DEMOCRACY May Be Real Winner in Venezuela
ABC News – USA
CARACAS, Venezuela Aug. … But the real winner may be Venezuela's shaky
democracy, with voters getting a chance to decide their country's future.

LAND reform divides Venezuela
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
SANTA ELENA DE ARENALES, Venezuela – (KRT) – After years of strife, Venezuelans
go to the polls Sunday to determine whether their populist, firebrand

THE Foreign Policy Leadership Council Calls For a More Responsible…
Business Wire (press release) – San Francisco,CA,USA
… It should take advantage of this weekend's elections in Venezuela to
take a strong stand. On Sunday, Venezuela will hold a referendum…

DIVIDED Venezuela Unified by Anxiety Before Vote
Reuters – USA
CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) – Venezuela, starkly divided by class and
politics, was unified by anxiety on Saturday as opponents and supporters
of leftist…

VENEZUELA: Florentino, The Devil And The Opposition
Axis of Logic – Boston,MA,United States
… The beer to be had˜Polar, owned by Mendoza, one of the wealthiest
families of Venezuela, a member of which {Enrique} is governor of the
state of Miranda and…

VENEZUELA'S Chavez heads to referendum bolstered by high oil…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… highly popular programs, which he dubbed “missions,” are financed from
a two billion dollar fund drawn directly from the Petroleos de Venezuela
(PDVSA) state…

THE US challenge in Venezuela
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
The importance to Americans of this Sunday's referendum in Venezuela (Opinion,
Aug. 4) lies not only with world oil prices, but…

VENEZUELA Floridated
Guerilla News Network – USA
Maybe it's jealousy: Unlike Mr. Bush, Chavez, in Venezuela, won his Presidency
by a majority of the vote. … Venezuela sits atop a reserve rivaling

VENEZUELA'S Chavez heads to referendum bolstered by high oil…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… highly popular programs, which he dubbed “missions,” are financed from
a two billion dollar fund drawn directly from the Petroleos de Venezuela
(PDVSA) state…

THE US challenge in Venezuela
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
The importance to Americans of this Sunday's referendum in Venezuela (Opinion,
Aug. 4) lies not only with world oil prices, but…

VENEZUELA Floridated
Guerilla News Network – USA
Maybe it's jealousy: Unlike Mr. Bush, Chavez, in Venezuela, won his Presidency
by a majority of the vote. … Venezuela sits atop a reserve rivaling

VENEZUELA'S recall vote to oust Chavez is too close to call
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
CARACAS, VENEZUELA — Amid high tension and fears of violence, a deeply
divided Venezuela votes on Sunday on whether President Hugo Chavez should
be booted…

CLOSE Vote Predicted in Venezuela Recall
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
CARACAS, Venezuela – Deeply divided over Hugo Chavez's presidency, Venezuelans
face the difficult task of mending political wounds no matter who wins

CHáVEZ'S back is against the wall in Venezuela's heated recall…
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… who spearheaded a failed coup attempt in 1992, Mr Chávez won landslide
elections in late 1998 on a pledge to fight corruption and create a more
equal Venezuela…

VENEZUELA at fever pitch as vote looms on President's rule
Independent – London,England,UK
Tensions in Venezuela before tomorrow's referendum on the divisive rule
of President Hugo Chavez reached fever pitch yesterday as a huge opposition

OIL price rises on fears Venezuela will oust Chavez – London,England,UK
The prospect of a supply disruption in Venezuela if President Hugo Chavez
loses a referendum on his leadership on Sunday sent the price of oil above
$43 in…

VENEZUELA seeks unity in oil industry
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… Venezuela's biggest buyer remains the United States, eager to consume
most of this country's huge output in oil, but Chávez's government has
recently stepped…

VENEZUELA: mass rally says Œno‚ to pro-imperialist recall
The Militant – New York,NY,USA
… The day before the march, officials of Venezuela‚s Evangelical church,
which claims a few million members, called for a “no‰ vote in the

