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Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández in Chile

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British Minister Jeremy Brown in Chile Protests in Aysén New School Year, Renewed Student Protests Rising food and gas prices Soltera in Santiago

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Sopaipillas: cheap and tasty chilean snack by Hostel&Tours Feel  like  having  a  quick  snack  during  one  of  your  sightseeing  days  in   SanCago?  Don’t  worry  –  you  won’t  have  to  look  far.  Everywhere  in   SanCago  you  will  see  street  vendors  selling  something  called   sopaipillas  which  you  can  afford  even  if  you  are  on  a  very  Tght  budget. Depending  on  which  part  of   South  or  Central  America  you  are   in,  there  are  different  recipes  for   sopaipillas,  but  the  Chilean   version  is  a  type  of  fried  bread  or   pastry  made  from  dough  with   zapallo  –  Chilean  pumpkin,  which   gives  them  a  light  orange  color. Buying  a  sopaipilla  from  a  street   vendor  is  quite  an  experience,   because  you  actually  see  them  prepare  it  in  front  of  you.  The  dough  is   formed  into  a  flat,  round  shape  and  then  fried  right  then  and  there.   Most  likely,  the  vendor  will  have  already  shaped  the  dough  to  make   things  go  faster,  though.  Sopaipillas  are  typically  served  with  mustard,   ketchup  or  the  Chilean  salsa  pebre,  but  you  will  also  see  other  types  of   sauces. If  you  are  lucky  enough  to  be  invited  in  for  sopaipillas  in  a  Chilean   home,  you  should  definitely  take  the  offer,  but  don’t  be  surprised  if   you  are  served  a  different  type  of  sopaipillas  than  those  in  the  street.   The  basic  idea  is  the  same,  but  instead  of  eaTng  the  pastries  with   spicy  sauces,  Chileans  oken  eat  them  with  chancaca    –  a  sweet  sugar   sauce  with  a  taste  of  orange  peel.  If  prepared  this  way,  they  will  be   called  sopaipillas  pasadas. TradiTonally,  these  are  a  treat  eaten  by  Chileans  on  rainy  days,  but   now  you  can  buy  them  anywhere  whenever  you  want.  At  subway   staTons,  you  will  oken  see  people  eat  one  in  the  morning  while   rushing  to  work  or  school,  or  just  having  one  as  a  quick  snack  between   meals. This  simple  but   delicious  snack  is   such  a  typical   Chilean  thing  that   you  should  not   cheat  yourself   from  trying  one  –   even  if  it  doesn’t   rain  while  you  are   in  SanCago. 2


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Flood in Punta Arenas Rainfall  in  Southern  Chile  has  caused  widespread   flooding  in  many  parts.    ONEMI  has  declared  that   the  Magallanes  province  is  in  a  “red  alert”  state   aker  mulTple  heavy  rainfalls.    Minister  of  Labor,   Evelyn  MaXhei,  traveled  to  Punta  Arenas   Monday  akernoon  to  asset  the  situaTon.    The   rain  has  already  affected  over  800  people.    The   school  Pedro  Pablo  Lemaitre  is  allowing  those   who  have  lost  their  houses  or  been  evacuated  to   stay  within  the  school  unTl  other  arrangements   are  made.  According  to  the  Emergency  Office  of   Punta  Arenas,  the  last  Tme  the  river  acted  in  this   way  was  in  1991,  but  the  rainfall  in  the  past  24   hours  is  already  twice  as  much  as  that  year.    In   the  past  24  hours,  over  100  millimeters  of  rainfall   has  been  measured,  which  is  usually  25  %  of   annual  rainfall. The  mayor  of  the  southern  city,  Vladimiro   Mimica,  told  Chilean  newspaper  La  Tercera  that   “the  Las  Minas  river  overflowed  in  the   downtown  area  of  the  city.”    The  river,  which   passes  through  the  center  of  the  city,  is  deeply   concerning  neighbors  and  authoriTes  right  now   because  of  the  heavy  rainfall  affecTng  the  area.   Mayor  Mimica  also  stated,  “We  are  meeTng  with   Mayor  Arturo  Storaker,    regional  Onemi,  and  the   Armed  Forces  to  see  which  acTons  we  should   take.”    ONEMI  also  noted  that  throughout  the   course  of  the  day  there  have  been  many   electricity  outages,  which  has  affected  about   5,000  people  in  the  Barrios  Prat,  Manuel   Chaparro  and  Almirantazgo.  Sadly,  21-­‐year-­‐old   Felipe  Álvarez  GuTérrez  fell  into  the  flooded  river   on  Monday  and  has  been  pronounced  dead.    He   is  currently  the  only  fatality  of  the  flood.

Santiago Feels the Heat The  temperature  in  SanTago  hit  an  all  Tme  high   today,  reaching  35º  Celsius  (about  95º   Fahrenheit).    This  is  the  hoXest  it  has  ever  been   in  the  month  of  March.  At  four  o’clock  in  the   akernoon,  thermometers  reached  35º  Celisus   and  it  was  expected  to  get  even  hoXer  between   four  and  five.  According  to  meteorologist  Edita   Amador,  the  hoXest  temperature  in  March  was   previously  34.6º  so  Wednesday  March  14th   surpassed  that  by  about  0.4º  Celsius  (about  98º   Fahrenheit).    Experts  claim  that  these  high   temperatures  are  somewhat  normal  and  are   produced  by  high  pressure  and  the  La  Nina   Phenomenon.

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Bob Dylan will return to Chile As  a  result  of  his  new  schedule  in  ArgenTna,  the  legendary  singer  and  songwriter  Bob  Dylan  will  be   performing  on  May  2  when  he  once  again  returns  to  Chile. Dylan  iniTally  postponed  his  first  show,  which  was  scheduled  to  be  on  April  30th  at  Movistar  Arena,  for   a  couple  of  days  in  order  to  extend  his  tour  of  ArgenTna.  His  promoTons  company  has  confirmed  that   the  venue  will  not  change. The  May  show  will  mark  the  third  Tme  Dylan  has  visited  Chile,  who  first  brought  his  music  to  the   country  in  1998,  and  then  again  in  2008.  This  Tme,  he  will  be  playing  the  Movistar  Arena  show  as  part   of  “ The  Never-­‐ending  Tour”.

Administrator of cuevana.tv in Chile arrested Officers  of  the  InternaTonal  Police  Department  (PDI)  have  arrested  the  Chilean  administer  of  the  web   site  Cuevana,  who  has  been  accused  of  copyright  infringement  for  uploading  numerous  movies  onto   the  site  for  free  downloading  by  the  general  public. The  site’s  administrator  has  been  idenTfied  as   CrisTán  Álvarez  Rojas,  a  26-­‐year-­‐old  master’s   degree  candidate  at  Universidad  Católica.  He   has  an  undergraduate  degree  in  art  from  the   University  of  Chile  and  has  been  under   invesTgaTon  since  January  by  police  and   prosecutors. Deputy  Roberto  Villarroel  of  the  Federal   Bureau  of  InvesTgaTon  of  Crimes  Against   Intellectual  Property  (Bridepi),  explained  that   the  inquiry  was  iniTated  following  a  complaint   made  by  representaTves  of  HBO  in  Chile  and   held  in  conjuncTon  with  the  police  in   ArgenTna.  ILC 4


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Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández in Chile” Written by Sandro Aravena Perez

SANTIAGO  –  Violins  as  background  music  and   about  250  guests  –among  whom  were  former   presidents  of  Chile  and  the  CEO  of  LAN,  Ignacio   Cueto  –  arrived  today  to  La  Moneda  for  a   welcoming  dinner  to  be  offered  by  President   SebasTan  Piñera  to  his  ArgenTnean  counterpart,   CrisTna  Fernández. The  trans-­‐Andean  head  of  state  will  land  today,  at   7pm,  in  SanTago,  for  a  2-­‐day-­‐long  visit.  At  11:45  in   the  morning  she  will  head  to  the  NaTonal  Palace,   La  Moneda,  to  meet  Piñera. It  is  Fernández’s  first  trip  abroad  since  beginning   her  new  presidency  back  in  December.  It  is  also  the   first  one  aker  having  gone  through  surgery  back  in   January  due  to  thyroid  cancer.  As  a  maXer  of  fact,   this  medical  intervenTon  forced  her  to  postpone   the  original  date  of  the  trip,  which  was  planned  to   happen  at  the  end  of  January.  Currently,  CrisTna  K’s   visit  happens  in  the  middle  of  a  conflict  with  the  UK   over  the  control  of  the  Falkland  Islands,  aker  the   commemoraTon  of  30  years  since  the  conflict   ended. Thus,  during  the  past  couple  of  days,  the  two  State   Departments  have  negoTated  a  joint  declaraTon   including  this  topic.  This  will  be  announced  aker   tomorrow’s  meeTng  in  a  ceremony  in  which  press   quesTons  will  not  be  accepted.

The  declaraTon  will  also  address  a  thank-­‐you  note   from  Buenos  Aires  to  Chile,  because  of  the  laXer’s   decision  in  December  of  joining  Mercosur  in   blocking  the  access  to  ports  in  the  islands  of  ships   with  the  English  flag.  London  expressed  its   discontent  with  La  Moneda. The  same  sources  explain  that  Buenos  Aires  opted   for  not  repeaTng  the  warning  that  Fernández  made   in  September:  blocking  ArgenTnean  airspace  for   LAN  flights  from  Punta  Arenas  to  the  Falkland   Islands. The  above  warning  triggered  worries  in  Chile,  since   London  was  puyng  pressure  on  other  countries  in   the  region  to  not  support  a  “blockade”  of  the  area.   As  a  maXer  of  fact,  the  Chilean  Minister  of  Foreign   Affairs,  Alfredo  Moreno,  met  with  BriTsh  Minister   Jeremy  Browne,  who  insisted  on  not  “isolaTng”  the   Falkland  Islands’  populaTon. Nevertheless,  according  to  some  diplomaTc  circles,   the  analysis  in  Buenos  Aires  pointed  at  the  fact  that   blocking  LAN  fights  would  be  more  costly  than   beneficial.  Furthermore,  they  would  not  find   support  in  La  Moneda.  Within  this  context,  the   Ministry  of  Foreign  Affairs  trusts  that  Fernández  will   decide  to  not  take  the  issue  any  further.

Both  heads  of  state  will  seek  to  emphasize   advances  in  infrastructure  and  connecTvity,   According  to  diplomaTc  sources,  the  text  only   although  President  Piñera  will  also  express  his   covers  the  tradiTonal  Chilean  support  for  the   condemnaTon  of  the  asylum  granted  by  ArgenTna   ArgenTnean  claim  over  the  islands,  and  the  need  to   to  Galvarino  Apablaza,  who  is  wanted  in  SanTago   resolve  this  conflict  through  a  bilateral  negoTaTon.   for  the  murder  of  Jaime  Guzman.  ILC

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British Minister Jeremy Browne visits Chile’s Olympic hopefuls Written by Daniel Boyle SANTIAGO  –  As  part  of  his  South  American  tour,   Foreign  Office  Minister  Jeremy  Browne  was   invited  to  tour  the  faciliTes  of  Chile’s  Olympic   training  center,  the  Centro  de  Entrenamiento   Olímpico  de  Chile  (CEO).  He  was  accompanied   on  the  tour  by  Chilean  Olympic  CommiXee   president  Neven  Ilic.  The  minister  and  a  group  of   media  toured  the  faciliTes  where  various  young   athletes  were  training. As  the  party  walked  between  training  areas  for  a   wide  range  of  sports,  the  minister  chaXed  with   the  media  and  members  of  the  Chilean  sporTng   fraternity.  The  facility  provides  a  training  center   for  a  variety  of  sports  and  each  room  we  visited   was  buzzing  with  acTvity.  Some  of  the  sports  

included  basketball,  volleyball,  handball,  table   tennis,  judo  and  taekwondo,  as  well  as  the   strength  and  condiToning  faciliTes. In  the  table  tennis  training  facility,  the  minister,   who  is  responsible  both  for  South  America  and   LaTn  America  as  well  as  promoTon  of  the   Olympics  and  Paralympics  picked  up  a  bat  and   took  to  the  table.  Chile  has  a  number  of  players   qualified  in  table  tennis  for  both  the  Olympics   and  Paralympics,  including  Berta  Rodriguez,  who   will  make  her  fourth  Olympic  appearance. While  the  minister  menToned  to  ILC  News  that   he  is  a  big  sports  fan,  he  said  his  sporTng  days   are  mainly  behind  him.  “I’m  geyng  a  bit  old  I  

