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Former Chilean President Sebastián Piñera Dies in Helicopter Crash

06 Feb 2024  |  www.nytimes.com
Former Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, who served two terms and was known for his pro-business policies, died in a helicopter crash in southern Chile. The crash, which occurred in the Los Ríos region, resulted in three survivors and the recovery of Piñera's body by the Chilean Navy. Piñera's tenure was marked by economic growth but also significant protests over economic inequality. Current President Gabriel Boric announced three days of national mourning, acknowledging Piñera's contributions to the nation.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  wrkf.org
Chile is preparing for a second plebiscite to decide on a new constitutional proposal, following the rejection of a previous progressive draft last year. The current proposal has faced criticism from feminist groups and others for not adequately protecting women's rights, the environment, or social welfare, and for containing conservative rhetoric. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the first reform attempt, has not commented on the new draft. The outcome of the vote may be influenced by public fatigue with the constitutional process, with some citizens expressing a desire to move past the issue.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  tpr.org
Chile is preparing for a second plebiscite to decide on a new constitutional proposal, following the rejection of a previous progressive draft last year. The current proposal has faced criticism from feminist groups and others who believe it does not adequately protect women's rights, the environment, or social welfare. While President Gabriel Boric supported the first attempt, he has not commented on the new draft. The proposal's fate may be influenced by public exhaustion with the constitutional process, as many citizens desire to move beyond the issue.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  southcarolinapublicradio.org
Chile is preparing for a second plebiscite to decide on a new constitutional proposal, following the rejection of a previous progressive draft in September last year. The current proposal has faced criticism from feminist groups and others who fear it is ultraconservative and does not adequately protect women, the environment, or social welfare. Chile's leftist president, Gabriel Boric, has not commented on this draft. The outcome of the vote may be influenced by public exhaustion with the constitutional process and a desire to move forward. John Bartlett reports from Santiago, Chile, for NPR News.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  wuwf.org
Chile is preparing for a second plebiscite to decide on a new constitutional proposal, which aims to replace the one from the Pinochet era. The first progressive draft was rejected last year, and current polls suggest a similar outcome for this attempt. The proposal has faced criticism for not adequately protecting women's rights, the environment, or social welfare, and for containing rhetoric similar to U.S. conservatives. President Gabriel Boric, who backed the first attempt, has not commented on the new draft. The process has left many Chileans feeling exhausted, with a desire to move past the constitutional issue.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  hppr.org
Chile is preparing for a second plebiscite to decide on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the one from the Pinochet era. The Coordinadora Feminista 8m group campaigns against it, fearing it threatens women's rights. A previous progressive proposal was rejected by 62% of voters. President Gabriel Boric, who backed the first attempt, has not commented on the new draft. Critics argue the proposal is ultraconservative, lacking in protections for women, the environment, and social welfare, and includes U.S. conservative rhetoric. Despite varying opinions, there is a shared desire among the public to resolve the constitutional issue.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  kdll.org
Chile is preparing for a second plebiscite to decide on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the one from the Pinochet era. The Coordinadora Feminista 8m and other critics argue that the new draft threatens women's rights and is ultraconservative, failing to adequately protect women, the environment, or social welfare. Despite President Gabriel Boric's support for the previous progressive draft, he has not commented on the current one. The proposal has been criticized for being poorly designed and for containing U.S. conservative rhetoric. With the country divided, the outcome of the vote may hinge on the public's desire to resolve the constitutional issue and move forward.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  northernpublicradio.org
Chile is preparing for a second plebiscite to decide on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the one from the Pinochet era. The first progressive draft was rejected last year, and current polls suggest a similar outcome for this attempt. The proposal has faced criticism for not adequately protecting women's rights, the environment, or social welfare, and for containing U.S. conservative rhetoric. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the previous draft, has not commented on the new one. The process has left many Chileans eager to move past the constitutional debate.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  krwg.org
Chile is preparing for a second plebiscite to decide on a new constitutional proposal, following the rejection of a previous progressive draft in September last year. The current proposal has faced criticism from feminist groups and others who believe it does not adequately protect women's rights, the environment, or social welfare. Chile's president, Gabriel Boric, has not commented on this draft. The proposal is seen as ultraconservative by some, with rhetoric borrowed from U.S. conservatives. Despite the controversy, there is a public desire to resolve the constitutional issue and move forward. The outcome of the vote may force politicians to seek new ways to address the people's demands.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  wuot.org
