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Friday, October 8, 1999

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  • British Magistrate Rules On Pinochet Extradition

    The streets of Santiago de Chile exploded today in celebration after a British court ruled that former dictator Augusto Pinochet can be extradited to Spain to face charges of torture and other human rights abuses.

  • Documentary On Legendary Chilean Protest Singer Victor Jara, Killed By Pinochet Coup

    Last September 16th was the 25th anniversary of the death of legendary Chilean protest singer Victor Jara, who was tortured and killed by the Chilean military days after the coup. Jara had been arrested on the day of the coup and taken to the massive stadium in Santiago known as the Estadio Chile with thousands of other political detainees. He was killed in or near the stadium, and his body was dumped on the street. His widow Joan Jara, who was tipped off that her husband had been killed, eventually identified him in one of the city’s morgues. On that 25th anniversary of her husband’s death, Joan Jara spoke with Democracy Now!

  • Supreme Court Begins Historic Term

    Returning from a three-month recess this week, the US Supreme Court took on a docket that places the justices squarely in the midst of some of the United States’ most passionate debates, from health care to campaign finance to government aid to religious schools.