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  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:35:58 PM PDT · by illiac · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/23/14 | By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles of Reuters
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17...
  • Violent Protests Against Israel in London, Paris, Chile, Belgium

    07/19/2014 8:49:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 7/19/2014, 10:22 PM | AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
    Parts of central London were brought to a standstill on Saturday as thousands of pro-Palestinians marched in protest against Israel’s offensive in Gaza, while in Paris a banned demonstration descended into violence. Organizers of the London rally claimed that “tens of thousands” of people joined the march from Prime Minister David Cameron’s office to the Israeli embassy, many of them chanting “Israel is a terror state”. Police refused to give an estimate for the number present but several roads through the centre of the capital were closed during the three-mile (4.8-kilometer) march, which passed off peacefully. …
  • US to finance power plant in Chile

    06/30/2014 11:47:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Jacaranda 94.2 FM South Africa ^ | July 1, 2014 | South African Press Association
    The United States is helping Chile build a major solar power plant in the Atacama Desert, US President Barack Obama said. In his meeting with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, Obama said the 141-megawatt plant would "help meet their energy needs." The 230 million dollars in backing will come from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a US government arm that mobilizes private capital for development projects. Bachelet noted strong economic ties with the United States through a 10-year-old free trade agreement. Chile has further strong trade programmes with California and Massachusetts. Obama saluted Chile as a "model of democracy in...
  • Breakfast Burrito Byway (NM Mornings Can Be Chile)

    06/16/2014 3:27:48 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 23 replies
    New Mexico True ^ | June 16, 2014 | NM Tourism Department
    In New Mexico almost no food, no meal is without the influence of the famous chile pepper. So it should be no surprise that New Mexico claims the invention of the Breakfast Burrito. It is the wrapped wonder that brings spice to the morning. It is now a staple on menus across the Southwest, and showing up frequently on menus nationwide. Even fast food chains now offer versions. Now, to celebrate this success and its New Mexico heritage, we have created the New Mexico True Breakfast Burrito Byway.
  • Watch 1,000 daringly stupid people eat 1,000 ghost peppers for fun in Copenhagen

    06/11/2014 1:37:02 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 44 replies
    Global Post ^ | 06/11/2014 | Timothy McGrath
    Seemed like a good idea at the time. Last week in Copenhagen, 1,000 people gathered in a public square to participate in a collective act that some might call idiotic and others brave. Together, bound in solidarity, they each ate one ghost chili pepper — one of the spiciest chili peppers on Earth. Also called the "bhut jolokia," the ghost pepper grows in the Indian states of Assam and Nagland and, from 2007 till it was dethroned in 2012 by the Trinidad moruga scorpion, it was certified as the hottest pepper in the world by Guinness World Records. It measures...
  • Caliche: the conflict mineral that fuelled the first world war (WW I battle in Chile.)

    06/04/2014 10:30:17 PM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 2, 2014 | Daniel A Gross
    One of the forgotten battles of the first world war was fought for Chilean dirt. It wasn't just any dirt, though – it was caliche, a whitish substance rich in the crucial mineral sodium nitrate. Nitrates are the active ingredient of bombs and bullets.
  • CIA 1, HOLLYWOOD 0

    02/19/2004 11:56:57 PM PST · by kattracks · 10 replies · 187+ views
    New York Post ^ | 2/20/04
    <p>February 20, 2004 -- Remember "Missing," the 1982 movie by left-wing director Costa-Gavras, which starred Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek? The hit film accused the U.S. government of complicity in the disappearance and murder of a young New Yorker in the days following the 1973 military coup that toppled Chile's Marxist president, Salvador Allende, from power.</p>
  • Chile Fire: Amazing Photos Show Scale of Devastating Valparaiso Blaze

    04/14/2014 3:10:27 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 40 replies
    International Business Times ^ | April 14, 2014 10:15 GMT | David Sim
    Firefighters battled deadly forest fires in Valparaiso, Chile for a second night after coastal winds whipped up the flames again. At least 12 people were killed and 500 injured as the blaze swept through the hills above the city, destroying 2,000 homes and forcing 10,000 people to flee.
  • 7.8 Earthquake in Northern Chile (another one)

