Category: Chile

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Manning Marable: Why Diallo Had To Die

Manning Marable For more than one year, the controversy surrounding the New York murder of Amadou Diallo has made headlines throughout the world. Most people have heard by now about the unarmed African immigrant who was fired on 41 times as he stood in the vestibule of his Bronx apartment building. The police officers, all Read more…

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Saul Landau: REPORT FROM SANTIAGO: DEJA VU

Saul Landau History repeats itself, wrote Marx, first as tragedy and then again as farce. First time: Chile, November, 1970. In one photo, a helmeted officer just to the right of and behind Allende’s car wears a bored, or maybe slightly pained, expression. General Camilo Valenzuela sits in the saddle, a gray uniformed, gray-faced officer Read more…

Roger Burbach: Pinochet’s Trial and Tribulations

The return of Augusto Pinochet to Chile has sparked a broad movement to bring the former dictator to trial. Ricardo Lagos, the newly installed socialist president, in his first public address from the balcony of the presidential palace, proclaimed that Chileans “would always remember the traitors who bombed the palace” on September 11, 1973, leading Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: As the Dust Settles: Clinton in the SubcontinentBy

Vijay Prashad I’ve just returned from India filled with stories of Clinton’s trip to the subcontinent. The reaction was extraordinary. After Clinton gave an address in the Central Hall of the Indian Parliament (boycotted by the Communist delegates) he was mobbed by a gaggle of Members of Parliament. The sight of these craven ‘representatives of Read more…

Ann Pettifer: Mi General

Early this year, the British Home Secretary, Jack Straw, announced that he was “minded” to send General Augusto Pinochet back to Chile. Pinochet has been detained in Britain for 18 months awaiting extradition to Spain, there to be tried for human rights abuses committed during and after the 1973 coup he led in Chile. Straw Read more…

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Danny Schechter: ‘WE ARE THE WORLD’ AS AN OLDIE: “BEEN THERE, DONE THAT”

Danny Schechter  News Dissector As the story is told, it was a slow news day at NBC back in 1985 when staffers looked up at an incoming satellite feed on one of their many monitors. The newsroom fell silent as a parade of harrowing images from the dying fields of Ethiopia streamed from the Third Read more…

Carlos Su: xa1 La Huelga Va!

Rocío García is one of the participants of the nine-month student strike at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The strike was called on April 20, 1999, as a response to a dramatic tuition increase by the university administration. Rocío García is a recent high school graduate and one of those occupying the installation Read more…

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Edward Herman: Russia: U.S. Rival, Dependent, Victim

The U.S. establishment’s and media’s treatment of post-Soviet Russia has been confused, sometimes hostile, and more often than not, apologetic. This is because Russia occupies the odd position of being simultaneously a rival and obstacle, on the one hand, and a dependent and virtual client state, on the other hand. It is a pale shadow Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Green Lights and Red Herrings

    In December 1975, after receiving a green light from U.S. President Gerald and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Indonesian President Suharto launched an invasion of East Timor. The weapons for the attack came from the United States. "Of course there were US weapons used," commented one high-ranking Indonesian general. "These are the only Read more…

Jim Smith: Politics in Russia

Boris Kagarlitsky is a Moscow-based writer, academic, and democratic socialist political activist. He was a leader of the Party of Labor, which was outlawed by Boris Yeltsin in the aftermath of the 1993 “presidential coup” that resulted in the destruction of parliament. Since then he has served as an advisor to various trade unions and Read more…

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