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April 30, 2019

Declassified records on Chilean media mogul's assistance to Richard Nixon to overthrow Allende.

Just found the website which has the records, declassified only in 2017, all those long years later. That's how so much truth actually gets to the public, through declassified records long after the fact when people can't be held responsible, being dead!

Lot of useful information reflects the pattern, the model of subversion, destabilization, etc. which precedes overthrow of leaders who don't put US interests before the interests of their own people. These same tactics have been used since the Iran overthrow of Mohammad Mosaddeq.

Concerning the overthrow of Mosaddeq, here's an article on that, available after documents were declassified in 2013!

CIA admits role in 1953 Iranian coup
This article is more than 5 years old
Declassified documents describe in detail how US – with British help – engineered coup against Mohammad Mosaddeq

Saeed Kamali Dehghan and Richard Norton-Taylor
Mon 19 Aug 2013 14.26 EDT

The CIA has publicly admitted for the first time that it was behind the notorious 1953 coup against Iran's democratically elected prime minister Mohammad Mosaddeq, in documents that also show how the British government tried to block the release of information about its own involvement in his overthrow.

On the 60th anniversary of an event often invoked by Iranians as evidence of western meddling, the US national security archive at George Washington University published a series of declassified CIA documents.

"The military coup that overthrew Mosaddeq and his National Front cabinet was carried out under CIA direction as an act of US foreign policy, conceived and approved at the highest levels of government," reads a previously excised section of an internal CIA history titled The Battle for Iran.

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The Iranian-Armenian historian Ervand Abrahamian, author of The Coup: 1953, the CIA and the Roots of Modern US-Iranian Relations, said in a recent interview that the coup was designed "to get rid of a nationalist figure who insisted that oil should be nationalised".

. . .

"My argument is that there was never really a realistic threat of communism … discourse and the way justifying any act was to talk about communist danger, so it was something used for the public, especially the American and the British public."


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Declassified CIA, White House Documents Reveal Collaboration between Chilean Media Mogul and Highest Level of Nixon Administration

Kissinger Set up Secret Meetings for Edwards with Nixon and CIA Director Richard Helms

Documents Record Edwards Covert Coup Plotting to Overthrow Allende in Chile

Washington, D.C., April 25, 2017 – Media mogul Agustin Edwards Eastman, who was widely regarded as the Rupert Murdoch of Chile, died on April 24, at age 89, leaving a legacy of close collaboration with Henry Kissinger and the CIA in instigating and supporting the September 11, 1973, military coup. Edwards was the only Chilean—civilian or military—known to meet face-to-face with CIA Director Richard Helms in September 1970 in connection with plans to instigate regime change against Socialist leader Salvador Allende, who had just been elected president.

Declassified CIA and White House documents posted today by the National Security Archive at The George Washington University show conclusively what Edwards repeatedly denied – that he and his newspaper, El Mercurio, became a critical part of U.S. plans to foment a military coup against President Allende.

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September 15, 1970, was a dramatic day in the life of Chilean media mogul, Agustin Edwards Eastman. His day began at 8am, with breakfast in the office of Henry Kissinger, then national security advisor to President Richard Nixon. At 9:15am, Kissinger had arranged for Edwards to secretly see Nixon in the Oval Office. Although there is no documentary record that the meeting with the president took place, later that day at the Madison Hotel in downtown Washington D.C., Edwards became the only Chilean—civilian or military—known to meet face-to-face with CIA Director Richard Helms. At 3:25pm that afternoon, President Nixon called Kissinger and Helms into the Oval Office and instructed them to covertly try to “save Chile” by orchestrating a military takeover. “I have this impression that the president called this meeting,” Helms later testified before the U.S. Senate, “because of Edwards’ presence in Washington and what … Edwards was saying about conditions in Chile.”

