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This Day. Allende and Chile: ‘Bring him down’

Salvador Allende’s Historic Inauguration 50 Years Later – Declassified White House Records Show How Nixon-Kissinger Set Strategy of Destabilization – And Why

Allende on the street

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Briefing Book #732, National Security Archive, Edited by Peter Kornbluh and Savannah Bock

(Washington D.C., November 3) Several days after Salvador Allende’s history-changing November 3, 1970, inauguration, Richard Nixon convened his National Security Council for a formal meeting on what policy the U.S. should adopt toward Chile’s new Popular Unity government. Only a few officials who gathered in the White House Cabinet Room knew that, under Nixon’s orders, the CIA had covertly tried, and failed, to foment a preemptive military coup to prevent Allende from ever being inaugurated. The SECRET/SENSITIVE NSC memorandum of conversation revealed a consensus that Allende’s democratic election and his socialist agenda for substantive change in Chile threatened U.S. interests, but divergent views on what the U.S. could, and should do about it. “We can bring his downfall, perhaps, without being counterproductive,” suggested Secretary of State William Rogers, who opposed overt hostility and aggression toward Chile. “We have to do everything we can to hurt [Allende] and bring him down,” agreed the secretary of defense, Melvin Laird. Continue reading

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Graphic details. The Brazil Coup d’état

Brazil’s Coup Government an All-White, All-Male Affair  

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Brazil: The people’s mandate ignored by new government

Dilma Rousseff was ousted as President of the country, but did not lose the right to hold public office | Laura Bécquer Paseiro

dilma-rousseff-4It took just 61 people to end the mandate of Dilma Rousseff, the first female President in the history of this South American giant, elected by 54 million Brazilians.

Thus, the parliamentary coup that had been in the works for months was complete and the severe limitations of bourgeois democracy were demonstrated. Brazil joined the list of countries in the region that have suffered these modern versions of the coup which, shrouded in supposed legality, obstruct and violate the sovereignty of peoples. Continue reading

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Dilma Rousseff responds to impeachment in letter

“Today, the Federal Senate has made a decision which shall go down as one of history’s great injustices…” DILMA ROUSSEFF

Dilma Rousseff | EFE

Dilma Rousseff | EFE

Today, the Federal Senate has made a decision which shall go down as one of history’s great injustices. The senators who voted for the impeachment have chosen to tear the Brazilian Constitution apart. They have decided to interrupt the mandate of a president who did not commit a responsibility crime. They have condemned an innocent person and executed a parliamentary coup. Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton: ‘Queen of Chaos’ on foreign policy

By DIANA JOHNSTONE*

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Honduras’ post-coup President Porfirio Lobo talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Guatemala City on March 5, 2010 | Guatemala Presidency/handout

As a contribution to the U.S. electoral fraud, we publish an abridged excerpt from “Queen of Chaos: The Misadventures of Hillary Clinton” (CounterPunch, October 2015).

Barack Obama promised change.

Then, upon election, he chose Hillary Rodham Clinton as his Secretary of State. That was an early sign that when it came to foreign policy, there would be no real change – at least, no change for the better. Continue reading

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Before her assassination, Berta Cáceres singled out Hillary Clinton for backing Honduran coup

Berta Caceres at the banks of the Gualcarque River in the Rio Blanco region of western Honduras where she, COPINH (the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras) and the people of Rio Blanco have maintained a two year struggle to halt construction on the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric project, that poses grave threats to local environment, river and indigenous Lenca people from the region.

Berta Caceres at the banks of the Gualcarque River in the Rio Blanco region of western Honduras where she, COPINH (the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras) and the people of Rio Blanco have maintained a two year struggle to halt construction on the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric project, that poses grave threats to local environment, river and indigenous Lenca people from the region.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is facing a new round of questions about her personal role in the 2009 coup in Honduras that ousted democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya. Since the coup, Honduras has become one of the most violent places in the world. Last week, indigenous activist Berta Cáceres was assassinated in her home. In an interview two years ago, Cáceres singled out Clinton for her role supporting the coup. “We’re coming out of a coup that we can’t put behind us. We can’t reverse it,” Cáceres said. “It just kept going. And after, there was the issue of the elections. The same Hillary Clinton, in her book, ‘Hard Choices”, practically said what was going to happen in Honduras. This demonstrates the meddling of North Americans in our country. The return of the president, Mel Zelaya, became a secondary issue. There were going to be elections in Honduras. And here she [Clinton] recognized that they didn’t permit Mel Zelaya’s return to the presidency.”

Yesterday Amy Goodman of Democracy Now played this rarely seen clip of Cáceres and interviewed historian Greg Grandin.

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A very Canadian coup in Haiti: Top 10 ways Canada aided the 2004 coup and its reign of terror

Canadian troops deployed in Port-au-Prince on the day of the coup. A Canadian military helicopter flies over the Presidential Palace as the coup unfolds.

Canadian troops deployed in Port-au-Prince on the day of the coup. A Canadian military helicopter flies over the Presidential Palace as the coup unfolds.

Things went from bad to worse after Canada’s Liberal government helped plan and carry out the 2004 regime change that illegally ousted President Aristide’s democratically-elected government. Canada then helped empower and entrench an illegal coup-installed puppet regime that launched a reign of terror in which thousands of prodemocracy supporters were executed, jailed without charge, driven into hiding, or exiled. This Canadian-financed dictatorship, propped up by UN-sanctioned occupation forces, was applauded by corporations greedy to profit from “reconstruction” contracts, the privatisation of public services, and the wage-slavery of Haitian sweatshops.

Canada has a lot to answer for. Here are 10 ways in which our government contributed to this major travesty of justice in Haiti: Continue reading

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Venezuela: $US 20 million for subversion in 2012

BY EVA GOLINGER*

WASHINGTON is preparing funds to support the opposition’s campaign against President Hugo Chavez during the coming presidential elections in 2012Since Hugo Chavez won his first presidential elections in 1998, the US government has been trying to remove him from power. With multimillion-dollar investments, every year Washington’s agencies advise and aid anti-Chavez groups with their campaigns and strategies against the government.  Continue reading

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