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28.06.2020

Return to Normality? 8 – Pia Figueroa from Pressenza

Return to Normality? 8 – Pia Figueroa from Pressenza

After the replies of Riccardo Noury, Laura Quagliolo, Giovanna Procacci, Giovanna Pagani, Guido Viale, Andreas Formiconi and Jorida Dervishi, it’s time to talk to Pia Figueroa, one of Pressenza’s editor. Now that we’re almost out of the Covid 19 emergency, many people say “we don’t… »

26.05.2020

Dignidad in La Pampa Daily Life in Northern Chile in Times of Pandemia

Dignidad in La Pampa Daily Life in Northern Chile in Times of Pandemia

By Maxine Lowy* The aroma of firewood envelops La Pampa, as it has, on occasions, a thousand years. After ascending with harvests from the sea to barter with inland peoples, the Changos lit fires to smoke fish and dry sea lion skins. Climbing up the narrow path… »

17.05.2020

Ellen ‘t Hoen on the initiative of a global patent pool to combat covid-19

Ellen ‘t Hoen on the initiative of a global patent pool to combat covid-19

Ellen ‘t Hoen, is a lawyer who has been advocating for public health issues for more than 30 years, specializing in policies related to the pharmaceutical industry and intellectual property. She has worked as a consultant to governments, international organizations and civil society organizations. From 2009 to 2012, she joined… »

23.04.2020

Open letter with 100 signatures opposes release of Pinochet era perpetrators of crimes against humanity

Open letter with 100 signatures opposes release of Pinochet era perpetrators of crimes against humanity

In an extraordinary step backward a Chilean Court of Appeals granted release and sentence reductions to 17 State actors convicted of crimes against humanity perpetrated against thousands of Chilean citizens during the Pinochet dictatorship, provoking condemnation by survivors and the international human rights community. In the context of several months… »

17.04.2020

Franck Gaudichaud: “Look at Chile to understand the kind of world they want us to live in”

Franck Gaudichaud: “Look at Chile to understand the kind of world they want us to live in”

Interview by Jérôme Duval (www.elsaltodiario.com) Franck Gaudichaud* returned a few weeks ago from a stay in Chile and gave us an interview to talk about more than six months of social unrest that shook the country. The Chilean uprising began in October 2019 and spread like wildfire in… »

13.03.2020

Chilean football, between repression and rebellion

Chilean football, between repression and rebellion

Again, the history of football is closely linked to Chilean politics. Let’s go back in time. A few days after the September 11, 1973 coup d’etat against Salvador Allende, the Soviet Union refused to play against Chile in the Estadio nacional de Santiago, transformed into a detention center where prisoners… »

10.02.2020

How new creative actions are fueling Chile’s uprising

How new creative actions are fueling Chile’s uprising

In response to repression by Chilean police, decentralized performances — sparked by small artist collectives — are replacing traditional barricades. On the surface, things have calmed down in Chile, after the initial weeks of massive demonstrations that began on Oct. 18, and brought the military back into the streets almost… »

24.12.2019

A message from the heart of the on-going Chilean social awakening

A message from the heart of the on-going Chilean social awakening

We are publishing here a letter sent by Pia Figueroa to a Pressenza colleague in the UK as it reflects the intersection between the political and existential experiences that the Chilean population has been going through since the beginning of the social unrest and rebellion against the government’s most unpopular… »

17.12.2019

[Chile] Breakfast with foreign press at Campamento Dignidad (Dignity Campsite)

[Chile] Breakfast with foreign press at Campamento Dignidad (Dignity Campsite)

Installed in a public space, right in the centre of Santiago, right between the two emblematic buildings of the Legislative and Judicial powers, is the Dignity Camp that challenges these same powers making visible the social demands of all the different movements and organizations that are coordinated in the Social… »

09.12.2019

A Facade Drops in Chile

A Facade Drops in Chile

by Maxine Lowy A tide continues to sweep a mass social movement across the face of Chile, exposing four decades of economic injustice and challenging a legacy inherited from dictatorship, with United States participation at key junctions. Behind the facade of a bustling economy, Chileans have suffered from increasingly precarious… »

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