Saab Lofton: Sigh, if only John Kerry could be half the man Hugo Chavez is…
Mendoza extends velvet fist to Chavistas at best opposition rally since April 2002
Venezuelan State news agency VENPRES' news round-up — August 13, 2004
New Venezuelan Navy commander welcomes purchase of submarines
Yet another glaring example of the opposition’s ideological double standards
Chavez Frias spins home truths on the opposition's economic blueprint
Franz J. T. Lee: Venezuela … Alienation and Emancipation
Chavez has the votes; should not be a 2nd Allende … big test for embattled populist
Mendoza says in plain language is that Sunday's recall referendum is useless
Spanish photographer disavows aggression claims in Caracas
New York Times (NYT): After disruptive strikes, Venezuela spurred by oil prices
Venezuela’s opposition looks to Washington for hope, but gets only blank stares
Opposition seeks to create chaos, violence by releasing early results

VENEZUELA Faces Questions on Oil Co. Fate
Forbes – USA
… weekend recall referendum on his rule, one of the biggest challenges
for the opposition would be to stabilize labor relations within Venezuela's

WILL Carter Bless the Cubanization of Venezuela – West Palm Beach,FL,USA
Jimmy Carter is in Venezuela as an “observer‰ to the recall election
that will prove critical in determing whether President Hugo Chavez can
create another…

CRUDE ends above $46 as traders eye Iraq, Venezuela
Investor's Business Daily (subscription) – USA
… with traders wary of a weekend packed with uncertainty related to a
battle against Shiite militants in Iraq and the presidential recall vote
in Venezuela.…

VENEZUELA'S Chavez, Survivor of Coup, May Overcome Recall Vote
Bloomberg – USA
… A victory for Chavez would boost confidence in Venezuela, the world's
fifth-largest supplier of oil and a member of OPEC, because he has shown
a commitment to…

WORLD oil prices firm amid Iraq violence, ahead of Venezuela poll
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… held firm next to record closing peaks in trading amid supply worries
caused by heavy fighting in Iraq and possible strike action in major producer

SUPPORTERS and Foes of Venezuela‚s Chavez Rally During Last Day… – Caracas,Venezuela
… losses in 2003. An elderly woman wears a neckband with the word Venezuela
on it, and carries a small Venezuelan flag. She says in…

VENEZUELA May Delay Results in a Close Vote, Nacional Says
Bloomberg – USA
13 (Bloomberg) — Venezuela's National Electoral Council, which is overseeing
this Sunday's recall vote on President Hugo Chavez, said it may delay

VENEZUELA'S Glorious Revolution?
Tech Central Station – USA
… ever before. If we are talking about current events, however, the military
leader is Hugo Chavez and the country is Venezuela . We…

VENEZUELA: Security for everybody during the referendum
Amnesty International – USA
All parties involved in the political conflict in Venezuela must uphold
the rule of law at all times if they are to construct a society where
the rights of all…

NEITHER Chavez nor opposition spark Venezuela's independent voters
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
CARACAS, Venezuela – (KRT) – Fed up with the polarizing rhetoric and violent
confrontations that have shaken his country to the core, a student and

AT stake in Venezuela vote
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
THERE IS indeed much at stake in this Sunday's presidential referendum
in Venezuela (”Chavez backers rally in Caracas,” Page A9, Aug.…

OIL Close to $45 Peaks on Iraq, Venezuela
Reuters – USA
… Oil hovered near record peaks on Friday, underpinned by worries of
fresh sabotage on Iraq's oil industry and possible unrest in Venezuela
where President Hugo…

VENEZUELA recall vote a test
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
WASHINGTON ˜ For decades, the United States enjoyed a warm political,
ideological and economic alliance with oil-rich Venezuela.…

VENEZUELA'S poor struggle as politicians talk
Independent Online – South Africa
Carmen de Uria, Venezuela – In a derelict ghost town on the Venezuelan
coast, 12-year-old Elvis Palacios salvages rusty steel bars from ruined