    04/02/2014 8:31:41 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    USGS ^ | April 2, 2014
    M7.8 - 23km S of Iquique, Chile 2014-04-03 02:43:15 UTC Event Time 2014-04-03 02:43:15 UTC 2014-04-02 23:43:15 UTC-03:00 at epicenter 2014-04-02 19:43:15 UTC-07:00 system time Location 20.430°S 70.113°W depth=20.0km (12.4mi) Nearby Cities 23km (14mi) S of Iquique, Chile 184km (114mi) N of Tocopilla, Chile 217km (135mi) S of Arica, Chile 256km (159mi) NNW of Calama, Chile 481km (299mi) SSW of La Paz, Bolivia
  • LIVE: Massive earthquake hits Chile; stronger temblor waiting in the wings?

    04/02/2014 7:36:25 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    zeenews.india.com ^ | April 02, 2014, 19:33 | Supriya Jha
    07:30 pm: Copper mining unaffected by quake The quake seems to not have impacted Chile's flourishing copper mining industry as state-owned copper miner, Codelco, said there were no reports of injuries to employees or damage to its operations in the area affected, reported the Wall Street Journal. 05:00 pm: Bigger quake waiting in the wings? The northern Chile that had been witnessing tremors since last two weeks on Tuesday was rattled by a stronger quake of magnitude 8.2 earthquake. But if a geophysicist is to be believed, a bigger quake might be waiting in the wings. According to the CNN,...
  • Tsunami strikes Chile: Live updates after massive 8.3 magnitude earthquake causes giant wave

    04/01/2014 7:14:09 PM PDT · by kingattax · 79 replies
    Mirror UK ^ | 4-2-14
    A wave of more than six feet in height has hit the port of Iquique in Chile. It is a key copper exporting port, close to the country's main copper mines. Mining companies Codelco and BHP Billiton said that had not yet received reports of damage to mines.
  • Chile just had a 5.2 earthquake where that last 8.0 was today

    04/01/2014 7:04:33 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 88 replies
    Chile just had a 5.2 earthquake in the same spot they had an 8.0 earthquake earlier tonight! http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/#%7B%22feed%22%3A%221day_m25%22%2C%22search%22%3Anull%2C%22sort%22%3A%22newest%22%2C%22basemap%22%3A%22grayscale%22%2C%22autoUpdate%22%3Atrue%2C%22restrictListToMap%22%3Atrue%2C%22timeZone%22%3A%22local%22%2C%22mapposition%22%3A%5B%5B-65.6582745198266%2C-284.765625%5D%2C%5B66.51326044311188%2C-11.6015625%5D%5D%2C%22overlays%22%3A%7B%22plates%22%3Atrue%7D%2C%22viewModes%22%3A%7B%22list%22%3Atrue%2C%22map%22%3Atrue%2C%22settings%22%3Afalse%2C%22help%22%3Afalse%7D%7D
  • Magnitude 8.0 quake off Chile sparks tsunami warning along Latin America's Pacific coast

    04/01/2014 5:27:30 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 249 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4-1-2014
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A massive magnitude 8.0 earthquake on Tuesday off the coast of Chile, near the mining port of Iquique, sparked a tsunami warning for all of Latin America's Pacific coast, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. "An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines near the epicenter within minutes and more distant coastlines within hours," it said.
  • M8.0 - 79km WNW of Iquique, Chile

    04/01/2014 4:59:28 PM PDT · by Errant · 106 replies
    USGS ^ | 1 April 2014
    Very shallow at 10km! Offshore...
  • Jewish groups assail Chilean art school which promotes Nazi ideology

    03/30/2014 1:59:05 AM PDT · by zoharm · 4 replies
    The “Art school, President General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte” is set to open on the southern island of Chiloe.
  • UFO: Two Soccer Stadiums sized Alien UFO in Chile

