Argentina Intimidates Chilean Airline

Argentina has a history of disrespecting private property, especially under the Kirchner administration. Kristina Fernandez’s administration nationalized Aerolíneas Argentinas in 2008. And so it came as little surprise to outside observers, when Argentinian officials gave a Chilean airline a 10 day ultimatum to evacuate their hangar in Jorge Newbery, one of the country’s busiest airports…

The Mailman Isn’t Delivering in Chile

Approximately 4600 employees of Correos de Chile have been on strike since July 23rd. This means that all packages, letters, and deliveries depending on Chile’s equivalent of the United States Postal Service, have presumably been stockpiling for over a month, in the Andean country of 17 million. Workers have initiated the stoppage over a demand…

Port Strike Stalls Copper Exports in Chile

Chile is the worlds largest producer of copper by far. The next largest producer of copper, the United States, only manages 25% of Chile’s output. All told, Chile produces a third of the world’s copper, and income from Chile’s nationalized mines have come to represent nearly a third of government revenue since President Salvador Allende completed the nationalization…

Chilean Film “No” Perpetuates Soviet Propaganda

Chilean film “No” recently vaulted into international consciousness after winning the Art Cinema Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, for its depiction of a plebiscite in 1988, in which General Augusto Pinochet peacefully relinquished his power after 7 years and 6 months as President of Chile. The film generated a wave of international coverage,…

Bolivia Demands Chilean Territory, Chile Declines Request

During the recent Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the European Union in Santiago, Chile, Bolivian President Evo Morales reiterated his demanded that Chile give up national territory to provide Bolivia with more convenient access to the Pacific ocean. Responding to Morales’ most recent demands during the CELAC-EU meetings…

Chile Seeks Justice for Criminals Hiding in Cuba

On April 1st, 1991, Jaime Guzmán was shot at the exit of Catholic University where he was a professor. Guzmán was responsible for founding the Independent Democratic Union Party (UDI) in Chile, and he provided a voice of stability during the dictatorship of Pinochet, including a large role in drafting the Chilean constitution. He would…

Terrorist Attacks in Southern Chile

Yesterday, a school (vacant for summer vacation) was burned down. Last Friday, an elderly couple were found dead in their burned down home. It appears the seventy five year owner of the home, Werner Luchsinger, was managed to shoot one of the arsonists in the neck while defending his home and wife, Vivian McKay, during…