Mining for the Nation: Jody Pavilack

When Chile granted literate men over the age of 21 the right to vote in 1925, a new era marked by the rise of mass society had begun.[1] Similar to processes unfolding around the world, the enfranchisement of progressively-larger swaths of Chile’s population in the early-twentieth century upended traditional politics and undermined the economic status… Read More Mining for the Nation: Jody Pavilack

Ecuador’s Protesting Police Lay Siege to President

Nathan Gill and Alex EmerySeptember 30, 2010, 9:00 PM GMT-5 Ecuador declared a state of emergency as hundreds of police protesting wage cuts blocked roads, shut the airport for several hours and sprayed teargas on President Rafael Correa. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez backed Correa’s claim that he was the target of an organized coup attempt,… Read More Ecuador’s Protesting Police Lay Siege to President

Latin America Ministers Urge More Money for Lenders

By Sebastian Boyd and Nathan Gill      July 3 (Bloomberg) — Finance ministers from North and South America meeting in Chile agreed to push for more financing for multilateral lenders such as the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, Chile’s Andres Velasco said.      The IDB’s board may agree to vote for a capital… Read More Latin America Ministers Urge More Money for Lenders

Bachelet Says Chile Supports Recapitalization of IDB

By Sebastian Boyd and Nathan Gill      July 3 (Bloomberg) — Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said her government supports the recapitalization of the Inter-American Development Bank to help developing countries cope with declining capital flows.      Bachelet, speaking today to finance ministers from North and South America, urged member governments to help raise additional funding… Read More Bachelet Says Chile Supports Recapitalization of IDB

Honduran Protesters, Soldiers Clash Outside Palace After Coup

By Andres R. Martinez and Nathan Gill      June 29 (Bloomberg) — Hundreds of protesters clashed with riot police and soldiers outside Honduras’ presidential palace a day after the military arrested President Manuel Zelaya at gunpoint and put him on a plane out of the country.      Regional leaders, from market-friendly Mexican President Felipe Calderon… Read More Honduran Protesters, Soldiers Clash Outside Palace After Coup

Latin America Leaders Call Summit to Restore Zelaya (Update 4)

By Nathan Gill and Joshua Goodman      June 29 (Bloomberg) — Latin American leaders are gathering in an emergency summit to restore Honduran President Manuel Zelaya to office after his ouster by the military yesterday in a showdown over a referendum on term limits.      Regional leaders, from market-friendly Mexican President Felipe Calderon to self-declared… Read More Latin America Leaders Call Summit to Restore Zelaya (Update 4)

Latin America Calls Summit to Try to Restore Zelaya in Honduras

By Nathan Gill and Eric Sabo      June 29 (Bloomberg) — Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, ousted by the military, meets with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and regional leaders today in a show of support designed to restore him as head of the Central American country.      Zelaya said soldiers surrounded his house and forced him… Read More Latin America Calls Summit to Try to Restore Zelaya in Honduras

Chavez Says Honduras Coup Will Fail, Vows Assistance

By Nathan Gill and Andres R. Martinez      June 28 (Bloomberg) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said a military coup in Honduras is “destined to fail” and that his nation’s armed forces are ready to help return President Manuel Zelaya to power.      Chavez, joined by Zelaya and the presidents of Ecuador, Nicaragua and Cuban… Read More Chavez Says Honduras Coup Will Fail, Vows Assistance

Honduras Military Is Creating a ‘State of Terror,’ Zelaya Says

By Nathan Gill and Andres R. Martinez      June 28 (Bloomberg) — Honduras’ military is creating a “state of terror” by closing the country’s airports and borders after taking power, said Manuel Zelaya, who was deposed as president in the coup earlier today.      Zelaya spoke in the Nicaraguan capital, Managua, where he is meeting… Read More Honduras Military Is Creating a ‘State of Terror,’ Zelaya Says

Zelaya Is ‘Constitutional’ President of Honduras, Ortega Says

By Nathan Gill and Andres R. Martinez      June 28 (Bloomberg) — Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted from power by soldiers today, is the constitutional president of Honduras, according to comments broadcast on Telesur.     Ortega is meeting with Zelaya and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Managua, the… Read More Zelaya Is ‘Constitutional’ President of Honduras, Ortega Says

Moody’s Coutino Says Honduras Coup May Jeopardize Trade With U.S.

By Nathan Gill      June 28 (Bloomberg) — Alfredo Coutino, director for Latin America at Moody’s Economy.com in West Chester, Pennsylvania, comments on the economic impact of a military coup in Honduras. Coutino spoke today in a telephone interview. On the coup’s impact on Honduras’s trade:      “Its going to be a negative mark for… Read More Moody’s Coutino Says Honduras Coup May Jeopardize Trade With U.S.