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think,  you  know  someTmes  I  go  running.”  Aker   facing  one  of  Chile’s  Paralympic  table  tennis   compeTtors,  the  minister  admiXed  “my  illusions   of  one  day  compeTng  at  the  Olympics  are  gone.” During  the  tour  Minister  Browne  also  discussed   other  sporTng  maXers,  expressing  concern  for   the  relegaTon  of  his  beloved  Queens  Park   Rangers  from  the  English  Premier  League  and   commenTng  on  the  English  rivalry  with  other   countries.  “In  every  sport,  beaTng  Australia  is   imperaTve.  ParTcularly  in  cricket,  that  is  one  of   the  most  important  goals  in  English  sport.” Aker  taking  on  the  table  tennis  challenge   wearing  a  shirt  to  promote  the  2012  Olympic   Games  in  London,  the  minister  resisted  taking   on  Chile’s  hopefuls  in  Judo,  instead  looking  on  as   two  young  men  threw  each  other  to  the  ground   with  a  range  of  grappling  techniques.  The  BriTsh   minister  also  resisted  taking  on  any  of  the   Taekowndo  athletes,  who  scream  loudly  with   every  kick  and  punch  in  order  to  inTmidate  their   opponents. Minister  Jeremy  Browne  was  also  able  to  open  a   plaque  showing  support  from  the  BriTsh   government  for  an  extension  to  the  training   faciliTes.  The  new  faciliTes  will  provide  faciliTes   especially  for  athletes  with  a  disability  and  is   being  built  in  conjuncTon  with  Universidad   Santo  Tómas.  The  minister  emphasized   throughout  the  tour  that  he  expects  London  will  

be  the  strongest  Paralympic  event  to  date.  “ The   Olympics  are  always  a  great  event,  but  I  believe   this  will  be  the  best  Paralympics  ever”  Minister   Browne  said.  “ There  will  be  live  television   coverage  of  the  whole  event  and  millions  of   Tckets  have  been  sold  already.” The  minister  was  greeted  by  some  of  Chile’s   hopefuls  for  the  Olympics  and  Paralympics.   Neven  Ilic  has  said  he  expects  the  team  to  grow   to  almost  thirty,  with  seventeen  athletes   qualified.  SanTago  will  host  the  2014  South   American  Games  and  is  in  the  process  of  bidding   for  the  2019  Pan  American  Games. The  visit  to  the  sports  facility  was  part  of  a  quick   South  American  tour  which  will  also  include   Peru  and  Colombia.  The  visit  precedes  the  visit   from  ArgenTna’s  President  ChrisTna  Kirchner   who  arrives  tomorrow,  Thursday  March  15th.   Aside  from  promoTng  the  Olympic  Games,   Minister  Browne  also  visited  Finance  Minister   Felipe  Larráin  and  Foreign  Minister  Alfredo   Moreno  as  well  as  the  Defense  Ministry.   Minister  Browne  felt  the  earth  move  at  the   Defense  Ministry,  a  temblor  measuring  4.4  on   the  Richter  scale,  which  went  unnoTced  by  the   Chileans,  however  was  felt  by  a  number  of  the   BriTsh  touring  party.  ILC

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Opposition Deputy Gonzalez: Chile Education Committee is a farce Written by José Miguel Galdames Álvarez SANTIAGO  –  Aker  the  approval  of  a  new   educaTon  subsidy  by  Chile’s  EducaTon   CommiXee,  Rodrigo  Gonzalez  has  accused  the   majority  party  depuTes  of  “acTng  as   government  puppets”.  The  new  subsidies  will   give  extra  support  to  private  and  subsidized   schools  rather  than  to  public  schools. The  PPD  Deputy  González,  a  member  of  the   CommiXee  on  EducaTon  in  the  Chamber  of   DepuTes,  was  indignant  about  the  approval  of   the  new  school  subsidy  program  sent  by  the   government.  The  decision  was  taken  by  7  votes   to  6.  He  believed  the  government  was  ignoring   the  needs  of  Chileans  and  moving  on  their  own   agenda. “The  educaTon  commiXee  is  a  farce,  it  has   become  a  place  where  projects  sent  by  the   execuTve  power  are  already  accepted  and  then   they  are  approved  by  a  fake  ballot,  not  allowing   a  real  deep  debate  about  the  projects.  Every   Tme  this  happens,  the  Congress  loses   legiTmacy  and  its  capacity  to  address  social   needs,  because  in  the  commiXee  issues  are   discussed  behind  the  backs  of  Chileans”,  said   the  Deputy  for  Viña  del  Mar  and  Con  Con. “The  government  proposes  a  minimum  increase   of  3.5%  on  the  normal  subsidy,  which  is  the  key   subsidy,  and  an  increase  on  the  SEP   (PreferenTal  School  Subsidy)  and  pre-­‐basic   educaTon.  The  government  is  laughing  at  us,   they  do  not  realize  the  needs  that  educaTon   has,  which  are  completely  different  to  the   financing  for  public  educaTon  in  all  countries   around  the  world.  [It  is]  discriminatory  and   segregaTng  in  comparison  to  private-­‐subsided   educaTon,  which  receives  double  that  amount   even  though  it  has  seven  Tmes  more  resources   per  student,”  he  said.

did  not  have  the  courage  to  solve  the  students’   demands  and  neither  does  the  current  one.” Gonzalez  proposed  that  the  EducaTon  Minister   form  a  commiXee,  formed  by  parliamentarians,   municipaliTes  and  social  actors  in  order  to   create  and  approve,  urgently,  a  rescue  package   for  public  educaTon  within  30  days. “It  seems  the  government  wants  to  let  public   educaTon  die,  not  giving  it  the  resources  or   taking  the  measures  for  it  to  maintain  afloat.   The  government  should  take  advantage  of  this   and  get  everybody  together  to  try  to  solve  one   of  the  most  important  problems  in  our  society,”   the  Deputy  said. On  the  parliamentarians’  behavior,  Gonzalez   claimed  the  following,  “ The  majority-­‐party   depuTes  are  like  puppets.  The  commiXee  does   not  have  the  bravery  to  recognize  and  act   according  to  the  real  situaTon  on  public   educaTon.  If  a  real  naTonal  rescue  package  is   not  developed,  with  the  parTcipaTon  of  all   poliTcal  and  social  actors,  public  educaTon  is   going  to  die”. Now  that  the  school  year  has  returned,   students  are  expected  to  once  again  take  to  the   the  streets  in  protest,  while  former  Pink  Floyd   singer  Roger  Waters  said  he  was  “shocked”  aker   a  meeTng  with  President  SebasTán  Piñera.  ILC

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Minister of Transportation: “The buses have not stopped” Written by Matt Niner SANTIAGO  –  Minister  of  TransportaTon  and   TelecommunicaTons,  Pedro  Pablo  Errázuriz,   denied  a  halTng  of  buses  at  troncal  1  of  the   TransanTago,  assuring  commuters  from  the   OperaTve  Unit  of  Transit  Control  (Uoct)  that   “there  is  no  paralysis  of  TransanTago  buses   effecTng  users,  and  in  the  case  of  protests  we   have  a  conTngency  plan  to  saTsfy  the  needs  of   passengers”. “Things  are  normal,”  said  the  secretary,  “the   buses  are  circling  the  city,  and  I  want  to  send  a   message  of  tranquility  to  our  users.  The   companies  are  sTll  providing  services.” The  Minister  later  warned  that  some  drivers   may  take  this  opportunity  to  make  a  poliTcal   power-­‐grab.  “We  have  to  be  aXenTve,  we  need   to  be  concerned,”  he  said. The  ministers  comments  came  aker  workers  at   troncal  1  announced  that  they  would  have  a   “sit-­‐down”  beginning  at  5:00  today,  which   would  potenTally  affect  around  400,000  users. For  his  part,  the  syndicate  director  of  troncal  1,   José  Urbina,  said  that,  “the  minister  of   TransportaTon  always  says  something  benign,  

but  if  he  were  actually  here  he  would  know  that   the  situaTon  is  not  normal  and  that  the  sit-­‐ down  is  going  to  put  us  at  50%  funcTonality.”   Urbina  suggested  that  services  would  only  be   running  at  half  capacity  along  lines  103,  106,   107,  108,  120  and  126. The  coordinator  of  TransanTago,  Patricio  Pérez   told  Chilean  TV  staTon  24  Horas  that  the   mobilizaTon  would  only  affect  for  sure  line  126,   which  would  be  running  around  20  minutes   behind  schedule. Officials  at  troncal  4  who  were  striking   yesterday  have  returned  to  work  pending  a   meeTng  with  the  company  Express  SanTago,   scheduled  for  17:00  hours. The  TransanTago  recently  had  its  fikh   anniversary,  and  sTll  remains  a  heated  issue  in   Chile.    Many  ciTzens  have  oken  expressed  their   dissaTsfacTon  with  the  service,  while   complaining  that  the  price  conTnues  to  rise   with  liXle  improvement  in  the  service  itself.  It   remains  one  of  the  most  difficult  issues  facing   the  government  today.

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Battle in Coyhaique between government forces and Aysén civil movement Written by Paul Coleman AYSÉN  –  Last  night  I  felt  like  I  was  back  in  a  war   zone  for  the  first  Tme  since  being  in  Sarajevo   during  its  three-­‐year  siege.  It  wasn’t  that  I  was   being  shot  at  or  bombed  –  I  was  actually  siyng   in  my  neighbors  galpón,  watching  him  stoke  the   fire  for  the  evening’s  lamb  asado  with  my  wife   Konomi  and  our  visiTng  American  friend,  MaX. The  volume  of  the  radio  was  suddenly  turned   up.  I  thought  it  was  a  live  football  match  being   broadcast  by  Radio  Santa  Maria,  the  only  staTon   in  Aysén  with  the  power  to  reach  from   Coyhaique  to  La  Junta  where  we  live. I  looked  to  my  friend,  usually  a  happy,  sensiTve   guy  of  simple  wisdom  whose  wild  hair  and   moustache  reminds  me  of  Albert  Einstein  mixed   with  a  walrus.  He  looked  extremely  concerned.   The  live  broadcast  was  coming  from  the  streets   of  Coyhaique,  where  a  baXle  was  taking  place   between  government  forces  and  the  protestors   of  Aysen’s  “ Tu  Problema  Es  Mi  Problema”  civil  

movement.  Obviously,  the  talks  had  truly  broken   down. The  screams  and  the  shouts  were  people  being   injured  from  a  baXle  featuring  tear  gas,  rubber   bullets,  pellets  and  rocks.  The  reporter  was  right   in  the  middle  of  it  all  and  the  echoes  of  the   confrontaTon  reverberated  into  our  peaceful   world.  Our  friends  have  family  in  Puerto  Aysén   and  Coyhaique,  and  concern  for  them  was   wriXen  on  their  faces.  A  later  broadcast  told  the   story  how  thirty  special  forces  members  from   SanTago  were  pinned  down  by  over  eight   hundred  demonstrators.  Our  friend  exclaimed   that  there  is  no  love  for  these  forces  from   SanTago  since  people  think  they  have  been   picked  for  their  “cold  aytude”. What  would  tomorrow  hold? As  of  this  moment,  the  barricades  have  not   returned  to  block  the  Carretera  Austral  as  it  

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Protests in Aysén passes  through  La  Junta,  but  how  long  this  will   last  I  do  not  know.  Fuel  has  just  started  to  return   to  the  neighborhood,  but  the  wise  will  be   stocking  up  today  and  we  will  be  buying  more   supplies. While  the  fire  roasted  the  lamb,  last  night  our   friend’s  wife  told  us,  “Most  of  the  people  in  the   region  earn  money  day  by  day,  and  they  haven’t   worked  for  weeks.  They  have  no  money  to  buy   food.  The  Catholic  Church  is  feeding  them.” This  statement  rings  true  since  the  Bishop  Of   Aysen,  Msgr  Luis  InfanT,  has  been  standing  with   the  movement  since  day  one  and  behind  him   now  stands  the  ConfederaTon  of  the  Religious  in   Chile.  Behind  them  all  is  the  VaTcan,  who  is   spreading  the  Bishops  words  through  their  press   agency.  This  support  also  extends  to   broadcasTng  events  like  the  ones  that  took   place  last  night  in  Coyhaique  on  Radio  Santa   Maria  and  Canal  13,  the  Catholic  TV  staTon. Meanwhile,  locals  report  that  TVN  has  stopped   broadcasTng  any  news  in  the  region  regarding   the  protests  and  express  concern  that  internet   service  may  soon  be  blocked…  and  their  side  of   the  story  will  be  shut  down.  Thanks  to  the   internet,  news  is  beginning  to  filter  out  to  the   rest  of  the  world  regarding  events  last  night.   One  English-­‐language  news  blog  featured  the   headlines:  ‘Patagonian  pandemonium  as  Chilean   townspeople  burn  barricades’,  along  with  videos  

that  show  protesters  on  the  streets  of   Coyhaique  preparing  for  a  confrontaTon. On  that  same  blog  there  appears  a  photograph   that  shows  one  of  the  key  leaders  of  the   protests,  Ivan  Fuentes,  the  man  who  has  so   oken  called  for  peaceful  negoTaTons,  about  to   throw  a  rock  at,  presumably,  government  forces.   Meanwhile,  Reuters  news  service  has  a  video   featuring  a  badly  beaten  man  who  claims  to   have  been  aXacked  by  four  policemen  who   burst  into  his  home  in  Coyhaique. In  another  interesTng  development,  the  Council   of  Canadians  released  yesterday  a  report  on   how  the  acTviTes  of  the  Canadian  mining   industry  in  Patagonia  and  Canadian  investors   and  pension  funds  are  contribuTng  to  the  social   unrest  in  Aysén. The  introducTon  to  the  report  begins  with  these   words… “Far  away,  on  the  southern  cone  of  South   America  in  Chilean  Patagonia,  exists  one  of  the   most  beauJful,  sJll-­‐virgin  territories  on  Earth.   There,  an  intense  struggle  is  taking  place  that   most  Canadians  have  never  heard  of,  but  that   inJmately  involves  the  Canadian  mining   industry,  the  Canadian  government,  and  millions   of  Canadian  pensioners  and  investors.”  ILC

