Thursday, 2 July 2009

Remembering Dictatorships and Double Standards

Events in Honduras have cast a lot of minds back to the "bad old days" of military dictatorships in Latin America. Here are just two links for today which draw parallels between old and new in very different contexts.

Duncan Campbell wonders why British Home Secretary Jack Straw cannot countenance the release of an aged, ailing train robber, but expressed compassion for Augusto Pinochet:
Sympathy for the Devil (Guardian)

And Daniel Luban and Jim Lube look at the history of US attitudes to coups and "friendly authoritarians":
Dictatorships and Double Standards Revisited (IPS)

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