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    Author Isabel Allende is a Chilean-American writer. Although originally born in Lima, Peru, she relocated to Chile at the age of three. She identifies herself as Chilean. “Isabel Allende was born in Lima, Peru, and moved to Chile when she was three years old; she comes from a major Chilean political family and identifies herself as a Chilean. Her childhood was spent with her maternal grandparents in Santiago, Chile, following the divorce of her parents.” (McCann) “Isabel Allende, daughter of Francisca Llona Barros and Tomás Allende and niece of former Chilean president Salvador Allende Gossens, was born in Lima, Peru, where her father was serving as a diplomat. When she was three years old, her parents divorced and her mother took her home…

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    Around 1950’s, factors like poverty and lack of basic needs posed some serious challenges to the development of Cuba (Chasteen, 269-270). A Cuban left-wing revolutionary, Fidel Castro believed that the control of resources by the upper class people was a major reason for Cuba’s struggles (Castro, 309). Castro also believed that the U.S. intervention in Cuban matters would hugely benefit the capitalists and would further increase the social inequality. Very similar to this, was the case of Chile,…

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    Henry Kissinger Jr

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    of state, said a few months prior to self-proclaimed Marxist, Salvador Allende's democratic election as President of Chile. This quote encapsulates American political ideology during the Cold War and sheds light on the nature of the Allende regime that was toppled just three years after its democratic victory. The statement from Henry Kissinger expresses the United States' sentiment towards Allende and the platform on which his campaign ran. Why was the United States so scared of a potentially…

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    Plebiscite In Chile

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    The status of Latin American Governments has ranged from opposite ideological ends of the spectrum. After Salvador Allende, who was democratically elected by the Chilean people, was over thrown by Agusto Pinochet due to poor economic reform and a spike in inflation, the state of Chile efficiently turned around the economy because of neo-liberal economic policy enforced by not a democratic government but an authoritarian state. Pinochet’s powers associated with being a dictator allowed him to…

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    In the midst of an upsurge of worker militancy, the 1970 presidential election was taking place. Running was Salvador Allende who represented the common people of Chile. Allende led the left-wing coalition Popular Unity (UP) and for many Chilean workers, the UP government embodied their aspirations for a better life. In Peter Winn’s book, Weavers of Revolution, he tells the story of the Chilean revolution through the eyes of the participants. Winn focuses on the workers at the Yarur textile…

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    US Covert Operations in Chile 1963-1974 On September 11, 1973, a Chilean Air Force plane flew over the skies of La Moneda, presidential palace of Chile. Inside Salvador Allende , the first Marxist socialist chief of state ever elected in a democratic country via free vote three years earlier . Rather than surrender to a military coup, Allende commits suicide . Many reason exist as to why the Chilean military decided to overthrow a democratic government. Some attribute it to the United States…

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    The movie, Allende en Su Labertino (Allende and His Maze), was written by the Chilean film director and writer, Miguel Littin. Littin was born in the 1940s, was a supporter of Salvador Allende’s regime, and was exiled soon after the assassination of Allende during the rise in power of dictator Augusto Pinochet in Chile during his military coup of the country. Littin is also known for his other films, such as one relevant to this same historical subject is Dawson Isla 10 from 2009 which was a…

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    South America subjugating a long, narrow strip of land facing the Pacific Ocean and to the east the Andes mountains. Chilean territory also includes several islands in the pacific including Easter Island, where the famed Easter Island heads reside, but that is not all Chile is famous for nor represents its complete diverse history. Peering into Chile’s superficial history, Chile had seen rises and falls of its economy, authoritarian leaders, governmental system, and institutions, and yet they…

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    Chile’s Economy After The Fall of Socialism Government economic regulation determines how successful and how developed a country’s economy will be. In 1970, Salvador Allende rose to power through the application of Marxism. During his first year of rule, his government was successful in achieving economic growth, reduction of inflation, creation of employment opportunities, and increased income and consumption. This was realized through the increase of wages and salaries, increased distribution…

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    attack on the presidential palace, La Moneda. “Inside La Moneda, Allende then donned a metal helmet” and stood his ground awaiting his demise. Over the span of two hours “the palace was hit by at least eight bombs…the resistance within the palace exchanged fire with [Pinochet’s military]” and battle ensued, “yet these efforts were in vain.” By 2:00 PM that day, Pinochet and his men stormed the palace, only to find Allende dead. Following the coup d’état, Augusto named himself president of the…

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