Deputies call for closure of Pinochet-era militants’ ‘luxury prison’

Political right opposes call on president to close prison for dictatorship-era human rights abusers equipped with internet, tennis court and pool. Parliamentarians have issued a formal request to President Michelle Bachelet to close a prison specifically designed for high-profile figures of the military dictatorship, due to the privileged conditions afforded the inmates serving out sentences for human rights abuses.  More...

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This week in business: Solar on the rise, interest rates face cut

Major stories from the world of trade, finance and economics: Central bank predictions, Atacama to host new major solar project, upcoming wine expo. Solar power project The U.S. company First Solar has presented plans to construct what will be one of the largest solar power plants in world for approval to the Environmental Evaluation Service (SEA). Set for Chile’s vast and sun-drenched northern Atacama Desert in the Antofagasta Region the Parque More...

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Supporters of jailed anarchists set vehicles alight in two cities

Cars destroyed in Viña del Mar and Santiago following Tuesday church bombing, perpetrators again mention infamous Chilean insurrectionists on trial in Spain. Interior Minister Rodrigo Peñailillo met with a special committee of intelligence and police heads Wednesday to discuss mounting violent anarchist activity in the Metropolitan Region, as several arson attacks on vehicles were reported in Santiago and Viña del Mar following Tuesday’s church More...

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Deputies draft bill to increase penalties for violent acts at protests

Opposition seeks more severe punishment for ‘hooded vandals’ that wreak havoc during street protests, echoing controversial and ill-fated ‘Hinzpeter Law.’ Photo by Evan More...

Signature tax reform reaches general approval in Upper House

Major reform approved for further analysis in Senate after cross party agreement, though ‘no’ vote from Amplitud indicates new party’s continued autonomy. While the major More...

Chile invokes anti-terrorism law following non-lethal metro bombing

Government plans to use controversial bill introduced in the dictatorship era after device explodes on subway harming no one. The government plans to use anti-terrorism legislation More...

This week in business: Solar on the rise, interest rates face cut

Major stories from the world of trade, finance and economics: Central bank predictions, Atacama to host new major solar project, upcoming wine expo. Chile’s Atacama Desert is More...

Market wrap: Troubled waters for fisheries, retailer rises on report

July 14-18: Lack of exposure to consumer debt leads to boost for clothing seller, fisheries grilled over use of antibiotics. It was a relatively quiet week as markets were closed More...

Deputies call for closure of Pinochet-era militants’ ‘luxury prison’

Political right opposes call on president to close prison for dictatorship-era human rights abusers equipped with internet, More...

Victims demand Chilean Cardinal apologize for ‘complicity’ in abuse

Talks to settle civil case against Cardinal Ezzati collapse as claimants accuse him and Catholic hierarchy of avoiding More...

Supporters of jailed anarchists set vehicles alight in two cities

Cars destroyed in Viña del Mar and Santiago following Tuesday church bombing, perpetrators again mention infamous...

Explosion at church linked to notorious anarchist group

Bomb outside church in capital has ‘similarities’ with recent metro bombing while police deactivate a third...

Politicians aim to rename Santiago’s airport after Pablo Neruda

A bill supported by both right-wingers and communists seeks to rebrand Chile’s international airport ‘Poet Pablo...

Chile pledges aid for Gaza and calls for immediate ceasefire

Announcement comes as independent deputy calls for Israeli ambassador to Chile to be expelled and Chilean envoys More...

Protests force cancellation of Chilean ambassador to Australia

James Sinclair, accused of destroying secret documents pertaining to some of the dictatorship’s worst atrocities, no longer offered the Canberra post...

Chile takes preliminary objections in Bolivia case to The Hague

Agents present challenge to court’s jurisdiction over territory row Foreign Minister calls a ‘threat’ to border stability and an attempt to..

Bachelet enters reform spat to shield embattled Education Minister

Approval for education reform drops, as politicians label the administration’s signature bill ‘profoundly More...

Minister sends bill to allow citizen participation in education reform

New bill would grant citizens and student organizations a voice in education reform, though student leaders skeptical due to past failure..

Families organize in defense of education system and against reform

Parents march to maintain current education system, as parliamentarians also come out against the ‘improvised’ education reform bill. Banners, music and..

Political courage at La Moneda palace

Opinion: Bachelet must keep her election promise to bring about social equality and the return of long-seized ancestral lands to the..

Persecution, protest and piety: Palestinian refugees’ escape to Chile

The Santiago Times heard the story of two brothers’ move to Chile, believed to have the largest Palestinian diaspora outside the..

The Dance of Reality: an endearing and disturbing film

A look at cult cinema icon Alejandro Jodorowsky’s first film in 23 years, the tender and grotesque autobiographical work ‘La Danza..