State security law invoked to deal with angry drivers

Traffic stalls as ‘colectivo’ drivers demand government bonuses — La Florida, Estación Central and La Cisterna suffer congestion. Michelle Bachelet’s government invoked the state security law following a strike by “colectivo” drivers — who charge a fixed rate as opposed to a running meter — Thursday morning. The protestors were demanding to be exempt from the combustible fuel tax, among other things. Key areas of Santiago More...

by Linn Helene Loken | Published 7 hours ago

Deputies approve 2015 Budget

Burgeoning government spending heavy on education and public works, seeks to ‘fulfill promises’ and end economic ‘stagnation.’ After a marathon 13-hour session, the Chamber of Deputies approved the 2015 Budget on Wednesday night, which raises total government spending by 9.8 percent. It now moves to the Senate, where it must be confirmed by Nov. 28. Despite initial criticism from the opposition that budget allocations did not correspond to More...

by Laurie Blair | Published 8 hours ago

BAT-chelet to feature in the next superhero epic?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the Chilean President in the next instalment of Superman! US Director Zack Snyder will be rolling out his newest movie “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice” in 2016, but it is not the Caped Crusader nor the Kryptonite-fearing superhero who are making the headlines in Chile. Instead, the Internet is rife with rumours about another of the film’s characters: the Chilean President.  More...

by Dan Lewis | Published 12 hours ago

Corruption charges filed against former Mining Undersecretary

Pentagate-related case rocks Chilean conservative party again as lifelong party member is accused of receiving illegal funds. Former Mining Undersecretary Pablo Wagner was charged More...

‘Errors’ in 2013 election contracts

Telecom provider handed US$20 million data transmission contract without due process, according to watchdog. The Chilean state audit office found irregularities in the bidding More...

Leftist advisor to Interior Ministry resigns

Communist Party activist uses ‘c’ word to describe conservative deputy who questioned his involvement in suspect university finances. Lagos found himself in deep water after More...

Deputies approve 2015 Budget

Burgeoning government spending heavy on education and public works, seeks to ‘fulfill promises’ and end economic ‘stagnation.’ The 2015 Budget, approved late Wednesday More...

Chile launches offensive to attract Chinese investment

Bachelet reassures investors Chile is ‘trustworthy’ and ‘stable’ as she seeks to strengthen and diversify ties with China at APEC forum. Bachelet (third from right, front More...

Insurance companies forbidden from requiring women to declare pregnancy

Regulation obliging women to notify healthcare providers of the state of their uterus before buying health plans struck down. Following More...

Students slam Mexico for ‘violating human rights’ following slaughter

Chilean students condemn Mexican State for spreading ‘fear, insecurity and violence’ after remains of 43 Mexican More...

State security law invoked to deal with angry drivers

Traffic stalls as ‘colectivo’ drivers demand government bonuses — La Florida, Estación Central and La Cisterna suffer...

Fire acts as urgent reminder to improve iconic ‘urban heritage’ homes

Mayor pledges to increase safety of turn-of-the-century dwellings as shabby conditions threaten lives and the existence...

Metro meltdown turns political

72 hours after Friday’s meltdown, Transport Minister points fingers at former government for current transportation failures....

Chile ‘regrets’ warlike comments from Bolivia over sea access

Bolivian VP claims ‘they’ll have to kill us all’ for landlocked country to drop territorial claim, submits More...

Intellectuals discuss sustainable development in Chile and California

Academics and entrepreneurs from opposite ends of the hemisphere convene to discuss innovative ways of reducing inequality while pushing economic growth...

Chile launches plan to lure in Argentine tourists

Gov. launches initiative Saturday in an attempt to reverse falling levels of Argentine tourists visiting Chile. The Chilean government put pen..

Shedding light on black holes

Chilean astronomers release book explaining mysteries of the universe in layman’s terms, public’s scientific More...

New student leaders proclaim 2015 ‘Year of Higher Education’

Claiming that groundwork for change has been laid, newly elected student leaders confident Chile’s education system will receive much-needed facelift. Amid..

High school students and teachers announce strike

Schools to empty Wednesday as teachers and students strike over slow reform progress and exclusion from debate. Classrooms across Chile will..

Santiago contamination boils over into saturation zone

Report declares Santiago’s air pollution ‘critical,’ harmful substances exceed government standards prompting harder measures to improve air quality. According to a..

BAT-chelet to feature in the next superhero epic?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the Chilean President in the next instalment of Superman! US Director..

A cautionary tale: Buying politicians in the U.S. and in Chile

Lax campaign finance laws allow for “anonymous donations” in U.S., Chile would be advised not to follow suit. The election held..

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 Nanny: on the run for war crimes in her home country

Imagine that you found out your nanny, the one you trusted with your child and housekeeping, was on the run for..