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Venezuela, Bolivia Supplying Iran With Uranium For Its Nuclear Program

iran-nuclear-plantVenezuela and Bolivia are supplying Iran with uranium for its nuclear program, according to a secret Israeli government report obtained Monday by The Associated Press. The two South American countries are known to have close ties with Iran, but this is the first allegation that they are involved in the development of Iran’s nuclear program, considered a strategic threat by Israel. Venezuela and Bolivia are close allies, and both regimes have a history of opposing U.S. foreign policy and Israeli actions. Full Story : HuffingtonPost.com…..

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Chavez Moves to Take Over Oil Service Companies in Venezuela

chavez_hugoVenezuelan President Hugo Chavez signed a law to allow the government to seize assets from oilfield services companies and said he‚Äôll start taking over boats and docks on Lake Maracaibo today. The National Assembly approved the law earlier yesterday, allowing for the nationalization of services including water injection at wells, gas compression and dock control. Full Story : Bloomberg.com….

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Chavez calls Obama “ignoramus”

chavez_hugoVenezuelan President Hugo Chavez has called U.S. President Barack Obama an ignoramus for saying the socialist leader exported terrorism and obstructed progress in Latin America. “He goes and accuses me of exporting terrorism: the least I can say is that he’s a poor ignoramus; he should read and study a little to understand reality,” said Chavez, who heads a group of left-wing Latin American leaders opposed to the U.S. influence in the region.

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Russia weighs Cuba, Venezuela bases

russia_flag Russia could use bases for its strategic bombers on the doorstep of the United States in Cuba and Venezuela to underpin long-distance patrols in the region, a senior air force officer said Saturday. Last year, Russia temporarily based a pair of Tu-160 bombers at an airbase in Venezuela. A Russian flotilla led by the nuclear-powered cruiser Peter the Great also joined Venezuelan navy vessels for manoeuvres in the Caribbean late last year.

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Chavez orders expropriation of U.S. rice plant

Hugo ChavezPresident Hugo Chavez ordered the expropriation of a rice-processing plant in Venezuela owned by American food giant Cargill Inc. on Wednesday because the company allegedly was not distributing rice at prices imposed by the government. Venezuelan government said Cargill’s plant in Portuguesa state violated local laws by distributing rice without printing the regulated price on its packages. Ch?°vez was sworn in as president of Venezuela on February 2, 1999. Among his first acts was halting planned privatizations of, the national social security system, aluminum industry holdings, and the oil sector.

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Chavez ‘wins’ Venezuela referendum

chavezExit polls in Venezuela’s referendum indicate that Hugo Chavez, the president, has won support to scrap term limits for elected officials, including himself. Full Story : Aljazeera…….

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@ a glance : Venezuela breaks off Israel ties

Venezuela has joined Bolivia in severing ties with Israel in protest against its war in the Gaza Strip, which has left more than 1,000 Palestinians dead. Full Story : Aljazeera……

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U.S. to expell Venezuelan envoy

Hugo ChavezIn the latest move in an escalating diplomatic battle between the United States and Venezuela,the United States is expelling the Venezuelan ambassador, Bernardo Alvarez Herrera. The U.S. decision comes a day after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced that he was expelling the U.S. ambassador to Venezuela. Chavez told a crowd of supporters. “When there’s a new government in the United States, we’ll send an ambassador. A government that respects Latin America.” Hugo Chavez is the elected president of Venezuela who has instituted sweeping reforms since taking office. He has shunned U.S. and European support and focused on South American and Third World solidarity. In 2004, a US backed coup against him foiled when large crowd of demonstrators and a palace guard contingent joined hands in favor of him. Tensions between the US and Venezuela had already risen after Russia sent two strategic bombers to Venezuela for military exercises.

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