympics
By: Mitchell Chase
Rubio, however, won national acclaim. That's because Rubio is from Venezuela, and his medal represented the total medal haul for the country in the games.
Former Defence Minister says CD has no right to negotiate election terms
By: Patrick J. O'Donoghue
Army General (ret.) Ochoa Antich complains about a breakdown of values in Venezuela's Armed Force (FAN) and points to the recent incident in Miraflores Palace with the disbanding of a special Presidential protection unit.
Asdrubal Aguiar calls on opposition supporters to take to the streets
By: Patrick J. O'Donoghue
Aguiar continues to harp on the fact that he is a member of the negotiations team, amid growing calls that Aguiar, Alberto Quiros Corradi and ilk resign their unelected positions, recognize their mistakes and assume responsibility.
Government and banking sector in emergency house construction plan
By: Patrick J. O'Donoghue
According to the businessmen attending the dialogue, there was no set agenda and several themes of actuality … an analysis of the housing problem was undertaken and the need for both the public and private sectors to take initiatives.
Andres Galarraga makes it to the Anaheim's major league team
By: Patrick J. O'Donoghue
Andres says he's happy with the decision and feels good physically and mentally … “I feel like a rookie and baseball is in my blood.” It appears that Galarraga will come out to bat as emerging batter.

REFERENDUM brings `revolution'
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
Like many of the poor people who live in El Saman, one of hundreds of barrios
in Venezuela's capital, the retired seamstress and domestic servant adores

BAKR backs Chavez
Trinidad & Tobago Express – Trinidad and Tobago
… It is understood that Bakr, who enjoys a personal friendship with Libya's
Colonel Muammar Gadaffi, shuttled among Libya, Venezuela and Trinidad
during the…


GAS prices in Phoenix still rising, but slower
Arizona Republic – Phoenix,AZ,USA
… David Cowley predicts gasoline prices may not fall as much this year
because of the high crude oil prices, instability in Iraq and Venezuela,
and financial…

OPPOSITION intellectuals say recall has divided Venezuela more…
Venezuela Electronic News – Venezuela
A group of left-wing Venezuelan opposition “intellectuals” has published
a document, expressing concern about the situation in Venezuela after
the recall…

THE Implications and Explanation of Venezuela's Recall Election
Axis of Logic – Boston,MA,United States
… The referendum has the potential for far-reaching effects. The Implications
and Explanation of Venezuela‚s Recall Election. It…

SO many more positive things could have been accomplished in…
Venezuela Electronic News – Venezuela
… So many more positive things could have been accomplished in Venezuela
had these children learned how to use this new hammer for constructive


