Chile

18.12.2017

Chile: Abstention wins and Piñera becomes President

Chile: Abstention wins and Piñera becomes President

By Andrés Figueroa Cornejo Once again, abstention has triumphed in the 2017 presidential election, with more than 50% of those entitled to vote not doing so. Chile reaffirms its leadership of countries with least electoral participation in Latin America, and is second in the world after Madagascar. According to the… »

15.12.2017

Chile: the humanist parliamentary bloc “with both feet in the street”

Chile: the humanist parliamentary bloc “with both feet in the street”

“Don’t expect this bloc to be stuck in parliament.  We will have both feet and all our soul on the streets”.  With these words by Deputy Pamela Jiles, the first press gathering with the Humanist Party bloc took place in Santiago.  Besides the distinguished journalist were also gathered two other… »

06.12.2017

Chilean elections: On the “Freedom of Choice”

Chilean elections: On the “Freedom of Choice”

The run-off election to determine who will follow Michelle Bachelet as Chilean president is due to take place on the 17th of December.  In the first round, former president, Sebastian Piñera, candidate for the right wing grouping Chile Vamos, obtained around 36% of the vote, while Alejandro Guillier, the candidate… »

05.12.2017

In Chile, Guillier wins support from Beatriz Sánchez

In Chile, Guillier wins support from Beatriz Sánchez

The former presidential candidate for Frente Amplio (Broad Front) has said that Sebastian Piñera, former president and candidate for Chile Vamos, has crossed a line and is a “risk” for the country. The fight for votes opened a new chapter.  This time it was Beatriz Sanchez who condemned the Chile… »

24.11.2017

An evening with Mario Aguilar, President of the Chilean Teachers’ Association

An evening with Mario Aguilar, President of the Chilean Teachers’ Association

While a small team of Pressenza editors is in Santiago to cover the Chilean elections, we had the chance to meet Mario Aguilar, the President of the Chilean Teachers’ Association, the largest trade union in Chile. Mario, whose background is as a teacher of Physical Education, was first an activist… »

23.11.2017

The beginning of The End of Prehistory

The beginning of The End of Prehistory

There are few moments when in the midst of what appears to be the hopeless political situation of a dehumanised society something unexpected happens, something that shows that at least some people have managed to wake up from the hypnotic dream induced by the prevailing system. It happened in Bolivia,… »

20.11.2017

Chile: The Humanist Party returns to congress after 25 years in the wilderness

Chile: The Humanist Party returns to congress after 25 years in the wilderness

This week I have been closely following the experiences of Tomás Hirsch, the Humanist Party candidate for Congress Deputy in the 11th district of Chile because his wife and my good friend, Juanita Vergara, invited me back in May to come down to Santiago for the elections, already sensing six… »

19.11.2017

Tomás Hirsch: “We can’t do the changes we want alone”

Tomás Hirsch: “We can’t do the changes we want alone”

A team of Pressenza editors is currently in Santiago, Chile to cover the general election taking place on Sunday 19th November.  We had the chance to interview Tomás Hirsch from the Humanist Party, an integral part of the Broad Front coalition.  He explained how it is possible and necessary to… »

11.08.2017

Singing for Survival

Singing for Survival

By Maxine Lowy* Women in Chile are are challenging gender-based violence through song, continuing a national tradition of music as a tool of social justice and human rights. In mid-May 2016, in the chilly hours before dawn, a young woman was found lying unconscious on a pavement in Coyhaique, a… »

16.03.2017

Tomas Hirsch on Face 2 Face

Tomas Hirsch on Face 2 Face

On this show we discussed with with Tomas Hirsch, founding member of the Humanist Party of Chile and was a Presidential candidate during the 2005 election for the left-wing coalition “Juntos Podemos Más” (Together we can more). Currently, he is the Party’s Vice-President and one of the coordinators of the… »

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