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Unity through Diversity in Aysén Written by Paul Coleman

AYSÉN  –  It’s  been  a  month  since  the  protests  in   Aysén  began  and  only  one  of  the  eleven   demands  put  forward  by  the  “ Tu  Problem  Es  Mi   Problema”  civil  movement  has  been  addressed   in  a  saTsfactory  manner  –  the  demand  for   beXer  health  care  faciliTes. Obviously  there  is  sTll  a  long  way  to  go  and   negoTaTons  have  almost  ground  to  a  halt,   following  the  NaTonal  Government’s  aXempt  to   split  the  talks  into  a  series  of   roundtable  meeTngs  with  various  ministries  and   the  coaliTon  that  makes  up  the  Aysén   movement. The  government’s  suggesTon  that  the  leaders  of   the  traditonal  fishermen  meet  separately  with   the  department  of  Fisheries  was  met  by  derision   and  a  statement  that  the  leaders  of  24  groups   must  be  present  at  all  meeTngs.  The  leaders  of   the  movement  saw  this  as  a  Machievillian   enterprise,  claiming  that  the   government’s  suggesTon  to  host  concurrent   meeTngs  in  Coyhaique  and  Puerto  Aysén  was  a   ploy  to  divide  and  conquer  by  spliyng  the   coaliton  and  removing    their  negoTaTng   strength.

The  demands  of  the  civil  movement  are  diverse,   and  range  from  protecTng  the  tradiTonal   fishing  industry  to  subsidies  on  fire  wood,  gas   and  petrol,  to  wage  and  benefit  equity.  They   also  call  for  more  regional  control  of   natural  resources,  which  is  a  key  point  in  light  of   the  intense  opposiTon  the  government  has   faced  regarding  Hydro  Aysen’s  proposal  to  dam   the  Rio  Baker,  Patagonia’s  mighTest  river. With  82%  of  the  region’s  populaTon  said  to  be   supporTng  the  movement  and  its  demands,  it  is   easy  to  understand  why  the  civil  movement   members  see  their  futures  intertwined  and  were   able  to  mobilise  roadblocks  throughout  the   1,000km  long  region.  Those  road  blocks  have   now  been  liked,  but  this  could  change  at  any   moment.  Here  in  La  Junta,  five  hours  north  of   Coyhaique,  people  are  on  the  alert  to  a   breakdown  in  negoTaTons  and  clear  that  should   this  happen  the  road  blocks  would  again  be   erected. The  power  of  the  movement  is  emphasized  by   the  will  to  accept  such  things  as  the  food  and   fuel  shortages  recently  experienced  in  the  city  of   Coyhaique,  and  in  such  Tny  villages  as   16


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Puyuhuapi.  Large  supermarkets  in  the  city  have   been  photographed  empty  of  fruit  and   vegetables  and  now  it  appears  there  is  a   shortage  of  flour. In  La  Junta,  Puyuhuapi  and  Puerto  Cisnes,  all   part  of  the  vast,  though  lightly  inhabited   Cisnes  community,  food  shortages  have  led  to   the  closure  of  the  nursery,  kindergarten,   elementary  and  middle  school.  Yesterday  I   visited  the  Facebook  page  of  Luis  Valdes   Guiyerez,  the  Mayor  of  Cisnes  Commune  and   read  this  message  from  him:

Regular  bus  service  is  only  a  memory  and  the   tourist  industry  has  slowed  down  significantly.   Yet,  I  have  not  met  a  single  person  from  the   village  who  disagrees  with  the  demands  of  the   movement.  This  solid,  across  the  board  support,   has  been  here  since  day  one.  It  was  witnessed   first  by  the  wide  range  of  groups  that  came   together,  then  by  the  support  of  all   regional  poliTcal  parTes,  from  the  councillors,  to   the  mayors,  to  the  representaTves  and  senators.   Lek,  right  and  center,  everyone  is  standing   together,  along  with  the  Bishop  of  Aysen  and  his   flock.

“Due  to  the  Regional  Aysén  movement,  Tu   Problema  Es  Mi  Problema,  and  the  slow   response  of  the  Government  to  reach  soluJons,   there  appears  today  a  problem,  that  has  to  do   with  the  area  of  educaJon.  Classes  are   suspended  and  this  can  seriously  affect  the   children  and  young  people  of  our  community,   because  the  loss  of  classes  at  the  beginning  of   school  year  must  be  recovered  on  Saturdays  or   by  extending  the  school  year.

To  the  eyes  of  keen  observers,  from  within  and   outside  Chile,  this  movement  is  seen  as  call   for  decentralizaTon  and  even  autonomy.  Yet   there  is  no  rush  to  exit  Aysén  from  Chile,  even   though  certain  news  outlets  and  sources  have   seized  on  the  fact  that  at  one  parTcular  rally,   people  were  seen  carrying  a  banner  reading   “ArgenTna  Adopt  Us”.  As  regards  this  parTcular   issue,  waving  such  a  banner  ensures  media   aXenTon  beyond  Chile.

Presently  there  is  a  food  scarcity,  but  teachers   are  almost  100%  present  in  their   establishments.  My  concern  today  is  with  our   children’s  year  end  and  for  this    same  reason  I   would  like  to  have  your  opinion  on  my   (Faceboook)  wall.”

The  vast  majority  of  signs  displayed  at  the   demonstraTons  clearly  show  that  the  protesters,   even  though  they  are  far  removed  from  the  rest   of  the  country,  consider  themselves  proud  to  be   part  of  Chile.  Unity  through  diversity  could  be   the  essence  and  strength  of  the  movement.   Even  though  decentralisaTon  may  be  at  the   heart  of  the  maXer,  people  here  sTll  want  it  to   be  known  that  they  are  one  with  the  naTon.

La  Junta  gets  most  of  it’s  supplies  from  the   north,  via  ferry  from  Puerto  MonX  to  Chaiten,   and  then  along  the  Carretera  Austral.  Since  La   Junta  is  the  first  point  of  entry  into  Aysén  from   the  north,  there  has  been  just  one  barricade,   and  this  was  opened  every  few  hours  to  let   villagers  through.  La  Junta  has  not  suffered  the   same  shortages  as  other  villages  in  the   commune  who  rely  on  their  food  coming  from   the  south,  which  saw  many  more  roadblocks,   demonstraTons  and  confrontaTons  with  the   police.  The  fuel  shortage,  on  the  other  hand,  has   been  experienced  throughout  the  region.  Even   now,  one  week  aker  the  removal  of  the   barricades,  people  can  only  buy  twenty   thousand  pesos  worth  of  petrol  or  diesel  a  day.

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Protests in Aysén

Matthei blames former government for situation in Punta Arenas Written by Matt Niner SANTIAGO  –  Minister  of  Labor,  Evelyn  MaXhei,   blamed  former  naTonal  governments  for  the   disaster  that  struck  Punta  Arenas  yesterday  in   the  wake  of  torrenTal  rains  and  widespread   flooding.  Although  she  recognizes  that  the   responsibility  for  handling  the  disaster  falls  upon   the  Magallanes  NaTonal  Emergency  Office   (Onemi),  who  she  says  did  not  issue  a  sufficient   early  warning  to  residents,  the  Minister  said  the   main  problem  is  the  city’s  ageing  infrastructure   and  crumbling  bridges.

To  deal  with  the  crisis,  this  akernoon  the   regional  government  approved  the  demoliTon   of  the  upper  banks  of  the  Las  Minas  river,  which   they  hope  will  allow  more  water  from  the  river   to  quickly  flow  into  the  sea.  ILC

“This  situaTon  could  not  be  avoided  nor   miTgated.  When  you  are  in  charge  of  Onemi,   the  worst  thing  you  can  do  is  give  people  a  false   sense  of  security.  You  always  must  be  look  out.   However,  the  woman  in  charge  (Erika  Canales)   said  that  there  would  not  be  any  problem.  That   is  terrible!”  she  told  the  Chilean  staTon  Radio   CooperaJva. “This  happened  twenty  years  ago  on  1990.  Aker   that  happened,  they  said  that  the  Zenteno,   Boris,  Magallanes  and  Navarro  bridges  were   going  to  be  repaired  in  order  to  avoid  future   disasters.  Nothing  was  done,”  she  added. “Water  came  into  the  city  instead  of  following   the  course  of  the  river.  Bridges  were  supposed   to  be  changed  to  be  set  higher,  but  nothing  was   done.  They  must  be  changed,  if  not,  this   situaTon  is  going  to  happened  over  and  over   again.” When  it  first  began  to  rain,  most  of  the  weather   staTons  said  that  the  storm  would  be  like  most   of  the  others  that  are  common  to  the  region  and   would  affect  Punta  Arenas  during  the  early   hours  of  Sunday  morning.  However,  the  rain  did   not  let  up,  and  forty  hours  later  the  storm   caused  more  damage  than  anyone  would  have   imagined.  It  is  being  called  the  worst  storm  that   the  Magallanes  has  seen  in  twenty-­‐two  years. 19


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Student Protest

Chile’s first student march in 2012 is marked by conflict and police repression Written by Débora Gastal SANTIAGO  –  Student  riots  shook  SanTago   central  this  Thursday.  Thousands  of  students   were  concentrated  this  morning  in  Plaza  Italia   for  the  first  March  for  EducaTon  in  2012.  The   group  planned  to  walk  towards  the  Ministry  of   EducaTon,  starTng  at  11  a.m.,  however  the   police  dispersed  the  protesters  before  they  even   began.  The  march  was  organized  by  the   Asamblea  Coordinadora  de  Estudiantes   Secundarios  (ACES)  and  was  not  authorized  by   the  municipality  of  SanTago. According  to  Juan,  one  of  the  representaTves  of   the  popular  student  and  workers’  group   Asamblea  Flori-­‐Puente,  this  was  the  first   organized  march  of  the  year.  It  was  also  a  call  to   conTnue  the  mobilizaTons  from  2011,  when   students  in  Chile  occupied  and  paralyzed  for   months  numerous  public  offices  and   universiTes,  asking  for  free  and  quality  public  

educaTon.  Juan  predicts  that  in  2012,  the   strategy  of  the  students  movement  will  be   changed.  “ The  fight  will  probably  be  done  in  a   different  way  this  year,  as  the  occupaTons  have   eroded  the  movement,”  he  told  I  Love  Chile   News.

Police Repression The  police  used  mainly  tanks  with  water   cannons  and  tear  gas  to  disperse  any  aXempt  of   the  protesters  to  reorganize.  Many  students  had   burning  eyes  and  difficulty  breathing.  The   presence  of  human  rights  observers  did  not   inhibit  the  repression  that  began  in  Plaza  Italia,   where  youngsters  were  holding  banners  and   chanTng.  The  mobilizaTon  was  dispersed,   however  the  riots  conTnued.  There  are  reports   that  close  the  central  campus  of  Universidad  

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Student Protest Católica  the  protesters  started  to  break  the   pavement  of  the  streets  to  make  stones  to   throw  at  police. An  audiovisual  direcTon  student  at  UC,   Consuelo  Gonzales,  criTcized  the  violence.  She   parTcipated  in  the  marches  but  is  not  affiliated   with  any  movement.  To  her,  the  marches  are  an   opportunity  for  the  people  to  show  what  they   think.  “ The  police  are  not  respecTng  what   supposedly  is  their  job:  to  protect  the  people   and  public  welfare,”  she  told  us. Last  Monday,  Amnesty  InternaTonal  released  a   leXer  addressed  to  President  SebasTán  Piñera   congratulaTng  him  on  two  years  of  government,   recognizing  the  advances  but  also  showing   concern  about  the  respect  for  human  rights  in   Chile.  The  document  says,  “Amnesty   InternaTonal  is  very  concerned  about  human   rights  violaTons  that  have  occurred  in  the  last   year  in  the  context  of  the  marches  and  protests.   Demonstrators  claim  the  use  of  excessive  force   by  the  police;  the  misuse  of  tear  gas  and  water   cannons;  arbitrary  arrests  and  reports  of  torture   and  mistreatment,  including  beaTngs  and   threats  of  sexual  violence.”

