Search Results for "Chile" : 16

by / on January 3, 2014 at 11:50 pm / in Cover Story, Latin America, Winter 2013, World

Red Hot Chile-crats

by With its unique history, culture, and geographic diversity, Chile provokes the interest of observers and analysts. Yet, it is one of Chile’s more scarcely commented upon features − its outlandish political system− that has great potential to yield some truly valuable insights. A function of its tumultuous recent past, Chile’s political set-up possesses many unusual features. The country remains the only one with a binomial electora…

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by / on December 19, 2011 at 11:45 pm / in Latin America, World

The Chile Winter

…overnment buildings and private businesses. In return, they have been bombarded with water cannons and tear gas. Chilean president Sebastián Piñera has even threatened to invoke national security laws to declare the protests illegal. This heavy-handed response has triggered red flags in a country leery of a return to authoritarianism. These inconsistent faces of the Chilean movement speak to its complex, multifaceted nature and to the source of i…

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by / on October 24, 2011 at 12:44 am / in Cover Story, Domestic, Latin America, World

Acknowledging the Americas

…nds on complex factors like domestic politics, historical-cultural understandings, social systems and geography. Chile, for example, has consistently received praise from the West as “the good house in a bad neighborhood.” Its commitment to liberalism and historical relationship with the United States have strictly identified Chile as an automatic ally. In recent years, however, Chile has broadened its gaze. First, it has sought to augment its ec…

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by / on March 25, 2013 at 7:19 pm / in Domestic

Classroots Activism

…eans impossible, and almost certainly necessary to form a radical movement for educational equality. Protests in Chile have demonstrated how such a movement for transformational education reform can become a force for broader social change. As a result of a neoliberal education system left over from the rule of former dictator Augusto Pinochet, Chile’s public schools, at all levels, are the most privatized and unequal among rich countries. Tuitio…

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by / on March 9, 2014 at 11:56 am / in Campus, Events

*Events* March 10th-14th

…c status than displaced applicants. “Memory for the Future: Collaborative Witnessing in Post-Dictatorship Chile” 7:00pm – 9:00pm Columbia University Morningside Campus Faculty House In December 2013, a transnational group of scholars, artists, and activists came together at Columbias Global Center in Santiago de Chile to reflect on the manifold ways in which cultural memory of the Pinochet dictatorship has been and can be…

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by / on October 2, 2012 at 10:40 pm / in Campus, Domestic, Opinion, Uncategorized

Distilled Democracy

by Wikimedia Commons Most American young adults have grown up with at least a vague sense of disillusionment towards the democratic voting processes.  Since the historically low voter turnout during the 1996 presidential election — during which less than 50 percent of the voting-age population participated — the collective attitude towards voting in elections has been one of frustration or sarcasm, that we are in some sense humoring A…

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by / on June 10, 2012 at 9:07 am / in ACE Forum, Allegiance of College Editors

Ace Forum: Healthcare III

by This is the third in a four-part series on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In the first installment of this forum, Hussein Elbakri, of the Columbia Political Review, analyzed the arguments for and against the Affordable Care Act’s constitutionality. Next Noah Fram, of the Vanderbilt Political Review, discussed the Act from the standpoint of public policy, asking directly if the bill is “a normative good for society.”…

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by / on March 11, 2013 at 2:44 am / in Domestic, Opinion

Manufacturing a School Budget Crisis

by Occupy Philly, 2011 Austerity is nothing if not a function of crisis. The kinds of cuts to public services that have become commonplace in the past several decades could have no justification except as necessary remedies to unavoidable catastrophe, never mind whether or not such a catastrophe actually exists. This appears to be the reasoning behind the ongoing wave of cuts to public schools in several American cities, most recently…

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by / on April 23, 2013 at 3:12 pm / in Domestic, Opinion

Never Too Soon

by   On May 1st, 2011, crowds in Washington, D.C., New York, and other major American cities gathered spontaneously to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden. In the aftermath of the death of quite possibly the most hated man in the world (that is, from the American point of view), Americans were eager to express their elation. Newspapers printed […]

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by / on April 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm / in Opinion, World

Dammed If You Do, Dammed If You Don’t

by Of the most controversial topics in Latin America today, few are as divisive as the politics of dam building. At the surface, it looks like a rather innocuous issue – surely not something that could pit the hoi polloi against the burgeoning bourgeoisie. But that is what has happened. After years of grassroots campaigns and Internet barrages of the celebrity-crazed media, the largest of these projects have been given the go-ahead – o…

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