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Jonathan Franklin

‘I murdered 18 people for the Pinochet regime’

Suicidal man confesses on a live radio phone-in to participating in the deaths of opponents of the late military dictator Augusto Pinochet.

Pinochet’s men held 29 years after burning activists alive

The case of one of the most notorious torture cases of the 17-year military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet over Chili was reopened in 2013.

Relief at voices of trapped miners

Psychologists 'happily surprised' by condition of miners after 19 days on shift foreman's strict rationing in underground bunker.

‘Hallowed be thy left foot’

The congregation screams so loudly that I can't hear the priest, even though I'm in the front row.

Global whistle-blowing website shut down

A secretive Swiss bank landed an apparently novel censorship blow against the internet this week. Anyone who tried to call up Wikileaks.org, a global website devoted to publicising leaked documents, found themselves frustrated. The site simply wasn't there any more.

Mum set to shatter Chile’s political traditions

Michelle Bachelet was a 23-year-old medical student in Chile when a gang of military men broke into her house and kidnapped her and her mother, Angela Jeria. It was January 1975, and the Chilean secret police officers were crushing protests and eliminating civilians on the orders of military dictator Augusto Pinochet.

Pinochet regime tortured 35 000

A year-long investigation into state-sponsored torture in Chile has documented that about 35 000 people were abused during the 1973 to 1990 military regime. The three volume-long report includes hundreds of new claims about torture tactics, ranging from sexual abuse using dogs, to forcing suspects to watch as family members were sodomised or slowly electrocuted.

Chile revisits the coup

On the eve of the 30th anniversary, Chile is engaged in a new debate on how to resolve the human consequences of the coup. New proposals offer a chance to clean the slate of the Pinochet era.

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