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40 years after the military coup that overthrew Salvador Allende, the two leading candidates for president of Chile are daughters of air force generals were were on opposite sides in 1973. Conservative candidate Evelyn Matthei’s father was promoted by Pinochet to run the air force. Socialist challenger Michelle Bachelet’s father opposed the coup, was tortured and died in prison. The election will be Sunday Nov 17. UCI historian HEIDI TINSMAN will explain; her new book, Buying into the Regime: Grapes and Consumption in Cold War Chile and the United States, will be published in February.
Also: Girls in prison need health care – and LESLIE ACOCA has been working on ending the incarceration of girls through access to health care. Thanks to the Girls Health Screen, LA is now the first county in the United States to provide health care in locked settings just for girls.
The end of WWII is usually remembered in terms of Auschwitz and Hiroshima, genocide and nucear holocaust; but it was also a beginning—for Algerians and Vietnamese and Indonesians seeking independence from colonialism. IAN BURUMA tells that story in his amazing new book 1945: YEAR ZERO. He has written more than a dozen books and is a frequent contributor to the New York Review.