U.S. Foreign Policy

Chilean Dictator & Longtime U.S. Ally, Augusto Pinochet, Personally Ordered 1976 Washington D.C. Car Bombing

via The National Security Archive: On September 21, 1976 a bomb exploded underneath a car on Sheridan Circle, about a mile and a half from the White House, killing former Chilean Ambassador to the United States, Orlando Letelier and his colleague, U.S. citizen Ronni Moffitt. A newly declassified memo from Secretary of State George Schultz…

Venezuela Strategy Group Statement on Leopoldo Lopez Conviction

Courtesy of the Alliance for Global Justice (AFGJ). Writes Chuck Kaufman, national co-coordinator of the AFGJ and facilitator of the VSG state “If a US politician drives drunk and kills two kids in a crosswalk, he’ll go to jail. What Leopoldo Lopez did was much more deliberate and it resulted in 43 deaths, both opposition and supporters…

September 2, 1945: Ho Chi Minh Declares Vietnamese Independence

Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam an independent republic, free of French colonial rule, on September 2, 1945. Half a million people gathered in Hanoi to hear him read the Vietnamese Declaration of Independence, which was modeled on the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Below, Susan Dunn delves into the inspiration for Ho Chi Minh’s speech that…