Chile is preparing for a second plebiscite to decide on a new constitutional proposal, following the rejection of a previous progressive draft. The current proposal has faced criticism from feminist groups and others who fear it is ultraconservative and inadequate in protecting women, the environment, and social welfare. Despite President Gabriel Boric's support for the initial reform attempt, he has not commented on the new draft. The outcome of the vote may lead politicians to seek alternative methods to address public demands.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  kdnk.org
Chile is preparing for a second plebiscite to decide on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the one from the Pinochet era. The Coordinadora Feminista 8m and other critics argue that the new draft threatens women's rights and does not adequately protect social welfare or the environment. The first progressive proposal was rejected last year, and polls suggest a similar outcome for the current draft. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the previous attempt, has not commented on the new proposal. Concerns include ultraconservative rhetoric and insufficient progressiveness. Despite the controversy, some Chileans express a desire to resolve the constitutional issue and move forward.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  fm.kuac.org
Chile is preparing for a second plebiscite to decide on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the one from the Pinochet era. The first progressive draft was rejected last year, and polls suggest the new proposal may also be declined. The Coordinadora Feminista 8m group opposes the draft, fearing it threatens women's rights and does not adequately protect social welfare or the environment. President Gabriel Boric, who backed the first attempt, has not commented on the new draft. Concerns are raised that the proposal is ultraconservative and borrows rhetoric from U.S. conservatives. Despite differing opinions, there is a shared desire among the public to resolve the constitutional issue.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  wesa.fm
Chile is preparing for a second plebiscite to decide on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the one from the Pinochet era. The Coordinadora Feminista 8m and other critics argue that the new draft threatens women's rights and is ultraconservative. Despite President Gabriel Boric's support for the previous progressive draft, he has not commented on the current one. Concerns are raised that the proposal does not adequately protect women, the environment, or social welfare. The outcome of the vote may be influenced by public exhaustion with the constitutional process, with some citizens eager to move beyond the issue.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  wkms.org
Chile is preparing for a second plebiscite to decide on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the one from the Pinochet era. The first progressive draft was rejected last year, and current polls suggest a similar outcome for this attempt. The proposal has faced criticism for not adequately protecting women's rights, the environment, or social welfare, and for containing conservative rhetoric. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the previous attempt, has not commented on the new draft. The outcome may be influenced by public fatigue with the constitutional process.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  wknofm.org
Chile is preparing for a second plebiscite to decide on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the one from the Pinochet era. The first progressive draft was rejected by 62% of voters last year, and polls suggest the new proposal may also be declined. The push for change originated from anti-inequality protests in 2019. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the initial reform attempt, has not commented on the new draft. Critics argue the proposal could threaten women's rights, environmental protections, and social welfare, with some rhetoric echoing U.S. conservative ideas. The outcome of the vote may be influenced by public fatigue with the constitutional process, and a desire to move past the issue.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  www.ctpublic.org
Chile is preparing for a second plebiscite to decide on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the one from the Pinochet era. The first progressive draft was rejected last year, and polls suggest the new proposal may also be declined. The Coordinadora Feminista 8m campaigns against it, fearing it threatens women's rights and doesn't sufficiently protect social welfare or the environment. President Gabriel Boric, who backed the first attempt, has not commented on the new draft. Concerns are raised that the proposal is ultraconservative and includes U.S. conservative rhetoric. While some like librarian Socaire Sanchez vote against it, others, weary of the process, just want to move on. The outcome of the vote may force politicians to seek alternative ways to address public demands.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  www.wkyufm.org
Chile is preparing for a second plebiscite to decide on a new constitutional proposal, following the rejection of a previous progressive draft in September last year. The current proposal has faced criticism from the Coordinadora Feminista 8m for threatening women's rights and from others for being ultraconservative. President Gabriel Boric, who backed the first attempt, has not commented on the new draft. The proposal's fate may be influenced by public exhaustion with the constitutional process, with some citizens eager to move beyond the issue. John Bartlett reports from Santiago, Chile, for NPR News.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  www.upr.org
Chile is preparing for a second plebiscite to vote on a new constitutional proposal, which aims to replace the current constitution from General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. The proposal faces significant opposition, particularly from feminist groups and those concerned about women's rights, the environment, and social welfare. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the first progressive attempt, has not commented on the latest draft. The proposal is described as balanced by some but criticized as ultraconservative by others. Public exhaustion with the constitutional process may influence the outcome of the vote.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  Aspen Public Radio
