Q&A: Dep. Maya Fernández on fixing Chile’s political gender inequality

‘We have to start debating taboo topics’ — the newly elected deputy on reforming Chile and living under the legacy of her grandfather, Salvador Allende. Maya Fernández’s first term in congressional office comes amid ambitious reforms of many stripes as the new Nueva Mayoría administration pledges to tackle a laundry list of accumulated grievances. The newly elected deputy discusses changes as diverse as the move to legalize same-sex marriage More...

by Belinda Torres-Leclercq | Published 19 hours ago

Latin America’s and Chile’s darkest decades began in Brazil

Fifty years ago this month, a military coup in Brazil ended that country’s democracy and marked the beginning of Latin America’s darkest decades. The historical record is clear: There is a direct line between Brazil in 1964 and Chile in 1973, and, as in Brazil, the United States participated actively in undermining Brazil’s democracy. Fearing a repetition of the Cuban Revolution — a scenario that objective observers found to be extremely More...

by John Dinges | Published 2 days ago

Former Allende minister appointed as ambassador to Venezuela

Ramírez Ceballos returns to the country in which he was exiled amid crisis talks in Caracas, Bachelet also appoints ambassadors to Sweden and the Vatican. Pedro Ramírez Ceballos has been appointed as the new Chilean ambassador in Venezuela, in the latest wave of diplomatic appointments, with representatives in the Vatican and Sweden also announced this week. After serving as mining minister in government of former President Salvador Allende (1970-1973), More...

by Raúl A. Pinto | Published 2 days 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...

Solidarity in wake of Valparaíso wildfire disaster

International aid initiatives join local efforts to rebuild communities ravaged by the fires and provide relief...

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...

Former Allende minister appointed as ambassador to Venezuela

Ramírez Ceballos returns to the country in which he was exiled amid crisis talks in Caracas, Bachelet also More...

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 landlocked country to..

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...

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..

Latin America’s and Chile’s darkest decades began in Brazil

Fifty years ago this month, a military coup in Brazil ended that country’s democracy and marked the beginning of Latin America’s..

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..