Hearing the People

Chilean truckers staged protests in the mining region near the capital of Santiago recently. The drivers demanded that the government of leftist President Gabriel Boric take action to reduce violent crime in the country. Murder rates decreased slightly last year, but in 2022, they spiked by...

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Poetic Justice

Chile will reopen the investigation into the death of renowned Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda, who died under mysterious circumstances shortly after the coup that brought strongman Gen. Augusto Pinochet to power over 50 years ago, Sky News reported. The case’s reopening comes a few months...

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Ad-In, Ad-Out

Chileans rejected a conservative constitution proposal this week, the second attempt in a little over a year to replace the current charter drafted under the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, the BBC reported. In a referendum, 56 percent of voters refused the right wing’s draft, which...

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Political Whiplash

In September 2022, the new left-wing president of Chile, Gabriel Boric, and his progressive allies asked voters to ditch the business-friendly constitution written under the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship and opt for a new document that would uphold social and indigenous rights, protect the environment, and...

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Quitting, Loudly

Irina Karamanos recently resigned from her position as First Lady of Chile. She is still Chilean President Gabriel Boric’s partner. The 33-year-old Santiago-based anthropologist, feminist and political organizer simply didn’t want a public position based on that personal relationship. Writing in the Washington Post, columnist Kate...

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No, We Can’t

Chilean voters overwhelmingly rejected the country’s new leftist constitution Sunday, a highly-ambitious charter that aimed to transform the country into a more egalitarian society, the Washington Post reported. Chile held a referendum over the weekend asking voters to approve or reject a new constitution that would replace the 1980...

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Out of Touch

Technocrats, scientists, environmentalists, and other experts and policymakers love Chile’s proposed new constitution. As Nature detailed, the new founding document for the South American nation would “boost science, expand environmental protection and improve the nation’s education system.” Problem is, few Chileans feel the same way. The new...

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The Makeover

Chilean President Gabriel Boric recently apologized to thousands of women who were forcibly sterilized over the years because they were HIV positive. As Al Jazeera reported, activists greeted the apology with a massive sigh of relief and a sense of vindication. The move was one of...

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Momentous Masses

Chile will create a large national park to protect the country’s hundreds of glaciers melting because of climate change, Agence France-Presse reported. The new National Glacier Park will cover more than 185,000 acres of the Andes mountain about 40 miles from the capital, Santiago. Outgoing President Sebastian...

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