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Chile: Huge education protests as two students killed

Chile has been hit by another round of protests by student groups demanding substantial reforms to the country’s education system.

Two student activists were killed in Chile on May 14 amid nationwide protests. The two students were shot in the city of Valparaiso, near the Plaza Victoria, at the end of a huge rally. Local media said both students were gunned down by a Valparaiso store owner as they attempted to hang a banner over his shop.

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'People are capable of governing themselves'

Socialist Alliance councillor Sue Bolton spoke to Dave Holmes about her work as a local councillor in Moreland, a municipality in Melbourne, Australia. Bolton was elected in 2012 on a campaign slogan of “community need not developer greed”, which she says “struck a chord with residents”.

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Chile: Students push Bachelet to deepen education reforms

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed into law last month the most significant educational reform the country has seen in 30 years.

Enacted after an eight-month legislative battle, the new law will gradually ban profits, tuition fees, and selective admissions practices in privately-owned primary and secondary schools that receive state subsidies.

Venezuela: Media attacks part of US-backed coup

There is a coup underway in Venezuela. The pieces are all falling into place like a bad CIA movie.

At every turn, a new traitor is revealed, a betrayal is born, full of promises to reveal the smoking gun that will justify the unjustifiable. Infiltrations are rampant, rumours spread like wildfire, and the panic mentality threatens to overcome logic.

Headlines scream danger, crisis and imminent demise, while the usual suspects declare covert war on a people whose only crime is being gatekeeper to the largest pot of black gold in the world.

Media attacks

Chile brings in free education from 2016

Chile’s interior minister Rodrigo Penailillo announced on December 4 that university education would be free by 2016.

The announcement comes after huge protests by Chilean students for greater equality in education that broke out under former president Sebastian Pinera's right-wing adminstration. The Socialist Party's Michelle Bachelet won presidential elections last year, in part by promising to implement many of the student movement's demands.

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'Salvador Allende: Revolutionary Democrat' reviewed

Laurence Goodchild writes that, in a succinct and well-researched book, Victor Figueroa Clark provides a vivid account of former Chilean president Salvador Allende’s life. Clark also provides much needed historical context to Allende’s Popular Unity government, and addresses his political strategy in a manner relevant to the contemporary “pink tide” in Latin America.

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Five LA nations withdraw ambassadors from Israel, Venezuela offers Gaza aid, refuge

El Salvador joined four other Latin American countries in recalling its ambassador from Tel Aviv in protest against Israel’s bloody attack on the Gaza Strip, International Business Times said on July 30.

Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru have all recalled their diplomatic representatives to Israel.

Latin America in brief: Venezuela; Bolivia; El Salvador; Chile

Venezuela: Social programs expanded in poorest communities

The Venezuelan government has initiated its policy of expanding social programs in the country’s most deprived areas in a bid to eradicate extreme poverty, Venezuelanalysis.com said on June 30.

The initiative, called “Red Sundays”, involves teams of social program workers visiting poorer communities every Sunday to diagnose which households are deprived of certain basic needs and which social programs are required to attend to these needs.

New Chile ambassador raises Pinochet's ghost

Why would the victim of a brutal military dictatorship appoint someone accused of covering up the regime’s crimes as ambassador to the country in which she once sought exile?

This is the question many Chileans are asking after the new government of President Michelle Bachelet named James Sinclair as Chile’s highest diplomatic representative in Australia.

In response, several groups have begun organising a campaign against the appointment.

Chile: Students march for education reforms

Tens of thousands of students protested in Chile on May 8. It was the first march demanding education reform since President Michelle Bachelet took power on promises of deep changes.

Marchers passed through the streets of central Santiago towards the La Moneda presidential palace. The mostly peaceful protest that turned violent at the end as hooded rioters clashed with police, throwing rocks and petrol bombs.

About 1800 police officers flanked the march that student leaders estimated at 100,000-strong, but police said was closer to 40,000.

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