Browse By

Category Archives: Analysis and Opinion

Eduardo Frei Montalva

In 1982, almost ten years into the military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, ex President of Chile Eduardo Frei Montalva died during a series of surgical interventions in the Santa Maria Clinic in the capital city of Santiago. From 1964 to 1970 Frei presided over

2018: Loose Ends

daveschile.com always ends the year leaving loose ends, lots of loose ends. 2018 was no exception. Loose ends result from the eclectic, sporadic nature of this blog, and because life produces events and associations that ebb and flow over time. To go back, tie up

An emphatic NO!! Good for Chile

Chileans see August as “hump month”. Being at the end of their winter, if they survive August and September it’s relatively smooth sailing to finish out the year, get through the end-of-year holidays and then into southern hemisphere summer vacation. September in Chile means first

“Just a Picture with Trump Won’t Do”

On Friday, September 28, the President of Chile, Sebastian Piñera, is scheduled to have a White House meeting with President Trump. The idea of these two leaders meeting conjures up pleasant images of past Chile/US White House meetings between the relatively incompatible Bachelet and G.W.

Chi! Chi! Chi !!!

I must say, there is something wrong with this current World Cup of Soccer being held in Russia. Where is the Chilean team, La Roja, and the Chi.., Chi…, Chi…, …le, …le, …le chant that goes along? Well, this team which rides on their star

Chile; La Voluntad de Ser

Pope Francisco just visited Chile. As you might expect of an Argentine trying to provide spiritual guidance and comfort to Chileans, he made a couple of missteps and was only mildly well received.However, he did hit the proverbial nail on the head when he invoked

If Trump Doesn’t Want It, Chile Does

It may not appear to make much sense, but while President Trump belittles with ugly self serving insults the main US national security organization, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Chilean government is turning to that same FBI to help resolve a sticky legal

Piñera Wins Big; Now What?

Sebastián Piñera was quite confident he would win Chile’s presidential election in the first round a month ago, and avoid a second round runoff. He didn’t. Yesterday, he and his supporters were afraid they would lose to Alejandro Guillier in the second round voting. That

Chile’s Election; Stumbling to the Finish

This is the last week of the second round of campaigning for Chile’s next president; the definitive runoff vote between Sebastian Piñera and Alejandro Guillier is Sunday, December 17. Everyone pretty much agrees this election holds special importance. It could mark the end of the