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The triumph of the indignados: The multiple factors behind the defeat of Apruebo in Chile

As Napoleon Bonaparte said in 1807 in the framework of the Peace of Tilsit “Victory has 100 fathers and defeat is an orphan”, so the post-election reaction after the crushing victory of the Rejectionist option needs to be removed from…

A New Constitution in Tunisia, the Islamist Party and the Referendum

After a decade of political unrest and distress, Tunisia’s next step towards democracy started by hosting its first Constitutional Referendum in history. The Constitution was suggested by the current president Kais Saeid who froze and dismantled the parliament, changed the…

Indigenous issues in the draft constitutional bill: key aspects for an informed debate

After almost a year of intense work, the Constitutional Convention has just presented the first draft of the new constitution. In the coming weeks, it will now be up to the Convention to draw up the final draft, which will…

Suicide of the Constitutional Convention?

The theoretical and limited democratic achievements of the Constitutional Convention (given the undemocratic quorum of two thirds, which threw out numerous articles approved by more than 60% of the Convention members) could be eliminated, if the Convention – through the…

Chile: The Constituent Assembly paves the way for a new development model

Last Saturday, May 7, the Constitutional Convention (CC) approved the norms that configure a new type of State in the economic-productive sphere, which opens the way to the construction of a development model that could put an end to neoliberalism.…

People’s rights in the new Chilean Constitution

First generation human rights refer to freedom and citizen participation in political life. They serve to protect the individual from the excesses of the state and include freedom of expression, the right to a fair trial, freedom of religion and…

The Objectivity of the Subjective in the Chilean Constitutional Convention

I am far from the nightmares of that Chilean right that demonises the confused proposals of the maximalist left, imagining that the latter would want to destroy Chile. I do not believe that. But I see a certain left with…

Recognition of the Lagos Constitution

It would seem that our country has always suffered more than others – because it is certainly not a Chilean “monopoly” – from strong doses of amnesia, deceit and historical self-deception. To confine ourselves to our recent history, we can…

Chile: Scholarship as a fundamental requirement to be a Constitutional Convention Member

The fish dies by the mouth; and the nightingale, in the evening. (Popular saying) A few days ago, our good friend Heraldo de Pujadas reminded us, with regard to the Christian custom of not eating red meat during Holy Week,…

The Constituent Assembly. The ghost that haunts Warnken

I appreciated Cristián Warnken and his “Belleza de Pensar”, when he devoted his time to literary interviews. I can’t say the same now that he has turned to politics. His yellow effort, which brings together those upset by the transformations…

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