DISCREET Charm of the Status Quo in Venezuela
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
… Amazingly, after months of struggle toward a democratic, constitutional,
electoral and peaceful solution to Venezuela's crisis, there are those
today who wish…

CHANGE or stability in Venezuela?
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
… It's amazing that, after months of struggle toward a democratic, constitutional,
electoral and peaceful solution to Venezuela's crisis, there are those

VENEZUELA split as Chávez faces vote on presidency
Guardian – UK
… The vice-president, José Vicente Rangel, felt obliged to issue a public
assurance on Monday that Venezuela's oil exports would not be disrupted,
whatever the…,12716,1282126,00.html

EXPERTS fear Venezuela recall vote could cause oil prices to climb
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
CARACAS, Venezuela – (KRT) – With oil prices spiking to record levels,
experts are nervously watching as Venezuela prepares for a key vote Sunday
that could…

VENEZUELA rebounds, but is it all a mirage?
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
CARACAS With its protests and political tumult of the past few years, Venezuela
has been anything but hospitable to business. Still…

POLL divides Venezuela's rich and poor
BBC News – London,England,UK
… High oil prices have also enabled Venezuela, the world's fifth-largest
oil exporter, to rebound strongly from a two-month opposition petroleum
strike which…

VENEZUELA'S oil minister: OPEC is nearly at full output capacity
The Malaysia Star – Malaysia
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – OPEC “cannot do much more'' to lower record high
oil prices because the organization is close to full output capacity,

VENEZUELA Opposition Looks to Washington For Hope (press release) – New Zealand
As events unfold in Venezuela leading up the August 15 recall vote that
will determine the fate of President Hugo Chávez, the opposition, and
the country, the…


DISPATCHES From Chávez's Venezuela
Slate – USA
CARACAS˜To understand the enigma that is Venezuela under Hugo Chávez,
you have to start up high˜way up in the hills, in slum neighborhoods
like El Paraiso…
President Hugo Chavez Frias is on a win-win ticket, whatever the result
Chavez Frias says he's the Constitution's #1 watchman whatever the recall result
Venezuelan State news agency VENPRES' news round-up — August 12, 2004
Zulia regional procurator involved in skirmish with Chavistas in Maracaibo barrio
Chavistas and anti-Chavists involved in faction fighting in Plaza Bolivar
Miami Beach (Florida) Progreso Weekly: Uh! Ah! Chavez is here to stay
Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson comes out in support of Chavez Frias
Yves Engler: Will the US respect the democratic will of the people of Venezuela?
President Chavez Frias has been the most permissive leader in a century
Former Mayor of Stamford (UK) sends best wishes for Chavez' success in RR

VENEZUELA Opposition Marches; US Warns of Violence (Update2)
Bloomberg – USA
… Concern that unrest could cut oil output in Venezuela, the world's
fifth-biggest supplier, helped push oil futures to records in New York
and London.…

US Warns of Possible Violence Over Venezuela Vote (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
12 (Bloomberg) — The US said Venezuela faces possible violence as demonstrators
take to the streets ahead of this weekend's referendum on removing President

EXXON Mobil, Venezuela Agree to Build $2 Bln Plastics Plant
Bloomberg – USA
12 (Bloomberg) — Exxon Mobil Corp., the world's largest publicly traded
oil company, and Venezuela's state oil company agreed to build a $2 billion

US Warns of Possible Violence in Venezuela Over Chavez Vote
Bloomberg – USA
Aug. 12 (Bloomberg) — The US State Department said that the potential
for violence exists in Venezuela where voters go to the polls Sunday to
cast ballots in…

VENEZUELA economy worse under Chavez
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
CARACAS, Venezuela — The economic numbers indicate that Venezuela's poor
are no better off than they were five years ago when President Hugo Chavez
came to…

VENEZUELA'S Hugo Chavez Faces Judgment Day
Bloomberg – USA
12 (Bloomberg) — Sunday is judgment day, of sorts, for Venezuela.…
The bond market is betting on the price of oil, not on the political future
of Venezuela.…

