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Freedom Archives, the / Chile: Promise of Freedom
Album:Chile: Promise of Freedom Collection:Spoken Word
Artist:Freedom Archives, the Added:11/2003
Label:Ak Press 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2004-02-16 Pull Date:2004-04-19 
Week Ending:22 Feb

 Recent Airplay
1.Jul 02, 2015:Clean Copper Radio
Chile Today
3.Feb 18, 2004:Brownian Motion
The Aftermath
2.Feb 21, 2004:On The Warpath
Coup Background

Album Review
Ragnar of Ravensfjord
Reviewed 2006-10-02 
This is an excellent audio document of the other September 11th. September 11, 1973, marks the beginning of the military coup against the Salvador Allende government and installation of the dictator, Gen. Augusto Pinocét. This deals with the U.S. involvement with this coup (via the Nixon Administration). This features music, news clips & speeches from Allende, Pinochet, Henry Kissinger & Richard Nixon. The coup lasted for 17 years. There’s also some excellent Chilean music from ten different artists in the mix. The most interesting of the ten, is Victor Jara, who was later tortured & murdered by Pinochet’s henchmen. Also of note this features people like Isabel Allende (writer & relative of Salvador), Joan Jara - the widow of Victor Jara. As well as Ariel Dorfman, This is something that doesn’t come up on the History Channel much less CNN. Overall, very much worth your time whether your familiar with the story or not.
((((1)))) Origins & background of the coup - the Pinochet forces claimed that Allende “committed suicide”. W.T.F.?
((((2)))) Aftermath of the coup - over 3200 killed & over 10,000 imprisoned. A severe tragedy in ANY place at ANY time. Dorfman’s analysis of the situation of Allende’s attempts at joining social & economic justice, is very interesting. Later it tells how the coup started. Allende’s statement to the U.N. - makes clear that he did NOT confiscated the (assets) of foreign (mining) companies.” Although, the propaganda says otherwise. Kissinger’s lies, et. al. Outro has some beautiful violin music.
((((3)))) Joan Jara talks about her husband - Victor, a popular Chilean folk singer (known worldwide they say) who was later tortured & murdered by Pinochét’s goons. Resistance & survival under the coup. Recording of Pinochét & how he proclaims Allende the first “disappeared”, official denials & general idiocy from the mouth of the “new regime”.
((((4))) How the citizenry dealt with the idea of torture & assassinations in Chilé, censorship of the media & an new creative outlets for frustrations, the post-1973 era in South America, i.e. the advent of Operation Condor, brought to you by the CIA & FBI. Continuation of the mass crackdown on dissent - sound familiar?
((((5)))) Nice classical & flamenco style music & more interviews with Isabelle Allendé re: 1988 government plebiscite which actually backfired on the overconfident Pinhead er...Pinochét. The uncertainty of going back to a democratic (as in small ‘d’) government, exiles coming home & the aftermath, international solidarity movement & Pinochét on trial & its results.
(((6))) Erasing or ignoring of the events (and others) in the media & public, neo-liberal economics in Latin America vs. justice, a new optimism, could it happen here?/Nationalism the U.S./et. al., how to explain this history to others, outros with a off-kilter version of a Victor Jara song.

Track Listing
1.The Coup 4.The Aftermath
2.Coup Background 5.Chile Today
3.The Repression 6.History's Lessons