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Editor: Dr. Róbinson Rojas Sandford
From Róbinson Rojas - 1975
"The Murder of Allende":
2. Why was the general assassinated?
2.1 The Schneider case
2.2 A problem for the U.S.
2.3 Allende, the new president
2.4 Now what?
2.5 The hard-liners
2.6 Strength and weakness
2.7 The constitutionalists

Róbinson Rojas - 1996
Notes on the doctrine of national security

During the period 1948 to 1990 there was one military coup per developing country every five years.
Between 1960 and 1980, three-fourths of Latin American states, one-half of less developed societies in Asia and two-thirds of the African states experienced military coups.
This period was the period when the U.S. military-industrial complex developed and have its political satellites practicing the doctrine of national security in those less developed societies "menaced" by anti-capitalist revolutions real or imagined.

The United States and its Friendly Dictators
School of the Americas Watch
Joseph Kennedy on The School of the Americas
  L.Brooks: Army Unit investigated in Colombia. Death Squads
Indonesia: CIA compiled death lists in 1965
Indonesia's `disappeared'
Indonesia: elite unit suspected of torture
The Central Intelligence Agency: its crimes.
M. Hunter: Bay of Pigs Invasion Homepage
Derechos Chile: Human Rights in Chile
Robert A.Pastor - 1992
U.S. foreign policy: the Caribbean Basin
Scholars of inter-American relations have devoted considerable efforts to try to locate the motive for U.S. involvement in the internal affairs of its neighbors. Instead of a single answer, they have amassed a collection of explanations that range from security (keep out rivals, maintain stability), political/ideological (promote democracy, prevent Communism or "alien" ideologies), economic (imperialism, access to investment or trade), to psychological (an impulse to dominate, a fear of insecurity, misperception). A particular explanation might be cogent for a case, but in trying to understand what moves the United States over time, one needs to look for patterns in the history of U.S. relations with the region.


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