    03/29/2014 1:17:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    lecanadian.com ^ | 2014/03/29 | Ishaan Bhati
    After considerable research time we reached a series of conclusions that are the same obtained in the United States, and which are: this photograph is real and not a hoax; Second, that the incidence of the light in these clouds is the same as that which falls upon the object; Third, that it has its own light, and therefore a series of portholes are visible.” “This is according to our Ph.D in meteorology, and according to the clouds existing at the time during that season in the Cordillera, makes it twice the size of the National Stadium (in Chile),” CEFFAA...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Milky Way Dawn

    03/29/2014 5:39:58 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | March 29, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: As dawn broke on March 27, the center of the Milky Way Galaxy stood almost directly above the European Southern Observatory's Paranal Observatory. In the dry, clear sky of Chile's Atacama desert, our galaxy's dusty central bulge is flanked by Paranal's four 8 meter Very Large Telescope units in this astronomical fisheye view. Along the top, Venus is close to the eastern horizon. The brilliant morning star shines very near a waning crescent Moon just at the edge of one of the telescope structures. Despite the bright pairing in the east, the Milky Way dominates the scene though. Cut...
  • Chileans worry over string of 300 quakes in north

    03/25/2014 8:09:09 AM PDT · by F15Eagle · 24 replies
    My Fox NY ^ | Posted: Mar 25, 2014 7:50 AM CST Updated: Mar 25, 2014 7:51 AM CST | Associated Press writer Eva Vergara contributed to this report.
    <p>LUIS ANDRES HENAO SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — More than 300 earthquakes have shaken Chile's far-northern coast the past week, keeping people on edge as scientists say there is no way to tell if the unusual string of tremors is a harbinger of an impending disaster.</p>
  • Wine: Is China the New Chile When it Comes to Wine?

    01/19/2008 7:03:22 AM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 11 replies · 107+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | January 18, 2008 | By Jonathan Ray
    We are an hour from Beijing. The motorway is all but deserted and, apart from far-off hills and snowy mountains, the surrounding countryside is flat and nondescript. The occasional dreary town flashes past, its tower blocks lit by the last of the day's feeble, wintry sun. Suddenly, I spot a pair of jaunty-looking turrets peeking from behind some trees. We round the corner and there, in all its remarkable Loire Valley-like glory stands Château Changyu. Beside me, Austrian winemaker Lenz Moser, with whom I'm travelling, gives a whistle of astonishment. "I've seen photos of this place," he whispers, "but I...
  • PALIN SYRAH: WINE DRINKERS BALK AT A CHILEAN WINE WITH HINTS OF ALASKA

    09/24/2008 8:20:39 AM PDT · by Fox_Mulder77 · 31 replies · 237+ views
    Fox News ^ | September 24, 2008 | Jennifer Lawinski
    An organic wine from Chile has oenophiles in San Francisco turning up their noses. But there’s nothing wrong with the wine. It’s the name that bothers them: Palin Syrah. The wine from a boutique vineyard in Chile was once a strong seller, but now it’s an outcast in the City by the Bay because its name comes way too close to a certain governor from the state of Alaska, says Celine Guillou, co-owner of the Yield Wine Bar. Palin Syrah — pronounced Pay-LEEN — takes its name from a ball used in a Chilean-style hockey game, and it has been...
  • Saved from abortion, Chilean twin brothers are now priests

    08/17/2013 2:21:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cna ^ | August 16, 2013
    Santiago, Chile, Aug 16, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two twin brothers in Chile say that their mother’s determination in protecting them from abortion despite the advice of doctors helped to foster their vocations to the priesthood. “How can I not defend the God of life?” said Fr. Paulo Lizama. “This event strengthened my vocation and gave it a specific vitality, and therefore, I was able to give myself existentially to what I believe.” “I am convinced of what I believe, of what I am and of what I speak, clearly by the grace of God,” he told CNA....
  • Experts: Iran Exerting Troubling Influence in Latin America

