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!!
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,
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
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.
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
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
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 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
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
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