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The Joy of the World Cup

Henry Kissinger was wrong to dismiss Chile as “a dagger pointed at the heart of Antarctica.” On Wednesday, the South American nation was a scalpel that excised the soul of Spain.

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How to Forgive Your Torturer

When I read the statistics on Americans and Britons that approve of torture, a scene comes back to me. I remember a man I met 20 years ago, not in my native Latin America or in faraway lands where torture is endemic, but in the extremely English town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Francisco ‘Papas Fritas’ Tapia

By burning up to $500 million worth of student debt contracts held by a corrupt, for-profit university, the Chilean artist reminds us of the virtue of principled anger.

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Meet the Chilean ‘Robin Hood’ Who Burned $500 Million of Student Debt

In a “Democracy Now!” exclusive, the Chilean artist who burned $500 million worth of student debt held by the private Universidad del Mar, which continued to collect on loans even as it was being closed for financial irregularities, describes his work as a “joint effort” of “empathy” and “compassion, because of the problems we face as human beings.”

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Chilean Artist Burns $500 Million of Student ‘Debt Papers’ in Attempt to Rid World of ‘Debtors’

“This is my act of love for you,” activist Francisco Tapia, aka Papas Fritas, tells students of the Universidad del Mar in a YouTube video that’s gone viral.

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Powerful Quake Hits Chile, Sparking Tsunami Warnings

An 8.2-magnitude earthquake hit near Chile’s Pacific coast Tuesday, triggering tsunami waves of more than two meters and warnings for people in Chile, Peru and Ecuador to flee immediately to higher ground.

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Salvador Allende’s Daughter Chosen as First Woman to Lead Chilean Senate

Isabel Allende, not to be confused with the Chilean writer who also goes by that name, will hold the same seat her father did before he became the first Marxist president in South America.

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Single Payer Is the Only Way Health Care Will Be Affordable

The Affordable Care Act has proven that the private insurance model is too expensive and ineffective; 2013 ended the illusion of true democracy with NSA revelations; meanwhile, Michelle Bachelet, Chile’s new president, vows to provide free higher eduction to all her citizens. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Story of a Death Foretold

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Story of a Death Foretold

It has been 40 years since the CIA helped oust a democratically elected government in Chile, leaving President Salvador Allende sprawled on a couch with part of his skull gone. Oscar Guardiola-Rivera tells the story of “that other September 11.”

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Student Leader Elected to Chilean Congress

Camila Vallejo, a 25-year-old communist who helped lead Chile’s 2011 student uprising, was elected to the country’s legislature along with three other former university leaders in an event Reuters says underscores “a generational shift in the country’s politics.”

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Kerry, Kissinger and the Other Sept. 11

As President Barack Obama’s attack on Syria appears to have been delayed for the moment, it is remarkable that Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting, on Sept. 11, with one of his predecessors, Henry Kissinger, reportedly to discuss strategy on forthcoming negotiations on Syria with Russian officials.

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It’s Never Too Late for Chilean Officials to Say Sorry

After having ignored thousands upon thousands of court cases requesting justice during the reign of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, the Chilean judges association has apologized at last for its inaction. Wednesday, the organization publicly recognized that judicial officials had failed their country.

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Latin America’s Behind on Women’s Reproductive Rights

While other parts of the world were witnessing the growth of feminist movements, many South American countries were fighting dictatorships. For this reason, and thanks to the governments’ strong ties with the Catholic Church, many women are still denied the right to an abortion in Latin America.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Martin Luther King and the Two 9/11s

So much has changed since that hot day in August 1963 when Martin Luther King delivered his famous words from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. So much—and yet so little.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Yet More Power for the Global 1 Percent

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a U.S.-led free trade agreement that would exempt multinational corporations from having to comply with policies governing industry in signatory countries, looks set to be rammed into law without comment or notice from much of the American media.

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The Chilean Mad Men of ‘No’

How did Gael García Bernal, an outspoken leftist who has played Che Guevara not once, but twice, end up starring in a film that would appear, on the surface at least, to be a celebration of 20th century free-market economics?

