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Crafting A New Constitution; A la Chilena

“We, the people of Chile, comprised of diverse nations, freely grant this constitution, agreed to in a participatory and democratic process with parity of representation.” This is the short Preamble of the proposal for a new Magna Carta for Chile, crafted by 154 members of

A New Constitution For Chile

Let’s remember a ways back; back before Chileans elected a new congress, and before they elected a new President (35 year old Gabriel Boric), all to take charge on March 11, 2022. Just before those important elections, they chose a group of 155 citizens to

A Generational Refresh in Chile

President-elect Gabriel Boric has presented Chileans with a cabinet that, at least photographically, depicts the change he is proposing for Chile. Boric’s cabinet is meant to show first and foremost a commitment to gender equality, diversity, concern for social justice, and generational change regarding the

Chile; now, where were we?

A couple of days after arriving in Chile, I was stuck standing in line at the VTR office in Santiago, attempting to procure a new mobile phone. To my surprise, a big screen TV on the wall was showing the ceremony at the national electoral

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

June 6, 1970

As I recall, albeit through the haze of an all night bachelor’s outing with several friends, Saturday, June 6, 1970, was a lovely, clear, crisp day. But mostly, it defined the future: a half century of adventure, love, celebration, learning, teaching, and sharing. With a

“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,

Michelle Bachelet, Human Rights, and Venezuela

Twice president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet finds herself in a human rights quagmire of considerable proportions as a result of unenviable aspects of her past, her high profile present, and one of the worst cases of Latin American government gone bad, Venezuela. After the death