The Multinational Monitor


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They Said It

Peace Has a Price, but Chileans Seem Willing to Pay"
- New York Times, September 18, 1980

"While the regime of President Augusto Pinochet remains an international pariah seven years after overthrowing President Salvador Allende Gossens, it has won a wide popular following inside Chile for the tranquility as well as economic growth, it has provided," claimed Edward Schumacher in a Times news story.

The "tranquility" of Pinochet's Chile has led Amnesty International to note that between 1,000 and 2,000 people have been rounded up since July 15, many of them brutally tortured. Schumacher apparently discounts these facts. "Chile, despite its international reputation, is not a conventional police state. Soldiers do not terrorize or intimidate the population. The relatively few armed policemen on the streets are generally professional and courteous."

"Underestimating the cost of an oil grab"
- Business Week, November 17, 1980

"As if the U.S. did not have enough trouble overseas, the Canadians have picked this time to throw the kind of nationalist fit usually associated with emerging nations." Such was Business Week's editorial response to Canada's recently unveiled program to limit the scope of multinational-largely U.S.-oil companies in Canada.

Adopting the tone of L stern father, and attempting to whip up Northern allegiances against the South, Business Week reproached Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau: "Canada is not a less developed country. 14 is an industrial nation. And as such it shares responsibility for reducing the reliance of the Western world on OPEC oil."

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