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

Venezuelan Police Shoot Students Protesting Chávez’s Constitutional Reforms

(Nov. 25, 2007) Riot police shot a group of students from the Universidad Monteávila on Friday for handing out pamphlets protesting the upcoming constitutional referendum in Venezuela. El Observador Online reported that eight students were wounded in the attack. Police firing small pellets and tear gas forced students to seek protection inside their university. The… Read More Venezuelan Police Shoot Students Protesting Chávez’s Constitutional Reforms

Argentina Breaks With Venezuela Over Free Trade And Middle East

(Nov. 24, 2007) Argentina’s President Elect Cristina Kirchner distanced herself from the political agenda of Venezuela President Chávez on Monday by proposing a Mercosur-Israel free trade agreement (FTA) during her visit to Brazil. The proposal is a diplomatic counter punch to Venezuela’s open support for Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the OPEC meeting in Saudi… Read More Argentina Breaks With Venezuela Over Free Trade And Middle East

What Does Peru’s FTA Mean For The Rest Of The Region?

U.S. newspapers announced this week that Congress is expected to ratify a free trade agreement (FTA) with Peru before its Nov. recess. The FTA will eliminate 80 percent of U.S. export tariffs to Peru with the remaining 20 percent to be phased out over the next 10 years. While U.S. lawmakers argued over the inclusion… Read More What Does Peru’s FTA Mean For The Rest Of The Region?

Some Initial Questions: Unasur And Integration In South America

In South American integration literature there exists a puzzling divide between primary government sources and secondary analysis. On the one hand you have a series of regional declarations signed by the 12 presidents of South American nations stating their intent to form a new continental block. On the other hand you have a public that… Read More Some Initial Questions: Unasur And Integration In South America

Why Are People Worried About Constitutional Reforms in Venezuela?

(Oct. 30, 2007) Are the constitutional reforms to be voted on in December a threat to Venezuela’s democracy, and if so, what implications does this have for the region? In a strong statement denouncing the proposed constitutional reforms a number of influential academic and social academies have recently spoken out against President Hugo Chávez’s proposed… Read More Why Are People Worried About Constitutional Reforms in Venezuela?

ECUADOR VOTES FOR NEW CONSTITUTIONAL ASSEMBLY

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa’s party appears to have won a sweeping victory in the new constitutional assembly on Sept. 30th giving his party, Acuerdo País (AP), broad powers to transform the nation’s legal system. According to unofficial exit polls the AP won 87.5 percent of the vote, with former President Lucio Gutierrez’s Sociedad Patriotica coming… Read More ECUADOR VOTES FOR NEW CONSTITUTIONAL ASSEMBLY

ECUADOR VOTES FOR NEW NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

Ecuadorians go to the polls on Sept. 30th to decide who will draft and approve their new national constitution. Voters approved the creation of a Constitutional assembly in April this year after a sharply contested constitutional battle that pitted the executive and legislative branches against each other. Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa staked his presidential campaign… Read More ECUADOR VOTES FOR NEW NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

BACHELET ADMINISTRATION REACTS TO REPORTS OF U.S. THREATS

(May 31, 2006) Government spokespeople downplayed U.S. Department of State threats against Chile in the event that Chile supports Venezuela’s bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council. Ricardo Lagos Weber, Chile’s government spokesman, indicated that Chile would not be pressured by the U.S., but instead seek regional consensus on the issue before… Read More BACHELET ADMINISTRATION REACTS TO REPORTS OF U.S. THREATS

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

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