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· July, 2011

Stories about Chile from July, 2011

Chile: Starbucks Employees on Hunger Strike

In Chile, a cup of coffee at Starbucks costs more than the baristas’ wages for one hour of work. This is what the 3 union leaders [es] on hunger strike...

Chile: Mapuche Influence in Purén

In Don't Call Me Gringa Emily blogs about Purén, a town in the Araucanía Region, in an area “home to the country’s main indigenous population, the Mapuche”. Emily writes about...

Chile: Salvador Allende's Death Ruled a Suicide

As Greg Weeks reports in his blog Two Weeks Notice “Salvador Allende's death has officially been ruled a suicide.  I think it is fair to say that very few people...

Chile: Students Take Over Schools Demanding Education Reform

Students have taken over hundreds of schools throughout Chile, turning their classrooms into temporary homes while they demand free and higher quality education. They are sharing their movement online through...

Twitter and Latin American Presidents: Does It Make Them Closer to Us?

Twitter use among the presidents of Latin America is gaining momentum. Whether used as a form of press release, to communicate with citizens or to cheer for a soccer team,...

Chile: Teen Warns About Earthquakes via Twitter (@AlarmaSismos)

TNW Latin America features the work of 14-year-old Sebastian Alegria (@sebasak), a Chilean teen sending earthquake warnings on Twitter through @AlarmaSismos: “The way it works is ingenious: Sebastian bought a...

Chile: 40 Years of Nationalized Copper

As Setty writes in his blog, July 11 marked “the 40th anniversary of Chile’s nationalization of the copper industry.” Codelco, (Chile's state-owned copper mining company) workers went on strike that...

Argentine Songwriter Facundo Cabral Murdered in Guatemala

On Saturday July 9 the renowned songwriter Facundo Cabral, whose career was characterised by songs that acted as a vehicle for his messages, was murdered in Guatemala. Moved by his...

Chile: Former Presidential Candidate Accused of ‘Enslaving’ Employees

Chilean television network Canal 13 has aired a documentary in its program 'Contacto' in which they denounce the bad conditions in which Paraguayan immigrants work in former presidential candidate Francisco...

Latin America: Blogging About the ‘2011 Copa América’

Blogger ‘Marsares’ is covering the 2011 Copa América for equinoXio [es], providing analysis about each football game. Argentina (the host), Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru,...

Chile: President Piñera's Approval Ratings Drop

Robert L. Funk reports that June poll results show “President Piñera's approval ratings, at 35%, have dropped by 12%.” Robert comments on the President's July 5 speech where he announced...

Chile: Massive Protest for Educational Reform

Eileen Smith shares photos of the massive protest for educational reform that took place on June 30 in Santiago. She writes: “Today’s [protest] was lighthearted, tremendously entertaining, at times tender...

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