CUBA watches as Venezuela decides how the oil will flow
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
HAVANA – Cuba's economically strapped government is closely watching Sunday's
recall referendum in Venezuela, which could deprive it of vital oil supplies

VENEZUELA opposition conditions acceptance of referendum results
Xinhua – China
… its evaluation of the referendum will “exactly coincide” with the results
to be released by the National ElectionCouncil (CNE) of Venezuela, Moreira

VENEZUELA – Between Empire and Revolution
Sydney Indymedia – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
On Sunday, August 15th, a national referendum is scheduled to take place
in Venezuela to decide whether democratically-elected president Hugo Chávez

VENEZUELA opposition kiosk attacked before vote
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
CARACAS, Venezuela, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Supporters of Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez attacked an opposition campaign kiosk in Caracas on Wednesday
days before…


THE USA does not want democracy in Venezuela … it wants TOTAL…
Venezuela Electronic News – Venezuela
But whichever scenario becomes reality, it should be clear to all that
the path along which President Chavez is steering Venezuela is not what
the US wants……

VENEZUELA strike fears drive up oil
Australian Financial Review (subscription) – Pyrmont,NSW,Australia
… Sea crude set a new record closing high overnight, driven by the Iraq
battle, crisis-torn Russian oil titan Yukos and fears of a strike in oil-rich
Venezuelan proposal accepted by Organization of American States (OAS)
The USA does not want democracy in Venezuela … it wants TOTAL control
Venezuelan State news agency VENPRES' news round-up — August 11, 2004
Opposition promises super-duper turnout on Thursday to close campaign
El Mundo director Kiko Bautista resigns over UCV opinion poll withdrawal
Foreign investors torn between post recall choices and alliances
CD backs Mendoza 100% and goes bulldog in recall referendum PR war
Only fair to ask: Is Mr. Bush fighting a war on terror — or a war on democracy?
Endorsement of much needed cleaning out of corruption was good to hear
Progressive Trail Robert Jensen: US opposition to democracy in Venezuela
President Hugo Chavez Frias gathers momentum as RR approaches
Given the opposition’s violent and checkered track record anything is possible
COHA: The Washington Post’s Jackson Diehl strikes out on Venezuela
I laugh in your faces … you don’t know squat about my country and you never will!
Sunday’s Venezuelan recall vote on Chavez‚ could usher in better times
A bunch of prehistoric people with prehistoric thoughts and prehistoric tactics
Opposition has superiority complex, looking down on Venezuelan ways
Accredited ambassadors maintain optimism on the eve of the referendum
International electoral organisations to participate in recall referendum Hugo Chavez is heading towards total defeat
Oscar Heck: Of course ∑ there is corruption ∑ but what is the point?

POWELL urges Venezuela to reject violence
Salon (subscription) – USA
… on President Hugo Chavez. “Venezuela's future is in the hands of its
citizens,” Powell said in a statement. “The United States stands…

WILL Venezuela get the Florida treatment?
Working for Change – San Francisco,CA,USA
Hugo Chavez drives George Bush crazy. Maybe it's jealousy: Unlike Mr. Bush,
Chavez, in Venezuela, won his Presidency by a majority of the vote.…

US Opposition to Democracy in Venezuela – McMinnville,OR,USA
Of course we would — which is why the people of Venezuela have a right
to be outraged at the US government's ongoing attempts to meddle in the

CARTER Center heads south to monitor Venezuela's recall vote
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
A team from the Carter Center arrives in Venezuela Wednesday in advance
of an unprecedented referendum on recalling that country's president.