MVR will try to persuade National Elections Council to change timetable
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
Movimiento Quinto Republica (MVR) leader Willian Lara has announced that the possibility of taking legal action against a National Elections Council (CNE) decision to change the date of regional elections has been discussed during a 2nd meeting of ca
Electoral Registry will open September 4-8 for newbie voters to sign up
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
National Elections Council (CNE) director Sobella Mejias says that starting tomorrow (September 4), the Electoral Registry will be open to all voters who turn 18 September 4-October 31 … when regional and municipal elections take place.
CNE meetings with CD and Comando Maisanta to take place next week
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
Ezequiel Zamora, the vice president of the National Elections Council (CNE), has disavowed information published in a local daily, which claims that the CNE has unanimously agreed to purchased 5,000 new voting machines and would audit 5% of them.
National Electoral Council (CNE) stages a voting rehearsal to clock the time
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
The National Elections Council (CNE) has performed a private voting drill at the Francisco Pimentel College in Caracas, to examine ways to permit regional elections to take place in the fastest, most effective manner possible.
Venezuela Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns terrorist attacks in Russia
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
Venezuela “repudiates terrorist acts and categorically rejects that the life and integrity of human beings are put in jeopardy in the name of any ideology or purpose; also condemns actions involving children, women and elderly persons.”
Former PDVSA executives see ILO as last chance to save face
By: Patrick J. O'Donoghue
Fernandez has denied rumors of resignation released by afternoon Venezuelan tabloid El Mundo. However, in separate announcement later, he did admit that he had offered his resignation after the disastrous results of the recall referendum.
Opposition intellectuals say recall has divided Venezuela more than ever
By: Patrick J. O'Donoghue
They pontificate that President Hugo Chavez Frias does not and cannot represent Venezuela's dispossessed … “the working class, rural poor, women, aboriginal ethnic groups, students and intellectuals do not see themselves in him.”
Pro-Venezuela business group dialogues with government … bankers next
By: Patrick J. O'Donoghue
The Banking Association of Venezuela (ABV) , which groups 49 of the country's 52 financial institutions, has been officially invited. An ABV spokesman says no conditions have been set and it will be an open dialogue.
Bolivar Gold getting tanked up at El Choco mines in Venezuela's southeast
By: Reporters
Estimate dam will be finished by first week in September. Leach tank plates joined in pairs, ready for erection. Ball and SAG mill are now in their cradles. Ends will be cooled using ice then fitted. The mill can then be set into its bearings.
President Hugo Chavez Frias and the referendum: myths and realities
By: James Petras
Even less discussion has focused on the division between ideological Washington and pragmatic Wall Street, between the politics of confrontation and conciliation, and the convergences and divergences between Venezuela and the rest of Latin America.
Charles Hardy: The morning after the day before…
By: Charles Hardy
On August 15, the day of the Presidential Recall Referendum, exit-polling was being conducted in various parts of Venezuela. I didn‚t see much value in my asking a YES or NO question that day.
President Chavez Frias is simply abiding the law; idle lands census next week
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
Although the idle lands census ordered by President Hugo Chavez Frias has not yet begun in Portuguesa State, Col. Hector Volcanes has stated that a work team will be set up next week to carry out the President's orders.
Labor Minister Iglesias: No massive layoffs in the public administration
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
Iglesias was speaking at a press conference at the Vice President's Office where she insisted that the false rumors were the product of the anti-government private media, which has turned the issue into a mockery.
CAVIDEA Rafael Alonzo's resignation will encourage dialogue
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel says that Rafael Alonzo's resignation from the presidency of Cavidea “corresponds with the wishes of the democratic sectors of Fedecamaras to promote unconditional dialogue … which is what the country needs.”
Saharawi President asks President Chavez for help to solve conflict with Morocco
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
The President of the Democratic Arab Saharawi Republic, Mohamed Abdelazi, has asked President Hugo Chavez Frias for his intervention and influence to reach a peaceful solution in the current territorial conflict with the Kingdom of Morocco. commentarist Charles Hardy launchs his own blog website
By: Reporters
Charlie says that, while Venezuela remains his primary interest, he has always wanted to write about other topics as well. In the section “You, the World and I‰ he writes about current world events, theology, philosophy and life in general.
So many more positive things could have been accomplished in Venezuela
By: Oscar Heck
This new tool drove the anti-Chavez movement wild and turned them into brats … sabotaging law-making sessions, filibustering and finding all sorts of tactics to stall bona fide processes.
Venezuela's ambassador to Australia to visit Wellington, New Zealand
By: Reporters
There will be a public reception for the ambassador at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 25 at the St Johns Hall, (corner of Willis and Dixon Sts) in Wellington in a meeting sponsored by The (New Zealand) Alliance Party and peace and justice groups.

VENEZUELA'S Chavez Names New Army Palace Chief, Nacional Says
Bloomberg – USA
Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez named a new head
of the army garrison at the presidential palace after members…

OIL Prices Jump for Second Day – New York,NY,USA
… prices routinely hit record highs in the first three weeks of August,
driven by a host of worries about exports from Iraq, Russia and Venezuela,
three top oil…

NEW Panama president vows to mend ties with Cuba and Venezuela
Xinhua – China
1 (Xinhuanet) — Panama's new President Martin Torrijos pledged on Wednesday
to resume diplomatic relations with Cuba and normalize relations with

OPPOSITION Offers Compromise in Venezuela
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… 1 – In a break with other government opponents, Venezuela's largest
and most influential business association said on Wednesday that it was
prepared to embark…

POST-REFERENDUM Venezuela draws heavy-oil interest
Planet Ark – New York,NY,USA
CARACAS, Venezuela – High crude oil prices and a more stable political
outlook for Venezuela are spurring renewed interest by foreign investors
in the…

VENEZUELA‚S Main Chamber of Commerce Accepts Dialogue with… – Caracas,Venezuela
Caracas, September 1, 2004˜Following two days of internal closed-door
debate, Venezuela‚s largest chamber of commerce, Fedecamaras, decided
to accept the…

VENEZUELA'S Fedecamaras accepts dialogue with the Chavez Frias…
Venezuela Electronic News – Venezuela
… indispensable the creation of conditions for entrepreneurs, consumers
and government, to come together in a joint effort that locates Venezuela
on the path to…

PANAMA'S New Chief, Sworn In, Inherits a Diplomatic Tempest
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
… pardon the men and allow them to leave Panama because she said she
was concerned that Mr. Torrijos might have them extradited to Cuba or
Venezuela, where, she…

IT‚S Time for Venezuela‚s Private Media to Come Clean with the… – Caracas,Venezuela
… opposition itself. Such omissions on the part of Venezuela's private
media fuel the opposition's unfounded accusations of fraud. By…

VENEZUELA: A Free Press Website Restored !
UN Observer
If you want to find out what‚s really going on in Venezuela, please visit – regularly. The UN OBSERVER…