UDI Occupation In  another  act  of  protest,  the  vice  president  of   the  Federación  de  Estudiantes  de  la  Universidad   de  Chile  (Fech),  Camila  Vallejo,  accompanied  by   member  of  the  Juventudes  Comunistas   (Communist  Youth),  occupied  the  office  of  the   Chilean  right  party  Unión  Demócrata   Independiente  (UDI).  The  occupaTon  was   peaceful,  and  also  called  for  the  end  of  the   repression  in  Aysén.  On  TwiXer,  the  group  said  

that  they  are  protesTng  against  “two  years  of  a   government  that  is  deaf  and  detached  from  the   public”.

The protests The  protests  in  Chile  started  in  June  2011   against  the  educaTonal  system  created  in  1980   during  the  dictatorship  of  Augusto  Pinochet.  In   Chile,  there  are  no  free  universiTes.  Even  the   public  Universidad  de  Chile  charges  tuiTon.   Many  students  have  to  make  loans  to  pay  the   university,  and  they  allege  that  they  complete   the  advanced  courses  in  debt  and  with  no   prospects  in  the  labor  market. Speaking  to  I  Love  Chile  News,  Eduardo  Mora,  a   law  student  from  the  Universidad  de  Chile,  said,   “The  main  thing  we  are  asking  is  a  free  and   quality  educaTon,  in  a  way  to  break  the  sTgma   of  class  that  exists  in  Chilean  society.  If  one  does   not  have  the  money  to  pay,  this  person  is  not   able  to  enroll  in  a  good  school  because  of  the   abandonment  of  public  educaTon  in  our   country.” The  protesters  call  for  more  funding  for  students   in  public  universiTes,  changes  in  the  admission   process  and  free  educaTon  for  the  poorest.   More  investments  in  secondary  schools  are  also   required.  Responsibility  for  this  part  of  the   educaTonal  system  was  passed  to  the   municipality  during  the  military  regime,  which   resulted  in  scarce  resources. The  student  protests  are  the  worst  protests  that   the  Chilean  government  has  faced  since  the  end   of  the  dictatorship  in  1990.  ILC

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Business

Chilean politicians try to moderate rising food and gas prices Written by Darren Kaiser

SANTIAGO  –  Just  about  anyone  who  drives  a  car,   takes  the  bus  or  shops  at  a  local  produce  market   in  Chile  has  probably  noTced  things  geyng   more  expensive  recently.  Gas  prices  have  risen   very  quickly  over  the  last  couple  of  months  and   this,  in  turn,  has  caused  many  public   transportaTon  companies  to  raise  their  fares.   The  price  of  food,  parTcularly  fruits  and   vegetables,  has  also  risen  over  the  summer,   parTally  due  to  the  drought  affecTng  the  central   regions. As  prices  rise,  there  is  a  risk  that  this  will  put   pressure  on  the  disposable  incomes  of  a  large   porTon  of  the  populaTon  and  cause  a  slowing  of   the  economy  as  people  make  less  non-­‐essenTal   purchases.  In  order  to  miTgate  rising  food   prices,  the  Chilean  government  has  already   been  providing  assistance  to  farmers  affected  by   the  drought.  With  the  summer  coming  to  an  

end,  they  are  now  calling  for  the  last   applicaTons  for  this  program  to  be  made  by  this   Wednesday  (the  14th). In  order  to  moderate  rising  fuel  prices,  some   poliTcians,  parTcularly  from  the  UDI  party   (Independent  DemocraTc  Union),  are  asking  for   a  reducTon  in  the  gas  tax  and  claim  that  this   would  help  maintain  economic  stability  and   likely  spur  growth  through  out  the  country.  In   Chile,  when  you  buy  a  liter  of  gas  or  diesel  fuel,   you  pay  a  specific  fuel  tax  (impuesto  específico   de  combusTble)  on  top  of  the  value  added  tax   (impuesto  al  valor  agregado,  or  IVA).  This  means   somewhere  around  40%  of  the  price  of  fuel  is   tax.  If  gas  prices  conTnue  increasing  like  they   have  been  recently,  we  may  see  increased   support  for  the  lowering  or  repealment  of  the   specific  fuel  tax.  ILC

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Mandalay Resources Provides Update on Aysén Protests and Resumption of Operations in the Region Written by Paul Coleman AYSÉN  –  Mandalay  Resources  CorporaTon  has   resumed  operaTons  at  its  Cerro  Bayo  project,   which  were  stalled  when  public  protests  in  the   Aysén  Province  blocked  the  road  to  the  mine   and  port. In  a  press  release  dated  March  9th,  2012   Mandalay,  a  Canadian  based  natural  resource   company  with  producing  assets  in  Australia  and   Chile,  announced  that  normal  operaTons  at   their  Cerro  Bayo  gold  and  silver  mine  in   Southern  Aysen,  resumed  Thursday  morning   aker  the  protestors  of  the  “ Tu  Problema  Es  Mi   Problema”  Civil  Movement  removed   the  blockade  on  the  road,  allowing  supplies  in   and  out  of  the  mine,  as  they  began  negoTaTons   with  the  local  government. The  Company  is  working  towards  returning  to   normal  producTon  levels  and  is  proceeding  with   its  overall  ramp  up  plans  for  the  project.  The  

disrupTon  caused  by  the  protests,  which  are   focused  towards  the  NaTonal  Government,   whom  the  protesters  feel  has  neglected  the   region  and  it  inhabitants,  has  had  a  minimal   impact  on  producTon  and  will  not  affect  annual   producTon  or  financial  guidance  numbers. The  company  reminds  readers  that… ‘This  news  release  contains  “forward-­‐looking   statements”  within  the  meaning  of  applicable   securiTes  laws.  Readers  are  cauToned  not  to   place  undue  reliance  on  forward-­‐looking   statements.  Actual  results  and  developments   may  differ  materially  from  those  contemplated   by  these  statements  depending  on,  among   other  things,  changes  in  commodity  prices  and   general  market  and  economic  condiTons….’  ILC

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Chilean Government Announces Additional Initiatives to Save Indigenous Languages Written by Laura Seelau & Ryan Seelau This  week  the  Chilean  government  announced   two  separate  programs  designed  to  preserve   Indigenous  languages  and  transmit  them  to  the   next  generaTon.  They  will  promote  the  teaching   of  Indigenous  languages  to  urban  youth  and  will   allow  Indigenous  communiTes  to  design  and   implement  their  own  projects  for  rescuing  and   preserving  naTve  tongues. The  first  of  these  programs—announced  on   Monday—targets  youth  in  and  around  SanTago   and  is  expected  to  result  in  more  than  2,000   children  learning  the  tradiTonal  languages  of   the  Aymara,  Mapuche  and/or  Rapa  Nui  people.   The  program  is  being  implemented  through   JUNJI  (Junta  Nacional  de  Jardines  InfanJles),   which  essenTally  oversees  daycares  and  pre-­‐ schools  throughout  the  country.  The  iniTaTve   will  begin  with  24  schools  in   the  SanTago  area  and  will   include  the  use  of  fluent   speakers  of  Indigenous   languages  to  teach  and   interact  with  the  children.

language  as  part  of  the  proposal.  The  program   seeks  to  develop  methods  that  can  be  used  to   improve  transmission  of  Indigenous  languages   from  generaTon  to  generaTon. The  topic  of  Indigenous  languages  has  been  a   hot  one  lately,  parTcularly  since  a  major  study   was  released  earlier  this  year  indicaTng  that  less   than  12%  of  Indigenous  people  speak  and   understand  their  tradiTonal  languages.     According  to  the  same  report,  at  the  current   rate  of  language  loss,  Chile’s  Indigenous  peoples   would  effecTvely  have  lost  the  use  of  their   languages  within  a  few  decades.  These   governmental  programs,  along  with  a  growing   number  of  community-­‐based  iniTaTves  and   movements  have  arisen  to  prevent  that  fate.  ILC

The  second  program  was   unveiled  in  a  ceremony  at  La   Moneda  (the  presidenTal   palace)  and  will  put  money  in   the  hands  of  communiTes   who  submit  proposals  on  how   to  rescue  and  pass  on  their   own  languages.  In  its  first  year   the  Chilean  government  has   set  aside  more  than  US   $800,000  to  be  distributed   among  communiTes.   ApplicaTons  will  be  accepted   unTl  April  14th  and  must  meet   some  minimum  criteria,   including  proof  that  at  least  25   people  will  be  learning  the  

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Basic course in handloom weaving Francisca  Caselli  will  be  holding  classes  in  handloom  weaving   throughout  March. Length  of  the  course:  12  hours,  4  classes  of  3  hour  each  one Time  and  Date: Choice  #1  March  6,  13,  20,  27  from  10:00  to  13:00 Choice  #2  March  1,  15,  22,  29  from  18:00  to  21:00 Choice  #3  March  9,  16,  23,  30  from  18:00  to  21:00 Choice  #4  March  10,  17,  24,  31  from  10:00  to  13:00 LocaIon:  Paulino  Alfonso  343,  Barrio  Lastarria,  Universidad   Católica  or  Bellas  Artes  Metro. Contact:  franciscacaselli@gmail.com  Phone:  7-­‐  577  78  35

weave  into  textured  structures  by  the  weave  recycling   technique,  and  in  this  class  we  could  also  be  make  a  35×50  eco-­‐ bag. Class  3  –  MURAL  DECORATION A]er  the  second  stage  students  will  construct  a  mural   decoraIon  of  60×90  by  mixed  techniques,  using  wooden  sIcks,   pearls,  looms  and  natural  elements;  and,  of  course,  the  topic  is   chosen  by  the  student  themselves. Class  4  –  PERSONAL  PROJECT In  the  last  class  students  will  do  a  Personal  Project  which  will  be   managed  by  a  teacher.  The  student  can  do  whatever  he  or  she   wants  with  the  project,  but  it  will  be  previously  organized   with  the  professor  in  the  third  class.

Class  1  –  WEFT  AND  WARP In  the  first  course  we  will  learn  the  main   concepts  to  start  weaving.  Then  we  will  study   the  loom  funcIons  in  order  to  know  how  to   weave.  Also,  in  this  class  students  will  learn   how  to  weave  with  different  kinds  of   materials,  colors  and  textures.  This  class  is   very  entertaining  and  useful.  At  the  end  of  the   course  you  will  have  a  liXle  “woven  collage”   which  can  be  framed. Class  2  –  ECO  BAG In  the  second  class,  students  will  learn  how  to  

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Chile to create a national “Day of Diversity” Written by Sandro Aravena Perez SANTIAGO  –  OrganizaTons  such  as  the  Equal   FoundaTon  (Fundacion  Iguales),  the  NaTonal   InsTtute  of  Human  Rights  (InsTtuto  Nacional  de   Derechos  Humanos),  the  Homosexual   Movement  of  IntegraTon  and  LiberaTon   (Movilh),  and  the  Jewish  Community  in  Chile   aXended  the  formaliTes  carried  out  by  depuTes   of  the  ChrisTan  Democracy  party. ReiteraTng  their  categorical  contempt  of  “the   brutal  beaTng”  that  the  young  Daniel  Zamudio   suffered  by  supposed  neo-­‐Nazi  groups,  and   appealing  to  “the  necessity  to  eradicate   discriminaTon  from  the  country”,  the  delegaTon   of  depuTes  of  the  ChrisTan  Democracy  party,  led   by  Aldo  Cornejo  and  Gabriel  Silber,  proposed  this   Monday  a  bill  which  establishes  the  16th  of   November  as  the  naTonal  “Day  of  Diversity”.  It  is   during  this  day  that  the  “Day  of  Tolerance”  is   celebrated  globally  as  well. The  bill  presentaTon  was  also  aXended  by  the   director  of  the  NaTonal  InsTtute  of  Human   Rights,  Lorena  Fries;  the  president  of  the  Equal   FoundaTon,  Pablo  Simoney;  the  president  of   Movilh,  Rolando  Jimenez;  the  president  of  the   Jewish  Community  in  Chile,  Shai  Agosin;  the   president  of  the  CommiXee  for  Human  Rights  of   the  DepuTes  Chambers,  Sergio  Ojeda,  and   several  other  representaTves  of  many   organizaTons  and  NGOs  that  promote  and   defend  diversity  in  the  country.

