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CIA Activities at Home and Abroad IIReading 1: Shorrock: Labors Cold War[*Do NOT read about Okinawa, Venezuela]Main ThemesA. How CIA operates to push labor worldwide (Chile, Brazil in 1964 right-wing military coup, Venezuela, South Korea, East Europe) in a right-wing direction, favoring big business; AFL-CIO was the key labor organization working with CIADetails 1.] Robert ONeill, head of the AFL-CIOs American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD) office in Chile, worked with CIA in Chile to overthrow Allendes socialist government (early 1970s) [Who was Allende?] 2. With US government and CIA help, General Pinochet overthrew Allende with a violent coup and imposed a fascist dictatorship in Chile, 1973 3. Unions in different areas of US have demanded the full story of AFL-CIO/AIFLD/CIA actions abroad against left-wing labor unions 4. In 1995, Sweeney replaced right-wing Lane Kirkland as head of AFL-CIO (Meany was the first) a. Sweeney was left wing, he promoted the AFL-CIOs accounting for its past association with right-wing labor unions and politicians 5. AFL-CIO keeps locked and secret thousands of files in its archives (about its activities with the CIA in Philippines, El Salvador, Nicaraguasupporting the US-backed Contra army)B. CIA working with AFL-CIO/AIFLD in ChileDetails 1. AIFLDs focus was on pulling the pro-communist CUT against Allende, but it failed, and instead organized the right-wing professionals called gremios; AIFLD also tried to work with theright-wing National Party 2. US president Nixon wanted to punish Allendes government for nationalizing US-financed MNCs (what is this?) 3. In fall 1973, a strike by Chiles truckers, doctors, shop owners helped overthrow Allende
4. After Pinochets right-wing coup, hundreds of unionists disappearedC.CIA working with AFL-CIO/AIFLD in South KoreaDetails 1. AFL-CIO supported, financed the only union allowed by the military government, the Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU)2. After military rule ended in 1986, Korean industrial workers organized the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) as an alternative to the FKTU; it wasnt officially recognized by the AFL-CIO until 1997*JS: See below from Institute for Policy Studies, Remembering Ronni, September 13, 2010, by Joy Zarembkahttps://ips-dc.org/remembering_ronni/a CIA report released in 2000 stated, Many of Pinochets officers were involved in systematicand widespread human rights abuses…Some of these were contacts or agents of the CIA or U.S. military.
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