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Lesson of Chile’s earthquake

Chile's earthquake was 500 times more powerful than the one that struck Haiti, yet the destruction in Chile was far less. What should we conclude from that?


Billionaire wins Chile election

Sebastian Pinera defeated Eduardo Frei, the candidate of the governing coalition (Concertacion), becoming the first candidate from the right wing to win Chile's presidency since 1958.


Chilean communists win seats for first time since Allende

Seven of eight million registered voters (88%) turned out for Chile's December general elections, and the results made news worldwide.


World Notes: Western Sahara, Iraq, Chile, Canada, Indonesia, Cuba

After taking Aminatou Haidar to a hospital on Dec. 17, Spanish authorities removed the "Saharan Gandhi" from the Canary Islands to Western Sahara.


Conservative presidential candidate takes Chilean vote

Presidential and congressional elections on Dec. 13 were bad news for the Chilean left and working class.

World Notes: Chile, UK, Gilbraltar, UN, Afghanistan, Cuba

Chile and indigenous rights; UK and privatization; United Nations and food aid; Gibraltar and worker rights; Afghanistan and stress; Cuba and children.

WORLDNOTES – Iraq, Canada, Italy, Chile, China, and Cuba

On Aug. 17, the Nouri al-Maliki government expressed backing for a national referendum next January on the U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) reached late last year. U.S. officials were caught unawares, according to the Washington Post, because the Parliament had failed so far to implement the referendum that lawmakers had advanced as a condition for supporting the SOFA.

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