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Lessons From Majid Khan’s Release From Guantánamo

David Rosen The Progressive
An interview with the attorney for the former al Qaeda operative, who testified to the CIA’s ‘enhanced interrogation’ and more torture at the prison camp. That torture was a war crime that should have been—and should in the future be—prosecuted as a criminal act.

Forensic Study Finds Chilean Poet Pablo Neruda Was Poisoned

Sam Jones and John Bartlett The Guardian
The toxin clostridium botulinum was in his body when he died in 1973, days after Chile’s military coup. Nobel prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda died after being poisoned with a powerful toxin. Neruda was internationally known Communist poet.

The Coup in Chile: What Did Nixon Know and When Did He Know It?

National Security Archive National Security Archive
Forty nine years after Pinochet’s putsch, Presidential and CIA documents remain secret. The National Security Archive calls for full disclosure of the covert history of U.S. involvement as the countdown to the 50th anniversary of the military coup begins

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How Creative Writing Programs De-Politicized Fiction

Annie Levin Current Affairs
In the shadow of the Cold War, the rise of creative writing programs and ‘show don’t tell’ philosophy drained fiction of its political bite. Author Sandra Cisneros, writing about her college program said: How can art make a difference was never asked

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How CIA Plots Undermined African De-Colonization

Eve Ottenberg CounterPunch
Behind the three monsters featured in this book loom a vast, homicidal military empire, piloted by capitalist ideologues, who did not value human life, to put it mildly, especially if that life belonged to black, brown or communist people.
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