Augusto Pinochet News
Family of Víctor Jara, Renowned Chilean Singer Killed During Dictatorship, Seeks Justice in U.S.
The widow and the two daughters of Víctor Jara, an emblematic Chilean folk-singer, have filed a civil lawsuit in Florida against the man who is accused of torturing and killing Jara during the first days of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship. The plaintiffs seek punitive and compensatory damages in a
Eleven-Year-Old Girl’s Ordeal Spurs Abortion Debate in Chile
"Belén," an 11-year-old girl from a rural town in southern Chile, says that she was sexually abused by her 31-year-old stepfather since she was seven. She is now 14 weeks pregnant. Belén, whose face was concealed to protect her identity, told a local television station about her ordeal, and about
What Egypt Can Learn From Latin America's Revolutions
At 6 p.m. local time Wednesday, the Egyptian army overthrew Mohamed Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected president, in response to nearly a week of violent protests and social unrest. Egyptian defense minister Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi announced that the military would temporarily
Pablo Neruda May Have Been Killed By a CIA Double Agent
Nearly 40 years after the fact, Pablo Neruda's death still bewilders Chilean authorities. Neruda, a Nobel laureate described by famed Mexican author Carlos Fuentes, as "the first great poet of the Spanish language since the 17th century," died in September 1973 of apparent natural causes. But in
Chile Exhumes Poet's Body in Hopes of Solving Decades Old Murder Mystery
On Monday morning, Chilean authorities exhumed the body of Chilean poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda in a ceremony in Isla Negra that was closely watched by international observers and hundreds of journalists from all across the globe. The disinterment of the poet's body in the Chilean Coast was
Oscar-Nominated Film "NO" Controversial in Chile
As far as sacred democratic moments go, the 1988 plebiscite ranks unrivalled in Chilean history. The non-violent triumph of the "no" option by 55.9%, which meant the end of the Pinochet dictatorship after more than 15 years, was a magical era for most of the country, one in which idealism proved to
New York Film Festival: 12 Movies You Must See
One of my favorite film festivals kicks off today with Ang Lee's Life of Pi in 3D and this year, there's more than one reason to be excited. The New York Film Festival celebrates 50 years and bids farewell to its Selection Committee Chair (and Film Society of Lincoln Center Program Director)
Political Football: Germany Ousts Greece From Euro Soccer Championship
Greece found itself in a familiar position today — pinned under German boot heels — but this time it involved a soccer title instead of the eurozone. It was a quarter-final match of the European championship soccer match in Gdansk, Poland. Germany won, 4-1, with...
Political Football: Greece Takes On Germany
Greece will wiggle itself out from under Germany’s boot heel for at least 90 minutes today, as the international spotlight shifts from the Eurozone’s hottest fiscal feud to an unlikely European Championship quarter-final soccer match in Gdansk, Poland. Victory against the heavily favored German ...
Occupy Movement Hopes for New Lease on Life
The Occupy movement got off to a great start last fall, but living in a tent camp seemed less attractive during the Northern European winter. Now that spring is back, activists are hoping for a protest renaissance. But the loose-knit group still needs to figure out what it actually stands for. When