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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Pinochet Rebuilt Chile from the Ashes

EspañolAugusto Pinochet is a man of his time that must be put in context to be fully understood. The Popular Unity (UP) pact drawn up in 1969 [that backed Salvador Allende in his 1970 presidential campaign] was based on Marxist totalitarianism and drew inspiration from the armed groups that were so
 

Was Augusto Pinochet a Villain or Hero for Chile?

No Buts: Pinochet Was a Tyrant By Luis Eduardo Barrueto With the September 11, 1973, coup orchestrated by a Chilean military junta, Salvador Allende’s Marxist administration wasn’t the only thing to disappear. With it went Chile’s long tradition of democracy. Once in power, the regime banned all political activities and cracked down on
 

Bachelet’s Virtuous Facade

Bachelet’s son, Sebastián Dávalos (left), was the government’s sociocultural director before resigning over the Caval scandal. (Flickr) EspañolAccording to the Roman historian Plutarch, Julius Caesar divorced his young wife Pompeia after hearing of rumors of her infidelity. At the time, Caesar was already Pontifex Maximus, and Pompeia had an important role
 

Morales Slams Bachelet as “Fake Socialist” amid Border Dispute

Bolivia-Chile relations have been soured by a long-running dispute over Bolivia’s claim to sovereign ocean access. (Radio Chile) EspañolSimmering tensions between Bolivia and Chile have spiked after an announcement by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that it will hear their initial arguments over Bolivia’s claim to sovereign access to the
 
How Fast Could a Crisis Wipe You Out? – Part II

How Fast Could a Crisis Wipe You Out? – Part II

[Featured Image: The Euro on the decline: should we really be surprised by the Swiss central bank policy change that rocked markets worldwide last month? This chart shows we had plenty of warning.] See How Fast Could a Crisis Wipe You Out? – Part I. The EUR/CHF currency shock was unexpected in its timing, but ... Read More
 

How Fast Could a Crisis Wipe You Out? – Part II

[Featured Image: The Euro on the decline: should we really be surprised by the Swiss central bank policy change that rocked markets worldwide last month? This chart shows we had plenty of warning.] See How Fast Could a Crisis Wipe You Out? – Part I. The EUR/CHF currency shock was unexpected in its timing, but ... Read More
 
A Tour: Reñaca Beach to Viña del Mar

A Tour: Reñaca Beach to Viña del Mar

Sometimes we walk to get someplace. Our focus is merely to put one leg in front of the other in order to reach our destination. I find it relaxing to just walk. It helps me clear my mind, organize my thoughts and, of course, it’s good for me. I also appreciate the visual stimulation. When ... Read More
 

A Tour: Reñaca Beach to Viña del Mar

Sometimes we walk to get someplace. Our focus is merely to put one leg in front of the other in order to reach our destination. I find it relaxing to just walk. It helps me clear my mind, organize my thoughts and, of course, it’s good for me. I also appreciate the visual stimulation. When ... Read More
 
A Hamburger with Drinks & Helado en Santiago

A Hamburger with Drinks & Helado en Santiago

Continued from Is That a Hamburger Walking Around Santiago? For drinks later in the evening I can recommend Teclados; the bar chain frequented by students all over the city. They have some simple snacks for satisfying any hunger still left from dinner and, of course, all the usual drinks like Piña Colada, Pisco Sour, “Roncola” ... Read More
 
Is That a Hamburger Walking Around Santiago?

Is That a Hamburger Walking Around Santiago?

I like to walk. Whether it’s in a city street teeming with strangers, a fading forest path winding through fir trees, or a strip of sand cuddling up to an ocean shore – walking never fails to calm my oft fragmented mind. And since I left my family and friends behind, quit my studies to ... Read More