Edwards’ extraordinary influence on U.S. policy and CIA intervention in Chile did not stop there. When CIA covert action—which included the assassination of Gen. Rene Schneider—failed to block Salvador Allende’s inauguration, the Edwards media empire became the leading clandestine collaborator in fomenting a military coup d’etat. President Nixon personally authorized covert CIA funding to sustain El Mercurio so that it could become a media megaphone of opposition, agitation and misinformation against the Allende government. In the aftermath of Allende’s overthrow, the CIA explicitly credited its media propaganda project in Chile for playing “a significant role in setting the stage for the military coup of 11 September 1973,” and continued to secretly funnel money to the Edwards group so that El Mercurio could “present the Junta in the most positive light for the Chilean public.”

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*El Mercurio and the other media outlets owned by Edwards not only promoted upheaval and instability in Chile, but conspired with the armed forces to set the conditions for a successful military takeover. In May 1973, the CIA Station in Santiago identified “the El Mercurio chain of newspapers” as among “the most militant parts of the opposition” which “have set as their objective the creation of conflict and confrontation which will lead to some sort of military intervention.” The secret CIA cable continued: “Each [militant part] in its own way is trying to coordinate its efforts with members of the armed forces known to them who share this objective.”

**The CIA credited its “propaganda project” in which El Mercurio and the Edwards media outlets where the key actors, as having “played a significant role in setting the stage for the military coup of 11 September 1973.” According to a secret CIA post-coup report, “Prior to the coup the project’s media outlets maintained a steady barrage of anti-government criticism, exploiting every possible point of friction between the government and the democratic opposition, and emphasizing the problems and conflicts which were developing between the government and the armed forces.”

**After the coup, El Mercurio continued to receive covert CIA funding until June 1974. The CIA determined the funds were needed to assist the newspaper’s effort to help the Pinochet regime consolidate its power. “Since the coup, these media outlets have supported the new military government. They have tried to present the Junta in the most positive light for the Chilean public,” according to a CIA request for continuing covert monies for El Mercurio. “The project is essential in enabling the [CIA] Station to help mold Chilean public opinion in support of the new government….”


As has been mentioned repeatedly, the US has been in the overthrow of elected Presidents who don't put the US first, before their own people, for a VERY long time. To deny that is simply stupid.

April 30, 2019

Have posted articles about this group of vicious grifters in N.Carolina who use Brazilians as slaves

Will post this late one I almost missed altogether, then add earlier information I found originally:

Minister at secretive N Carolina church sentenced for fraud
Mitch Weiss and Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press Updated 6:32 pm CDT, Thursday, April 18, 2019

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A minister at a secretive church in North Carolina has been sentenced to 34 months in prison and ordered to pay $466,960 in restitution for his role in an unemployment fraud scheme involving businesses owned by members of the congregation.

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Prosecutors say Covington and his employee, Dianne McKinny, laid off employees at one of Covington's businesses so they could collect unemployment benefits in 2008 when the company was struggling financially. But the employees continued to work at the company, Diverse Corporate Technologies, with the unemployment checks replacing their salaries. They later put the scheme into place at Covington's other business, Integrity Marble & Granite. Covington then implemented a variation of the scheme at Sky Catcher Communications Inc., a company he managed, prosecutors say.

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In February 2017, the AP cited 43 former members who said congregants were regularly punched and choked in an effort to
beat out devils. The AP also revealed how, over the course of two decades, followers were ordered by church leaders to lie to authorities investigating reports of abuse.

AP later outlined how the church created a pipeline of young laborers from its two Brazilian congregations who say they were brought to the U.S. and forced to work for little or no pay at businesses owned by church leaders.


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Prosecutor: minors at risk of forced labor at Word of Faith Brazil church
by SARAH DiLORENZO and PETER PRENGAMAN, Associated PressThursday, April 12th 2018

FILE - Jamey Anderson was about 4 years old when his mother joined Word of Faith Fellowship church, moving into a house with other single women. From early childhood, he says he always seemed to be in trouble - and that resulted in regular severe beatings. Now, he's speaking out against the Word of Faith Fellowship. (AP Photo)

FRANCO DA ROCHA, Brazil (AP) — Minors remain at risk and are being forced to work against their will by a Brazilian church with ties to the U.S.-based Word of Faith Fellowship, a senior labor prosecutor said Wednesday after the initial hearing in a civil suit seeking the dissolution of the local church and the school it runs.

