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officially, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, is a federal republic, located at the north of South America. It borders north with the Caribbean Sea, east to Guyana, south with Brazil and west with Colombia. Its territory comprehends about 916,445 km², including 600 islands that form the Federal Dependencies, uncounting the Essequibo area, which has been largely reclaimed by the country.

A country with a large biodiversity, Venezuela is divided into 23 states (estados), the Venezuelan Capital District and the aforementioned dependencies. The capital city is Caracas, where resides the government along the legislative body. The country gained independence from Spain in 1821, and was one of the three nations that formed the Great Colombia. The economy is most based on the petroleum industry, depending also on the agricultural sector. The official language is Spanish, although several indigenous languages are spoken by aboriginal tribes through the nation.

Venezuela is a co-founder member of the OPEC and the South American Community of Nations.

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Cachapa with shredded cheese

Cachapas are a part of traditional Venezuelan cuisine. They are made of maize in the form of masa. They are made as fresh corn is ground and then mixed into a batter of the consistency of pancakes, yet slightly thicker and lumpier. It is then cooked like a pancake. It is served with many toppings, but traditionally with butter or margarine and white cheese (queso blanco) on top. They can be prepared as an appetizer or a full breakfast, depending on the size. Cachapas could be very elaborate, some including different kinds of cheese, milky cream, and jam.

Venezuelan Corn Cakes: Cachapas Recipe

10 ears of corn 2 tablespoons sugar 1/4 cup milk Pinch salt Corn oil, for sauteing 1/4 lb fresh cheese

Remove kernels form husk of corn using a sharp knife. Puree in a blender. Mix in the sugar, milk, and salt. Heat griddle to medium heat, lightly coat with corn oil. Spoon mixture onto hot griddle to form "pancakes" of your desired size. Cook for 2 minutes on each side, and fold with a big piece of cheese inside

The Cachapas are eaten with "Queso de Mano" Hand Cheese, a soft mozzarella like cheese and also with fried Pork on the side.

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UCV Olympic Stadium

The Estadio Olímpico, in Caracas. Home of Caracas FC.

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November 12, 2007

  • Before flying back to Venezuela from Santiago where he attended the Iberian-American summit, Chávez has defended his performance and his controversial speech. He upset the usual complacent sensibilities at the talking-shop by calling former Spanish President José María Aznar a fascist who was deeply involved in the coup d'état against Chávez government in 2002. Both the King of Spain and current President José Luis Zapatero closed ranks with Aznar, accusing the Venezuelan President of disrespecting an elected leader. President Chávez' final salvo before returning home was to publicly ask the King whether he personally knew about the coup d'état against Venezuela. The Venezuelan President insists that the Aznar government openly supported the coup in Venezuela, stating that the Spanish Ambassador at the time was one of the first to applaud the coup while he, the Venezuelan President, was being held prisoner. "It is very difficult to think that the Spanish Ambassador would be at the Palace supporting the coupsters without His Majesty's authorization because it is he who directs foreign policy." Pro-government supporters have reacted angrily to the incident accusing the Spanish King and the Spanish government of continuing to treat Venezuela like a colony. VHeadline.com

November 11, 2007

  • In a press release, issued today, Sunday, November 11, the Hugo Chávez International-Foundation for Peace, Friendship & Solidarity (HCI-FPFS) says it has learnt from credible sources of a plot to assassinate the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez. According to HCI-FPFS sources, the plot (code-named "Operation Cleanse Venezuela") is designed to be put into action before Venezuela's referendum on Constitutional amendments scheduled for December 2. The HCI-FPFS says that CIA agents are working with other foreign secret service organizations on at least three concrete subversive plans to destabilize the government of President Chávez with the objective of obstructing the Referendum. VHeadline.com

October 25, 2007

October 23, 2007

  • Students rallied towards the National Assembly to protest against the constitutional reform proposed by Chavez. After a brief clash with the police, the students reached the Assembly and delivered a document demanding more time to discuss the proposals. BBC News

October 19, 2007

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September 28, 2007

  • The Government delays the application of the new time zone, alleging technical difficulties and the delayment of the concerning laws.

September 15, 2007

  • The famous composer, pianist, arrenger and orchestal conductor Aldemaro Romero died in morning hours, in Valencia.

August 21, 2007

  • The Government announces that the time zone of the country will change by 30 minutes next September. The hour will accommodate the Meridian 66 (UTC -4 1/2), which was used from 1912 to 1965. ABN

August 13, 2007

  • Guido Antonini Wilson, a Venezuelan-US entrepreneur claiming to be on the Chávez's entourage, arrived in Argentina on a private flight hired by Argentinian and Venezuelan state officials carrying 800,000 dollars in cash without declaring them in Venezuela or Argentina. The police decommissioned it and a whole scandal has started between Argentina and Venezuela about the use of Venezuelan money to finance politics in Argentina and corruption within the Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. and Venezuela in general. The New York Times

July 30, 2007

  • The Caracas Metro suffers its first accident in its 24 years of public service, when two trains collided in the Plaza Sucre station, leaving one dead and fourteen wounded. El Universal.com(Spanish)

July 16, 2007

  • The TV channel RCTV begins formal transmission of its programming via cable and satellite, and to an international broadcast. The channel is number 103 in DirecTV, 13 in Inter, 5 in NetUno and 3 in SuperCable. Reuters

July 15, 2007

June 26, 2007



Pintor que pintas tu tierra,
si quieres pintar tu cielo,
cuando pintes angelitos,
acuérdate de tu pueblo;
y al lado del ángel rubio
y junto al ángel trigueño,
aunque la Virgen sea blanca,
píntame angelitos negros.
Andrés Eloy Blanco, "Píntame Angelitos Negros".

English: "Painter, you that paint your land, / if you want to paint your heaven, / when you're painting little angels, / remember where you're from; / and beside the blond angel / and next to the brunette angel, / even if the Virgin is white, / paint me black little angels."

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