Things Are Good: Chile Set to Ban Plastic Bags in Coastal Cities

Chile is set to be the first country in the Americas to ban plastic bags in coastal cities. Given the extent of Chile’s coastline this can make for a very positive impact on cleaning up our oceans. Plastic bags are a major threat to maritime life so any reduction in use of plastic bags helps ...

Things Are Good: Chile Says Yes to Penguins, No to Mining

Chile has recently decided not to approve a mining proposal in an area that harbours endanger species, including penguins. This is really nice to see since on the other side of South America Brazil has done the opposite by opening up a huge area of the amazon. Let’s hope that Chile is a positive influence ...

Paul S. Graham: Free Francisca Linconao

Francisca Linconao is a healer and a spiritual leader of the Mapuche, the largest of the indigenous peoples of Chile. On March 30, 2016 she was arrested along with ten others in connection with the killing of an elderly couple that had occurred January 4, 2013 in the midst of a demonstration on the couple’s ...

Alberta Politics: News Satire: U.S. will not tolerate foreigners acting like Americans, officials say

ILLUSTRATIONS: A map showing some of the countries in which the United States has interfered in the political process (grabbed from Geology.com). Below: U.S. CIA Director John O. Brennan, Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump. The United States will not tolerate the countries of the world acting like the United States, ...

Montreal Simon: Victor Jara: The Gentle Singer and the Fascists

Victor Jara was a well known Chilean folk singer who sang songs about poverty and injustice.And for that when Augusto Pinochet and his fascists overthrew the government of Salvador Allende, he was one of their first victims.And was tortured and murdered in a soccer stadium where the military were holding thousands of prisoners.Read more »

Things Are Good: Chilean Dam Project Broken Up Thanks to Activists and Locals

Activism works, just ask the Chilean communities that stopped a hydroelectric dam from being built. The dam was going to cause a lot of local ecological havoc with little actual gain to the local populace. The Chilean government has backed down from building the dam and the communities that were to be affected are celebrating ...

Paul S. Graham: Video: Human Rights – The Chilean Experience

Winnipeg, September 28, 2013 – In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the coup d’etat against the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende, Winnipeg’s Chilean community held numerous educational and cultural events throughout September. On September 28th, the Chilean Human Rights Council of Canada held a conference at the University of Winnipeg entitled “Human Rights ...

Paul S. Graham: Remembering the first 9/11

Salvador Allende Forty years ago, on September 11, 1973, the military forces commanded by General Augusto Pinochet, overthrew the democratically elected government of Chile led by Salvador Allende. Thousands of people were killed. Many thousands more were imprisoned. The coup d’etat was swift, brutal and merciless. It was carried out by the Chilean oligarchs with ...

Dead Wild Roses: The First and Second 9/11 – The Hidden End of Chilean Democracy

   Greetings gentle readers, should we not consider the first 9/11 and also mourn for its victims?  The first 9/11 essentially ruined Chile as a country; Chile was thrown backward into dictatorial hell where thousand of its citizens were systematically abducted, tortured and murdered.  Why we choose not to mourn Chile’s 9/11 is because we ...

Bill Longstaff: An Allende returns to Chilean politics

Last Sunday, Maya Fernández Allende was elected mayor of Ñuñoa, a district of Chile’s capital, Santiago. Ms. Allende is a granddaughter of Salvador Allende, the Chilean president who died when General Augusto Pinochet headed a coup that ended Chile’s lengthy democracy and introduced a reign of torture and murder. Democracy eventually returned after 16 years ...

drive-by planet: Camila Vallejo and Noam Titelman: Chilean student leaders receive award in the U.S.

Top: Camila Vallejo and Noam Titelman – also bottom left and right. Like their counterparts in Chile and Quebec, students on US campuses have been seeking to organize to combat the growing burden of debt caused by student loans. Last week in New York and Boston they got a rare boost when two leading lights ...

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: We Are All Québécois: Solidarity From Chilean Students And Academics

Below is a statement of solidarity with the ongoing Quebec student protests from Chilean academics and student leaders. (English translation via Translating The Revolution.) We Are All Québécois! We the undersigned, Chilean academics and student leaders, denounce to national and … Continue reading →

From Orangutan: Dear Chilean Students,

Thank you for expressing your support for the college and university students that are currently striking in Quebec. I am happy that you too have criticized the neoliberal policies of the province’s Jean Charest government. I would also like to convey my gratitude, in particular, to Camila Vallejo (pictured), one of the leaders of the ...

LeDaro: Stephen Harper in Chile

He is chilling out. Ooops! It is the earthquake.