The Ministerio Evangelico Comunidade Rhema church in the city of Franco da Rocha has refused to cease practices that authorities have alleged amount to forced labor, said Catarina von Zuben, the national coordinator for prosecutors who work on combatting modern-day slavery in Brazil.

"This action aims to make these practices stop, to make this exploitation stop, particularly of minors, of children," von Zuben told The Associated Press after the closed hearing.

Brazilian authorities opened multiple investigations after the AP reported in July that leaders of Word of Faith Fellowship — based in rural Spindale, North Carolina — created a pipeline of young Brazilian congregants who told of being taken to the U.S. and forced to work for little or no pay.


What a wildly evil group of people run this hellish nightmare. Simply unbelievable.

April 26, 2019

"Communities don't matter": Colombia's former mining association head

“Communities don’t matter”: Colombia’s former mining association head
by Mathew Di Salvo April 24, 2019

The former head of Colombia’s mining association ACM and CEO of gold mining firm Minesa has been caught on video saying that “communities don’t matter” for decision makers in Bogota to approve mining projects.

In a leaked video, Minesa CEO Santiago Urdinola said that widespread protests against the development of the country’s largest underground gold mine can easily be countered by black propaganda.

Minesa, which is largely owned by the United Arab Emirates, wants to mine for gold in the Santurban region, but is fiercely opposed in the region because the paramo supplies the drinking water in the Santander province and is largely a nature reserve.

But these local protests are irrelevant as long as the mining company is able to blame the protests on Senator Gustavo Petro, one of President Ivan Duque‘s most vociferous opponents in Congress.


April 26, 2019

Anti-government protests break out throughout Colombia; police brutality reported in Bogota

Anti-government protests break out throughout Colombia; police brutality reported in Bogota
by Emily Hart April 25, 2019

Largely peaceful demonstrations took place across Colombia, from cities to villages, with thousands taking to the streets for anti-government marches.

The protests were against President Ivan Duque‘s controversial National Development Plan (PND), and in defense of the country’s ongoing peace process, as well as railing against the high rates of murder of social leaders.

They come less than three weeks after nationwide indigenous protests that brought one of Colombia’s biggest highways to a total standstill for nearly a month.

Also on Thursday, indigenous peoples protested throughout the country to demand respect for their rights and government compliance to hundreds of broken agreements.


April 25, 2019

New Tech Converts Thoughts to Speech, Could Give Voice to the Voiceless

By Roni Dengler | April 24, 2019 3:37 pm

Throat cancer, stroke and paralysis can rob people’s voices and strip away their ability to speak. Now, researchers have developed a decoder that translates brain activity into a synthetic voice. The new technology is a significant step toward restoring lost speech.

“We want to create technologies that can reproduce speech directly from human brain activity,” Edward Chang, a neurosurgeon at the University of California San Francisco, who led the new research, said in a press briefing. “This study provides a proof of principle that this is possible.”

Slow Synthesis
People who have lost the ability to speak currently rely on brain-computer interfaces or devices that track eye or head movements to communicate. The late physicist Stephen Hawking, for example, used his cheek muscle to control a cursor that would slowly spell out words.

These technologies move a cursor to spell out words letter by letter. Though these tools enable communication, they are slow, stringing together five to 10 words a minute. But people talk much faster — human speech clips along at 120 to 150 words per minute. Chang and colleagues wanted to create a device that could speed up communication.

April 25, 2019

After Controversy, Dead Kennedys Deletes Political Poster that Alluded to Bolsonaro

Polarized political mood of country influenced the decision
Apr.24.2019 1:43PM

Amon Borges
After suffering huge repercussions on the internet, punk group Dead Kennedys decided to take down a political poster made to promote an upcoming tour in Brazil. The polarized political mood that the country is experiencing influenced the decision.

Artist Christiano Suarez created the exclusive artwork to announce four shows that the band will play in May. In the image, a family with faces of Bozo the clown are dressed in Brazilian football team selection shirts and holding arms.

