It was thanks in part to rock and roll hits from bands such as The Doors and Guns N’ Roses that Manuel Noriega, the former military dictator of Panama, fell from grace. In December 1989, with Noriega holed up at the Vatican embassy in Panama, the U.S. military installed a line of stereo speakers around the building blaring songs such as “Dead Man’s Party” and “All I Want Is You,” a sort of psychological warfare meant to force the notorious strongman to give himself up. On January 3, 1990, Noriega surrendered, and the man commonly ridiculed as "old pineapple face" has been sitting in court rooms and jail cells ever since.
Book Review: Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, Survival, and Fall, by Scott Mainwaring and Aníbal Pérez-Liñán.
Argentine medical professionals will be prosecuted for the first time this week for their role in kidnapping children during the military dictatorship.
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