Diversity  will  be  a  key  factor  in  making  visible   that  everybody  deserves  equal  respect,  and  in   monitoring  the  public  policies  that  deal  with  it.” “We  hope  this  bill  is  approved  as  soon  as   possible  and,  likewise,  we  hope  the  same  for  the   pending  anT-­‐discriminaTon  bill  in  the  Congress.   What  happened  to  Daniel  Zamudio,  other  than   just  shocking  the  enTre  country,  must  not   happen  again  to  anybody  else.  It  is  a  brutal  act   that  must  move  us…  towards  supporTng  those   necessary  acTons  in  order  to  eradicate  violence   by  those  who  discriminate,  forgeyng  such  a   basic  and  essenTal  principle  as  equality,”  added   Cornejo. Meanwhile,  the  Equal  FoundaTon  expressed  the   need  for  the  government  to  assume  a  leading   role  in  promoTng  diversity,  through  laws  and   public  policies  that  aim  to  prevent  all  forms  of   discriminaTon. “By  establishing  the  naTonal  Day  of  Diversity,  we   are  also  giving  a  crystal  clear  signal  of  the  value   that  the  Chilean  state  places  on  diversity…  as  a   resource  of  social  richness,  peace  and  progress.   Furthermore,  this  bill  will  allow  social   organizaTons  for  diversity  to  commemorate  each   year  on  the  work  that  has  brought  us  to  this   important  place  in  the  construcTon  of  a  free  and   supporTve  Chile,”  said  the  foundaTon  in  a  press   release.  ILC

RepresentaTve  Cornejo   said  about  the  bill:  “Chile   was  built  as  a  naTon   thanks  to  the  many   valuable  contribuTons   towards  diversity;  equality   is  a  substanTal  pillar  of   every  civilized  society,  and   Chile  has  raTfied  so  in   naTonal  and  internaTonal   treaTes.  Thus,  the   establishment  of  this  day,   the  16th  of  November,  as   the  naTonal  Day  of   27


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Santiago cyclists strip to campaign for more rights Written by I Love Chile Administrator March  10th,  2012,  our  I  Love  Chile  Radio  DJ,   Marcial  Diaz,  took  part  in  the  Chilean  second   version  of  the  “World  Naked  Bike  Ride  (WNBR)”,   which  is  an  internaTonal  clothing-­‐opTonal  bike   ride  in  which  parTcipants,  plan,  meet  and  ride   together  en  masse  on  human-­‐powered   transport  (the  vast  majority  on  bicycles)  to   “deliver  a  vision  of  a  cleaner,  safer,  body-­‐posiTve   world”  (as  defined  by  Wikipedia). This  Chilean  version  was  called  “Ciclistas   Empelotados”,  translated  roughly  as  “Naked   Bikers  in  Rage”. The  “clothing  opTonal”  ride  through  the  streets   of  SanTago. It  was  organized  for  the  second  Tme  in    Chile,   being  the  first  one  last  year  on  June  11th.  This   version  was  led,  amongst  other  people,  by   Valeska  Pino,  known  on  the  social  networks  as   “Valeskyta  Primavera”,  who  had  also  been   featured  on  I  Love  Chile  Radio’s  show  “Live  &   Kicking”  last  December  and  January,  and   conducted  by  DJ  Marcial  Díaz. This  ride  had  as  meeTng  and  starTng  point  the   façade  of  the  “Museo  de  Arte  Contemporáneo,   MAC”  (Museum  of  Contemporary  Art)  on  the   Parque  Forestal,  downtown  SanTago.  It  began  at   14:30  pm,  and  merely  a  couple  of  blocks  away   from  I  Love  Chile’s  offices.

This  turned  out  to  be  a  relief  for  the  organizers   since  last  year’s  version  ended  up  with  seven   people  arrested  for  showing  total  nudity  in   public.  Most  parTcipants  inquired  by  Marcial   Diaz  explained  that  previous  outcome  as   “WNBR’s  version  last  year  had  taken  place  on  Av.   Providencia,  with  heavy  traffic,  and  also,   apparently,  the  lack  of  tolerance  towards  this   type  of  demonstraTons  exhibited  by  the   authoriTes  of  that  municipality”. This  current  WNBR’s  version  had  as  slogan  “1.5   meters  of  life”,  since  parTcipants  were  asking  to   be  given  more  space  on  the  streets  of  the   country  for  bicycle  riders,  simbolized  by  1.5  m  of   a  bike  line  on  the  streets.  Other  parTcipants  also   carried  slogans  on  their  bodies.  The  one  chosen   by  Marcial  Diaz,  printed  out  and  stuck  on  his   chest  was:  “Bicycles  have  been  out  on  the  street   for  200  years.  Cars  for  100  years.  Bicycles  =  An   older  right  to  ride  on  the  streets”. Besides,  this  group  calls  themselves  “Ciclistas   Empelotados”  because  as  explained  by  one   parTcipant  “bikers  are  angry  towards  the   authoriTes  that  do  not  pay  aXenTon  to  their   needs  and  to  car  and  bus  drivers  that  do  not   respect  them,  when  they  ride  on  the  streets   because  no  good  bike  lanes  are  available”.

The  route  taken  by  about  50  parTcipants  was   mostly  busy  streets  of  downtown  SanTago  such   as  Jose  Miguel  de  la  Barra,  Moneda,  Bandera,   Compañia,  Miraflores  and  from  there  back  to   the  iniTal  point.  On  the  route  many  pedestrians,   and  bystanders  were  caught  by  surprise,   including  several  “Carabineros”  (the  Chilean   police  corp),  who  despite  showing  more  acTve   reacTons  at  other  public  demonstraTons  of  a   more  poliTcal  order,  acted  very  quietly  on  this   one,  and  did  not  aXempt  at  any  minute  to  stop   this  group  of  riders. 28


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Work begins in Chile on Giant Magellan Telescope Written by Daniel Boyle the  Ministry  of  Foreign  Affairs  of  Chile  and   representaTves  of  Universidad  de  Chile,  the  U.S.   ambassador  Alejandro  Wolff,  Australian   ambassador  Virginia  Greville,  authoriTes  in  the   Region  of  Coquimbo,  observatory  astronomers   and  members  of  the  naTonal  scienTfic   community.

COQUIMBO  –  A  massive  explosion  will  signal  the   start  of  work  on  the  Telescopio  Gigante   Magallanes,  or  Giant  Magellan  Telescope  (GMT),   with  the  site  being  prepared  for  construcTon  on   next  Friday,  March  23rd.  The  telescope  is  the   product  of  years  of  scienTfic  research  and  is   expected  to  add  to  Chile’s  strong  reputaTon  as  a   key  area  for  astronomic  studies.  The  telescope  is   being  built  at  the  exisTng  observatory  on  Cerro   Las  Campanas,  high  in  the  Andes  in  the   Coquimbo  (IV)  Region. The  new  instrument,  currently  being  built   beneath  the  football  stadium  of  the  University  of   Arizona,  shall  consist  of  seven  mirrors  that   together  will  form  a  mirror  25  meters  in  diameter   and  have  a  high-­‐resoluTon  capability  for  clearer   pictures  of  planets  orbiTng  distant  stars  and   black  holes.  It  will  explore  the  nature  of  dark   maXer  and  the  origins  of  galaxies. The  GMT  will  allow  astronomers  to  answer  some   of  the  most  pressing  quesTons  about  the   cosmos,  including  the  detecTon,  imaging,  and   characterizaTon  of  planets  orbiTng  other  stars,   the  nature  of  dark  maXer  and  dark  energy,  the   physics  of  black  holes,  and  how  stars  and  galaxies   evolved  during  the  earliest  phases  of  the   universe. The  inauguraTon  of  the  work  will  be  aXended  by   many  delegates  and  senior  representaTves  of  the   Carnegie  InsTtuTon  for  Sciences,  the   Smithsonian  InsTtuTon,  the  Harvard-­‐Smithsonian   Astronomical  Observatory  in  the  United  States,  

The  complex  at  Las  Campanas  Observatory  is  one   of  the  three  centers  of  astronomical  research  in   Chile  that  has  received  U.S.  funding  and  operates   under  agreements  with  the  University  of  Chile,   which  makes  it  possible  for  scienTsts  in  the   country  to  access  these  faciliTes.  The   observatory  has  operated  in  the  Coquimbo   Region  for  more  than  four  decades  and  now  has   four  large  telescopes,  which  include  two   Magellan  telescopes,  6.5-­‐meters  in  diameter. Because  of  the  limited  amount  of  light  polluTon   and  the  clear  night  skies,  the  north  of  Chile  is   renowned  as  the  best  place  in  the  world  for   astronomy  research.  The  new  telescope,  planned   for  compleTon  in  2018  will  exceed  anything  seen   before  in  the  world  of  astronomy.  The  Giant   Magellan  Telescope  will  mean  astronomers  can   see  more  of  the  universe  around  us,  with  the   telescope  able  to  receive  more  light  than  ever   before  and  also  take  higher  resoluTon  images   than  ever  seen  before. The  observatories  in  Chile’s  north  have  seen  a   range  of  fascinaTng  research  conducted  in  them.   The  winners  of  the  2011  Nobel  Prize,  Brian   Schmidt,  Adam  Riess  and  Saul  PerlmuXer,   conducted  their  research  in  Chile.  Aker  later   analysis  they  were  able  to  prove  that  the   universe  was  expanding  at  an  acceleraTng  rate.   Professor  Schmidt,  a  professor  at  the  Australian   NaTonal  University,  expressed  his  excitement   about  the  new  telescope. The  Australian  Government  has  pledged  $100   million  for  the  project  and  has  been  joined  by  the   government  of  Korea  as  well  as  a  number  of   scienTfic  insTtuTons  in  contribuTng  to  the   project.  ILC 29


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Surprise spin class in central Santiago thanks to Elige Vivir Sano Written by Daniel Boyle At  7:30  am  on  Tuesday  a  rare  acTvity  took  place   in  downtown  SanTago  to  celebrate  the  first   anniversary  of  the  Elige  Vivir  Sano  (Choose   Healthy  Living)  program.  A  massive  spin  class   with  200  spinning  bikes  gathered  athletes  and   pedestrians. On  the  first  anniversary  celebraTon  of  the  Elige   Vivir  Sano  program,  fostered  by  the  first  lady,   Cecilia  Morel,  a  rare  iniTaTve  took  place  on  the   corner  of  Ahumada  and  Moneda,  one  of  the   busiest  places  in  SanTago. At  7:30  AM  there  were  200  spinning  bikes  that   were  used  by  enthusiasTc  parTcipants  that   came  to  be  involved  in  the  acTvity. “We  wanted  to  draw  the  people’s  aXenTon  to   the  importance  of  physical  acTvity  and  make   them  realize  that  sports  can  be  done  at  any  hour   of  the  day.  We  did  this  early  in  the  morning   because  we  think  is  the  best  way  of  starTng  the   day”  said  the  Elige  Vivir  Sano  program  Director,   Pauline  Kantor.

which  looks  for  persuading  people    and  make   them  realize  about  the  benefits  of  doing   exercises  and  have  an  acTve  and  healthy  life. “In  the  Ciudadanía  Square,  starTng  at  9:30  am   and  with  the  Reebok  brand  sponsoring  the   acTvity,  we  are  going  to  perform  an  acTvity  for   free  with  CrossFit  professionals  who  are  going  to   invite  people  to  parTcipate  in  30  minutes   acTviTes  for  boosTng  their  stretching,   coordinaTon  and  agility  capabiliTes”,  Kantor   explained. The  program  was  started  by  Primera  Dama  (First   Lady)  Cecilia  Morel  in  order  to  combat  health   problems  in  Chile.  Alexis  Sánchez,  star  of   Barcelona  and  the  Chilean  naTonal  team  is  an   ambassador  of  the  program.  ILC

It  was  not  only  athletes   involved  in  the   process,  even  SanTago   Centro  mayor  Pablo   ZalaqueX,  along  with   another  200  people,   enjoyed  the  acTvity   sponsored  by  SporTlfe   gym  and  broadcasted   live  on  a  huge  screen   placed  on  the  corner   which  is  owned  by   Grupo  Digital. Pauline  Kantor  said  the   Elige  Vivir  Sano  urban   intervenTons  will   conTnue  to  celebrate   the  first  anniversary,   30


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Three days in San Pedro de Atacama Written by Deborah Kunkel

One  of  I  Love  Chile’s  writers  takes  the  journey  to   San  Pedro  de  Atacama.  Deborah  Kunkel  shares   here  experiences  with  us. I  took  a  4:00pm  flight  from  SanTago  to  Calama,   a  small  City  in  the  north  of  Chile  one  hour  away   from  the  oasis  “San  Pedro  de  Atacama”. An  alternaTve  to  flying  north  is  to  take  the  bus.   To  ride  in  a  Chilean  bus  is  always  a  rare   experience.  You  see  a  lot  of  the  country,  and  you   can  hardly  take  a  more  comfortable  bus  in  your   life.    Nevertheless,  it  takes  28  hours  by  bus  –   Tme  that  I  wanted  to  spend  touring  the   Atacama. The  flight  was  1  hour  and  45  minutes,  and  also   the  landing  in  Calama  was  an  experience  as  well.    