Chile is preparing for a second plebiscite to decide on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the one from General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. The first progressive draft was rejected last year, and polls suggest the new proposal may also face rejection. The Coordinadora Feminista 8m group campaigns against it, fearing it threatens women's rights and does not adequately protect social welfare or the environment. President Gabriel Boric, who backed the previous attempt, has not commented on the new draft. Concerns are raised that the proposal contains U.S. conservative rhetoric, such as homeschooling. Some citizens, like librarian Socaire Sanchez, oppose the draft for being poorly designed, while others, including far-right Republican Party member Luis Silva, see it as balanced. Antonia Rivas leads the campaign against the proposal, criticizing it for not improving upon current legislation. Despite differing views, there is a shared desire among the public to resolve the constitutional issue.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  WWNO
Chile is preparing for a second plebiscite to decide on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the one from the Pinochet era. The Coordinadora Feminista 8m group campaigns against it, fearing it threatens women's rights. The first progressive draft was rejected by 62% of voters last year, and polls suggest a similar outcome for the current proposal. The 2019 anti-inequality protests sparked the initiative to replace the 1980 constitution. President Gabriel Boric supported the initial reform attempt but has not commented on the new draft. Critics argue the proposal is ultraconservative, lacking in protections for women, the environment, and social welfare, and includes U.S. conservative rhetoric. Despite the controversy, some Chileans express a desire to resolve the constitutional issue and move forward.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  Delaware First Media
Chile is preparing for a second plebiscite to decide on a new constitutional proposal, following the rejection of a previous progressive draft in September last year. The current proposal has faced criticism from feminist groups and others who fear it is ultraconservative and fails to adequately protect women, the environment, or social welfare. Chile's president, Gabriel Boric, has not commented on this draft, which has been described as balanced by some, including a member of the far-right Republican Party. The country's citizens express a mix of opinions, with some eager to move past the constitutional debate. The outcome of the vote may force politicians to seek new ways to address the public's demands.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  KUAR
Chile is set to vote on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the current constitution from General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. The proposal faces significant opposition, particularly from feminist groups concerned about women's rights. The previous attempt at reform was rejected, and current polls suggest a similar outcome. The proposal has been criticized for being ultraconservative and not adequately addressing social welfare and environmental protection. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the first attempt, has not commented on the latest draft. Public sentiment is mixed, with some desiring closure on the constitutional issue.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  www.kosu.org
Chile is preparing for a second plebiscite to decide on a new constitutional proposal, following the rejection of a previous progressive draft. The current proposal has faced criticism from feminist groups and others who believe it does not adequately protect women's rights, the environment, or social welfare. Despite President Gabriel Boric's support for the initial reform attempt, he has not commented on the new draft. The outcome of the vote may be influenced by public fatigue with the constitutional process, and politicians may need to explore new avenues to address the people's demands.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  Lakeshore Public Media| Public Broadcasting for Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland
Chile is preparing for a second plebiscite to decide on a new constitutional proposal, following the rejection of a previous progressive draft in September last year. The current proposal has faced criticism from feminist groups and others who fear it does not adequately protect women, the environment, or social welfare, and contains conservative rhetoric. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the first reform attempt, has not commented on the new draft. The outcome of the vote may be influenced by public fatigue with the constitutional process, and a desire to move forward.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  KACU 89.5 | Abilene Public Radio in West Texas
Chile is preparing for a second plebiscite to decide on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the one from General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. The first progressive draft was rejected last year, and current polls suggest a similar outcome for this attempt. The proposal has faced criticism for not adequately protecting women's rights, the environment, or social welfare, and for containing U.S. conservative rhetoric. President Gabriel Boric, who backed the first attempt, has not commented on the new draft. The process has left many Chileans eager to move beyond the constitutional debate, which may influence the vote's outcome.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  www.kbbi.org
Chile is set to vote on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the one from General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. The proposal faces significant opposition, particularly from feminist groups and those concerned about women's rights, the environment, and social welfare. The previous attempt at reform was rejected, and current polls suggest a similar outcome. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the first proposal, has not commented on the latest draft. The outcome of the vote could determine the future of Chile's constitutional reform efforts.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  www.hawaiipublicradio.org
