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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

Piñera and Guillier to the Runoff

Piñera and Guillier to Runoff Election December 17!! The headline on Monday morning November 20 was not surprising. Ex-President Sebastian Piñera, with his coalition of the right (Chile Vamos) was expected to lead the voting in the first round of this presidential election. And Alejandro

Chilean Presidential Election; First Round Sunday

 Campaigning for the election of Chile’s next President has ended. On Sunday, as many as six million voters will decide whether one of the candidates is to be elected in this first round of voting. For this to come about, one of the eight official

Sebastián Piñera; President of Chile, Again?

I was leaving a presentation at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC, by Sebastián Piñera, one of eight declared candidates for President of Chile. A young Chilean walking out next to me offered the following: “You know, this guy is very similar to your President

Maule and Santa Olga Will Rise Again

The region of Maule seems to have been placed in the center of long, narrow Chile to absorb the shock of the worst natural disasters that regularly affect the country; earthquakes, tsunamis, and now a mega fire. And smack in the middle of Maule, sat

Coipo Forestín Needs Help!!

For the past two weeks man-made wild fires have been running rampant through fields, forests, farms, and, oh no, vineyards in central Chile. Coipo Forestin is the fire fighting Smokey Bear counterpart in Chile, tirelessly urging Chileans and visitors to put out campfires and cigarette

A Morning at Santiago’s Plaza de la Constitución

Every year I visit Chile. And I always try to visit the Plaza de la Constitución, a large public opening to the north of the Chilean government’s presidential palace, La Moneda, to take in the majesty and historical vibes of this special place. There is