    02/21/2014 12:20:10 AM PST · by Cindy · 21 replies
    THE WASHINGTON FREE BEACON ^ | February 4, 2014 | by Daniel Wiser
    Snippet: "Iran and its terrorist proxy groups’ influence in Latin America remains a troubling security threat to the region and world, experts said at a congressional hearing on Tuesday."
  • If It’s Chili, It’s Personal

    02/13/2014 4:00:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 123 replies
    New York Times ^ | FEB. 10, 2014 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    Chili tastes are highly personal, often inflexible and loaded with preconceptions — the political party of culinary offerings. For some people raised in Texas, the notion of beans is akin to cat food, dismissed with derision as filler. Some chili cooks believe flavor rises and falls on cumin levels; others say the story begins and ends with dried chiles. Some like a rich beefy stock, and there are those who extol the entanglement of bacon. Poultry and venison have their place (beef purists blanch), and vegetarian chili is met largely with guffaws except by the people who smilingly bring it...
  • VOLCANO ERUPTION VIEW FROM SPACE

    01/31/2014 5:01:55 PM PST · by Doogle · 20 replies
    YT ^ | 01/31/14 | GabeHashTV
    NASA Video Captures Stunning Volcano Eruption View from Space
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- From the Northern to the Southern Cross

    01/27/2014 4:22:54 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | January 27, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: There is a road that connects the Northern to the Southern Cross but you have to be at the right place and time to see it. The road, as pictured above, is actually the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy; the right place, in this case, is dark Laguna Cejar in Salar de Atacama of Northern Chile; and the right time was in early October, just after sunset. Many sky wonders were captured then, including the bright Moon, inside the Milky Way arch; Venus, just above the Moon; Saturn and Mercury, just below the Moon; the Large and...
  • SPIRIT LED

    01/16/2014 5:43:07 PM PST · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 1-16-14 | Jedediah
    My augmentation is "purely" spirit led and guided every step of the way FOR MY WORD IS IN YOU , nothing lacking or missing FOR I AM THE WORD AND THE SPIRIT so do not be anxious that something is missing FOR I AM WITH YOU and will "never" forsake you and this is why I AM your Yes and Amen to all you do in and through Me! Acts 17:27-29 Amplified Bible (AMP) 27 So that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after Him and find Him, although He is not far from each...
  • Chile soccer club shirt offends local Jews (“Palestino” shirts show all of Israel as “Palestine”)

    01/07/2014 9:58:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 01.07.14, 18:11 | Ilan Halperin and AP
    A soccer shirt is igniting a war of words between Chile’s Jewish and Palestinian communities, after a local club brought politics to the football field and offended the country’s Jews. […] Many are outraged because shirts that include the number “1” show the numeral in the shape of Israel and the Palestinian territories, implying all the land is Palestinian and basically ignoring the foundation of the State of Israel in 1948. …
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Geminid Meteors over Chile

    12/23/2013 4:00:30 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | December 23, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: From a radiant point in the constellation of the Twins, the annual Geminid meteor shower rained down on planet Earth over the past few weeks. Recorded near the shower's peak over the night of December 13 and 14, the above skyscape captures Gemini's shooting stars in a four-hour composite from the dark skies of the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. In the foreground the 2.5-meter du Pont Telescope is visible as well as the 1-meter SWOPE telescope. The skies beyond the meteors are highlighted by Jupiter, seen as the bright spot near the image center, the central band of...
  • Unpopular Populism in Chile

    12/20/2013 6:29:17 AM PST · by InsightSur · 6 replies
    Chile’s former president Michelle Bachelet won in a runoff election this Sunday, afterfailing to obtain a majority of votes in November’s first round. She has now cleared the path to a second term as president of Chile, with 62 percent of the vote, bettering the 37 percent garnered by her childhood playmate, economist, and recent minister of labor and social security, Evelyn Matthei. She did win a majority of votes on Sunday, but that’s only half the story. As US author and humorist Mark Twain famously mused, “there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
  • Election Of Socialist Is Bad Omen For Free-Market Chile