Chile is set to vote on a new constitutional proposal, the second attempt to replace the constitution from General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. The proposal faces significant opposition, particularly from feminist groups and those who believe it is ultraconservative and fails to protect women's rights, the environment, and social welfare. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the first progressive attempt, has not commented on the current draft. Public sentiment is divided, with some eager to move past the constitutional debate. The outcome of the vote will determine the next steps for Chile's constitutional reform.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  KTEP
Chile is set to vote on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the current constitution from General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. The proposal faces significant opposition, with feminist groups and other critics arguing it threatens women's rights and is ultraconservative. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the first progressive attempt, has not commented on the latest draft. Public sentiment is divided, with some eager to move past the constitutional debate. The outcome of the vote could determine the future of Chile's constitutional reform efforts.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  KASU
Chile is set to vote on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the one from General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. The proposal faces significant opposition, particularly from feminist groups and those concerned about women's rights, the environment, and social welfare. The previous attempt at reform was rejected, and current polls suggest a similar outcome. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the first attempt, has not commented on the latest draft. The proposal is described as balanced by some, but others see it as ultraconservative. Public exhaustion with the constitutional process may influence the vote's outcome.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  KUNR Public Radio
Chile is set to vote on a new constitutional proposal to replace the one from General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. The proposal faces significant opposition, particularly from feminist groups and those who believe it is ultraconservative and fails to protect women's rights, the environment, and social welfare. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the first progressive attempt, has not commented on the latest draft. Public sentiment is divided, with some eager to move past the constitutional debate. The outcome of the vote could determine the future of Chile's constitutional reform efforts.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  nepm.org
Chile is preparing for a second plebiscite to decide on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the one from the Pinochet era. The first progressive draft was rejected by 62% of voters last year, and current polls suggest a similar outcome for this attempt. The push for constitutional change originated from anti-inequality protests in 2019. President Gabriel Boric supported the initial reform attempt but has not commented on the new draft. Critics argue the latest proposal is ultraconservative, failing to adequately protect women, the environment, or social welfare, and includes U.S. conservative rhetoric. The outcome of the vote may be influenced by public fatigue with the constitutional process.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  WDIY | Lehigh Valley Public Radio
Chile is set to vote on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the one from General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. The proposal faces significant opposition, particularly from feminist groups and those concerned about women's rights, the environment, and social welfare. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the first progressive attempt, has not commented on the current draft. The proposal is described as balanced by some, but others see it as ultraconservative. Public exhaustion with the constitutional process may influence the outcome of the vote.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  www.wlrn.org
Chile is set to vote on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the one from General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. The proposal faces significant opposition, particularly from feminist groups concerned about women's rights. The previous attempt at reform was rejected, and current polls suggest a similar outcome. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the first attempt, has not commented on the new draft. The proposal is seen by some as balanced but criticized by others as ultraconservative and inadequate in addressing social issues. Public exhaustion with the constitutional debate may influence the vote's outcome.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  www.ideastream.org
Chile is set to vote on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the one from General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. The proposal faces significant opposition, particularly from feminist groups and those who believe it is ultraconservative and fails to protect women's rights, the environment, and social welfare. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the first progressive attempt, has not commented on the current draft. Public sentiment is divided, with some eager to move past the constitutional debate. The outcome of the vote could determine the future of Chile's constitutional reform efforts.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  Public Radio East
Chile is set to vote on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the current constitution from General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. The proposal faces significant opposition, particularly from feminist groups and critics who argue it is ultraconservative and fails to protect women's rights, the environment, and social welfare. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the first progressive attempt, has not commented on the latest draft. Public sentiment is divided, with some eager to move past the constitutional debate. The outcome of the vote will determine the future direction of Chile's constitutional reform efforts.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  KUCB
