Archive for the ‘Chile’ Category

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Savage Firestorm Tears Through Chile’s Historic Valparaíso

June 26, 2014

A furious wildfire burned its way through several Valparaíso neighborhoods last month, killing 15 people and leaving more than 12,000 homeless. Chile’s second major disaster in as many weeks, the fire also served as a painful reminder that for many, the country’s much-heralded economic “miracle” is still very much a mirage. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Chile’s Glaciers Face Multiple Threats

June 25, 2014
Ice formations in Patagonia (Benjamin Witte)

Glacial ice in Chilean Patagonia (Benjamin Witte)

A prolonged rain deficit and a memorable media maneuver by the high-profile environmental group Greenpeace have together sparked an upsurge in public interest regarding Chile’s world-class collection of glaciers. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Bachelet Administration To Mapuches: ‘Sorry You Lost Your Land’

June 25, 2014

The recently inaugurated government of President Michelle Bachelet issued a timely mea culpa this month in an effort to press the proverbial reset button on long frayed relations with the Mapuche, Chile’s largest indigenous group. Read the rest of this entry ?

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President-Elect Bachelet Names Chile’s Next Government Cabinet

June 5, 2014

After routing the right in December’s runoff election, President-elect Michelle Bachelet now faces the considerable challenge of turning her broad campaign coalition – a loose affiliation of center-left and leftwing parties known as the Nueva Mayoría – into a viable governing bloc. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Chile’s Congress Bids Adieu To Controversial ‘Hinzpeter Law’

June 5, 2014

Two days after losing last month’s presidential runoff, the Chilean right suffered a second stinging defeat, this time in the lower house of Congress, the Cámara de Diputados, which voted Dec. 17 to reject a controversial law and order bill known popularly as the “Ley Hinzpeter.” Read the rest of this entry ?

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Bachelet Is Back! Former President Romps In Chile’s Runoff Election

January 29, 2014
Chile's once and future president, Michelle Bachelet (Wikipedia)

Chile’s once and future president, Michelle Bachelet (Wikipedia)

If ever there was a case of victory foretold, this was it. On Sunday Dec. 15, former President Michelle Bachelet (2006-2010) – the hands-down favorite long before she even announced her candidacy – completed her reelection bid with relative ease, besting her rightist rival Evelyn Matthei by nearly 25 percentage points in Chile’s presidential runoff election. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Bachelet Cruises In First-Round But Falls Just Short Of Winning Chile’s Presidency Outright

January 29, 2014

Opposition candidate and former President Michelle Bachelet (2006-2010) cruised to victory in Chile’s Nov. 17 first-round presidential election, scooping up nearly twice as many votes as her closest rival, Evelyn Matthei of the governing Alianza coalition, and sending the rest of the crowded field packing. Read the rest of this entry ?