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Two September 11s

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               Manhattan 9-11 2001                The Bombed Presidential Palace, Chile, 1973

This is a GUEST ARTICLE by Peter Mayo. In it he reminds us that there was another 9/11 before the infamous one we all remember. This other 9/11  marked the date of the military coup in Chile in 1973, when August Pinochet and his generals siezed power from the democratically elected Marxist Salvador Allende. With the assistance of the CIA and the support of the US multinational IT&T, the military bombed the Presidential Palace and murdered Allende, heralding in years of repression, torture, "disappearances" and assassinations. We all have as much cause to remember this 9/11 as the that which shook America in 2001.

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The article was originally published in Counterpunch 17th - 18th September 2011.
PETER MAYO is Professor in sociology of education and adult education as well as Head, Department of Education Studies, University of Malta. His books include Gramsci, Freire and Adult Education (Zed Books, 1999), subsequently republished in five languages, Liberating Praxis (Praeger, 2004; Sense, 2008) which won a 2005 Critics Choice Award, American Educational Studies Association, Learning and Social Difference (with Carmel Borg, Paradigm, 2006) and Public Intellectuals, Radical Democracy and Social Movements. A Book of Interviews (with Carmel Borg, Peter Lang 2007). He is about to publish(with Leona English)  Learning with Adults. A Critical pedagogical Introduction to Adult Education (in press, Sense, 2011). He is co-series editor  (with Antonia Darder and Anne Hudson) of the Palgrave-Macmillan book series, ‘Postcolonial Studies in Education’ and series editor of Sense book series ‘International Issues in Adult Education’.


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