Venezuela's Socialist Party unveils new prayer 'Our Chavez who art in heaven'

Venezuela's Socialist Party unveils new prayer 'Our Chavez who art in heaven'

CARACAS, Venezuela, Sept. 2 (UPI) --Venezuela's Socialist Party PSUV unveiled a Hugo Chavez-inspired version of the Lord's Prayer during an ideology workshop on Monday.
Veronica Linares
Venezuela orders U.S.-made helicopters

Venezuela orders U.S.-made helicopters

MENOMINEE , Mich., May 8 (UPI) --Enstrom Helicopters is to supply 16 training helicopters to Venezuela for its military.
Richard Tomkins
Venezuelan ex-spy chief shot and killed outside Caracas

Venezuelan ex-spy chief shot and killed outside Caracas

CARACAS, Venezuela, April 29 (UPI) -- Venezuelan police are investigating the shooting death of former intelligence chief Eliecer Otaiza.
JC Finley

World Bank snubs Venezuela on oil dispute

WASHINGTON, March 13 (UPI) -- The World Bank said it won't reconsider Venezuela's request to review last year's decision against it for seizing assets of ConocoPhillips in 2007.

Maduro defends crackdown on protests in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela, March 7 (UPI) -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro defended his government's crackdown on protesters in an interview broadcast Friday on CNN.
Worsening conditions in Venezuela hurt Chavez's legacy

Worsening conditions in Venezuela hurt Chavez's legacy

CARACAS, Venezuela, March 6 (UPI) -- One year after the death of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, many are worried about the worsening conditions in Venezuela and the country's future.

Some protesters fear burning barricades anger Venezuelans

CARACAS, Venezuela, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The opposition to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is split on a common tactic in the streets -- burning barricades.

Venezuela: Protesters barricade Caracas entry points

CARACAS, Venezuela, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Protesters in Venezuela set fire to debris Monday to block at least four points of access to Caracas, the Spanish-language El Universal newspaper reported.

Argentina, Brazil said to fret over Venezuela spillover

BUENOS AIRES, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- An Arab Spring like contagion of discontent and protest currently sweeping through Venezuela is worrying leaders in Argentina and Brazil for its potential spillover, analysts say.
EC's Ashton calls for calm in Venezuela

EC's Ashton calls for calm in Venezuela

BRUSSELS, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- All parties to violence in Venezuela are called to put aside their differences and find a way to address the concerns of the people, an EU official said.

Murder, terrorism charges dropped against opposition politician Lopez

CARACAS, Venezuela, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Venezuelan prosecutors said they dropped the most serious charges against Leopoldo Lopez, the opposition political leader blamed for inciting deadly clashes.
Venezuelan president 'brutal,' U.S. leader says

Venezuelan president 'brutal,' U.S. leader says

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez, said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is a "brutal and oppressive" leader.

Venezuela orders 3 U.S. envoys expelled

CARACAS, Venezuela, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Venezuela's president ordered three U.S. envoys expelled, accusing them of conspiring against the regime, while two opposition leaders called for more marches.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.
By United Press International

United States denies ties to Venezuela bloodshed

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Washington denied any link to Venezuela's deadly anti-regime violence, as Caracas sought the arrest of an opposition figure descended from a revolutionary icon.
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Hugo Chavez
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez (C) talks to the media as he arrives with Bolivian President Evo Morales (2nd R) at a plenary session of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, on December 18, 2009. UPI/Anatoli Zhdanov

Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías (Spanish pronunciation: ; born July 28, 1954) is the 56th and current President of Venezuela, having held that position since 1999. He was formerly the leader of the Fifth Republic Movement political party from its foundation in 1997 until 2007, when he became the leader of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). Following his own political ideology of Bolivarianism and "Socialism for the 21st Century", he has focused on implementing socialist reforms in the country as a part of a social project known as the Bolivarian Revolution, which has seen the implementation of a new constitution, participatory democracy and the nationalisation of several key industries.

Born into a working class family in Sabaneta, Barinas, Chávez became a career military officer, and after becoming dissatisfied with the Venezuelan puntofijismo political system which he viewed as corrupt and undemocratic, he founded the secretive Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement-200 (MBR-200) in the early 1980s to work towards overthrowing it. After the Democratic Action government of President Carlos Andrés Pérez ordered the violent repression of protests against spending cuts, Chávez led the MBR-200 in an unsuccessful coup d'état against the government in 1992, for which he was imprisoned.

Getting out of prison after two years, he founded a social democratic political party, the Fifth Republic Movement, and was elected president of Venezuela in 1998. He subsequently introduced a new constitution which increased rights for marginalised groups and altered the structure of Venezuelan government, and was re-elected in 2000. During his second presidential term, he introduced a system of Bolivarian Missions, Communal Councils and worker-managed cooperatives, as well as a program of land reform, whilst also nationalising various key industries. The opposition movement meanwhile, arguing that he was a populist who was eroding representative democracy and becoming increasingly authoritative, attempted to remove him from power both through an unsuccessful military coup in 2002 and a recall referendum in 2004. In 2005, he openly proclaimed his adherence to socialism, and was again elected into power in 2006, following which he founded his new political party, the PSUV, in 2007. Although suffering from cancer in 2011, Chávez has stated his intention to stand for re-election in 2012.

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