By Peter Finocchiaro - April 8, 2013
Gen. Augusto Pinochet's military dictatorship was responsible for the deaths of as many as 3,200 people in Chile in the 1970s, but the Vatican dismissed reports of bloodshed at the time as "communist propaganda," according to diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks on Monday.
By Cyril Mychalejko - March 21, 2012
A new report reveals the Canadian mining industrial complex's responsibility for social discord and environmentally-destructive policies in Chile's Patagonia region...“Far away, on the southern cone of South America in Chilean Patagonia, exists one of the most beautiful, still-virgin territories on Earth. There, an intense struggle is taking place that most Canadians have never heard of, but that intimately involves the Canadian mining industry, the Canadian government, and millions of Canadian pensioners and investors...”
By Bill Van Auken - 5 December 2011
A judge in Chile last week issued an indictment against a retired US Navy officer in connection with the arrest, torture and murder of two American journalists...in the wake of the CIA-backed military coup...that toppled the government of President Salvador Allende on September 11, 1973...Judge Jorge Zepeda has charged Capt. Ray Davis (retired) with providing the Chilean secret police with intelligence that led to the abduction and murder of [Charles] Horman and [Frank] Terrugi and with failing to take any action to stop the killings.
By Roberto Navarrete - September 02, 2011
Since May, some 700 schools have been occupied by secondary school students and almost daily street protests have been taking place ever since. In mid-August around half a million students and their families took part in a demonstration...in central Santiago. The students have also managed to connect their struggles with other sectors of Chilean society. A week after the [Santiago] demonstration, the students joined a national strike declared by Chile’s trade union confederation (CUT)...
By Jason Farbman - August 08, 2011
WORKER AND student struggles have broken out across Chile in recent months in a series of challenges to the new right-wing government and its polices...High school students are at the center of the new movements. Since mid-June, tens of thousands of students and teachers have been fighting back against the administration of President Sebastian Piñera, a right-wing billionaire.
By Beth Buczynski - - Care2
The 33 men trapped 2,258 feet below ground in a Chilean mine recently found out that they would be receiving no pay from the company responsible for their ordeal...[The] union...stated that [mining company] San Esteban...has said it has no money to pay their wages and absorb lawsuits...San Esteban has a reputation for ignoring safety standards and creating thinly supported mining tunnels that some have referred to as "swiss cheese."
On October 2, most of the Mapuche political prisoners on hungerstrike in the prisons of the Chilean state announced an end to their action while the hungerstrikers at Angol prison declared they would continue. On October 7, they released another communique explaining their struggle. The following day, after nearly 90 days without eating, they ended their hungerstrike, although without signing onto any agreement with the Chilean state.
Statement by the Mapuche Prisoners of Angol: "This Hunger Strike Has to Do With What We Expect for the Future of Our People"
This morning in the capital of the Araucanía (IX Region) other three inmates would have joined the eleven Mapuche who continue to hold the measure of pressure in Angol and Chol Chol. Meanwhile, the strikers will meet again with Archbishop Ezzati and their spokespeople will do the same tomorrow with the president of the Supreme Court. "I do not know how much more I will resist," said Rodrigo Huenchullán, one of the protesters.
“Mapuches 85 jours en grève de la fair (Mapuche: 85 days on hunger strike)", said the banner that was placed by two activists of the pro Mapuche cause in front of former President Michelle Bachelet, who was making a speech to give thanks for the "Courage of Women Award" at a downtown hotel in Montreal.
We taped the Mapuche flag and dumped red paint on the front door of the Chilean consulate's offices which is located on the 16th floor at 1185 West Georgia Street in Vancouver.
A campaign declaring solidarity with 33 detained Mapuche hunger strikers has attracted substantial local and international attention to the Mapuche struggle.
By NIKOLAS KOZLOFF - January 19, 2010
For those who believe that South America is in the grip of some kind of left revolutionary fervor, this week’s election in Chile may have come as a surprise...[I]t appears that conservative billionaire Sebastian Piñera has ousted the ruling center left Concertación...It is a stunning upset in light of the fact that the right has not won an election in Chile for fifty years.
By JOHN DINGES - Counterpunch
John McCain, who has harshly criticized the idea of sitting down with dictators without pre-conditions, appears to have done just that. In 1985, McCain traveled to Chile for a friendly meeting with Chile's military ruler, General Augusto Pinochet, one of the world's most notorious violators of human rights credited with killing more than 3,000 civilians and jailing tens of thousands of others.
100 From Pinochet Regime Ordered Held - Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Nearly 100 former soldiers and secret police members from Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship were ordered detained Monday in the biggest mass arrest of suspects in abuses during the period...Investigating Judge Victor Montiglio ordered the detentions in an inquiry into the kidnapping and killing of 42 people during Operation Colombo early in the 1973-90 dictatorship, during which 119 Pinochet opponents died.