Headlines for Wednesday, September 01, 2004 (Caracas time)
Judge orders trial of the 'Los Palos Grandes Monster' Luis Carrera Almoina
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
The lawyer recognizes that while there is no sentence, the Palos Grandes Monster could be released … “but there are sufficient elements for him to be brought to trial and a prison sentence is expected.”
Fedecamaras accepts to dialogue with the national government.
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
Fedecamaras has held a press conference to let the country know the results of their deliberations in which the business organization has agreed to dialogue with the national government to promote a climate of stability and harmony.
Government considers the Fedecamaras manifesto to be inappropriate
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
Outgoing Minister of Communication & Information, Jesse Chacon, has announced that the government considers Fedecamaras' manifesto concerning the invitation to dialogue extended by President Hugo Chavez to be inadequate.
15% Value Added Tax rate becomes effective toda, Wednesday, 9/11
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
Starting this Wednesday, September 1, 2004, the Law of Partial Reform will become effective, law which establishes the Value Added Tax (IVA), published on the Official Gazette No. 37.999, of August 11, 2004.
Remains to be seen whether democracy in Venezuela will go unpunished
By: Paul Harris
President Hugo Chavez Frias won a pretty convincing vote of confidence from the Venezuelan people … and he did so in the face of an onslaught of negative campaigning from the opposition, the Venezuelan media and the United States.
Anti-Chavez movements are shooting themselves in the foot again!
By: Oscar Heck
Fedecamaras is one of the three major traditional Venezuelan organizations which headed up the coup against Chavez and the sabotage of industry in 2002-3 which left thousands upon thousands of innocent Venezuelans jobless.
Chris Herz: Warfare State
By: Chris Herz
President Hugo Chavez Frias and his diplomats will attempt to repair the strained relationships with the USA. After all, Venezuela is similar in physical size and in population to Iraq and wishes to avoid the miserable fate of that unhappy country.
Fedecamaras demands the last word on dialogue with the government
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
According to the outgoing minister of Communication & Information, Jesse Chacon, the Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry (Fedecamaras) has enough freedom on its own to decide whether it will establish a dialogue with the government or not.
Charles Hardy: Penn, Schoen & Berland …US News & World Report
By: Charles Hardy
First, regarding Barone‚s article, I am not surprised that the CIA News & World Report would publish it … I am surprised that anyone would take it serious … his pen is like an automatic weapon shooting at imaginary targets in Venezuela.
USA polling firm declares Chavez Frias as referendum winner by 62%
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
The operations manager of the North American Opinion Research polling firm in Venezuela, released the results of a survey that took place during the week of August 6 to August 12, 2004, where the No vote in the presidential referendum reached 62%
Conditions for dialogue coming from sectors of Fedecamaras are political
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
The director of the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV), Domingo Felipe Maza Zavala, believed the conditions imposed by sectors of Fedecamaras in order to dialogue with the government to be “political”
Metropolitan Police guarantees expulsion of officers arrested by the GN
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
The general director of the PM, Lazaro Forero, has announced that a file will be opened to expel two officers arrested by the National Guard in Ave. Boyaca, due to their grave felony when trying to pass off as military officers.
More than 90% of the corporate sector wants unconditioned dialogue…
By: Vanessa Carolina del Valle Marcano
According to the director of Fedeindustria, Miguel Perez Abad, more than 90% of the Venezuelan corporate sector wants to establish a dialogue, but without any conditions.

VENEZUELA Upgrades System for Upcoming State and Municipal… – Caracas,Venezuela
Caracas, Sep.1, 2004˜In order to avoid abstention in the coming state
and municipal elections, due to long lines for lack of sufficient voting
centers, the…

VENEZUELA Says Regional Elections May Be Delayed, Nacional Says
Bloomberg – USA
Sept. 1 (Bloomberg) — Venezuela's National Electoral Council may delay
regional elections scheduled for Sept. 26 to Oct. 31 to…

VENEZUELA offers India five oil fields
The Hindu – Chennai,India
New Delhi, Sept 1. (PTI): Venezuela today offered India five oil fields
for exploration and production as part of efforts to foster a strategic
alliance with…

INVEST Venezuela: With high oil prices, do not take the wrong path – Venezuela
… While, in Venezuela, we are seeing that, once again, there is a need
to move quickly to close deals in connection with projects that have been
on the drawing…

INDIA,VENEZUELA to discuss oil exploration
Sify – Delhi,India
India will discuss opportunities for exploring oil and gas in Venezuela
when the country's Foreign Minister visits New Delhi this week, a Government

IRAN, Venezuela ink cooperation agreement
IranMania News – Iran
LONDON, Sept 1(IranMania) – Following the Second Joint Economic Cooperation,
Iran and Venezuela on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU),

'DEMOCRACY in the hills of Venezuela''
Yellow Times
… But I swear I could hear the gnashing of teeth in the Oval Office when
the results of the August 15 recall referendum in Venezuela were finally

VENEZUELA Changed Forever – Caracas,Venezuela
… to be free, to defend sovereignty. Venezuela will not be a colony again;
only we Venezuelans govern here. We want to have at least…

FROM Chavismo to Revolution in Venezuela – Caracas,Venezuela
It is time to deepen the revolution!‰. Thus, Venezuela‚s experiment
in revolution has entered a new phase. The reaffirmation…

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