The political poster made to promote an upcoming tour in Brazil - Cristiano Suarez
In the background, there are war tanks and a favela is on fire. One of the people says: “I love the smell of dead poor people in the morning.”

The internauts quickly started commenting on the clear allusion to president Jair Bolsonaro—who is called Bozo— and his voters.

April 25, 2019

Military Seeks to Quiet Criticisms of Mouro by Bolsonaro Followers

Despite Planalto effort, Carlos continues to attack the vice without repercussions from father
Apr.24.2019 1:37PM

Military personnel who work in the Planalto palace are coordinating a strategy to minimize the negative agenda generated against vice president Hamilton Mourão by the family of president Jair Bolsonaro.

Mourão’s own behavior, consisting of constant contradictions against Bolsonaro, contributed to the current mistrust of him by Bolsonaro’s supporters. The president has also refused to condemn his son Carlos, the most vocal in his distrust of Mourão.

Many think that Mourão has erred—not for expressing his opinion—but for capturing the spotlight when he should have stepped back.

Now Carlos Bolsonaro, son of the president and councilman of the PSC-RJ, is welting the vice with criticisms and this is reopening a crisis in the military nucleus of the government.


April 25, 2019

Brazilian Superior Court Reduces Sentence in Triplex Case and Lula May Be Released from Jail this Ye

Brazilian Superior Court Reduces Sentence in Triplex Case and Lula May Be Released from Jail this Year
Sentence fell from 12 years and 11 months to 8 years, 10 months and 20 days in prison
Apr.24.2019 1:33PM

Reynaldo Turollo Jr.
Fábio Fabrini

The fifth panel of the Brazilian Superior Court of Justice reduced the punishment of ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the Guarujá (SP) triplex case, opening up a way for him to be freed on house arrest this year.

The unanimous decision maintains the conviction, but lowers the penalty from 12 years and one month of prison to eight years, 10 months and 20 days.

The Criminal Execution Law allows for those who have completed one-sixth of their sentence to be transferred to house arrest. With this decision, Lula should be released by the end of September.

Lula was sentenced for corruption and money laundering and has been imprisoned since April of last year.


Without a doubt the first honest President they get, after this fascist is gone, will expunge this filthy, evil crime against President Lula from his well-established history, and completely exonerate him. Hoping charges will be brought against the pro-dictatorship cabal which perpetrated this on Lula to prevent the front-runner from winning the election, again.

April 23, 2019

It's Official: Monroe Doctrine Is Back To Serve The Neoliberal Order - Analysis

The Monroe Doctrine: A satirical political cartoon reflecting America's imperial ambitions following quick and total victory in the Spanish American War of 1898. Credit: Cornell University: Persuasive Cartography: The PJ Mode Collection, Wikimedia Commons.

April 21, 2019 COHA

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Putting things in context
The historical context in Cuba provides the perfect illustration of this tendency. As the 1950s drew to a close, the Batista dictatorship had tightened its grip on power and was ruling with an iron fist. And in addition to the suffering caused by many of the pathologies typical to Latin American countries of the time (and in many cases continuing to this day) – the rampant poverty and inequality,23 the tragic rates of illiteracy,24 and the widespread lack of access to even basic public services25 – Cuba had the added pathology of mob infiltration into myriad spheres of the island’s economy and wider society.26 As historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. wrote at the time: “The corruption of the Government, the brutality of the police, the government’s indifference to the needs of the people for education, medical care, housing, for social justice and economic justice… is an open invitation to revolution.”27 Naturally, none of this mattered to Washington, which strenuously backed the Batista dictatorship since it was obediently obeying orders and creating a favorable business environment for powerful US multinational corporations.28

