Congress passes ‘historic’ bill to give Chileans abroad the vote

Approximately half a million Chileans abroad are now set to cast their votes in the 2017 presidential vote, though parliamentary elections remain off the table. After a 24-year-long struggle, Chileans abroad appear set to gain the right to vote in presidential primaries and elections, as well as referendums, after the Upper House passed a bill which will change the Constitution to give partial suffrage to the at least half a million citizens abroad.  More...

by Amelia Wade | Published 14 hours ago

Students strike for right to volunteer after ruinous Valparaíso fire

Two weeks after a blaze claimed entire neighborhoods in port city, thousands of university students demand time off classes to continue in relief efforts. Students at three universities in Valparaíso are on strike and refusing to return to classes, keen to continue with volunteer community work following the catastrophic fire which left more than 12,500 people homeless and destroyed close to 2,900 homes in some of the most vulnerable neighborhoods More...

by Sandra Segall | Published 15 hours ago

This week in business: interest rate held, new head of state oil firm

Major stories from the world of finance, trade and economics: provision of land for Isla Chiloé bridge, Expomin conference begins in Santiago. Central Bank maintains interest rate In its monthly meeting, the Central Bank decided Thursday to keep the interest rate at 4 percent amid rising inflation and hopes of improving economic growth. As predicted by the majority of analysts and economists surveyed by Reuters, the rate remained the same this month More...

by Eugene Malthouse | Published 21 hours ago

Disenfranchised Chileans abroad skeptical about foreign voting bill

Chamber backs suffrage for voters outside the country in presidential elections and referendums, but Chileans abroad describe reform as ‘backward step.’ Campaigners remain More...

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...

This week in business: interest rate held, new head of state oil firm

Major stories from the world of finance, trade and economics: provision of land for Isla Chiloé bridge, Expomin conference begins in Santiago. President Michelle Bachelet arrived More...

Leading mining event gets underway in Chilean capital

With tens of thousands expected over five days, Expomin 2014 showcases Latin American Mining industry in Santiago. Expomin 2014 runs all week in Santiago. Photo by Magnusvk / More...

Mapuche healer takes guilty verdict in iconic arson case to high court

Defense for Celestino Córdova appeals 18-year sentence for the death of the Luchsinger-Mackay couple at the Supreme Court. Celestino 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, 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...

Congress passes ‘historic’ bill to give Chileans abroad the vote

Approximately half a million Chileans abroad are now set to cast their votes in the 2017 presidential vote, More...

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..

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..

Students strike for right to volunteer after ruinous Valparaíso fire

Two weeks after a blaze claimed entire neighborhoods in port city, thousands of university students demand time More...

Chilean kids battle for title in robot world cup

A self-taught team of Chilean high school students wins first ever award in a regional robot building competition to move onto..

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 in the country..

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..

Dealing with a disaster in the age of the Internet

Photo essay: Social media emerges from the ashes of the devastating Valparaíso blaze as a highly efficient tool in coordinating community..

The extraction vs. value added mindset

To become a truly entrepreneurial nation Chile needs to change cultural attitudes that currently favor extraction over value creation. I was..