Activists march to end privatized water code, make resource public

Demonstration in Santiago this Saturday, while Bachelet reinitiates bill to overturn dictatorship-era legislation and nationalize Chile’s water supplies. Thousands of demonstrators are set to march in Santiago this Saturday and submit a petition to the president calling on her to step up efforts to scrap Chile’s water regulations, which allows for the privatization of the resource.  More...

by Celia Scruby | Published 3 hours ago

Bachelet in Time Magazine list of 2014’s ‘most influential people’

President makes Time 100 list for second time, in a 2014 edition that includes Barack Obama, Pope Francis, Vladimir Putin and Beyoncé. President Michelle Bachelet is among four Latin Americans in a list of the world’s most influential figures in 2014, in recognition of her work in women’s rights and role as a “courageous and committed leader,” according to Time Magazine. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Bachelet’s successor as founding executive More...

by Amelia Wade | Published 4 hours ago

Turning the banks of Santiago’s Mapocho river into a bike path

This Saturday city officials will open the banks of the capital’s river to the general public for the second time, with hopes to making the path permanent.   Paris embraces the Seine, Cairo sprung from the Nile but, for the most part, Santiago has turned its back on the river on which it was founded. For much of its 18 miles that run through Chilean capital, the Río Mapocho resembles more a drainage ditch then a waterway to be proud of. More...

by Belinda Torres-Leclercq | Published 4 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...

Court sheds light on Nazi commune’s Pinochet ties, weapons arsenal

Former Colonia Dignidad members and dictator’s secret police guilty of sweeping human rights charges that depict commune 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 More...

Turning the banks of Santiago’s Mapocho river into a bike path

This Saturday city officials will open the banks of the capital’s river to the general public...

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...

Bachelet in Time Magazine list of 2014’s ‘most influential people’

President makes Time 100 list for second time, in a 2014 edition that includes Barack Obama, Pope Francis, Vladimir More...

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..

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..

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..