Category: Chile

Amanda Scioscia: Keeping My Religion

Amanda Scioscia As I stood face to face with Marta Alanis, regional coordinator of Catholics for A Free Choice in Latin America, we looked at each other with scrutiny. "I thought you’d be older," she said. "I thought you’d be more Catholic," I replied. I was baptized Catholic out of respect for cultural tradition, though Read more…

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Betsy Hartmann: Women’s Health Advocates Win a Victory in the Fight Against Chemical Sterilization

Betsy Hartmann On November 13, the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of America (PPFA) turned down a motion from its own Medical Committee which have put the organization in the position of supporting unethical human experimentation. The drug in question was quinacrine chemical sterilization. The Medical Committee was prepared to involve PPFA affiliates in Read more…

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Edward Herman: Clinton Is The World’s Leading Active War Criminal

S. Herman I use war crimes to encompass the commission of all acts declared illegal under international rules of war as enumerated in the various Hague and Geneva agreements and conventions and pronounced in the Nuremberg and Tokyo tribunals. Among these acts are the carrying out of wars of aggression, the use of poison gases Read more…

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Doug Henwood: What is Globalization, Anyway

Doug Henwood If there’s one thing that analysts and activists across the political spectrum agree on today it’s that we live in an era of economic globalization. This is taken by both critics and cheerleaders as self-evident and largely unprecedented. We should think twice about this consensus. The concept that has now entered daily speech Read more…

BlasŽ Bonpane: Wars No More

Blase Bonpane Just as a battered spouse who enables her partner to continue his abusive ways, so we, the people of Americas continue to enable the United States to be an incurable serial killer. The victims of the holocaust of the Third Reich have rightfully taken the position, "Never Again". Why cannot we, restrain the Read more…

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Robert Naiman: Clinton’s Debt Relief: Too Generous or Too Stingy

Robert Naiman After President Clinton announced that he supports 100% cancellation of the debts owed by the poorest countries to the United States, some poll data suggested that people thought Clinton was being too generous. They were probably reacting more to the soaring rhetoric of Clinton’s speech, than to any grasp of the impact of Read more…

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Eduardo Galeano: A Contradiction Called Uruguay

translated by Francisco Gonzalez We Uruguayans have a certain tendency to believe that our country exists, but that the world remains unaware of it. The mass media–the media that has a worldwide impact–never mentions this tiny nation lost on the Southern end of the maps. As an exception to this rule, a few months ago Read more…

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Saul Landau: The Pinochet Decision

Saul Landau This week, a British magistrate will decide whether to extradite Augusto Pinochet to Spain or release him. England has detained the former Chilean dictator for eleven plus months. In that time, his case has brought to world attention the principals of international human rights law. The Chilean government argues that Spain has no Read more…

Dorothy Guellec: Marketizing HMOs to Latin America

Dorothy Guellec The number of for-profit health care organizations has quadrupled in the pas 17 years, a study by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation said. For-profit HMO’s were 18% of all plans in 1981 but increased to 74% by 1998. The proportion of enrollees in for profit HMO’s grew from 12% to 63% during Read more…

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Saul Landau: Pinochet and Valdez

Saul Landau Juan Gabriel Valdes, Chile’s new foreign minister, will meet with Secretary of State Madeline Albright to ask her to help return Augusto Pinochet to Chile. Since last October, British authorities have held Pinochet on a request from the Spanish Judge Baltazor Garzon. In September Pinochet will get a British Court hearing to determine Read more…

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