By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 06/07/2011 - 08:59
Chile is clearly a country not afraid to look the ghosts of its past in the face, ordering the investigation of the deaths of two of the country’s biggest national leftist symbols: Former President Salvador Allende and Poet Pablo Neruda. The investigations are part of the Supreme Court’s effort to investigate all human rights violations committed during the rule of General Augusto Pinochet. They are but two of hundreds of cases of desaparecidos (the disappeared) being looked into.
By Mariela Rosario | 01/19/2010 - 16:30
Billionaire Sebastian Piñera recently won the Chilean presidential election, and became the first conservative leader to gain power in the country since Augusto Pinochet's rule ended 20 years ago. People were surprised by the outcome, especially given current Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet's enormous popularity. Bachelet is a socialist leader who has reformed the economic policies of Chile and defeated Piñera in 2006 to become the country's first female president.