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The Latin American Left Faces Its Worst Moment

The impeachment trial against Dilma Rousseff is the most recent example of the crisis that leftist Latin American leaders are facing. (Teledoce) EspañolThe impeachment trial of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was announced Thursday, May 12 by the Brazilian Senate, making the country yet another example of a Latin American democracy grappling with an ugly

Killing in Self-Defense in Chile

In Chile, it is legal to own handguns, shotguns, rifles and .22 caliber “assault” weapons. The guns have to be registered, and the owner must pass a gun and regulatory knowledge test plus a psychological examination. Many people in the upper classes own guns legally. Newcomers can do the same, … Read More

What Is Behind Bachelet’s Push to Reform the Chilean Constitution?

The Bachelet administration is very interested in reforming the Chilean Constitution, but no one can explain why. (Angel Guardián) By Andrea Kohen EspañolOne of President Michelle Bachelet’s goals from the beginning of her mandate in 2014 has been to revise or rewrite Chile’s constitution. The ruling progressive coalition’s idea is to rid the country

Chilean Senate Approves “Anti-Leaks” Bill

The text insists on limiting the public access to key information. (El Mostrador) EspañolOn Tuesday April 5, in the presence of Interior Minister Jorge Burgos and Justice Minister Javiera Blanco, the Chilean Senate Constitution Commission completed the amendments to the controversial article that sanctions leaks on confidential judicial investigations. The Senate floor unanimously

Chile Hit with Massive Campaign Corruption Scandal

The campaigns of both President Michelle Bachelet and former President Sebastián Piñera are under investigation. (Wikimedia) Chile has joined Brazil and Venezuela among Latin American countries making headlines recently for political scandal. Accusations and charges have been mounting over the last year against high-profile politicians, their assistants and family members for accepting

Chilean Cities with Highest Income

One might think that the most attractive places in Chile for newcomers would correspond to comunas with the highest incomes. While this thought is actually a pretty good guide, it has some holes. According to a study by the University of Chile cited by national daily La Tercera, the ten highest … Read More

Chile Steps Up Regulation of Uber with Fines, Car Seizures

Uber promised to pay the fine for drivers who use the app (Xataca) EspañolTransport and Communications Minister, Andrés Gómez-Lobo announced plans to increase control over Uber and other apps providing third-party service in Chile. Gomez-Lobo said “cars will be towed away, as any pirate vehicle” because without an orange patent, Uber and its competitors should be

Chilean Justice System

The Chilean criminal justice system favors criminals more than victims, period, except in cases of egregious violent crime or massive scams. Even those crimes go unpunished if perpetrated by disgruntled Mapuche Indians in the south or a Leftist activist with bombs or gun violence against the Right. Remember that Chile … Read More

Chilean Supreme Court Allows Strikes Outside Collective Bargaining

The Chilean Supreme Court recognized a right to hold strikes. (Common) EspañolOn Tuesday, March 8, Chile’s Supreme Court decided unanimously to allow workers to go on strike outside a company’s collective bargaining process. “The mere fact that the law regulates strikes by means of regulated collective bargaining cannot lead us … Read More

Planned and Actual Improvements to Chile’s Southern Highway

One of the biggest infrastructure problems in Chile has been reaching isolated towns in the deep south. Now that Douglass Tompkins is dead and his lands are passing to the Chilean government, it will be more feasible to put a highway through from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales. There are … Read More