Kissinger and Chile: The declassified record
HENRY Kissinger urged US President Richard Nixon to overthrow the democratically elected government of President Salvador Allende in Chile because his '"model" effect can be insidious', according to documents posted by the National Security Archive on 11 September - 40 years to the day since the coup against Allende. The posted records spotlight Kissinger's role as the principal policy architect of US efforts to oust the Chilean leader and assist in the consolidation of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship in Chile.
The documents, which include transcripts of Kissinger's 'telcons' - telephone conversations - that were never shown to the special US Senate committee chaired by Senator Frank Church in the mid-1970s, provide key details about the arguments, decisions and operations Kissinger made and supervised during his tenure as national security adviser and secretary of state.
'These documents provide the verdict of history on Kissinger's singular contribution to the denouement of democracy and rise of dictatorship in Chile,' said Peter Kornbluh, who directs the Chile Documentation Project at the National Security Archive. 'They are the evidence of his accountability for the events of 40 years ago.'
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GONZALES, Khaled al-Assad, Chief Curator of Palmyra.
Khaled al Assad, 82, Chief Curator of Palmyra, tortured, killed and beheaded by ISIS in 2015 after refusing to cooperate.
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Lux Leaks, Panama Papers spur EU to better protect whistleblowers
Whistleblowers who leak information to journalists, or otherwise reveal unlawful behavior, are a step closer to improved legal protections following a vote by the European Parliament.
Backed overwhelmingly by parliamentarians, the proposed uniform safeguards aim to encourage reports of wrongdoing by shielding whistleblowers from dismissal, demotion or other retaliation.
Welcoming the vote, the French Member of European Parliament (MEP) responsible for sponsoring the legislation, Virginie Roziere, said it was a recognition of the vulnerability of whistleblowers and reporters in many member states.
“Recent scandals such as Lux Leaks, Panama Papers and Football Leaks have helped to shine a light on the great precariousness that whistleblowers suffer today,” Roziere said in a statement.
“On the eve of European elections, Parliament has come together to send a strong signal that it has heard the concerns of its citizens, and pushed for robust rules guaranteeing their safety and that of those persons who choose to speak out.”