Posts Tagged ‘Bachelet’


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 ?


Chile’s Unpopular President Apologizes In Penultimate State Of the Nation Address

January 24, 2013
President Piñera delivers his next-to-last May 21 address (congresochile/flickr)

President Piñera delivers his next-to-last May 21 address (congresochile/flickr)

President Sebastián Piñera had at least on thing going for him during last month’s state of the nation address: silence. Unlike in 2011, when hecklers interrupted him on several occasions, attendees for this year’s May 21 speech – an annual tradition in Chile – kept their mouths shut, giving the former businessman ample opportunity to sell the public on the merits of his two-and-a-half-year-old government. Read the rest of this entry ?


Chile: Mapuche Strikers Hungry For Justice

October 16, 2010

Nearly two months into a dangerous hunger strike, more than 30 indigenous Mapuche prisoners are struggling to gain national attention at a time when all eyes have been focused north, to the desert city of Copiapó, where another group of Chilean men, buried by an Aug. 5 mine collapse, are also struggling for survival.  Read the rest of this entry ?


Opposition On Shaky Ground As Piñera Assumes Chile’s Presidency

March 31, 2010

A series of powerful aftershocks, the largest measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale, rolled through central Chile March 11, putting a natural exclamation point on what was already a historical event for the South American country – the swearing in of billionaire business Sebastian Piñera as president. Read the rest of this entry ?


Chile’s Billionaire President Gets A Raise

March 20, 2010

Mo money mo money: new president gives himeself a pay boost

Chile’s billion dollar man, Sebastian Piñera, has a US$30 billion dollar problem on his hands. That’s the estimated price tag of damage caused by the monster 8.8-magnitude earthquake that wreaked havoc on Chile Feb. 27, less than two weeks before Piñera was inaugurated president. Read the rest of this entry ?


Massive Quake Strikes Chile Just Ahead Of Presidential Handoff

March 16, 2010

Earthquake devastated coastal towns like Constitucion

As Chile digs out from the massive Feb. 27 earthquake, the largest to hit the South American country in a half century, political divisions exacerbated by the recent elections continue to lurk just below the surface. Read the rest of this entry ?


Chile’s Bachelet Bows Out

March 11, 2010

Adoring supporters bid the popular president farewell

Following an inauguration ceremony Thursday that was marked by a quick and almost theatrical succession of powerful aftershocks – the largest measuring 7.2 on the Richter – new Chilean President Sebastian Piñera jumped immediately into action. Read the rest of this entry ?