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  • Gabriel Boric becomes Chile’s youngest president

    Gabriel Boric becomes Chile’s youngest president

    His four-year term begins at a moment when a constituent assembly is drawing up a new constitution for the country to replace one adopted under Pinochet.

    March 12, 2022
  • Constitution & Climate

    Constitution & Climate

    The present Constitution in Chile was crafted in 1980 by people who were handpicked by the then military ruler ~ Augusto Pinochet. It opened the country to mining investments and allowed water rights to be bought and sold. Over time, Chile prospered by exploiting its natural resources ~ copper, coal, salmon and avocados.

    January 4, 2022
  • Seminal moment in global politics

    Seminal moment in global politics

    Chile’s early dalliance with neoliberalism also exposes how the latter requires extreme violence or ‘shocks’ — as Naomi Klein argues in The Shock Doctrine — to entrench itself. Klein traces how the massive  upheaval the privatisation policies of neoliberal Chile triggered were only implemented under a draconian regime that rested on mass killings and torture which served as the ‘shock’ that allowed Chilean society to become more complaisant towards these radical economic changes.

    December 28, 2021
  • Many milestones

    Many milestones

    With a larger mandate than his predecessors, Boric represents the forces that don't belong to the dominant traditional political compact since the 1990s. He is the first candidate in the post-Pinochet era to have won after coming second in the first round. His victory is largely seen as a rebellion against elitism

    December 25, 2021
  • Chile’s triumph of hope over fear

    Chile’s triumph of hope over fear

    After winning the presidential primary in his left-wing coalition earlier this year, Boric declared: “Chile was the birthplace of neoliberalism, and it shall also be its grave!” Ahead of the run-off round, both Kast and Boric strove to win over the middle ground. History, as it turned out, tended to favour the latter. A couple of weeks before polling, credible documentary evidence emerged proving that Kast’s father had joined the Nazi party in Germany in 1942, eight years before emigrating to Chile.

    December 23, 2021
  • Chile turns Left

    Chile turns Left

    “We are a generation that has emerged in public life demanding that our rights be respected as rights and not treated like consumer goods. There continues to be justice for the rich and injustice for the poor, and we no longer will permit that the poor (to) keep paying the price of Chile’s inequality”.

    December 22, 2021
  • Chile continues to register below 1,000 daily Covid-19 cases

    Chile continues to register below 1,000 daily Covid-19 cases

    The total number of people who had been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the South American country reached 1,622,509.

    August 8, 2021
  • Chile immunises 80% of target population against Covid

    Chile immunises 80% of target population against Covid

    So far, 24,750,738 vaccine doses have been administered in the South American country.

    July 31, 2021
  • Chilean ministers meet Sinovac executives over potential vax production site

    Chilean ministers meet Sinovac executives over potential vax production site

    "We have carried out clinical studies in this country, which have reaffirmed the excellence of Chilean medical and scientific teams," Sinovac vice-president said

    July 25, 2021
  • Chile reports lowest daily COVID-19 cases since Dec

    Chile reports lowest daily COVID-19 cases since Dec

    With these figures, the country accumulated a total of 1,590,887 cases and 34,016 deaths.

    July 14, 2021
  • COVID-19 curbs to be eased for fully vaccinated people in Chile

    COVID-19 curbs to be eased for fully vaccinated people in Chile

    Chile has 1,576,336 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 33,238 deaths.So far, a total of 22,883,806 vaccine doses have been administered in the country.

    July 9, 2021
  • Chile confirms first case of Covid-19 Delta variant

    Chile confirms first case of Covid-19 Delta variant

    The 43-year-old woman has been in quarantine since her arrival in the country

    June 25, 2021
  • Chileans vote in constitutional referendum

    Chileans vote in constitutional referendum

    In the referendum, voters were asked to decide whether Chile needs a new constitution.

    October 26, 2020
  • COVID-19: Chilean President Pinera presents bill to protect independent workers

    COVID-19: Chilean President Pinera presents bill to protect independent workers

    The proposal seeks to complement the measures already announced by the government and to generate protection for formal, informal, independent, and unemployed workers.

    April 30, 2020
  • Hundreds take to street in Chile to protests against government, inequality

    Hundreds take to street in Chile to protests against government, inequality

    The protests were mostly peaceful, although there were clashes around the plaza after police tried to disperse protesters with tear gas and water-launch trucks, as the latter responded by throwing stones.

    March 14, 2020
  • Protest-hit Chile mulls rewriting Pinochet’s constitution

    Protest-hit Chile mulls rewriting Pinochet’s constitution

    It has been changed before by referendum, following a 1988 vote that paved the way for a return to democracy.

    February 27, 2020
  • Chile President Sebastian Pinera calls for ‘major agreement for democracy’

    Chile President Sebastian Pinera calls for ‘major agreement for democracy’

    The President called on lawmakers to work on passing a series of reforms aimed at meeting protesters' demands, including raising the minimum wage.

    February 25, 2020