Chile is set to vote on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the one from General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. The proposal faces significant opposition, particularly from feminist groups and those who believe it is ultraconservative and fails to protect women's rights, the environment, and social welfare. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the first progressive attempt, has not commented on the current draft. Public sentiment is mixed, with some desiring closure on the constitutional issue. The outcome of the vote could determine the future of Chile's constitutional reform efforts.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  www.whqr.org
Chile is set to vote on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the one from General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. The proposal faces significant opposition, particularly from feminist groups and those who view it as ultraconservative. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the first progressive attempt, has not commented on the current draft. Public sentiment is mixed, with some desiring closure on the constitutional issue. The outcome of the vote could determine the future of Chile's constitutional reform efforts.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  www.kawc.org
Chile is set to vote on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the one from General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. The proposal faces significant opposition, with feminist groups and other critics arguing it threatens women's rights and is ultraconservative. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the first progressive attempt, has not commented on the current draft. Public sentiment is mixed, with some desiring closure on the constitutional issue. The outcome of the vote could determine the future of Chile's constitutional reform efforts.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  www.tspr.org
Chile is set to vote on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the one from General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. The proposal faces significant opposition, particularly from feminist groups and those concerned about women's rights, environmental protection, and social welfare. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the first progressive attempt, has not commented on the current draft. The proposal is seen by some as balanced but criticized by others as ultraconservative. Public exhaustion with the constitutional process may influence the outcome of the vote.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  Montana Public Radio
Chile is set to vote on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the current constitution from General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. The proposal faces significant opposition, particularly from feminist groups and those concerned about women's rights, the environment, and social welfare. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the first progressive attempt, has not commented on the latest draft. The proposal is described as balanced by some, but others view it as ultraconservative. Public exhaustion with the constitutional process may influence the vote's outcome, potentially leading politicians to seek alternative solutions to meet public demands.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  www.wcbe.org
Chile is set to vote on a new constitutional proposal to replace the one from General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. The proposal faces significant opposition, with feminist groups and other critics arguing it threatens women's rights and is ultraconservative. The previous attempt at reform was rejected, and current polls suggest a similar outcome. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the first attempt, has not commented on the latest draft. The outcome of the vote may hinge on public exhaustion with the ongoing constitutional debate and a desire to move forward.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  WXXI News
Chile is set to vote on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the one from General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. The proposal faces significant opposition, particularly from feminist groups and those concerned about women's rights, the environment, and social welfare. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the first progressive attempt, has not commented on the latest draft. The proposal is described as balanced by some but ultraconservative by others. Public exhaustion with the constitutional process may influence the outcome of the vote.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  KVPR | Valley Public Radio
Chile is set to vote on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the current constitution from General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. The proposal faces significant opposition, particularly from feminist groups and those concerned about women's rights, the environment, and social welfare. The previous attempt at constitutional reform was rejected, and current polls suggest a similar outcome. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the first attempt, has not commented on the latest draft. The outcome of the vote may hinge on public exhaustion with the ongoing constitutional debate.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  KLCC | NPR for Oregonians
Chile is set to vote on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the one from General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. The proposal faces significant opposition, particularly from feminist groups and those concerned about women's rights, the environment, and social welfare. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the first progressive attempt, has not commented on the current draft. The proposal is seen by some as balanced but criticized by others as ultraconservative. Public exhaustion with the constitutional process may influence the outcome, with many desiring to move beyond the constitutional debate.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  www.kwbu.org
Chile is set to vote on a new constitutional proposal, the second attempt to replace the constitution from General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. The proposal faces opposition from feminist groups and others who believe it threatens women's rights and is ultraconservative. President Gabriel Boric, who supported the first progressive attempt, has not commented on the latest draft. Public sentiment is mixed, with some desiring to move beyond the constitutional debate. The outcome of the vote could determine the future of Chile's constitutional reform efforts.