Though such a reality does not necessarily justify the nature or the extent of the expropriation process that took place in the early days of the revolution, it does highlight the fact that the distribution of wealth and resources in Cuban society was far from beyond moral reevaluation before the revolution either. Indeed, such political and philosophical questions surrounding the concepts of property ownership and wealth distribution are – and ought to be – constantly subjected to debate and readjustment in all societies. The 20th Century saw a huge divergence in the paths that different countries took on these matters – on both sides of the Iron Curtain. Obviously the Eastern Bloc countries moved toward the highly state-led “command economies” that came to characterize the Soviet system. And as much as post-Cold War propaganda says otherwise, this system did have some benefits,29 especially when contrasted with the disastrous consequences of the transition to neoliberalism that has taken place in post-Soviet Eastern Europe.30 But even within the borders of many US Western European allies there has been considerable diversity. Social democratic governments experimented with differing configurations of state and private ownership for the various sectors of the economy. Even the trenchant US ally, Great Britain, brought sectors such as transport, electricity, water, telecommunications, mining and even some heavy industry into public ownership in the post-war period.31 And of course, like every other Western European country,32 Britain also established a publicly administered universal healthcare system33 and brought a significant proportion of its housing stock into public ownership too.34

The so-called “free” market neoliberal path taken by the United States, especially since the late 1970s, and subsequently adopted across large swaths of the world, hardly compares favorably to either Western European countries under social democracy or even to post-1959 Cuba. Whereas in the United States (the wealthiest country in the world, lest we forget) empty homes outnumber homeless people by six to one,35 in Cuba homelessness is virtually nonexistent.36 Similarly, whereas in the United States several tens of thousands of people die every year due to a lack of access to healthcare,37 Cuba’s universal system is free-at-the-point-of-service and leaves no one without care.38 Remember that on both counts Cuba has a superior record despite being a much poorer country, which furthermore has suffered for decades under an economic blockade from the world’s superpower that, according to the UN, has cost its economy over $100 billion dollars throughout the decades.39 Such comparisons again expose the inherent contradictions and inhumanity of neoliberal ideology.

Separating fact from fiction
It must also be remembered that the realities of the process of expropriation in Cuba have been heavily distorted by the historical fictions that make up Cuban-American exile mythology. According to this belief system, the tyrannical Fidel Castro seized for himself everything from everyone so that all but he might be equal. The reality is far more nuanced than this picture suggests. For one thing, the Cuban exiles who left in the early days of the revolution abandoned their properties as they fled for Yankee shores. (And many of them did so long before the country officially embraced communism in late 1965 – almost six years after Castro seized power from Batista.) So they could not have reasonably expected to have them returned to them no matter what political and economic system Cuba eventually adopted. Furthermore, Fidel Castro made clear that expropriation would apply to everyone, including him and his cadre of revolutionaries themselves. Indeed, one of the very first things that his government nationalized after the revolution was his own family farm in the island’s Oriente province.40


So glad to see an article, again, bearing truthful information to compare against the pure calculated spin which has been jammed down the public's throats for decades. Anyone taking the time to start researching, doing that overlooked homework, will start seeing the truth looming into view, finally! Better late than never.

Also posted in Editorials and other articles:
April 21, 2019

Uruguay To Ask Argentina for Operation Condor Documents

A previously declassified, redacted version of an FBI report on the abduction and murder of two Cuban Embassy officers in Buenos Aires and version released as part of the Argentina Declassification Project | Photo: NSA

Published 21 April 2019 (2 hours 11 minutes ago)

Operation condor was a multinational alliance between Latin American dictatorships, with the the help of the CIA, in an effort to eliminate leftist movements.

Director of Human Rights of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay Dianela Pi said Friday that her office would be requesting from Argentina the files they have in their possession about Condor Operation, specifically those related to Urgauya's dictatorship.

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The documents show that the United States provided support to military juntas that came to power in Latin America in the 1980s, training them on harsh counterinsurgency techniques at the United States Army School of the Americas.

. . .

"The Uruguayan government has been informed privately by the Argentine authorities that eight of the 10 bodies found on the Uruguayan coast are the result of Argentine anti-terrorist operations," stated a diplomatic cable from the U.S. State Department in May 1976. "The source ensures that the bodies were thrown into the Río de la Plata from helicopters after the interrogations carried out by the Argentine authorities," reads the official U.S. statement.


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