    12/17/2013 8:03:25 PM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 42 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 16 Dec 2013 | Editorial
    Leftism: Chile has long been a global model of free-market economics. But on Sunday, it elected socialist Michelle Bachelet, who ran on a platform of tax hikes and "free" education. What drives a country to reject success? Bachelet took an astonishing 62% of the vote against her more conservative rival, Evelyn Matthei, who drew just 38%. It wasn't entirely surprising: Bachelet projected a cheery, confident, maternal demeanor and made few gaffes, quite unlike the less polished Matthei. She also had a good record: As president from 2006 to 2010, she left office with a phenomenal 84% popularity rating — in...
  • Michelle Bachelet easily regains Chile presidency

    12/15/2013 6:17:27 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 25 replies
    WJTV.COM ^ | 15 DECEMBER 2013 | AP
    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - Chile's once and future leader Michelle Bachelet easily won Sunday's presidential runoff, returning center-left parties to power by promising profound social changes in response to years of street protests. Bachelet won 62 percent of the vote, the most decisive victory in eight decades of Chilean elections. Her conservative rival, Evelyn Matthei only got 37 percent of the vote and conceded defeat in the worst performance for the right in two decades. Bachelet needs the momentum of her resounding victory to strengthen her mandate and try to overcome congressional opposition to fulfill her promises. The 62-year old...
  • Socialist Candidate Holds Dominant Position in Chile’s Runoff Election

    12/13/2013 4:29:20 PM PST · by InsightSur · 36 replies
    This Sunday, Chileans will head to the polls for the final round of voting in this year’s presidential elections. Constituents choosing to participate will vote for the second time in less than a month, in a runoff election between socialist candidate Michelle Bachelet and the recent minister of labor and social security, Evelyn Matthei.
  • Chile's Right Wing Presidential Candidate Accepts Jesus Christ After First Round of Elections

    11/29/2013 1:01:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/29/2013 | Jessica Martinez
    Chilean presidential candidate, Evelyn Matthei, recently met with evangelicals to discuss her biblically conservative agenda, which she vows to maintain if elected president during the nation's Dec. 15 election. "I pledge to continue with the future of our government and God willing if I get there, nothing will be done that goes against what the Bible says," said Matthei, during her speech, according to her campaign website. "Marriage is between a man and a woman, and life is cared for from the moment of conception until natural death. No to abortion, no to euthanasia. That is a commitment I make...
  • Chile: How Decades Of Positive Growth Could Be Destroyed By The Results Of A Recent Election

    11/21/2013 6:31:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/21/2013 | Alejandro Chafuen
    Only a few years ago it seemed that the free market changes in Chile had created an irreversible positive change. Over the last 30 years I have traveled frequently to the area and have witnessed that no other country in the region can boast of similar positive changes. Also, since the return to democracy, the presidential elections have been very competitive. Although the candidates have varied on their economic ideas, the differences between them were negligible. The left-center coalition that won last week’s election, however, has enough bad ideas and power in congress to put an end to the positive...
  • WikiLeaks publishes draft version of TPP agreement revealing more details about secret document

    11/13/2013 4:25:19 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Highly secretive trade agreement have been published on the WikiLeaks website with 95 pages that were taken from the recent TPP or better known as Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. The main aim of the TPP is to unite nations such as the United States, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Chile, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, New Zealand and Brunei that combine with itself about 40% of gross domestic product. Barack Obama and other leaders of the outstanding 11 states were keeping the TPP in secrecy for a lot of years. According to the officials, the agreement would stir up the economies of those...
  • Experts Determine Pablo Neruda Died From Cancer Not Poison

    11/08/2013 4:23:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    The Santiago Times ^ | Fri, Nov 8th, 2013 | Charlotte Karrlsson-Willis
    The results are finally in regarding the death of Nobel-Prize winning poet Pablo Neruda — he was not murdered. Friends of the poet launched an investigation based on the testimony of his former driver Manuel Arayas in 2011. According to Arayas, Neruda had been poisoned in September 1973 by agents of Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship and the official documents, which claimed he died from cancer, were hiding the truth. Judge Mario Carroza picked up the case, ordering the exhumation of Pablo Neruda in April of this year. After a long list of tests and forensic procedures, including those conducted...
  • Obama's Push For Foreign Direct Investment (US Lowest Behind Mexico, Venezuela)

