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Sweat and tears made Chilean Habitat experience very special

Over the years I had been involved in numerous one-day volunteer projects in the Ottawa area but I knew that there was something beyond that, especially since my retirement left me the time to get involved.

For me, it was Habitat for Humanity and a foreign land. It helped that the foreign land was in the southern hemisphere and I was also able to exchange minus-20 temperatures for plus-20 temperatures or, as I experienced, 20 days of blue skies and temperatures that ranged from 30 to 42 degrees.

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A conversation with Arundhati Roy

April 8, 2014
| Arundhati Roy paid her first visit to Vancouver in early April. While she was there, Carmen Rodriguez took the opportunity to talk with her about politics, writing and resistance movements.
Length: 22:54 minutes (20.98 MB)
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Carmen Rodriguez and Carmen Aguirre on the anniversary of the coup in Chile

September 24, 2013
| This year marked the 40th anniversary of the overthrow of President Salvador Allende. Augusto Pinochet ruled Chile for the next 15 years with a brutality that saw many thousands imprisoned or killed.
Length: 48:41 minutes (44.57 MB)
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John Kerry meets coup plotter Henry Kissinger on the 40th anniversary of Chile's Sept. 11

As President Barack Obama's attack on Syria appears to have been delayed for the moment, it is remarkable that Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting, on Sept. 11, with one of his predecessors, Henry Kissinger, reportedly to discuss strategy on forthcoming negotiations on Syria with Russian officials. The Kerry-Kissinger meeting, and the public outcry against the proposed attack on Syria to which both men are publicly committed, should be viewed through the lens of another Sept. 11 ... 1973.

Derrick O'Keefe

Allende vive: Latin America's left and the reunion of socialism and democracy

| September 11, 2013

Remembering Chile's coup, 40 years later

Chile's presidential palace was bombed during the coup on Sept. 11, 1973. (Photo: ctpost.com)

Related rabble.ca story:

The Right to Live in Peace: Forty years on, the coup in Chile still has lessons for us today

Aerial bombings, tanks in the streets, widespread terrorizing of civilians by soldiers and secret police: this was the horror unleashed on September 11, 1973 by the military coup d’état in Chile. Led by Augusto Pinochet and other generals with U.S. backing, the coup overthrew President Salvador Allende's democratically elected Popular Unity government, and brought in a brutal military dictatorship that lasted for 17 years.

Canada's official attitude towards the coup might be politely called 'ambivalent.' Some Canadian banks and mining interests openly supported the military take-over as a good investment opportunity. Our ambassador to Chile's rather sympathetic attitude toward the generals led to a rapid recognition of the military junta.

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Defending the Land Dispatch: Dec. 7, 2012

December 23, 2012
| Commemorating 10 years of resisting tar sands pipelines leads to an update from Mapuche hunger strikers, followed by an update from the Oshkimaadziig Unity camp in Ontario.
Length: 34:44 minutes (31.81 MB)

We are all Quebecers: Chilean students

| June 7, 2012
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Anti-choice researchers in Chile try to hide illegal abortion -- and women who die from it

Maternal death clock unveiled in New York, 2010. Photo: Amnesty International/Flickr

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Anti-choice researchers recently published a dangerously flawed study that examined various factors associated with Chile's declining maternal mortality rate, and concluded -- incredibly -- that the legal status of abortion has no influence on maternal deaths in Chile, a country that completely prohibited abortion for any reason in 1989.

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