CHILEAN PRIVATE PENSION PLANS CAN’T KEEP PROMISE

(Nov. 30 ,2005) As Chile celebrates the 25th anniversary of its private pension funds, the first generation of workers prepares to cash in on the promise of a retirement free of the haunting specter of poverty. Sadly, many Chileans are finding that this promise was just more empty rhetoric from a corrupt and discredited regime.… Read More CHILEAN PRIVATE PENSION PLANS CAN’T KEEP PROMISE

FORMER SECRET POLICE CHIEF CHARGED WITH DISAPEARENCES

(Nov. 21, 2005) Sixteen former chiefs and agents of DINA, the Pinochet-era secret police, were charged last September by Judge Juan Guzmán in connection with the deaths of 34 of the disappeared (ST, Sept. 6, 2004). The 34 victims named on the indictment were those identified as having been abducted by the regime. Among the… Read More FORMER SECRET POLICE CHIEF CHARGED WITH DISAPEARENCES

LAGOS CRITICIZES CHILE’S NATIONAL TV

(Oct. 7, 2005) President Ricardo Lagos criticized Chile’s national television station (TVN) yesterday for airing sensationalist news stories. The president questioned why 48 percent of TVN’s news coverage on Tuesday evening dealt with crime and delinquency. “The first five and most important stories [on TVN] were about delinquency” said Lagos, “this is absolutely inadequate.” This… Read More LAGOS CRITICIZES CHILE’S NATIONAL TV

CHILE AT CORNER OF HUBER AND RIGGS

Judge Links Huber’s Death To Pinochet’s Arms Trafficking (Oct. 6, 2005) Investigations into illegal weapons sales to Croatia and the mysterious death of Colonel Gerardo Huber have surged forward as new discoveries from the Riggs Bank case shed light on the motives behind decades of arms purchases, bribes, and murders. Judge Claudio Pavez, lead investigator… Read More CHILE AT CORNER OF HUBER AND RIGGS

EUROPEAN UNION ENVIRONMENTAL COMISSION ARRIVES IN CHILE

Celco chiefs met with European Union (EU) members of Parliament in Santiago on Wednesday after Chile’s government decided no to let them visit the environmentally hazardous pulp and paper plant in Valdivia. At the meeting, Celco presented the EU officials with their plans to minimize the environmental impact the plant would have on the area.… Read More EUROPEAN UNION ENVIRONMENTAL COMISSION ARRIVES IN CHILE

WAGNER RENOUNCES CLAIMS TO CHILE’S BURIED TREASURE

Government Expected Contentious Debate Over Rights To Loot (Oct. 5, 2005) A new twist in the story of buried treasure on Robinson Crusoe Island that has kept Chile and the world in suspense for the last three weeks surfaced Monday after Wagner Technologies renounced all claims to the treasure supposedly worth US$10 billion. Wagner Technologies,… Read More WAGNER RENOUNCES CLAIMS TO CHILE’S BURIED TREASURE