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Justice in Chile

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Peter Kornbluh, author of The Pinochet File, discusses the 40th anniversary of the coup that brought Pinochet to power in Chile. He's joined by Joyce Horman, whose husband was executed bu Pinochet's regime. Ms. Horman has pursued justice for her husband ever since, and there has been recent progress and news in the case even 40 years later.

 

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Joyce Horman and Peter Kornbluh
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Comments [4]

Pretty safe territory for WNYC, since Nixon and Kissinger were /Republican/.

How many comparably critical segments have there been where the target(s) of excoriation was/were /Democratic/?

"If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged." -Noam Chomsky,
http://www.chomsky.info/talks/1990----.htm

Sep. 10 2013 01:11 PM
Jennifer from Queens

This is about the US involvment (one of many)in the overthrow of democratically elected government just because they didn't like the leader's politics and had economic interests to stop this elected government from taking control of their natural resources. Not Castro or Che, but anothr example of this country claiming to be the champion of democracy and doing the opposite for politcal/economic reasons. I have friends in Chile that would strongly disagree with your assessment of Pinochet. It is a wonderful thing that the country has been able to return to democracy after such a dark period in their history.

Sep. 10 2013 01:06 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Some 4,074 people were killed by Castro's firing squads and 1,334 were the victims of extrajudicial killings. But Castro and Che remain darlings of the Left.

Sep. 10 2013 12:56 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

From BBC News:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-24014501

"It often comes as a surprise to foreigners visiting Chile to discover that Gen Augusto Pinochet still has supporters here.

Outside Chile, the general is almost universally vilified - remembered as a ruthless dictator whose military regime killed more than 3,000 political opponents, tortured many more and drove thousands into exile.

But inside the country, views tend to be more nuanced.

As the country marks the 40th anniversary of the military coup that brought him to power, attitudes towards Gen Pinochet's 1973-1990 regime and the Socialist government of Salvador Allende that preceded it remain complex and subject to intense debate. "

Sep. 10 2013 12:46 PM

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