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Friday Talking Points -- Back to the 1960s

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For those readers who weren't alive (or old enough) to experience the 1960s, this week we had somewhat of a history lesson, packaged as a Democratic debate. Part of why this happened is that the Democratic presidential campaign has entered into a "convince the minority voters" phase.

Chile Acknowledges Pablo Neruda May Have Been Killed After 1973 Coup

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 11.06.2015 | World

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's government is acknowledging that Nobel-prize winning poet Pablo Neruda might have been killed after the 1973 cou...

The New Venezuela: An Interview With Supreme Court Justice Fernando Vegas

Dan Kovalik | Posted 11.09.2014 | World
Dan Kovalik

Justice Vegas is optimistic about Venezuela's future and believes that the democratic process began by Hugo Chavez 15 years ago will continue and grow.

Chilean Chronicles, Part 12: Returning Home to Chicago

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 03.02.2014 | Travel
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Our view as we approach O'Hare. Photo by Jeff Kelly Lowenstein We're in the air from Toronto to Chicago. We've left Santiago, site of fulfilled d...

Chilean Chronicles, Part 9: Hernan Gutierrez´s Memory and Imagination

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 02.04.2014 | Travel
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Imagine that you're in Santiago, Chile in 1973.

Pinochet Torture Victim Gets Favorable Ruling

AP | JAVIER CORDOBA | Posted 11.04.2013 | Latino Voices

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Chile's government must pay a Chilean exile 20,000 pounds ($32,000) in compensation for nearly t...

Chilean Chronicles, Part 5: Senora Carmen and Chile's Past

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 11.30.2013 | Travel
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

We thanked her again, shook hands and took one more picture before heading on our way, my understanding of Chilean people's attitude toward their country's past slightly muddier than before Senora Carmen and I began to talk.

Pinochet Spy Chief Allegedly Lies About 'Dirty War'

AP | MARIANELA JARROUD | Posted 09.21.2013 | Latino Voices

SANTIAGO, Chile -- The daughter of toppled President Salvador Allende says that those convicted of human rights violations during Chile's long dictato...

LOOK: Pinochet's Torture Chamber Now Shelter For Thousands

AP | Posted 06.17.2013 | World

SANTIAGO, Chile -- Just days after Chile's bloody 1973 military coup, popular songwriter and theater director Victor Jara was dragged down to the base...

Thatcher Backed Pinochet in Landmark Human Rights Case

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 06.24.2013 | World
Mugambi Jouet

Whether universal jurisdiction ultimately regresses or becomes a cornerstone of modern international law, the Iron Lady will be remembered as one of its fiercest opponents.

Popcorn Preview: No

Leslie Sisman | Posted 04.26.2013 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: No (2012) Cast includes: Gael García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries), Alfredo Castro (Tony Manero), Antonia Zegers (Post Mortem) Writer/Directo...

Chile After The Coup

Jim Calio | Posted 12.25.2012 | Travel
Jim Calio

Back in 1975, when I was traveling through South America, I decided to go to Santiago, Chile. I had been told that the country was beautiful, especially the area around the Pacific resort of Vina del Mar. I also knew that there had been a coup two years earlier, and I was curious to see that the country looked like in its aftermath.

A Broader Coalition For Chile's Center-Left?

AP | By FEDERICO QUILODRAN | Posted 12.05.2011 | World

SANTIAGO, Chile -- Chile's coalition of four center-left parties, displaced after 20 years in power by the right-wing alliance led by President Sebast...

Bush Kept Out of Canada, Can We Keep Him Out of Minnesota Too?

Coleen Rowley | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

Please JOIN US for an anti-torture candlelight vigil dedicated to detainees and victims of torture authorized by George Bush! Wednesday, September2...

Q&A With Nicole Krauss, Author of Great House and The History of Love

Elana Estrin | Posted 11.15.2011 | Books
Elana Estrin

While studying art history in graduate school, novelist Nicole Krauss spent hours in the library researching Rembrandt, only to find that she preferred imagining the details of his life instead.

38 Years Since the Attack on La Moneda: A Witness

Nestor Fantini | Posted 11.11.2011 | Latino Voices
Nestor Fantini

"Before dying, according to Dr. Quijon, the last person to see him alive, the president yelled: 'Allende does not surrender, milicos de mierda!'"

More PR Shame: Associated Press Cooperates With Dictatorial Propaganda Machines

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 10.15.2011 | Media
Thor Halvorssen

Is any of the dark, undeniable reality of life under Castro mentioned in a single caption of the thousands of photographs offered by the AP? Not once. Castro, they repeat, is a "revolutionary hero."

The Shadow of What We Were by Luis Sepulveda

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Set in Chile decades after Pinochet's bloody 1973 coup, The Shadow of What We Were by Luis Sepulveda is an exquisite, deeply affecting story of old friendships, long-tested loyalties, and undeniable bonds.

The Arab Pinochet Has Left the Scene

Richard Eisendorf | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Eisendorf

Like Pinochet, Ben Ali traded civil and human rights for economic development -- and lost.


Michael Vazquez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Vazquez

by Michael Vazquez Two weeks after the close of the New York Film Festival, herewith, my first posting, by way of random notes on thirty-nine films: ...

Choosing Sides in a 1930s-like Economy

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivian Norris

If you are truly for freedom and prosperity, it must be for all humans, not just a select spoiled few. Elect people like Elizabeth Warren to office, fight for people who truly represent everyone's best interests.

Luciano Varela, Spain's Powerful Judge, Charged With Abuse Of Power

AP | DANIEL WOOLLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MADRID — The Spanish judge who became an international hero by going after Augusto Pinochet and Osama bin Laden was indicted Wednesday for having da...

Terror: The Last Recourse of the Dictatorship

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

This guest column was written by Miriam Celaya, whose blog, Without Evasion, recently won the prize for Best Journalism Blog in the Virtual Island con...

This Film is an Idiot's Version of Naomi Klein's Masterpiece

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Johann Hari

Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine is one of the most important political books of the past decade. But Michael Winterbottom's "adaptation" for film is garbled and mumbled to the point of meaninglessness.

Chile: Remnants Of Dictatorship Get New Life

GlobalPost | Pascale Bonnefoy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SANTIAGO, Chile -- During Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship, political prisoners were held in navy ships and stadiums, in office buildings and police st...