Category Archives: Politics

Piñera and a new bout of smash-and-grab

The New York Times’ description of Chile as a “deeply polarized nation” would reflect my own experience of a country, which desperately needs at least some of the social and economic changes the socialist president, Michelle Bachelet, wanted to implement … Continue reading

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Norman Finkelstein and red lines for the American Jewish Community

Almost five years ago this blog covered Norman Finkelstein’s original attack on the ‘Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement’ and came to the conclusion that it is for the Palestinians to decide whether to accept what is essentially a soft … Continue reading

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Chile and patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel

It was originally conceived as an inkling of Chilean “ressentiment” when our guide in the Atacama desert raged against Bolivians and when, three weeks later, in Pichilemu, a beach resort town in central Chile, a hotel waiter thought it apt … Continue reading

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Conversation in Chile and rentier capitalism

Castro on the island of Chiloé is a pleasant little town and, despite the occasional dilapidated building, the town appears quite prosperous. As usual, it is the targeted conversations that reveal a different picture and when you are informed that … Continue reading

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Chile, stupendous scenery, and the Chicago Boys stopping me getting a decent coffee

These are only observations, but the prices being charged in Chile are similar to those in Western Europe, but the service is not. Moreover, while the stupendous scenery does more than compensate for the lack of infrastructure, the poor roads, … Continue reading

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bonkers Britain to issue new passports

After the supposed concessions made to the EU, the British government can think of nothing better to buoy up the Brexiteers than tell them that they will be getting little blue passports once the UK leaves the European Union. Of … Continue reading

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Chile, Piñera wins, and living the story

A few weeks are being spent in Chile and once again BBC World is actually being accessed. A lot of promoting their own drivel and for the busy beaver who cannot find the time to tune into worthwhile news the … Continue reading

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