Smoke clears after Valparaíso blaze, challenges of reconstruction loom

The city fire Bachelet called ‘the biggest in Chile’s history’ has been contained after five days of burning which killed 15 and left thousands homeless. Federal firefighting authorities confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that the huge wildfire that began Saturday and raged through 4.5 square miles of Valparaíso hillsides is now contained. According to Sergio Mendoza, the head of firefighting operations for the National Forestry Service (Conaf), More...

by Ivan Vargas | Published 7 hours ago

Chile’s biggest retailer slammed for Valparaíso fire ‘strategy’

As organizations and volunteers from around the world pitch in to help rebuild, Cencosud is accused of exploiting victims of devastating blaze. Countries and organizations from around the world have joined local businesses and an army of volunteers in responding to a five-day long fire which razed much of Valparaíso — but not all efforts have been met with open arms. While organizations such as UNESCO have pledged funds to rebuild the World Heritage More...

by Raúl A. Pinto | Published 8 hours ago

This week in business: Tax evasion targeted, Jumbo edges out Walmart

Major stories from the world of finance, trade and economics: Government set to invest in state-owned Codelco, Meet in Chile presents new entrepreneurs. Groceries targeted in tax evasion crackdown The government is clamping down on purchases dubiously claimed as “corporate expenses” as part of a wider move targeting tax avoidance in order to help fund President Michelle Bachelet’s ambitious program of reforms and tackle inequality. Under this More...

by Eugene Malthouse | Published 10 hours ago

Social movements unite in push for constitutional assembly

This Sunday political and civic groups gather to further efforts to pressure Bachelet as the president looks to tear up Pinochet’s constitution. Justice Minister José Antonio More...

‘Populist’ young deputies propose slashing parliamentary wages in half

Student-leaders-cum-lawmakers take aim at monthly salaries in Congress currently 41 times the minimum wage, 17 times the average Chilean’s. Former student leaders, current More...

Chilean emergency services praised for conduct following massive quake

Opposition says Bachelet administration learned from past mistakes though government downplays 2010 comparisons, as Chile demonstrates tsunami preparedness. President Bachelet More...

This week in business: Tax evasion targeted, Jumbo edges out Walmart

Major stories from the world of finance, trade and economics: Government set to invest in state-owned Codelco, Meet in Chile presents new entrepreneurs. Tax legislation set to More...

Market wrap: Banking sector gains, cement industry gives up ground

April 7-April 11: Share prices rise in the financial and banking industries, investors reassess the magnitude of needed reconstruction in Northern Chile. Building material producers More...

Judge who opposed Pinochet during dictatorship joins Supreme Court

Human rights crusader Carlos Cerda, ‘perhaps, the only one who dared’ challenge the dictatorship via the judiciary, takes More...

US visa waiver program raises privacy concerns

The agreement enables Chileans to visit the United States visa-free, but also allows the two countries to exchange More...

Smoke clears after Valparaíso blaze, challenges of reconstruction loom

The city fire Bachelet called ‘the biggest in Chile’s history’ has been contained after five days...

Chile’s biggest retailer slammed for Valparaíso fire ‘strategy’

As organizations and volunteers from around the world pitch in to help rebuild, Cencosud is accused...

Death toll rises, firefighters warn blaze may take weeks to extinguish

Fires in Valparaíso that began this weekend are largely under control after claiming 15 lives and...

Bolivia submits case for coast to The Hague

Chile will review arguments and evidence presented by Bolivia for its claim to a land corridor connecting the More...

Bachelet appoints new ambassador to the United States

President appoints Juan Gabriel Valdés as new ambassador to US, replacing Felipe Bulnes, who will head Bolivian case in The Hague...

Bachelet appoints new ambassadors for Ecuador, Uruguay, WTO

La Moneda confirms Belgian ambassador to stay, continues new diplomatic appointments in South America. President Michelle Bachelet continued a string of..

Google Glass ambassadors raising eyebrows and fish in Chile

‘Some children think we are robots’ — the first people to try out the groundbreaking Google eyepiece device More...

Government lays groundwork for education overhaul

Ideological split as opposition and government factions wage war of words following senator’s threat to ‘remove the foundations’ of current education..

Indigenous communities demand legislation to protect mother tongues

Across a country dominated by Spanish, indigenous people unite on International Mother Language Day to prevent further extinction of Chile’s oldest..

An ode to Piñera, a satirist’s dream president

Opinion: Former head of state presided over the rescue of the 33 miners, earthquake recovery and student protests but may be..

Patagonian community says their sustainable future sold down the river

Puelo Part II: Late last year The Santiago Times visited Río Puelo to meet the people affected by a proposed energy..

To pose or party at Lollapalooza Chile?

I love and hate photographing festivals. I love the excited atmosphere and the array of fancy dress visual delights. However, on..