VENEZUELA Military Is Unknown Card in Referendum
Reuters – USA
CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) – Five days before Venezuelans vote in a referendum
on President Hugo Chavez's rule, many are asking how the fractious military

VENEZUELA: OPEC could increase production capacity in 6 months
Xinhua – China
… Venezuela will propose a review at the next OPEC meeting of thecartel's
price band, which ranges from 22 to 28 US dollars per barrel.…

TWO men charged in Venezuela for alleged fraud at Canadian Embassy – Canada
CARACAS, Venezuela (CP) – The Venezuelan Attorney General's Office has
charged two Caracas men with fraud in connection with the $2 million Cdn
found missing…

VENEZUELA courts join fray
Christian Science Monitor – USA
… CARACAS, VENEZUELA ˆ With the approach of Sunday's recall vote on
the rule of populist President Hugo Chávez, the court system has become
a major…

VENEZUELA'S government promises for August 15 – Venezuela
… President Hugo Chavez. Venezuela`s government is pledging that the
country's oil exports will continue uninterrupted. Mr. Rangel…

ARTS WEEKLY/FILM-VENEZUELA: Politics Invades the Silver Screen
Inter Press Service (subscription) – World
CARACAS, Aug 14 (IPS) – As Venezuela's recall referendum on President Hugo
Chávez approaches, the battle has hit the screen in two films with an
impact that…

VENEZUELA'S Electoral Council Outlines Plans for Contingencies and… – Caracas,Venezuela
Caracas, August 10, 2004˜One week before Venezuela‚s presidential referendum,
the country‚s only officially recognized electoral authority, the National

VENEZUELA‚S Chávez Gathers Momentum As Recall Approaches – Caracas,Venezuela
Venezuela President Hugo Chávez is widely depicted by his opponents, by
Washington and by much of the mainstream media as a dictator-in-the-making,
a Latino…

AMBASSADORS accredited in Venezuela wish the CNE good luck
Venezuela Electronic News – Venezuela
Caracas, 10 Aug. (Venpres/Armando Nunez).- The Diplomatic Body accredited
in Venezuela has held a meeting with the National Elections Council (CNE)
today to…


VENEZUELA Bonds Hold Near Six-Month High on Outlook for Chavez
Bloomberg – USA
10 (Bloomberg) — Venezuela's benchmark bond held near a six-month high
on expectations President Hugo Chavez will remain in office after this
weekend's recall…

IN Venezuelan Referendum, US May Root for Chavez
Pacific News Service – San Francisco,CA,USA
Editor's Note: America's thirst for oil and its fear that unrest in Venezuela
could spread to strategic Colombia mean that, behind a war of words, Washington

UN watching Venezuela recall referendum
Big News – Australia
… However, Eckhard added, The secretary-general wishes to remind the
government of Venezuela and all political sectors that, when his special
adviser visited…

HARVEST Natural Resources Hedges Oil Production
Yahoo News (press release) – USA
… headquartered in Houston, Texas, is an independent oil and gas exploration
and development company with principal operations in Venezuela and an
office in…

AMBASSADOR Shapiro should return to aid Bush steal the November…
Venezuela Electronic News – Venezuela
… permitted to remain on Venezuelan soil … they are a disgrace to the
USA and a threat to Venezuela. They should be invited to return…

VENEZUELA'S Government Promises to Stem Violence, Keep Oil Flowing
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
Venezuelan leaders are pledging that the country's oil exports will continue
uninterrupted — regardless of the outcome of Sunday's referendum on President

VENEZUELA gives oil reassurances
BBC News – London,England,UK
… That shut down Venezuela's oil industry and caused turmoil on international
markets. … Venezuela is the fourth largest supplier of oil to the US.

DAILY Oil Market Comment
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… Then there is the ongoing Yukos battle with the Russian government
and concerns over what will happen in Venezuela for the Presidential referendum.

OTHER Views: Polarized Venezuela prepares to vote
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
MIAMI The outcome of Venezuela's Aug. … Unless they validate the vote,
the political crisis in Venezuela could escalate and spark renewed violence.

VENEZUELAN GDP Grew as Much as 15%, Giordani Says (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
9 (Bloomberg) — Venezuela's economy grew as much as 15 percent in the
second quarter as rising oil income boosted government spending, Planning
Minister Jorge…

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