Archive for June, 2011

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Chile’s Piñera Tripped Up By Internal Divisions

June 21, 2011

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera (credit - Mabel Flores/Flickr)

Weighed down by a pair of government scandals that have exacerbated intra-coalition rivalries and already cost several administration officials their jobs, President Sebastián Piñera may be longing for the days when his biggest problems came from outside his political circle. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Key Court Ruling Does Little To Ease Tensions Between Chile’s Mapuches And President Piñera

June 20, 2011

Demonstrators continue to lament Chile's treatment of Mapuche prisoners (credit - todosnuestrosmuertos/flickr)

A key court ruling concerning many of the protagonists in last year’s harrowing hunger strike has turned renewed attention to the Chilean government’s complicated – and at times contradictory – handling of the so-called “Mapuche conflict.” The Mapuche, Chile’s largest indigenous group, are thought to number some 800,000. Read the rest of this entry ?

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El Salvador Wins First Round In Bout With Mining Companies

June 20, 2011

Marcelo Rivera was kindapped and killed for his opposition to foreign mining interests (credit - elsalvadordoc/flickr)

El Salvador has won an important first victory in an ongoing, high stakes showdown with North American mining companies desperate to access the Central America nation’s precious metals reserves. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Wind Power Makes Modest Gains In Chile

June 20, 2011

Wind farms starting to pop up in northern Chile (credit - slimmerjimmer/flickr)

Little by little, Chile is plugging wind power into its otherwise conventional electricity grid. So far, however, the sector’s contribution to the overall electricity supply remains minimal, leading some analysts to question whether the country’s private energy providers are really ready to welcome the proverbial winds of change. Read the rest of this entry ?