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Comparing and Contrasting Two 9/11s

11 Sep

With the landmark anniversary of a decade since the 9/11 attacks, compounded with an alleged terror plot, it is all two easy to forget the other monumental 9/11 in recent history – the Augusto Pinochet overthrow of the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende on September 11, 1973. Chilean academic and commentator contrasts the reactions of the Chilean and US population to their respective 9/11s today, writing on OpenDemocracy.net:

“Both people suffered a grievous blow on their 9/11. Americans did not deserve to be attacked, Chileans did not deserve to be put under tyrannical rule. But if Chileans – admittedly over more than two decades, as opposed to the decade the US has so far had – learned tolerance and compromise from their traumatic experience, Americans seem to have become more divided and less willing to compromise after theirs. Chile is a much better country than before its 9/11; few in the US would say the same. The United States has yet to make the terrible moment part of a larger lesson about the need for tolerance, compromise and national unity across political divides.”

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Monday Music Break: Jay-Z, Kanye and Francisca Valenzuela

15 Aug
Fidel Castro speaking in Havana, 1978

"Jigga what?"

Fidel Castro can celebrate his 85th birthday this year knowing that he finally got a shout-out in a Jay-Z rhyme.  He raps on Otis, from the new album Watch the Throne:

“Welcome to Havana
Smoking cubanos with Castro in cabanas
Viva Mexico, Cubano
Dominicano, all the plugs that I know
Driving Benzes, wit’ no benefits
Not bad huh? For some immigrants
Build your fences, we diggin’ tunnels
Can’t you see? We gettin’ money up under you”

Smokin’ cigars with Castro… Viva Mexico, Cubano. Dominicano.

O.k. It doesn’t need to make sense when it comes to Latin America…  At least it rhymes and the beat is hot? (Actually I’m a little skittish when it comes to sampling Otis Redding but that’s neither here nor there.)

Onto some music that’s actually from el sur — Californian/Chilean singer Francisca Valenzuela has a new album, Buen Soldado, out this week.

She is currently touring the US – hitting New York on September 20 and bringing it back to Santiago de Chile in November.