Amid a year of contagion and turmoil, Chileans turned out Sunday to vote overwhelmingly in favor of having a constitutional convention draft a new charter to replace guiding principles imposed four decades ago under the military dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
Chile's push for so-called “immunity passports" — an all-clear card of sorts issued to people who have already had the illness — has sparked controversy due to the lack of evidence that immunity is guaranteed after the first bout.
Protests are breaking out worldwide — and they share some basic characteristics. Fed up with rising inequality, corruption and slow economic growth, angry citizens worldwide are demanding an end to corruption and the restoration of a democratic rule of law.
Indigenous protesters in Chile took down statues of Spanish colonizers and other heroes during demonstrations last week. Local media called the destruction acts of vandalism, but the Mapuche, the largest Indigenous group in Chile, are demanding more political autonomy and representation.
Forced fiscal loosening in a world already swamped with debt and heading into another downturn may unnerve creditors and bond holders, especially those holding government debt as an insurance against recession and a haven from volatility.
Chileans confronted hours-long lines at grocery stores and gas stations in Santiago after a weekend of chaos in which at least 11 people were killed amid violent clashes, arson attacks and looting through the country.
Chile's private health insurance company, Isapres, doesn't want to insure sick people, says María Pilar Iturrieta, a lawyer in Santiago, who was denied health insurance for her daughter born with a cleft lip.
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