I  landed  directly  in  the  desert.    The  shuXle  bus   came  at  a  price  (12,000  pesos  or  US$24),  but   they  brought  me  directly  to  my  hostel  and  from   there  I  went  directly  through  the  desert  to  San   Pedro. Arriving  in  San  Pedro,  I  saw  why  this  small  city  is   also  called  an  “oasis”.  Although  San  Pedro   survives  almost  completely  off  the  tourism   industry,  it  is  a  charming  village.  It  reminds  you   of  a  bedouin  camp  and  seems  so  different  than   the  big  ciTes  of  Chile.  The  many  tourists  and  the   high  prices  is  all  reminds  you  that  you  are  sTll  in   civilizaTon. My  hostel  was  quite  modest  (something  for   younger  people,  in  fact)  but  it  had  his  charm.   The  people  were  very  friendly  and  helpful  and  I   32


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could  book  the  tours  for  the  next  day  at  once.   Aker  a  delicious  but  quite  expensive  dinner  in  a   restaurant  on  the  main  street,  I  went  to  bed.  My   first  trip  would  start  at  7  o’clock. Saturday  at  7:00  (7:30  Chilean  Tme)  they  picked   me  up  from  my  hostel  to  start  the  tour  of  the   Salar  de  Atacama.  Tired  but  excited,  I  got  on  the   small  bus.  Aker  just  a  few  minutes,  I  was   admiring  the  stunning  landscape  of  the  desert. It  is  difficult  to  describe  the  desert.  It  is  different   from  what  I  expected,  and  there  is  not  only   sand.  The  desert  is  made  up  of  a  range  of   different  rocks  with  many  different  colors.  First   we  drove  for  a  while  through  the  desert,  going   higher  and  higher  unTll  we  reached  a  height  of   4,250  meters.  That  is  a  height  where  it  might  be   difficult  to  breathe,  which  is  why  we  drank  a  lot   of  coca  tea  to  make  it  beXer.  There  we  saw  the   laguna  “AlTplanica”.  It  was  so  beauTful,  really   unsurpassable.

There,  in  front  of  the  laguna,  we  had  a  breakfast     before  we  went  on  to  the  salt  lake.  At  the  salt   lake  I  experienced  some  very  great  moments.  It   is  difficult  to  describe.  There  were  enTre  meters   of  salt  crust  that  made  weird  figures  in  the   ground.  Then  we  saw  the  blue  lagoon,  the   “Laguna  Chaxa”,  where  different  species  of   flamingos  live. It  really  was  one  of  the  most  beauTful  places  I   have  ever  seen. Totally  fascinated,  I  got  back  to  San  Pedro  where   the  next  tour  was  ready  to  start.  The  next  trip   was  to  the  “Valle  de  la  Luna”  –  the  valley  of  the   moon.  It  was  a  shorter  but  also  impressive  trip.  I   got  a  sight  of  a  lunar  landscape  right  in  the   middle  of  the  desert  –  a  weird,  eroded   landscape  with  many  different  figures. First  we  saw  these  strange  figures  in  the  valley,   and  later  we  climbed  up  a  hill  to  get  a  great  view   from  above  them.  On  top  of  the  hill  we  could   also  see  the  sunset,  and  to  complete  the  tour   33


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we  drank  a  pisco  sours  before  going  back  to  San   Pedro.  Homeward  bound  there  was  a  horrible   thunderstorm.  Unfortunately,  that  was  also  the   reason  why  the  heavens  were  dull  the  whole   weekend…  I  could  not  watch  the  world-­‐famous   spangled  sky.  The  skies  of  the  Atacama  are   known  around  the  world  for  the  clarity  with   which  you  can  see  the  stars. Back  at  the  hostel  I  kept  in  mind  that  two  trips  in   one  day  are  quite  exhausTng  and  I  collapsed   into  bed. The  next  day  should  have  been  the  day  of  the   tour  of  the  “Laguna  Cejar”,  where  I  wanted  to   swim.  But  all  of  Chile  made  a  mistake  with  the   Tme  change.    All  digital  clocks  thought  there   was  a  Tme  change,  because  it  happened  once   before,  but  in  fact  the  Tme  stayed  the  same.  So  I   arrived  one  hour  too  late  to  the  meeTng  point   and  had  to  find  an  alternaTve  for  the  day.  So,  I   explored  the  village  and  made  some  new   acquaintances.

On  Monday,  my  last  day,  I  took  a  bike  tour.  It   was  a  cool,  and  much  cheaper,  way  to  explore   the  desert.  In  the  face  of  the  heat  it  was  quite   pleasant  bicycling  and  exploring  the  desert  on   our  own. Since  my  flight  back  to  SanTago  was  at  22:45,  I   got  to  join  in  a  barbecue  in  my  hostel  before  I   returned  to  Calama.  This  Tme  I  took  the   cheaper,  recommended  way  to  get  to  the   airport.  I  took  the  “ TurBus”  to  Calama  for  2,900   pesos  and  there  I  took  a  taxi  to  the  airport  for   3,000  pesos.That  was  really  cheaper  than  the   shuXle  I  took  on  my  way  to  San  Pedro. All  in  all  I  had  an  unforgeXable  Tme  in  San  Pedro   that  I  really  recommend  the  journey,  especially   to  those  that  love  the  nature  and  want  to   explore  another  amazing  side  of  Chile.  ILC

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Universidad de Chile fan shot after soccer victory Written by Daniel Boyle SANTIAGO  –  Aker  Universidad  de  Chile  put  six   unanswered  goals  into  the  net  against  Audax   Italiano,  one  would  expect  a  fesTve  atmosphere   near  the  La  Florida  stadium.  That  wasn’t  the   case  though,  with  one  fan  of  “La  U”  being  shot   in  the  face.  The  most  concerning  element  of  this   was  that  he  was  shot  by  another  fan  of   Universidad  de  Chile.  The  different  segments  of   the  “barras”  have  begun  to  fight  among  each   other.  This  was  clear  during  the  match  against   Iquique,  where  supporters  threw  fireworks  on  to   the  field. The  club  is  currently  serving  their  punishment   for  this  incident,  which  involved  playing  a  game   behind  closed  doors,  and  their  subsequent  four   home  matches  to  members  only.  While  the   Copa  Sudamericana  champions  have  struggled   to  find  consistency  this  year,  the  thrashing  of   Audax  Italiano  sees  them  rise  to  the  top  of  the   table,  with  a  very  healthy  goal  differenTal. It  is  off  the  field  that  is  looking  unhealthy  at  the   moment.  This  parTcular  incident  occurred  four   blocks  from  the  stadium.  The  shooter  was   quickly  apprehended  by  police,  while  the  vicTm   was  taken  to  the  Hospital  Sótero  del  Río  for   treatment.  The  vicTm  was  only  sixteen  years   old.  As  the  offence  happened  within  

the  perimeter  of  the  stadium,  the  shooter  will   be  charged  under  the  Law  of  Violence  in   Stadiums,  part  of  the  Plan  Estadio  Seguro  (Safe   Stadiums  Plan). Regional  Governor  Cecilia  Pérez  said  on  the   naTonal  Chilean  radio  staTon,  Radio  Bio  Bio,   “football  is  a  sport,  not  a  shelter  for  criminals”,   however  she  announced  that  she  expects  the   new  away  match  for  Universidad  de  Chile,  when   they  visit  Estadio  San  Carlos  Apoquindo  for  the   University  Classic  against  Universidad  Católica   “should  be  a  normal  match”.  She  expressed   saTsfacTon  with  the  arrest  of  the  man  saying   “No  true  fan,  who  loves  their  team  and  football,   goes  to  the  stadium  with  homemade  weapons   and  hidden  elements  in  cars.” The  man  who  fired  the  shot,  31  year  old  Álvaro   Antonio  Retamal  Arias  has  been  placed  into   custody,  charged  with  aXempted  manslaughter,   illegal  possession  of  firearms  and  breaching  the   law  against  violence  in  stadiums.  He  has   previous  criminal  history  for  armed  robbery  and   causing  serious  injury. New  laws  are  currently  before  the  Senate  which   will  place  clubs  responsible  for  the  acTons  of   their  fans.  Chief  of  the  Safe  Stadiums  Plan,   CrisTán  Barra  said  the  support  from  the  clubs  to  

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Sports the  barras  needs  to  be  changed.  “Clubs  have  to   assume  responsibility,  especially  if  they   cooperate  with  organized  bar.  For  example,  I   think  that  if  a  club  is  funded  transportaTon  to  a   bar  to  go  to  another  city  and  the  bar  makes   outrages  in  that  city,  obviously  the  club  has  a   responsibility,  because  they  are  funding  this   acTvity.  We  also  want  clubs  to  invest  in  security   measures”  he  said. Last  week  the  new  commiXee  for  NaTonal   Security  for  Stadiums  met  for  the  first  Tme.  The   meeTng  was  aXended  by  ANFP  President  Sergio   Jadue,  CrisTán  Barra  and  the  General  Alejandro   Olivares,  chief  of  the  Caribineros  supervising   stadiums.  The  ANFP  and  representaTves  from  

the  clubs  have  been  strongly  criTcal  of  the  new   laws.  When  they  passed  through  the  Chamber   of  DepuTes,  Azul  Azul  chairman  Federico  Valdes   was  forced  to  apologize  when  he  said  “son  una   manga  de  pelotudos”  (“they  are  a  bunch  of   assholes”)  in  regards  to  the  depuTes. The  next  round  will  see  “La  U”  taking  on  Unión   Española  at  Estadio  Nacional.  There  is  sure  to  be   a  heavy  security  presence  for  the  ensuing   games,  which  will  include  their  matches  in  the   Copa  Libertadores.  Meanwhile,  their  archrivals   Colo  Colo  have  fallen  to  eleventh  place  aker  a   loss  to  La  Serena,  and  coach  Ivo  Basay  is  under   pressure  to  keep  his  posiTon.  ILC

Alexis is back again Written by Deborah Kunkel BARCELONA,  SPAIN  –  Alexis  Sánchez  has   returned  to  training  aker  his  latest  injury,   joining  his  fellow  players  in  toughening  up  for   the  rest  of  the  season. The  Chilean  striker  wants  to  be  fit  again  very   quickly  and  be  a  strong  subsTtute  for  coach   Joseph  Guardiola.    He  may  be  able  to  play  next   weekend  at  the  Ramón  Sánchez   Pizjuán  stadium,  where  FC  Barcelona  will  play   against  Sevilla.  He  has  pracTced  a  lot  in  the  last   few  days,  even  more  than  his  fellow  players.  The   23-­‐year-­‐old  wants  to  make  up  for  lost  Tme  and   experience.  To  the  surprise  of  his  fans  here  in   Chile  and  in  Spain,  we  may  be  able  to  watch   Alexis  play  on  Saturday.  His  injury  is  almost   healed  up  and  his  determinaTon  is  vast.

especially  aker  defeaTng  Bayer  04  Leverkusen   7-­‐1.    Unfortunately,  Sánchez  did  not  take  a  part   in  this  emphaTc  victory,  but  he  was  the  goal-­‐ scorer  in  the  first-­‐leg  game.  The  offensive  duo  of   Lionel  Messi  and  Alexis  Sánchez  could  be  one  of   the  best  in  the  world. The  Chilean  Star  striker  also  needs  to  get  in  form   for  the  naTonal  team.  “La  roja”  without  Sánchez   is  just  not  the  same.  He  has  a  disTncTve  style   and  is  a  very  good  aXacker.  All  that  needs  to   change  is  his  unfortunate  tendency  to  injure   himself.  ILC

