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    Sunday 19 November 2017

    People may know Monday was the anniversary of 9/11/74 but does anyone know about the current situation ? My paltry knowledge is that the centre-left (including the CP now) seems to have retreated into a bubble like elsewhere and has not inspired . Apparently it has been unable to do much in the way of rebuilding the destroyed social state (and I mean really destroyed under Pinochet not just cut back). Extreme Neo-liberalism is protected in the constitution I recall reading.
    Anyhow a new leftish coalition has emerged to challenge the old governing one . There is no commentary in English I can find so here are the wiki links

    2 round system, right wing Pinera polling around 40% https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chilea...election,_2017

    Bachelet's and new Presidential candidate Guillier's Old centre-left New Majority governing coalition (Goic's Christian Democrats have split off Leaving SP, CP and others) -latest poll 21% (has gone lower)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Majority_(Chile)

    Sanchez's New left Broad Front coalition -latest poll 17% (has reached 20s)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broad_Front_(Chile)

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    My knowledge of Chile is almost non existent so many thanks for posting the thread.

    Jacobin magazine had an interesting issue recently about the state of the left in South America... on the whole it does not appear to be very inspiring.
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    [QUOTE=Saoirse go Deo;466847]My knowledge of Chile is almost non existent so many thanks for posting the thread. /[QUOTE]

    Despite several visits there my Spanish doesn't stretch, thanks for the post and please keep going? When is the election?

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    Karol Cariola called the US-backed 1973 coup against President Salvador Allende "one of the most painful and difficult moments" of history.

    A proposed law presented by Chilean parliament member Karol Cariola of the Communist Party, and signed by several other members of parliament, would remove all monuments and dedications to members of Augusto Pinochet's military dictatorship, which violently ruled Chile from 1973 to 1990.
    https://www.telesurtv.net/english/ne...0914-0001.html
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    The fact that they are only getting to that when the government looks a goner with the hard to extreme right likely to come back over a divided leftside shows how neutered they are. What I dont know is whether it is due to circumstances beyond the control of the New Majority old left or due atrophy? What is the deal with the emergence of the 'new left' broad front . Is this a Podemos equiv and so on ? The government has done the usual left liberalish stuff on softening the complete abortion ban and some stuff on gay rights but i get impression they have been near completely unable to progress on stuff involving increasing social spending ? Big ? mark on the election as we dont know how transferable the votes are between the 2 lefts and Christian Democrat former allies and so on .

    In General we have very bad info on Latin America with the emergence of the complete hype about Morales and MAS being socialist (Bertie was more so considering the similar lack of progress in Bolivia to Chile in creating a welfare state) and even Venezuela was hyped as 20th century socialism when all it really was was oil renterism social liberalism (better than the neo liberalism now threatened of course) . The populist left there (Bolivia probably shouldnt be even included?) has made impressive speeches but not delivered what was hyped unfortunately. Of course it is easy to criticise and their reality is harder than here
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    There is an Irish connection to Chile in case people are unaware

    Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme (Spanish: [berˈnarðo oˈxiɣins]; 1778–1842) was a Chilean independence leader who freed Chile from Spanish rule in the Chilean War of Independence. He was a wealthy landowner of Spanish and Irish ancestry.[1] Although he was the second Supreme Director of Chile (1817–1823), he is considered one of Chile's founding fathers, as he was the first holder of this title to head a fully independent Chilean state.

    Bernardo O'Higgins, a member of the O'Higgins Family, was born in the Chilean city of Chillán in 1778, the illegitimate son of Ambrosio O'Higgins, 1st Marquis of Osorno,[2] a Spanish officer born in County Sligo, Ireland, who became governor of Chile and later viceroy of Peru.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernardo_O%27Higgins
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    AFAIR, the Bernardo O'Hoggins museum in Chillan says his father was from Limerick. However, every town and village worth the name has a Bernardo street/boulevard. There are also a lot of Lynch and McKenna streets. We do get around.

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