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Complicating the Narrative on Nicaragua

James Phillips NACLA
The current crisis is not simply the story of a brave opposition and a brutal Ortega. It is a long-simmering conflict among different groups that has been carefully manipulated to put Nicaragua firmly and securely back under U.S. hegemony.

A Chilean and American Monument to Pinochet Bombing Victims Rises in Washington

Michael Laris Washington Post
On Sunday, a statue of the democratic hero, Orlando Letelier, was unveiled on Washington’s stately Massachusetts Avenue, near the spot where Letelier was killed in a 1976 car bombing — an assassination ordered by Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Ronni Karpen Moffitt, a 25-year-old American co-worker whom Letelier had been giving a ride, also was killed in the attack, which became a rallying point for human rights advocates.

Six Myths About the CIA

John Prados History News Network
CIA logo The biggest problem today is what the pros call “actionable intelligence.” The drive for actionable intelligence, in a climate where espionage is ineffective, may lead back to the morass of detention and interrogation.

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A Memoir of Life as Che Guevara’s Kid Brother

Peter Canby The New Yorker
Che’s youngest sibling, Juan Martin Guevara, remembers his revolutionary brother and the family's travails after his murder by the Bolivian military with the aid of the CIA.

Harvard Disinvites Chelsea Manning, and the Feeling Is Mutual

Matthew Haag And Jonah Engel Bromwich New York Times
Mr. Elmendorf told Ms. Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for providing classified information to WikiLeaks, that she was still invited to speak at Harvard. But he said that the school could no longer give her the title of visiting fellow.
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