Now that’s what I call transformation: Latin America then and now, and Tony Benn RIP

For those of you yet to join the twitterati, here are two images that went viral when I tweeted them recently. First up, the presidents of Brazil, Argentina and Chile, now v 1970s (h/t @rabble). Amazing, eh? It’s actually a bit messier than that- the three military dudes are all Chilean (Messrs Leigh, Pinochet and Merino), but the generals were indeed in power in Argentina and Brazil at that point.  Second, a particularly memorable set of ‘questions to the powerful’ suggested by the late Tony Benn. Enjoy.
South American presidentsTony Benn RIP

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3 Responses to “Now that’s what I call transformation: Latin America then and now, and Tony Benn RIP”
  1. Thomas Lumley

    The president of Argentina from 1974 to 1976 was Isabel Peron, the first non-royal female head of government in the Western hemisphere (second in the world, to Jiang Qing, aka Madame Mao).

    ‘Three military dudes’ isn’t accurate even symbolically.

    • Duncan Green

      Thomas, I’m afraid you picked the wrong knit. By the end of 1976, all 3 countries were under military rule. So 3 military dudes is entirely accurate for the latter part of the 1970s (and I am no more specific than the decade)

  2. Thomas Lumley

    Ok. I assumed you’d missed the fact that Argentina had one of the first female heads of govt. If you knew about it but didn’t think it was worth mentioning, I apologise.

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