Chile to vote again on replacing its constitution

16 Dec 2023  |  WUNC
Chile is set to vote on a new constitutional proposal, aiming to replace the one from General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. The proposal faces significant opposition, particularly from feminist groups and those concerned about women's rights, the environment, and social welfare. President Gabriel Boric has not commented on the latest draft. The proposal is seen by some as balanced but criticized by others as ultraconservative. Public exhaustion with the constitutional process may influence the vote's outcome.

Chile’s right wing presents draft conservative constitution

07 Nov 2023  |  the Guardian
Chile's far-right Republican party has presented a conservative draft constitution that could replace the Pinochet-era charter, potentially restricting abortion rights, collective strike action, and reducing congressional deputies. President Gabriel Boric received the draft and announced a plebiscite for December 17. This follows the rejection of a previous progressive draft in September 2022. The new draft omits mention of Indigenous Chileans and includes a controversial article on the protection of the unborn, which could lead to a total abortion ban. The Republican party gained significant influence in the constitutional council after recent elections.

Tragedy, resilience and a miracle at Chile’s burned botanical garden

06 Oct 2023  |  San Juan Daily Star
A devastating wildfire in Chile's Valparaíso province has destroyed 98% of the National Botanical Garden of Viña del Mar, resulting in significant loss of life and property. The fire, believed to be intentionally set, claimed 122 lives, including a park ranger and her family. Authorities are investigating the cause while dealing with the aftermath. The botanical garden, a crucial conservation and research center, suffered extensive damage, but some rare plant species survived. The incident highlights the impact of climate change and the El Nino phenomenon on wildfire risks.

Forest fires in Chile consumed a 107-year-old botanical garden

02 Oct 2023  |  Salud con lupa
A devastating forest fire in Viña del Mar, Chile, destroyed 98% of the 107-year-old National Botanical Garden, resulting in significant loss of plant species and the tragic deaths of four individuals, including a long-time garden caretaker and her family. Authorities suspect the fires were intentionally set, with investigations ongoing. The garden, a crucial center for conservation and research, housed over 1000 species, including rare and endemic plants. Despite the destruction, some plants, including nearly extinct species, survived, offering hope for regeneration.

‘No Water in the Hydrants’: Communities Left Defenseless Against Chile’s Deadliest Wildfire

01 Feb 2023  |  www.nytimes.com
The deadliest wildfire in Chile in a decade, exacerbated by extreme climate conditions and management failures, killed at least 134 people and exposed significant vulnerabilities in urban water infrastructure. The wildfire, which hit the cities of Viña del Mar and Quilpué, highlighted the inadequacies of the water grid, particularly in informal settlements. Esval, the company controlling water rights in the region, faced criticism for failing to provide adequate water pressure, with residents seeking compensation and the Ministry of Public Works investigating the complaints. The disaster has reignited debates over Chile's privatized water rights system and the unequal access to water, especially in poorer communities.

