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The Plebiscite; Chile’s Go-To Therapy

On Sunday, October 25, 2020, over seven million Chileans participated in a plebiscite that decisively launched a process to rewrite Chile’s Constitution. About 75% of them favored the constitutional rewrite, and to do it via the election of 155 citizens to make up a Constitutional

The Soul of Chile

I started this article several weeks ago with good intentions to provide the best personal description and interpretation I could of the social explosion that was affecting Chile; I entitled it “The Soul of Chile”. Every now and then the small, relatively insular South American

“Por la Razon, o la Fuerza”

This motto on Chile’s national emblem, adopted in 1834, would suggest that the “Chilean way” is to try to reason through a conflict, and only as a last resort use force to prevail. Por la Razón, o la Fuerza!!             

Transition in Chile

  Three weeks of massive civil protests, some peaceful, others violent, have left parts of Chile, especially its capital city Santiago, looking like a war zone. Chileans too often have faced costly and deadly disasters, but lately, except for the military coup d’etat in 1973,

Dia de la Comida Chilena*

(* Traducción del original en Ingles, hecha por el autor) El sitio de noticias online mas importante de Chile, EMOL, anunció en la edición del lunes que era el “Día Nacional de la Cocina Chilena”, una oportunidad para celebrar las comidas tradicionales. Se pidió a los

Chile and China

In early April of this year, Chile and its President Sebastian Piñera were  fine tuning plans and juggling resources for three huge image-defining events for the nation: A State visit to China and hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) and the next global climate change conference

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