CHILE,ARGENTINA: Allende on the Road

CHILE

When a politician is in trouble at home, he often tries his luck abroad. Thus, two weeks ago Chile's beleaguered President Salvador Allende Gossens embarked on a five-nation tour that took him to Mexico, the U.S., Algeria, the Soviet Union and Cuba. Allende's first trip outside Chile since he was elected President in 1970 had another purpose besides bolstering his prestige at home, which has been eroded by political and economic strife: he was seeking the credits needed to shore up a sagging economy.

The rhetorical tone of the trip was set during Allende's...

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