He  injured  his  shoulder  playing  against   “SporTng  Gijon”,  and  aker  that  he  had  to  be  on   a  strict  recovery  diet.  The  coaches  and  officials   were  a  bit  on  edge  as  a  result  of  yet  another   injury,  which  is  why  he  wants  to  make  up  for  it   and  prove  his  talent  to  all  of  his  skepTcs. Although  Real  Madrid  is  siyng  preXy  and  has   10  points  more  than  Barcelona,  Barca  does  not   want  to  give  up  and  is  looking  for  a  strong  finish   to  the  season.  In  the  Champions  League  it   seems  that  they  will  be  very  successful,   36


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Colo Colo coach Ivo Basay under pressure to keep his job Written by Deborah Kunkel

SANTIAGO  –  Hard  Tmes  have  fallen  on  Chile’s   most  successful  team.  In  the  Primera  Division   things  are  looking  bleak  for  Colo  Colo.  They  have   not  been  in  good  form  and  now  it  is  also  sure   that  president  Hernan  Levi  threw  in  the  towel   and  will  leave  Colo  Colo  on  the  9th  of  April.    For   coach  Ivo  Basay  it  could  be  a  Tght  squeeze.  Colo   Colo  has  performed  poorly,  with  the  latest  loss   in  La  Serena  deemed  unacceptable  by  fans. This  weekend  they  will  play  in  Calama.  There  it   will  be  seen  whether  Basay  will  keep  his  job  or   not.  It  is  all  or  nothing.  Colo  Colo  needs  to  make   up  for  lost  points  during  their  match  against   Cobreloa. Not  only  on  the  field,  but  also  in  private  rooms   and  in  training,  trouble  is  brewing.    The  players   are  dissaTsfied  with  themselves  and  with  the   work  and  performance  of  their  coach.  Since   naTonal  team  coach  Claudio  Borghi  lek,  it   seems  that  everything  has  gone  down  the  tubes   with  Colo  Colo,  and  something  must  be  done. Basay,  however,  is  in  Claudio  Borghi’s  big   shadow.  His  predecessor  won  4  championships   with  the  black  and  white  team.  Shares  in  Blanco   y  Negro,  the  company  operaTng  Colo  Colo,  have   fallen  drasTcally  since  then.

Experts  have  announced  the  year  2012  to  be   “their  year”.  Nobody  ever  thought  they  would   start  off  so  badly.  They  are  in  11th  place  in  the   standings  and  have  had  some  embarrassing   performances.  La  Serena  and  Universidad  de   Concepción  could  win  beat  them  in  their  own   stadium  in  SanTago…  something  that  was  not   possible  in  previous  years. If  they  conTnue  with  their  poor  performance,   the  most  successful  team  in  Chile  will  face  the   possibility  of  dropping  to  Primera  B.  The  former   striker  who  played  75  matches  for  Colo  Colo  and   scored  38  goals  between  1996  and  1999  will   face  immense  pressure.  Fans  have  expressed   disappointment  since  his  move  from  O’Higgins   to  Estadio  Monumental. The  players  have  given  mixed  signals  in  regards   to  their  performance  this  year.  Captain  Esteban   Paredes  said  aker  an  emergency  meeTng  that   the  players  were  not  ready  for  a  change  in  their   coach  just  yet. “I  don’t  know  if  we’re  ready  for  a  coaching   change.  We  hope  to  reverse  the  situaTon  and   begin  a  winning  streak,”  he  said.  ILC

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Eduardo Vargas and Napoli lose, double for Humberto Suazo Written by Daniel Boyle LONDON,  ENGLAND  &  MONTERREY,  MEXICO  –   Despite  holding  a  3-­‐1  advantage  leading  into   their  match,  it  was  not  enough  for  Napoli  to   pass  through  to  the  next  stage  of  the  Champions   League. Aker  signing  a  mulT-­‐million  dollar  deal  with  the   Italian  club,  Chilean  striker  Eduardo  Vargas  has   seen  liXle  acTon.  The  star  of  the  2011  Copa   Sudamericana  campaign  with  Universidad  de   Chile  arrived  on  the  field  in  the  second  half  of   overTme,  but  failed  to  change  the  fate  of  the   match.

Champions  League  encounter,  with  the  striker   being  in  the  targets  of  Chelsea  and  a  range  of   other  clubs.  It  has  been  hard  for  the  Chilean  to   reach  a  starTng  place,  as  the  Napoli  side  has   been  in  good  form.  The  Italian  club  impressed   many  in  their  Champions  League  debut,   reaching  the  final  sixteen,  despite  having  big   guns  such  as  Manchester  City  and  Bayern   Munich  in  their  qualifying  group. Rumors  abound  that  Vargas  will  be  traded  to   another  club,  however  coach  Walter  Mazzarri   has  asked  fans  to  give  the  young  forward  Tme  to   prove  his  worth.

A  direct  free  kick  saw  Chelsea  take  the  lead  with   a  score  of  4-­‐1.  The  score  wasn’t  quite  as   amazing  as  the  7-­‐1  destrucTon  that  Barcelona   gave  to  Bayer  Leverkusen   last  week,  but  sees  the   London  team  move   through  to  the  quarter   finals. It  was  goals  from  well-­‐ known  names  such  as   veterans  Didier  Drogba   and  John  Terry  that  sent   Napoli  out  of  the   tournament.  Despite   inconsistent  form  and  the   sacking  of  their  coach,   Chelsea  are  the  only   English  team  remaining  in   the  compeTTon.  The  old   guard  has  been  heavily   criTcized  throughout  the   year,  but  when  it  came  to   the  crunch,  they  were  the   players  to  bring  Chelsea   back  into  the  match. The  signing  of  Vargas  was   seen  as  an  early  strike  for   Napoli  ahead  of  the   39


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Sports The  draw  for  the  eight  teams  sTll  involved  in  the   compeTTon  has  just  been  released.  The  four   match-­‐ups  are  as  follows: APOEL  (Cyprus)  vs  Real  Madrid  (Spain) Marseille  (France)  vs  Bayern  Munich  (Germany) Benfica  (Portugal)  vs  Chelsea  (England) AC  Milan  (Italy)  vs  Barcelona  (Spain)

 

Humberto Suazo scores a double for Monterrey In  the  North  American  version  of  the  Champions   League,  the  Chilean  striker  was  back  in  form   with  a  double  for  his  Mexican  club  Monterrey.   Aker  starTng  the  year  training  with  the  youth   squad  because  of  a  late  return  from  the  holiday   break,  “Chupete”  has  bounced  back  to  his  best. Suazo  scored  twice  against  Moreila   in  a  4-­‐1  victory,  which  gave  the   defending  champions  a  big   aggregate  victory,  with  a  final  score   of  7-­‐2.  Chile  hopes  to  have  all  their   best  players  in  fine  form  before  the   World  Cup  qualifiers  resume  in   Bolivia  in  June.

Matías Fernandez scores as Sporting knocks out Manchester City Aker  being  the  only  goal  scorer  for   the  Chilean  naTonal  team  in  their   clash  with  Ghana,  MaŒas  Fernández   conTnued  his  strong  run,  scoring   from  a  free  kick  as  Portuguese  team   SporTng  took  care  of  Manchester   City  in  the  Europa  Cup.  It  was  all  bad   news  for  Manchester,  with   Manchester  United  losing  to  AtleTco   Bilbao,  the  club  of  former  Chilean   team  coach  Marcelo  Bielsa.  Bielsa’s   squad  are  now  the  favorites  to  win   the  tournament.  ILC

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Swedish metal legends to visit Chile Written by Daniel Boyle SANTIAGO   –  Later   this  m onth,  SanTago  will  

such  as  Soilwork  and  In  Flames  coming  out  of   the  same  city  and  taking  the  metal  world  by   storm. At  The  Gates  broke  up  aker  releasing  the   seminal  Slaughter  of  the  Soul  in  the  mid  90s.  The   band  came  together  to  play  at  the  2008   installment  of  the  German  fesTval  Wacken.  The   fesTval  brings  together  metal  fans  from  all  over   the  world. LISTEN  HERE

receive  progressive  metal  legends  Opeth  in   support  of  their  world  tour  of  their  most  recent   album,  the  2011  Heritage.  While  the  band  has   toned  down  from  their  earlier  albums,  Mikael   Åkerfeldt  and  his  band  can  expect  a  strong   response  in  SanTago. While  vastly  different  from  the  earlier  works  of   Orchid  and  Morningrise,  the  latest  ediTon   borrows  elements  from  outside  the  metal  genre,   with  clear  influences  from  folk  music.  Heritage   adds  to  the  extensive  Opeth  collecTon,  which   sees  a  variety  of  styles  from  the  extremes  of   death  metal  to  the  clean  harmonies  that  have   been  present  throughout  the  works. The  beauty  of  Opeth  is  their  ability  to  blend  the   two  styles,  along  with  other  influences,  to  create   a  sound  of  their  own.  The  masters  of   progressive  metal  will  return  to  Teatro   Caupolicán  aker  their  first  visit  in  2009.  The   performance  will  take  place  on  March  28th. Tickets  cost  22,000  pesos  and  are  available  from   the  Rock  Axis  bar  near  Metro  Manuel  MonX  or   from  Ticketmaster  outlets.  The  show  will  begin   at  9pm. For  fans  of  Swedish  metal,  Opeth  aren’t  the  only   band  to  look  out  for.  It  has  recently  been   announced  that  Gothenburg  legends  At  The   Gates  will  make  their  first  appearance  in  Chile.   The  band  is  credited  with  creaTng  the   “Gothenburg  Sound”  which  led  to  other  bands  

At  the  Tme  of  their  reunion,  they  insisted  they   would  not  create  any  new  music,  however  their   previous  work  stands  with  any  recent  releases   from  the  world  of  melodic  metal.  A  special  DVD   “The  Flames  At  The  End”  was  made  aker  their   re-­‐forming  in  2008. The  At  The  Gates  show  will  take  place  on  July   25th  at  Teatro  Teletón.  Tickets  are  available  from   the  PuntoTicket  system,  which  can  be  purchased   at  Ripley  department  stores  or  Cinemark.  The   price  for  the  Tcket  is  17,600  pesos. The  visit  to  Chile  is  part  of  a  LaTn  America  tour   which  will  include  Mexico,  Costa  Rica,   Venezuela,  Uruguay,  ArgenTna  and  Brazil.  The   arrival  of  these  Swedish  legends  is  not  the  only   reason  for  metal  fans  in  Chile  to  get  excited. April  will  bring  the  two-­‐day  “Chile  Metal  Fest”   event.  Spanning  the  weekend  of  April  28-­‐29,   some  of  the  biggest  names  in  heavy  metal  will   appear  at  the  Movistar  Arena.  The  final  act  was   announced  earlier  this  week,  with  Kyuss  Lives   added  to  the  lineup,  which  includes  Testament,   Anthrax,  Fear  Factory,  Exodus,  Blind  Guardian   and  Kreator.  Twenty-­‐eight  bands  will  appear  at   the  fesTval,  the  first  of  its  kind  in  Chile. Tickets  for  the  fesTval  cost  33,000  pesos  for   each  day  and  are  available  through  the  Ticketek   system.  ILC

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Chilean pianist Michio Nishihara Toro offers free concert series Written by Matt Niner SANTIAGO  –  Chilean  pianist  Michio  Nishihara   Toro  will  be  offering  a  series  of  concerts  in  his   own  Academia  Piano-­‐Studio  during  the  next   three  Saturdays  in  March.  The  musician  has   recently  returned  to  Chile  to  re-­‐iniTate  his  music   academy  with  a  series  of  free  concerts  to  be   held  at  20:30  hours  on  March  17,  24,  and  31. Aker  a  number  of  successful  performances  in   Berlin,  and  aker  gaining  valuable  direcTon  from   the  presTgious  Kuppselsaal  concert  hall  in   Germany,  he  will  once  again  be  performing  in  his   naTve  homeland  with  three  concerts  that  are   open  to  everyone  in  SanTago  at  the  Academia   Piano-­‐Studio  (Manuel  MonX  901  -­‐esquina   Keller-­‐  Providencia,  Metro  Manuel  MonX).

