Category: Chile

Chile’s Student Movement Leads the Way: Progressive Prospects for Michelle Bachelet’s Second Term

Chile’s Student Movement Leads the Way: Progressive Prospects for Michelle Bachelet’s Second Term

By Ben Dangl Originally published on March 13, 2014 in TowardFreedom.com “I want to pay special homage to my father and to all those who gave their lives in the fight to recover democracy,” an emotional Isabel Allende said upon taking office as the Senate President this Tuesday. Allende is the daughter of Salvador Allende,…

Chile’s Ghosts: The Tyranny of Forgetting

Chile’s Ghosts: The Tyranny of Forgetting

Originally published in TowardFreedom.com on September 13, 2010 By Ben Dangl Late in the afternoon on September 4th, 1970 a crowd gathered in central Santiago, Chile to celebrate the election of socialist president Salvador Allende. Among the participants in the celebration were the leftist folk singer Victor Jara and his wife Joan. In her book, Victor: An…

Bolivia and Chile’s Tunnel Vision

Bolivia and Chile’s Tunnel Vision

Written by Benjamin Dangl Source: The Guardian Unlimited In the war of the Pacific in 1879, a conflict in part over access to guano for fertiliser, Chile took away Bolivia‘s only access to the Pacific Ocean. More than a century later, demands from Bolivia for the recuperation of this land are now louder than ever.…

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Chile: Coup anniversary sparks national debate

Chile: Coup anniversary sparks national debate

BY BENJAMIN DANGL 24 September 2003 SANTIAGO — Days before the anniversary of the 1973 military coup that overthrew the left-wing government of President Salvador Allende, half of the people on Santiago’s busiest street were shopping. The other half were protesting against the government’s reluctance to take sides in the 30-year-old argument around the events…

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