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Zamora Laid Groundwork for Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution PDF Imprimir Correo

Ezequiel Zamora Honored as Revolutionary Hero in Venezuela


Ezequiel Zamora is one of Venezuela's most influential 19th century political figures

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Venezuela's Food-Abundant Community of Colonia Tovar PDF Imprimir Correo

Venezuela's Food-Abundant Community of Colonia Tovar

The community also benefits from the Venezuelan government's social programs.

Set high in the northern mountains of Venezuela's Aragua state, the municipality of Colonia Tovar is a model of community development and sustainable living. No one goes hungry in Colonia Tovar.

Its history is set back in the year 1840, when Venezuela's fifth President Jose Antonio Paez, decided that Venezuela should include foreigners versed in skilled labor. The decision led to the 1843 emigration of 372 Germans, 14 French citizens and one Italian — 149 men, 97 women and 141 minors.

There are approximately 33,000 inhabitants of the town of Colonia Tovar.

The buildings all follow a style pattern. It allows for a successful, tourism product. | Photo: teleSUR

Town Hall Agricultural Director Ignacio Kanzler is a sixth generation German descendant. "Every weekend and holiday we receive a very high number of tourists. We provide hotels, hostels, cabins and restaurants with German and Venezuelan food. We give a very good service to our tourists."

Colonia Tovar acquires 20 percent of its income from tourism. The other 80 percent comes from agriculture. Kanzler said the region's temperate climate allows fruits, such as strawberries, apples and peaches to be successfully cultivated. Further down the mountain, the climate changes, allowing crops, such as mangoes, bananas, some vegetables and coffee to grow.

The municipality is a heavy exporter of food to other parts of Venezuela.

Reinaldo Guut shows off his field of "tree tomatoes." This type of tomato is cultivated every six months. | Photo: teleSUR

Reinaldo Guut is a 35-year-old farmer. He said he's been working with the soil all his life. He believes that communal work is the key to a good product and healthy living. He also grows spices and peaches; red peaches grafted onto the stems of a yellow breed.

Colonia Tovar is strategically divided into seven territories, each responsible for the cultivation of specific products. It ensures that there is diversity and abundance that caters to the needs of the residents, tourists and the export industry.

The community also benefits from the Venezuelan government's social programs. They receive technical and educational support in farming, assistance in the coordination of the seven districts of food production, as well as some financial support.

Farmers sell their fruits, and beans daily and on weekends a wider variety of foods are included in the sales. | Photo: teleSUR

Feliz Navidad PDF Imprimir Correo

Venezuela India Blend Ensemble!!! PDF Imprimir Correo

10th Delhi International Arts Festival, 12th November- 26 November 2016

Venezuela India Blend Ensemble- an initiative of Venezuelan Embassy

Charged with the Latin flavour of rhythm, the melody making you ready to take the next step, put on your dancing shoes and feel the sense of being Caribbean, the joyous sound of the "Venezuela-India Blend Latin Ensemble" will put you in the mood for an intense tropical and salsa music experience. Venezuela and India are here together to mix a "blend" of the hottest Latin sounds!

Why Venezuela Suspended the Recall Referendum Against Maduro PDF Imprimir Correo

Venezuela’s electoral authority has suspended the referendum to recall President Nicolas Maduro, citing an order from the country's Supreme Court regarding allegations of fraud on the part of the right-wing opposition during the initial signature drive.Several states have now annulled the results of the first phase after the opposition submitted a large quantity of invalid signatures.The National Electoral Council, known by the Spanish acronym CNE, specified that the lengthy recall process cannot continue and the next phase in the referendum process — the collection of 4 million signatures to trigger the vote—is canceled.

Of the 1,957,779 signatures submitted during the first phase, over thirty percent—or 605,727—had irregularities, including signatures from over 10,000 deceased persons.The submission of false signatures is a major offense and allowing the recall to proceed under those circumstances would have undermined the credibility of the entire Venezuelan electoral system.

The country's right-wing opposition responded to the suspension of the recall referendum process with indirect calls for a military coup.However, government officials warned as early as June that the massive amount of irregularities could spell doom for the recall process.“It is very serious that these right-wing politicians have again submitted to the electoral authority a package with 600,000 fake, fraudulent, signatures. The proponents of the referendum said they conducted an audit and declared that all the signatures presented were spotless,” said President Maduro in June.Nonetheless, the opposition is crying foul and has called for street protests, claiming the constitution has been violated.

In a press conference Friday, the opposition announced that a delegation from the assembly will travel to the Organization of American States, or OAS, to denounce the suspension of the referendum and demand the OAS apply the Democratic Charter against his country.


The opposition is striving to portray themselves as helpless victims who have been thwarted by the socialist government.

However, the opposition's narrative is at odds with the facts on the ground. 

The opposition was well aware that there would be intense scrutiny at every stage of the recall referendum.The MUD, as the opposition is known, submitted its initial petition for the recall referendum on May 2, many months after they took their seats in the National Assembly after winning parliamentary elections in December 2015. That delay is now widely attributed to the arrogance of the right-wing leadership of the National Assembly, who overplayed their hand thinking that their parliamentary victory meant they were now the dominant political force.

In January, the opposition boasted that they would oust Maduro within six months and tried several, ultimately unconstitutional, efforts to achieve that aim, such as trying to retroactively shorten Maduro's term.

Henry Ramos Allup, head of the National Assembly, himself admitted in an interview in February with Colombia's El Tiempo newspaper that the constitution sets a high bar to hold a recall.“(The recall) itself is cumbersome. It is enough to just read the Constitution to see that. It is a deceptive proposal that looks very nice, but when you start to look at the details, you see it is very difficult to implement,” said Ramos Allup.

That delay proved to be costly for the opposition as it meant it was all but impossible that a recall vote will occur this year. It was only after exhausting other efforts that the opposition finally sorted out its differences and settled on initiating a recall referendum.That is significant, because under the Venezuelan constitution if Maduro is in office on the fourth anniversary of his four-year term—Jan. 10, 2017—his vice president would serve the remainder of his five-year term in office in the event that voters did recall him.This was a fact that the opposition was perfectly aware of, since the recall they launched against the late Hugo Chavez in 2004 took approximately eight months.

Had the process been initiated by the opposition in January of 2016, it would have most likely ensured the recall vote occur in 2016.

When examining the presidential recall vote in 2004, a span of eight months took place between the opposition submitting the signatures at the end of November 2003 and the vote being held in mid-August of 2004. Chavez ultimately remained in power after the recall was rejected by a wide margin.Knowing full well that the timelines were tight, the opposition then rushed to collect signatures during the first phase.That hurry is believed to be partially responsible for the high number of fraudulent signatures, the very same that have now led to the suspension of the entire process.

Ultimately, the inability to meet all the requirements of the recall process is a failure that rests on the shoulders of the right-wing opposition.

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