Plastic garbage cans set aflame by young people occupying intersections demanding an audience is a regular occurrence these days. Streetlamps have been ripped out of the ground. A couple of public buses have been torched. Many students are on hunger strike. Schools are taken over in citywide “tomas,” suspending classes for months. Some say the […]

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38 years ago Chilean President Salvador Allende died under suspicious circumstances. Upon his family’s request, his remains will be exhumed and analyzed next month to determine if he was in fact murdered or not. Who was Allende, and what happened that September 11th? Gozamos takes a look back in history.

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When you think about Chile, the first things to come to mind would likely be military dictatorship, earthquakes or the recent mine rescue operation of Los 33. Having been here for 19 months, here are a few observations on other things I’ve learned during this snapshot window of time.

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Argentina recently became the first Latin American country with full marriage rights for queer people, as well as adoption by said persons. In a liberal democracy, equal treatment in front of the law of all people is the only way to truly have said form of government (Ahem, United States. Are you listening?).

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Already good and stinkin’ drunk, two friends almost got plastered by a car right in front of me. ‘Nos vamos a morir!’ they laughed. Near death is never so funny as when one is shit-housed. Ah yes, the five-day celebration of Fiestas Patrias in Chile had begun. But how many people really believe what the holiday is about?

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I never imagined myself living at the bottom of the world, but here I am well into the thick of year number two in Chile. Why am I in the país de los hue’ones? Love. Why can’t I resettle in the U.S. with my partner? A broken immigration system and a federal law called the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

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