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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Chile Poised to Ban Student Selectivity in Elementary Schools

A key education reform introduced by Chilean President Michele Bachelet is one step closer to enactment, and with it a tightening of controls over otherwise independent schools. On September 29, the Education Committee of Chile’s House of Representatives approved two reforms that would curtail student selection in the private sector for

Authors Prefer to Laugh than Cry at Latin America’s “Useful Idiot”

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> EspañolPolitics in Latin America are as divided as the polarization generated by the writers Carlos Alberto Montaner and Álvaro Vargas Llosa. Just as countries in the region have joined the liberal-leaning Pacific Alliance, while others adopt 21st-century socialist policies, admirers and detractors of these two prominent representatives ... Read More

Chilean idols

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "">      Every culture tends to have its idols. Americans, for instance, idolize youth, consumerism (including keeping-up-with-the-Jones’” syndrome), celebrities and imperialism. Chileans have different idols and they seem just as obnoxious to newcomers as the idols of the First world seem to Chileans. Chilean idols can ... Read More

Ghosts of the Past Tie Chile’s Hands when Confronting Terrorism

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> In Chile, “terrorism” is a powerful rhetorical device capable of stalling any discussion on the problems of the present. (Flickr) EspañolThe month of September has been scarred by violence in Chile, with the bombing of a subway station in Santiago and an explosion in Viña del Mar. The attacks, within the ... Read More

Chile Moves Up to 13 on EIU Business Environment Rankings

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> When we take a look at the world markets, we’re still surprised that Chile doesn’t get more attention than it does. A business friendly environment, along with a relatively inexpensive workforce, provides a great deal of opportunity for the entrepreneur. While Chile is gaining more attention ... Read More

EscapeArtist Chile Update – #3

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> Where does the time go? It seems like just the other day I was preparing our second newsletter. As Chile begins crawling out of Winter to rejoice in the beauty of Spring, I’m in the throes of preparing for another trip. If everything goes as planned, ... Read More

Chilean Congress Green Lights Bachelet’s Tax Reform

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> EspañolChilean President Michelle Bachelet is taking steps to achieve the reforms promised during her election campaign. One of the Bachelet’s flagship proposals, tax reform, has now made its way through Congress. On Wednesday evening, after three legislative sessions, the Chamber of Deputies passed the law, which could take effect before ... Read More

Chilean Activist Seeks Democracy in Venezuela, Finds a Jail Cell

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> EspañolFelipe Cuevas, president of the youth sector of Chile’s Independent Democratic Union (UDI), was detained this Thursday afternoon in Caracas. He has been in Venezuela visiting Sairam Rivas, a student leader, and allegedly took photos of the Helicoide intelligence and detainment center. On social media, the ... Read More

Blast from the Past: Bachelet Revives Chile’s 20th-Century Disaster

EspañolSince the days of classical antiquity, we have known that “those who forget their history are doomed to repeat it,” as Marcus Tullius Cicero said. Nicolás Avellaneda, president of Argentina in the 19th century, repeated this phrase when his country found itself plunged into a deep economic and political crisis. It

Chile’s Pack of Presidential Aspirants Emerge

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> EspañolA recent poll by the Public Studies Center (CEP), undoubtedly the most prestigious source in Chile, shows President Michele Bachelet as the country’s most well-liked politician, with 63 percent approval and only 12 percent disapproval. President Michelle Bachelet. (Flickr) However, when citizens were asked to rate how ... Read More