    10/27/2013 11:19:46 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 7 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/27/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    President Obama and his senior cabinet officials are mounting a big push to bolster foreign direct investment in the US – amid evidence that America is falling behind other countries in the race for global capital. The evidence? How about the USA being near the bottom in the Americas with Chile leading and the USA down at the bottom with Mexico, El Salvador and Venezuela. Even Paraguay has a higher FDI as a percentage of GDP! fdiamericas “On the heels of the manufactured crises in Washington, it’s time for folks to come together and focus on doing everything we can...
  • IRGC and the Spiritual Vacuum of Latin American Leftists

    IRGC and the spiritual vacuum of Latin American leftists The following is a glimpse of the kind of thing I often see while researching the activities of the IRGC (writ large) in Latin America. Communism fails to provide for the spiritual needs of leftwing political activists, and the Islamic Republic of Iran seems to have done a pretty good job of inserting themselves and the Khomeinist version of Shiism into that void. (Either that or the IRI is throwing lots of money around and the leftists are whores, which is certainly possible, but for the moment I'll take the more...
  • Yes, Chile's Private Pension Model Works, Big Time

    09/27/2013 10:02:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    IBD ^ | 09/27/2013
    Pensions: In Chile, a major study shows the nation's private retirement accounts provide workers pensions worth 87% of their salaries, 73% of that from profits on savings. So much for the canard about the perils of markets. The story was front-page news in Chile's largest newspapers, El Mercurio and La Tercera, on Sept. 3, a powerful affirmation of what former Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain called "The Chilean Model" of private retirement accounts. The study of 28,000 households by Dictuc, a consultancy affiliated with the Catholic University of Chile, showed that male workers who contributed just 10%...
  • Dictator tortured victims with Julio Iglesias music

    09/21/2013 11:22:24 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 82 replies
    The Local (Spain) ^ | 12 Sep 2013 16:38 GMT+02:00
    Songs by the Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias were used "to inflict psychological and physical damage" on prisoners detained during the military dictatorship of Chile's Augusto Pinochet. Dr Katia Chornik, a researcher at Manchester University, has looked into how the military dictator employed songs by Spain's most internationally celebrated singer as part of a "torture soundtrack". Other songs by former Beatle George Harrison, Italian pop artist Gigi l'Amoroso and the soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange were played over and over again at high volume in the countless torture houses and concentration camps of Chile's dictatorship years. "Pinochet's system used...
  • The Other 9-11—When Commies Tasted Their Own Medicine

    09/14/2013 6:06:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 13, 2013 | Humberto Fontova
    On September 11, 1973 the Chilean military led by General Augusto Pinochet slapped Fidel Castro so smartly that his Stalinist regime (and its dutiful U.S. Media minions) are still sniveling and sniffling and wiping away tears of shock, pain and humiliation. True to form, The New York Times leads the sniveling. They just published an article decrying the Chilean “tragedy” (i.e. Chile saving itself from Castroism with a military coup and today the richest and freest nation in Latin America.) The article’s author Ariel Dorfman is a former advisor to Chile’s Marxist president and Castro acolyte Salvador Allende. This same...
  • Feds: Man tried to enter US via red chile shipment

    09/07/2013 8:05:33 PM PDT · by oxcart · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 09/07/2013
    <p>COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) -- Authorities say an immigrant suspected of entering the country illegally attempted to make his journey in an unusual but hot place - a shipment of red chile.</p> <p>U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at a New Mexico border checkpoint said the man was discovered Thursday face down among a commercial load of the spicy stuff.</p>
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Colliding Spiral Galaxies of Arp 271