Posted on Mar 23, 2013 READ MORE



Photo by Tomás Dittburn, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Just Say ‘No’: Director Pablo Larraín Tells How Chile Got Rid of a Dictator

In his latest film, Larraín continues his examination of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, this time looking at the campaign to oust him.

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 READ MORE


Oct. 15 Is the Big Day

If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, your friends at Occupy Wall Street and the Indignados in Madrid would like for you to jump into a global day of action scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 15.

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Meet Chile’s New Youth Leader

Camila Vallejo, president of Chile’s leading student body, is the face of a youth revolt that has been gaining public support since last spring. She’s been attacked with police tear gas and water cannons and targeted with death threats. (more)

Posted on Oct 9, 2011 READ MORE


Chileans Schooled in the Art of Protest

In Chile, where the average monthly minimum wage income falls $100 short of college tuition costs, students are continuing their winter of kiss-ins, marches and hunger strikes against private, for-profit education and demanding affordable state-run schools. (more)

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Murder Mystery: Chile Exhumes Salvador Allende

A panel of forensic scientists will examine the remains of former Chilean President Salvador Allende, who either killed himself or was slain as forces loyal to all-around bad guy Augusto Pinochet stormed the presidential palace in 1973.

Posted on May 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Give Us a Break, Henry

With a well-known thing for murderous dictators, Henry Kissinger’s advice on Egypt should be met with skepticism.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE



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21 Die in Colombia Mine Explosion

A blast at a coal mine in Colombia has killed 21 workers, less than four years after an explosion took the lives of 30 at the same La Preciosa mine in the northeast of the country.

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AP / Angelo Carconi

Parcel Bombs Rattle Rome

Package bombs detonated at two embassies in Rome on Thursday, injuring one person at each post, in attacks similar to a spate of attempted bombings in Greece last month. A Swiss Embassy employee suffered injuries to both hands ...

Posted on Dec 23, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Jorge Saenz

Chilean Mine Company Goes Belly-Up

The company that owns the now-infamous mine where 33 Chileans were rescued after two months underground has agreed to liquidate its assets, avoiding bankruptcy. Much of the money will go to pay miners idled by the disaster and to compensate the government for rescue efforts.

Posted on Nov 27, 2010 READ MORE



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27 Miners Missing in New Zealand

Twenty-seven miners have been declared missing after an explosion in New Zealand’s South Island, jogging our collective memory of the Chilean miners who were trapped underneath the ground for 69 days.

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Chilean Miners Buried Again

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AP / Jorge Saenz

Freedom May Come With Challenges for Chilean Miners

The 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for two months were pulled out of their predicament one by one Wednesday, and hopefully their ordeal is truly over, but Chilean officials are giving them the option of leaning on expert help if adjusting to life above ground proves difficult.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE


Sept. 11: A Day Without War

The ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States should serve as a moment to reflect on tolerance. It should be a day of peace.

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Hundreds Dead in Western China Quake

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit China’s western Qinghai province Wednesday morning, killing an estimated 400 people and injuring thousands more in yet another natural disaster for the developing world.

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE


Pinera inauguation
bbc.co.uk

New Chilean President Sworn In With an Aftershock

Chile’s new president, conservative billionaire Sebastian Piñera, came in with a bang and a tsunami warning on Thursday. Just minutes before his swearing-in ceremony, a 6.9-magnitude aftershock rattled Chileans, still shaken from last month’s giant quake, and cut Piñera’s inaugural festivities short.

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Luis Iturra

Waiting for Aid in Chile

Chile may be way better off economically than Haiti, but many survivors of the Feb. 27 earthquake in the South American country are still awaiting government help a full week after the fifth-strongest temblor ever recorded.

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 READ MORE



AP

The Politics of Earthquakes

If the earthquakes in Chile and Haiti carry any message for those of us fortunate enough not to live in those places, perhaps it is that government regulation could save your life—while right-wing ideology may kill you someday.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Mario Quilodran-El Mercurio

Chile’s President Tries to Contain Post-Quake Panic

The Chilean city of Concepcion took a big hit from last weekend’s earthquake, and now Chile’s president, Michelle Bachelet, is working to keep a lid on looting and possible violence in its wake with the help of 14,000 troops posted in the affected region, according to the BBC.