Colombia’s President Visits Venezuela, Moving Away From Isolation

01 Nov 2022  |  www.nytimes.com
Colombian President Gustavo Petro's visit to Venezuela to meet with President Nicolás Maduro signifies a shift in international relations, moving away from the U.S.-led isolation strategy. This meeting marks a new chapter as leftist governments in South America soften their stance towards Maduro, despite accusations of crimes against humanity by the United Nations.

Bolsonaro and His Leftist Challenger, Lula, Are Headed for a Runoff, Officials Say

02 Oct 2022  |  www.nytimes.com
President Jair Bolsonaro and former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva are headed for a runoff in Brazil's presidential election after neither candidate secured more than 50% of the vote. Bolsonaro, who outperformed poll predictions, has claimed potential election fraud and awaits military verification of the results. Lula, a former leftist president, aims to revive his political career despite past corruption charges. The election is crucial for Brazil, facing economic challenges, environmental threats, and political polarization. The Supreme Court has taken significant actions against misinformation and election fraud claims, raising concerns about its expanded power.

Chile bets on green hydrogen: the country aims to be the world's cheapest producer of alternative fuel

16 May 2022  |  Dialnet
Chile is positioning itself to become the world's cheapest producer of green hydrogen, an alternative fuel. The article discusses the country's ambitions and the economic implications of this move, highlighting the potential for significant development in the green energy sector.

Mining of Lithium, Key to the Climate Fight, Faces New Scrutiny in Chile

06 Jan 2022  |  www.nytimes.com
Chile's plans to expand lithium mining, crucial for renewable energy technologies, face political challenges. The outgoing government's bid invitations for increased lithium production are scrutinized by advisers to president-elect Gabriel Boric, who advocates for a national lithium policy. Boric, a leftist, aims to balance economic benefits with environmental and social risks. The current producers, Albemarle and SQM, operate under government contracts. The debate is intensified by the drafting of a new constitution that could reshape the mining sector and water rights.

Lucía Hiriart, Powerful Wife of Chile’s Dictator, Dies at 98

19 Dec 2021  |  www.nytimes.com
Lucía Hiriart, wife of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, passed away at 98 in Santiago. Known for her significant influence during her husband's 17-year rule, she was a polarizing figure, viewed by some as a malevolent force and by others as a dedicated philanthropist. Her role in the 1973 coup and her power within the presidential palace were notable aspects of her legacy.

Meet the Candidates Who Might Write Chile’s New Constitution

12 May 2021  |  Foreign Policy
Chile is set to elect 155 members to draft a new constitution, replacing the one from Pinochet's era. This historic process aims to be inclusive, with reserved seats for Indigenous communities and gender parity. Key candidates include Bárbara Sepúlveda, a feminist lawyer; Cristina Dorador, a scientist advocating for decentralization; and Francisca Linconao, a Mapuche spiritual leader. The new constitution seeks to address long-standing issues such as social inequality, Indigenous rights, and decentralization, reflecting the diverse priorities of the candidates.

Chile’s Protesters Have Won a Path to a New Constitution

15 Nov 2019  |  Foreign Policy
Chile has reached a historic agreement to hold a nationwide plebiscite in April 2020, allowing citizens to decide on drafting a new constitution. This decision follows weeks of widespread protests demanding political and social reforms. The current constitution, dating back to the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, is criticized for its neoliberal economic policies and lack of social welfare guarantees. The plebiscite will offer two options for drafting the new constitution: a hybrid assembly or a fully elected constitutional assembly. The agreement marks a significant step towards addressing the protesters' demands and potentially ending the sociopolitical crisis.
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