    08/25/2013 6:08:42 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    NASA ^ | August 25, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What will become of these galaxies? Spiral galaxies NGC 5426 and NGC 5427 are passing dangerously close to each other, but each is likely to survive this collision. Typically when galaxies collide, a large galaxy eats a much smaller galaxy. In this case, however, the two galaxies are quite similar, each being a sprawling spiral with expansive arms and a compact core. As the galaxies advance over the next tens of millions of years, their component stars are unlikely to collide, although new stars will form in the bunching of gas caused by gravitational tides. Close inspection of the...
  • Fresh Hatch green chile hits D.C. area grocery stores

    08/21/2013 1:06:41 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 81 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | August 21, 2013 | Michael Coleman
    Ten days ago, I wrote a column that mentioned fresh New Mexico green chile would soon be available at a grocery store in Washington, D.C. Some readers in Washington – and some who had friends or family in Washington – wrote me asking that I let them know when the chile arrives. Well, here’s your notice. The Harris Teeter grocery store at Jenkins Row on Capitol Hill now has a small stash of genuine Hatch green chile in hot, medium-hot and (last I checked) mild. It’s $1.29 per pound. That’s probably more than New Mexicans are used to paying, but...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Atacama's Cloudy Night

    07/27/2013 7:56:35 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    NASA ^ | July 27, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Storm clouds do sometimes come to Chile's Atacama desert, known as the driest place on Earth. These washed through the night sky just last month during the winter season, captured in this panoramic view. Drifting between are cosmic clouds more welcome by the region's astronomical residents though, including dark dust clouds in silhouette against the crowded starfields and nebulae of the central Milky Way. Below and right of center lies the Large Magellanic Cloud, appropriately named for its appearance in starry southern skies. City lights about 200 kilometers distant still glow along the horizon at the right, while bright...
  • 11-Year-Old Rape Victim Praised by Chile President for Opting to Keep and Love the Baby

    07/15/2013 10:03:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/15/2013 | Katherine Weber
    An 11-year-old rape victim has garnered praise from Chile's president, Sebastian Pinera, after saying that she would be happy to keep her baby and shun abortion despite being 14 weeks pregnant through the sexual abuse inflicted upon her by her mother's partner. President Pinera, whose government has opposed lifting the country's complete ban on abortion, even in cases of medical conditions, rape or incest, said in a statement that he is surprised by the girl's "depth and maturity." "I've asked the health minister to personally look after the [girl's] health," Pinera recently told reporters, according to BBC News. "She's 14...
  • Amnesty: pregnant child must be allowed abortion (Chile)

    07/11/2013 7:50:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 11, 2013 9:25 PM EDT
    Amnesty International says an 11-year-old girl who was raped by her mother’s partner in Chile should be allowed all medical options, including an abortion. Abortions, even for medical reasons and in the case of rape, have been illegal since Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship. President Sebastian Pinera’s government opposes any easing of the ban. …
  • Chilean president praises raped girl, 11, for going through with pregnancy ("depth and maturity")

    07/10/2013 9:15:00 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 30 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | Tuesday 9 July 2013 | AP in Santiago Chile
    Chilean President Sebastián Pinera said an 11-year-old girl who is having a baby conceived by rape has shown 'depth and maturity'. Chile's president has praised an 11-year-old girl after she said in a TV interview that she wants to give birth to the baby who was conceived when she was raped by her mother's partner. "I've asked the health minister to personally look after the [girl's] health," Pinera said. "She's 14 weeks pregnant and yesterday she surprised us all with words showing depth and maturity, when she said that despite the pain caused by the man who raped her, she...
  • Huge waves hit Chile and Peru

    07/07/2013 1:50:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 54 replies
    BBC ^ | Friday, July 5, 2013 | Reged Ahmad reports
    Waves as high as 7m (22 ft) have hit parts of Chile and coastal areas are on alert as high winds and tidal currents sweep across parts of South America's coast. Footage showed huge waves surging onto the streets of Antofagasta in Chile where at least one injury was reported following the dangerous weather. In Peru, parts of the country's coastline were hit with waves as big as 5m (16 ft) and the weather caused flooded streets in the seaside city of Chimbote.