Re: [OPE-L] Remembering September 11th

From: Francisco Paulo Cipolla (cipolla@UFPR.BR)
Date: Wed Dec 13 2006 - 13:09:19 EST

Joan Jara, the british wife to the great chilean composer Victor Jara,
assassinated I think in the very National Stadium, wrote a beautifull book
called Canção Inacabada (I guess in English it might be Unfininished Song) which
portrays the cultural revolution that was going on in the poblaciones (=barrios
in Venezuela, favelas in Brasil) among other things. Worth reading. Also there
is a wonderful movie trilogy about the period under Salvador Allende all the way
to the coup de etat. But the name escapes me right now. Worth seeing and
learning from experience!

glevy@PRATT.EDU wrote:

> ---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
> From:    "Info" <>
> Date:    Tue, December 12, 2006 5:49 pm
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Remembering the "Other" September 11
> Pinochet might be gone but memories of that "other" September 11 live on.
> On September 11, 1973, with President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger's
> blessing, Salvador Allende was overthrown by General Augusto Pinochet.
> Even prior to Allende's election in 1970, Kissinger had remarked: "I don't
> see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist because of the
> irresponsibility of its own people."
> Addressing the United Nations in December 1972, President Allende explained
> the peaceful, democratic project his Popular Unity government had instigated
> in Chile:
> "The need to place all our economic resources at the service of the enormous
> needs of the people went hand in hand with Chile's regaining of its dignity.
> We had to end the situation as a result of which we Chileans, plagued by
> poverty and stagnation, had to export huge sums of capital for the benefit
> of the world's most powerful market economy. The nationalization of basic
> resources constitutes an historic demand. Our economy could no longer
> tolerate the subordination implied by having more than 80 percent of its
> exports in the hands of a small group of large foreign companies that have
> always put their interests before those of the countries in which they make
> profits."
> He concluded: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent
> revolution inevitable. These are not my words. I simply share the same
> opinion. The words are those of John F. Kennedy."
> This speech was apparently enough to convince Washington that Allende's
> government had to go.
> As a consequence of Pinochet's military coup, more than 3,000 Chileans died,
> including Salvador Allende himself. Thousands of others were imprisoned,
> tortured and forced into exile.
> Ocean Press has published two outstanding books that keep alive the memory
> of  Chile's September  11.
> Salvador Allende Reader: Chile's Voice of Democracy
> edited and introduced by James Cockcroft
> 1-876175-24-9  paper  US$19.95
> Chile: The Other September 11: An Anthology of Reflections on the 1973 Coup
> by Ariel Dorfman and others
> "The kind of true testimonial that all Americans should read." -Clamor
> 1-920888-44-6  paper  US$11.95

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