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“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!!             

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

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

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

Land of Empanadas and Vino Tinto

Salvador Allende, up to the day he lost his country and his life, extoled his socialist revolution in Chile as having “sabor de empanadas y vino tinto”, a home made form of socialism flavored with the taste of the ubiquitous Chilean meat turnovers and renowned red wine. Allende was but

Yes, She is Back

With a resounding throttling of her opponent in last Sunday’s runoff election in Chile, Michelle Bachelet confirmed what most observers pretty much knew; she will be President of Chile for the second time, taking over from Sebastian Piñera this coming March.  Winning 62% of the

Not The Tsunami She Wanted, But Almost

There was a chance that Michelle Bachelet would win Chile’s Presidential election outright in the November 17 round of voting.  In fact there was mention of an election “tsunami” from within her Nueva Mayoría team of advisors, who, besides running what most observers term an

Santiago Today

It’s curious, but I can begin to sense Chile well before I actually arrive.  Equally curious is the persistent independent bent of Chileans, in full form when travelling.  Assignment of specific seats on our airplane are taken by many of my fellow travelers as “suggested”,

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She’s Back!!

Three years ago the outgoing President of Chile, Michele Bachelet, left the presidency, left Chile, and left behind a disaster not of her doing but one that challenged her country’s capacity, and her own, to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters to

CHILE 2012

Dear friends and loyal followers, It took me quite awhile to recover from the Peace Corps reunion in Washington on September 24, the subject of my last posting on this blog. But we are about to head south to Santiago again, on January 12, for


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