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 READ MORE


Chile Standing Up [A Cartoon From Mexico]

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Chile Earthquake Kills More Than 140

An earthquake in central Chile has killed more than 140, authorities say, and triggered both a tsunami and a declaration of a “state of catastrophe.” Chilean President Michelle Bachelet warned that there would probably be more deaths and more aftershocks.

Posted on Feb 27, 2010 READ MORE



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Billionaire Expected to Lead Chilean Vote

Sebastian Piñera, considered the clear front-runner in Chile’s presidential race, is a billionaire who owns a media outlet, a stake in an airline and even part of the esteemed Colo-Colo soccer club. If he’s elected, he will end nearly 20 years of leftist rule in the South American nation, but he will need more than 50 percent of Sunday’s vote to avoid a runoff.

Posted on Dec 13, 2009 READ MORE


Caballo y Jara
Wikimedia Commons

A Chilean Icon Is Reburied

Victor Jara, acclaimed Chilean singer, was tortured and killed in 1973 during the U.S.-directed coup that brought Augusto Pinochet to power. He was to be reburied in Santiago Friday after hundreds of people paid their final respects. The body had been exhumed in June to clarify how he died. He had been shot more than 30 times.

Posted on Dec 4, 2009 READ MORE


Benazir Bhutto
AP photo / Mohammed Javed

U.N. Investigating Bhutto Murder

It’s been a year and a half since the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, and although her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, is now Pakistan’s president, local investigations haven’t produced many answers about her murder. Now a United Nations commission, led by Chilean Ambassador Heraldo Munoz, is conducting its own inquiry.

Posted on Jul 1, 2009 READ MORE


Machado at the UN
AP photo / Seth Wenig

Latin Leaders Blast Bailout

The most explicit anti-capitalist analysis of the U.S.‘s proposed bailout of major finance firms is not domestic, but rather international. A cadre of left-leaning leaders in Latin America is ramping up criticism of Bush’s crony capitalism, arguing that the U.S. economic crisis was caused by the driving logic of American imperialism: fast money at the expense of the poor.

Posted on Sep 25, 2008 READ MORE


Caballo y Jara
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Probe Reopened in ‘73 Murder of Chilean Singer

The case of Victor Jara, the famous folk musician murdered by dictator Augusto Pinochet’s army in 1973, will be reopened due to new evidence provided by the musician’s family. Human rights groups see Jara’s case as important in keeping attention on Chilean human rights abusers who for the past 35 years have avoided jail time.

Posted on Jun 4, 2008 READ MORE


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Rice Snubs Argentina

In response to the strengthening of ties between Hugo Chavez and recently elected Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s government, Condoleezza Rice will skip the country on a two-day trip to South America. The snub further underscores a divide between the U.S.‘s traditional Latin American allies and a growing movement in opposition to U.S. policy in the region.

Posted on Mar 19, 2008 READ MORE


Pinochet and Thatcher
wikipedia.org

Thatcher Saddened by Despot’s Death

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has expressed her sorrow following the death of brutal Chilean dictator Agusto Pinochet, a friend until the end.  Victims of Pinochet’s atrocities have also expressed sadness, now that the tyrant will escape trial for years of abuses against his people, including torture and the disappearance of some 3,000 individuals.

Posted on Dec 10, 2006 READ MORE


Chile Inaugurates First Female President

A role model for Hillary—Chile’s new leader is a political trailblazer.

Posted on Mar 12, 2006 READ MORE


Bachelet: Si y No

The election of Socialist pediatrician Michelle Bachelet as president is good news for the people of Chile. Especially given the alternatives.

Posted on Jan 16, 2006 READ MORE


An Agnostic for President — and a Woman at That

How refreshing that there is one democratic nation — Chile — where a leading candidate has the courage to suggest that the impact of the clergy has not always added to enlightenment, particularly as to the place of women in society. Jefferson lives.

Posted on Dec 12, 2005 READ MORE


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