Honduran President Manuel Zelaya Is Ousted in Coup by Military

By Nathan Gill and Jose Orozco      June 28 (Bloomberg) — Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was ousted by the military today after his opponents accused him of ignoring court rulings and seeking to change the constitution through a referendum to hold onto power.      Zelaya, an ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, was seized by… Read More Honduran President Manuel Zelaya Is Ousted in Coup by Military

Honduras’s Roberto Micheletti Sworn In as President, OAS Says

By Courtney Schlisserman and Nathan Gill      June 28 (Bloomberg) — Roberto Micheletti, head of the Honduran Congress, was sworn in today as the central American nation’s new president following a military coup, said Jose Miguel Insulza, secretary-general of the Organization of American States.      Micheletti was sworn in following the ouster today… Read More Honduras’s Roberto Micheletti Sworn In as President, OAS Says

Honduras Military Detains Ambassadors, Minister Rodas Seized

By Nathan Gill     June 28 (Bloomberg) — Honduras Foreign Minister Patricia Rodas was seized today by masked soldiers and is being held, Venezuela Abassador Armando Laguna said in comments broadcast on Telesur.      Laguna and the ambassadors of Nicaragua and Cuba in Honduras were briefly detained after trying to defend Rodas against masked… Read More Honduras Military Detains Ambassadors, Minister Rodas Seized

Chile Teachers March on Capital on 16th Day of Strike

By Nathan Gill      June 2 (Bloomberg) — Thousands of Chilean public school teachers marched in the capital on the 16th day of a nationwide strike to press their demands for what they say are unpaid bonuses.      More than 5,000 teachers traveled to Santiago for the protest, said Jaime Gajardo, president of the Chilean… Read More Chile Teachers March on Capital on 16th Day of Strike

Chile’s Pinera Transfers Assets, Seeks Advice on Lan Airlines

By Nathan Gill and James AttwoodApril 27 (Bloomberg) — Sebastian Pinera, the presidential candidate for the Alliance for Chile coalition, said he’s taking advice on how to sell his stake in Lan Airlines SA and placed shares of other companies he owns in a blind trust. Pinera, who lost the last presidential election in 2005… Read More Chile’s Pinera Transfers Assets, Seeks Advice on Lan Airlines

Chile Police Use Teargas to Break Up Strike Protests

By Nathan Gill and Sebastian Boyd April 16 (Bloomberg) — Chilean police used teargas and water cannons to break up demonstrations in Santiago as unions called a national strike to protest layoffs and demand higher taxes on the rich. About 12,000 people marched today in support of the strike, according to Radio Cooperativa. Chile job… Read More Chile Police Use Teargas to Break Up Strike Protests

Chile’s Pinera to Transfer Stock Holdings This Month

By Nathan Gill and James AttwoodApril 8 (Bloomberg) — Sebastian Pinera, the presidential candidate for the Alliance for Chile coalition, said he plans to begin handing over control of his stock holdings before this year’s elections. “In April I’m going to transfer voluntarily the administration of all investments in public companies to Chilean financial institutions,”… Read More Chile’s Pinera to Transfer Stock Holdings This Month

Chile President Bachelet’s Approval Rating Increases to a Record High

By Nathan Gill April 2 (Bloomberg) — Chilean President Michelle Bachelet’s approval rating rose to 62.2 percent in March, the highest since she took office two years ago, according to a poll published today by Santiago-based Adimark Gfk. Finance Minister Andres Velasco’s popularity also rose, giving him a 57.1 percent backing and making him the… Read More Chile President Bachelet’s Approval Rating Increases to a Record High

Peru Restarts War of the Pacific with UN Lawsuit against Chile

March 21, 2009 (Southern Affairs) — Peru, home of the ancient Incan Empire, is trying to win back by reason what it lost by force. On March 19, Peru asked the United Nations to settle a century-old dispute with its southern neighbor Chile over some of South America’s richest fishing grounds. Jose Garcia Belaunde, Peru’s… Read More Peru Restarts War of the Pacific with UN Lawsuit against Chile

Democracy Strikes Again: The End Of 21st-Century Socialism?

The resignation of the president of Ecuador’s Constitutional Assembly, Alberto Acosta, on June 23 is the latest in a series of setbacks for Latin America’s 21st century socialists. With political conditions deteriorating in Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador, it makes sense to ask – what happened to Latin America’s socialist revolution? Where is the change their… Read More Democracy Strikes Again: The End Of 21st-Century Socialism?