The  concert  schedule  follows: Sábado  17  de  marzo,  20:30  horas,  en  Piano-­‐ Studio. Sábado  24  de  marzo,  20:30  horas,  en  Piano-­‐ Studio. Sábado  31  de  marzo,  20:30  horas,  en  Piano-­‐ Studio. He  will  feature  music  from  some  of  the  great   piano  arTsts,  with  diverse  styles  and  pieces  from   authors  such  as  Beethoven,  Debussy  and   Chopin.  ILC

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Trivia success for Hellen Keller School Written by Daniel Boyle Unfortunately  the  I  Love  Chile  team  was  unable   to  defend  their  2011  Ttle  in  the  trivia  night  to   raise  money  for  the  Hellen  Keller  School,   however  a  great  night  was  had  and  the  Friends   of  Hellen  Keller  organizaTon  managed  to  raise  2   million  pesos  (US$4,000)  for  the  school.  We   would  like  to  share  a  note  from  the  organizaTon   which  thanked  everyone  for  their  involvement.   Our  very  own  CEO  Dan  Brewington  controlled   the  acTon  as  Master  of  Ceremonies  during  the   event. With  St  Patrick’s  Day  coming  up  later  in  the   week,  the  night  had  an  Irish  theme  to  it.  Here  is   what  Nicky  Howe  from  the  Friends  of  Hellen   Keller  organizaTon  had  to  say. Dear  friends  and  supporters  of  Colegio  Hellen   Keller, Thank  you  all  so  much  for  your  aXendance  at   our  Irish  Trivia  night  last  night.  Ximena,  Claudia,   Dan,  Amy  and  I  had  a  great  Tme  up  the  front   and  thoroughly  enjoyed  all  the  banter  that  was   going  on  throughout  the  night  and  hope  that   you  did  too.

Dan  Brewington  is  simply  the  best  MC  and  Carl   Hammond  the  most  talented  musician  –  we   thank  you  both  most  sincerely  for  generously   giving  of  your  Tme  and  talents.      It  was  super  to   see  everyone  geyng  into  the  spirit  of  things,   especially  those  at  Table  5  who  took  out  the   prize  for  best  dressed  team,  thanks  largely  to   the  handiwork  of  Kimberley  Nolan. CongratulaCons  must  go  to  the  winning  team  at   Table  14  who  scored  50  points  out  of  a  possible   62:    Alejandro  Palma,  Erika  Fort,  Kate  and   Dwayne  FenTe,  Colin  and  Maria  Sinclair,  Neil   Gray  and  William  Howe.    Well  done.    I  hope  you   will  be  back  to  defend  your  Ttle  in  2013. The  overall  success  of  our  Trivia  night  was  made   possible  by  the  generous  sponsorship  which  we   received.    I  would  like  to  especially  acknowledge   the  support  of  Concha  y  Toro  who  supplied  the   wonderful  wines  and  the  following  businesses   who  donated  raffle  prizes:    Hacienda  Santa   MarTna;    MANDU  Personal  trainers;  Bicicleta   Verde;  restaurants  Jewel  of  India,  Bariloche,   Confiteria  Torres,  Tiramisu;  Serendipity  cafe  and   cooking  school;  Hands  and  Company  Plaza  Peru;  

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Social and  special  thanks  to  Dan  for  securing  the  VIP   Tckets  to  the  Ricardo  Arjona  concert.    Thank  you   for  your  support  of  the  raffle  –  our  Tcket  sellers   Amy,  Maria  Isabel  and  Peggy  were  kept  very   busy,  as  were  our  Bar  men  William  and  ScoX   who  all  did  a  great  job.

May  the  road  rise  up  to  meet  you, May  the  wind  be  always  at  your  back, May  the  sun  shine  warm  upon  your  face, and  rains  fall  soK  upon  your  fields. And  unCl  we  meet  again, May  Gold  hold  you  in  the  palm  of  his  hand.

As  you  know,  the  Friends  of  Hellen  Keller  are   currently  raising  funds  for  their  heaTng  project,   fondly  known  as  Taking  the  chill  out  of   Chile.    Your  aXendance  and  support  of  our   event  last  night  has  made  a  significant   contribuTon  to  this  heaTng  fund.    The  sum   of  $2million  pesos  was  raised  which  will  go   directly  towards  the  cost  of  replacing  the  old   original  windows  in  the  Hall  with  new   aluminium  framed  thermopanel  windows  which   will  not  only  greatly  improve  the  appearance  of   the  Hall,  but  will  provide  much  needed   insulaTon  and  warmth  in  the  cold  winter   months.    A  hear•elt  thanks  to  each  and  every   one  who  contributed  to  this  success  thereby   helping  to  improve  the  quality  of  life  of  the   students  at  the  school  who  are  so  deserving  of   your  support.

Nicky  Howe on  behalf  of  all  the  Friends  of  Hellen  Keller   The  trivia  night  was  one  of  many  occasions   where  the  I  Love  Chile  team  has  supported  the   Colegio  Hellen  Keller  events.  We  look  forward  to   giving  more  support  in  the  future.  The  school   provides  assistance  to  vision  impaired  children.

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Pepe’s Chile: Symbols of Chile Written by Pepe Rawlinson You’ll  find  the  symbols  of  Chile  throughout  the   country.  It  is  important  to  understand  what  they   are  so  you  can  both  appreciate  the  meaning  and   speak  intelligently  about  them.

Condor The  Andean  Condor  is  one  of  the  symbols  of   Chile  that  is  prominently  displayed  on  Chile’s   coat  of  arms  and  on  the  100  Chilean  peso  coin. The  Andean  Condor  lives  only  along  the  western   edge  of  South  America  and  flies  majesTcally   with  a  massive  wingspan  reaching  up  to  10  feet   (3  meters).

Huemul The  Huemul,  also  known  as  a  South  Andean   Deer,  is  an  endangered  species  naTve  to   extreme  southern  Chile  and  ArgenTna.  The   Huemul  joins  the  Andean  Condor  on  Chile’s  coat   of  arms.

Independence Celebration Symbols Chile  celebrates  the  fiestas  patrias  in  September.   During  this  Tme,  you’ll  see  symbols  of  Chile  all   over  the  place.  Everything  is  decorated  in  red,   white,  and  blue.  Flags  hang  from  every  corner.   People  enjoy  Chile’s  naTonal  dance,  la  cueca. Men  and  women  will  also  dress  up  in  tradiTonal   Chilean  clothing.  Look  for  men  dancing  la  cueca   in  classic  Chilean  huaso  ayre  with  a  Chilean   cowboy  hat,  shirt,  flannel  poncho,  riding  pants,   short  jacket,  riding  boots,  and  spurs. Look  for  the  symbols  of  Chile  while  you  are  in   the  country.  You’ll  be  surprised  to  see  just  how   commonplace  they  are  in  popular  culture.

Symbols of Chile on the Flag The  Chilean  flag  is  also  rich  in  symbolism.  The   red  on  the  Chilean  flag  represents  the  blood   spilled  in  its  fight  for  independence.  The  white   represents  the  snow-­‐covered  Andes  that  guard   the  eastern  border  of  Chile.  The  blue  is  for  the   color  of  the  sky.  The  star  represents  the   governmental  powers  as  they  watch  over  the   country.

Locations as Symbols Several  symbols  of  Chile  are  based  on  the   country’s  diverse  landscapes.  For  example,  you’ll   see  these  iconic  symbols  used  in  media  to   represent  their  respecTve  parts  of  the  country: 1 2 3 4 5

Rapa  Nui  stone  heads  on  Easter  Island Peaks  of  the  Andes  mountains The  unique,  long  and  slender  outline  of   the  country Snow  capped  volcanoes The  towering  peaks  of  the  Torres  del   Paine  naTonal  park 46


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Soltera in Santiago: The Bachelorette, Chilean Style Written by Soltera in Santiago So  as  I  sit  here  and  drink  my  overpriced  yet   delicious  iced  coffee,  I  can’t  help  but  reminisce   about  the  past  weekend.  One  of  my  best  friend’s   is  geyng  married  next  weekend,  so  claro  que  si,   we  had  to  throw  her  a  BacheloreXe.  Now,  I’ve   aXended  BacheloreXes  in  the  past  but  this   Tme…it  was  el  esTlo  Chileno. The  night  started  with  a  bunch  of  us  girls   meeTng  up  for  a  cocktail  hour  and  promiscuous   games  of  all  sorts.  The  champagne  was  popping   and  the  apartment  was  decked  out  with   bacheloreXe  ayre  (shot  glasses  in  the  shape  of   male  body  parts,  etc).  Aker  one  too  many   champagne  glasses  and  cocktails,  we  made  it  to   part  dos  of  the  night:  the  Male  Strip  Club.  Yes,   they  do  in  fact  exist  here.  So  here  we  are,  eight   gringas  and  a  chilena  trying  to  get  into  Burbujas   Club  in  Suecia,  aker  we  already  put  down  forty  

lukas  as  a  reservaTon  deposit.  And  surprise   surprise,  they  decide  to  charge  us  way  over  the   fee  they  originally  asked  in  the  email   reservaTon. Long  story  short,  there  were  eight  gringas   arguing  with  the  club  owner  and  asking  if  we   could  just  pay  the  original  fee.  Go  figure,  the   chilena  with  us  was  even  a  lawyer,  yet  the   owner  basically  tells  us  “too  bad,  so  sad”  and  we   are  on  our  way  without  our  deposit  back  and  no   naked  strippers  in  sight.  Needless  to  say,  none  of   us  will  ever  go  there  again  and  we  may  or  may   not  have  stolen  their  balloon  display  outside  the   club  to  implement  into  our  pictures  everywhere   else  during  the  night. So  what  is  a  group  of  BacheloreXe-­‐enthused   Gringas  to  do,  when  strippers  are  taken  out  of  

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the  equaTon?  Drink  and  dance  the  night  away,   of  course.  And  that  is  exactly  what  we  did  unTl   the  rest  of  the  night  became  such  a  blur  that  the   next  morning  my  head  felt  like  someone  hit  it   with  a  pisco  boXle.  But…I  do  remember  some   key  moments  here  and  there. At  one  point,  we  took  a  drunken  picture  with  a   paco  on  the  corner  who  we  also  aXempted  to   convince  to  go  back  to  the  strip  club  with  us  so   we  could  get  in.  Fail.  We  rolled  into  Bar   ConsTtucion  someTme  during  the  night  and   somehow  persuaded  massive  groups  of  people   to  start  chanTng  the  BacheloreXe’s  first  name,   Josie.  This  was  then  followed  up  by  one  of  the   girls  in  the  group  drawing  taXoos  saying  “Josie”   encircled  by  a  heart  on  a  mulTtude  of  random   people  throughout  the  night.  What  kills  me,  is   when  my  friend  would  ask  if  she  could  draw  a   taXoo  on  them  they  were  like…“obvio!  Por  que   no?!” Later  on,  we  ended  up  at  Mito  Urbano  which  is   where,  I’m  preXy  sure,  we  started  to  lose  girls   right  and  lek  in  our  own  version  of  BacheloreXe   Survivor.  People  ended  up  making  out  on  the   dance  floor,  going  home  with  someone,  or  going   home  throwing  up.  Aker  managing  to  gather  up   a  few  of  the  stragglers,  we  end  up  leaving  the   club  where  we  stumbled  down  the  street,  which   is  not  easy  to  do  in  heels,  believe  me.

All  of  a  sudden,  a  group  of  excited  and  random   Chilenos  start  chanTng,  “Josie!  Josie!“  I’m  preXy   sure  a  passerby  asked,  “Que  es  un  Josie?”  or   “What’s  a  Josie?“  And  how  did  these  random   people  we  didn’t  recognize  at  all  even  know   her?  Well,  they  all  had  her  name  taXooed  on   their  arm  with  a  heart.  Completely  normal. Finally,  and  don’t  ask  me  how  we  got  here,  we   ended  up  at  a  female  strip  club  since  we   couldn’t  get  into  the  male  one.  And  I’m  preXy   sure  as  soon  as  we  walked  in  you  could  hear  a   pin  drop  as  everyone  turned  and  looked  at  us…f-­‐ awkward.  I  don’t  think  they  have  female  clients   very  oken.  But  it  must  have  been  a  preXy  good   Tme  because  I  do  recall  one  of  our  group   members  geyng  up  on  stage  and  showing  us   how  it’s  done,  to  which  the  club  owners(this   Tme  around)  were  completely  supporTve  about.   In  fact,  I  think  the  “clients”  were  more   interested  in  what  the  heck  we  were  doing  there   in  comparison  to  the  strippers. At  about  5:30  a.m.,  we  classily  made  our  way   home.  And  of  course,  no  bacheloreXe  party   would  be  complete  without  a  hung  over   breakfast,  so  we  dragged  our  buXs  to  Café   Melba  aker  a  few  hours  of  drunken  slumber  for   some  blueberry  pancakes,  french  toast,  and   bacon.  Highly  recommended  by  the  way!  Was  is   a  $h*tshow?  Why,  yes,  yes  it  was.  But  it’s  a  night   I  almost  never  forgot.  Now,  for  the  wedding…   ILC 48


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ILC Weekly News: March 19th 2012  

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