Category: Chile

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Steve Ellner: Venezuela’s Foreign Policy

Steve Ellner Typically, State Department officials grit their teeth when Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez challenges U.S. foreign policy, but occasionally he provokes a sharper reaction. For example, in August Chávez was the first Western nation head of state to visit Iraq since the U.N.-imposed boycott went into effect ten years ago. State Department spokesperson Richard Read more…

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David Cromwell: Silent Democracy

David Cromwell  and David Edwards  "It’s sociologically interesting, though scary", said the actor Anthony Sher in a recent interview, "that you can be inside an evil system and be somehow unaware of it." South African by birth, Sher was talking about the former system of apartheid. But what if the same could be said of Read more…

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Kim Scipes: Building Labor Solidarity

Kim Scipes To many people in the United States, the AFL-CIO is a progressive organization, joining unions across the country to fight for higher wages, better working conditions and progressive social programs for workers and people in our communities.  However, to many workers in the so-called "developing" countries, the AFL-CIO is a most reactionary force-in Read more…

Guest Author: Time to Take a Critical Look at Depo-Provera

Sara Littlecrow-Russell My first experience with Depo-Provera was as a young welfare mother. I had just finished my first post-partum check-up after having had my second child. The doctor pronounced me in great health and then pulled out a syringe and a vial. I am just going to give you a shot so that you Read more…

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The Enigma of Chavez

[Translated by Mark McHarry] On December 6, 1998, Hugo Chávez won the presidency of Venezuela, his sixth consecutive election victory. Who really is this man who has awakened as many hopes as fears? With his characteristic style, the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude narrates the fateful political biography of Hugo Chávez. He concludes Read more…

BlasŽ Bonpane: The Death of the Dinosaur, the Saber Tooth Tiger, and Militarism

Sunni Moslem Saladin on July 4, 1187. The concept of Holy War or Jihad did not begin with the Moslems, on the contrary, it was a Moslem imitation of the "Holy War" of the Christian Crusaders. Was Japan defeated in World War II? Ask one of the world’s major economic powers. Were the Mexicans defeated Read more…

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Saul Landau: Pinochet naked — at last!

Saul Landau Picture Homer Simpson’s boss, naked, a scrawny figure bent with age, covering his genitals with his general’s hat. The caption: "You’ve stripped me, but don’t take my hat!" Augusto Pinochet, former President, Generalissimo, King of the world, now naked, stripped of immunity. The Chilean Supreme Court has removed the imperial armor that has Read more…

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David Edwards: Two on Iraq

As the 10th anniversary of the devastating UN economic sanctions against Iraq approaches (6th August), it is clear that even the ‘liberal’ and ‘independent’ press is sweeping the matter under the carpet. If the government propaganda merchants in Washington and London don’t even mention the dreadful suffering of the Iraqi people, then ‘news’ journalists can Read more…

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Saul Landau: “POOR PINOCHET”– AN UPDATE ON THE TRIALS OF THE TYRANT

Saul Landau The Santiago Appeals Court apparently voted 13-9 to revoke General Augusto Pinochet’s parliamentary immunity. This makes Pinochet vulnerable to prosecution in Chile for allegedly ordering his subordinates to carry out a mass murder campaign – which they did. The court can now prosecute him in more than 100 cases of people murdered in Read more…

Carlos Su: xa1Ni una bomba mxe1s! U.S. Navy Out of Vieques!

On April 19, 1999, the practice bombings that the U.S. Navy has conducted on training camps in the small Puerto Rican Island of Vieques since 1941 killed,  civilian security guard David Sanes. This incident sparked a series of protests in Vieques and in the main island of Puerto Rico. The protests were followed by the Read more…

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