Why the government is spending millions on demolishing and rebuilding vast tracts of social housing built less than 15 years ago.
Bajos de Mena — a housing project built on the periphery of Santiago between 1994-2004 — is currently the focus of a recently announced multimillion dollar government project to regenerate deprived areas.
What’s individual initiative worth in the continent’s latest land of opportunity?
Hope and Faith — the shantytown where Isabel Meliqueo, her three children and eight other families squatted — haplessly scaled the foothills of the Andes on the northeastern periphery of Santiago. Utility companies refused to facilitate access to water or electricity for the unofficial community, which illicitly rigged both despite safety risks. Without a sewage system, they improvised crude toilets and baths.
While the 2010 Femicide Law has successfully sparked legal reform, violence against women remains a critical cultural problem in a country plagued by machismo.
During his three years in office, President Sebastián Piñera has been keen to flaunt the strides his administration has made for women’s rights. Much of this is based on his efforts to combat femicide – defined in Chile as the murder of a woman by a current or past romantic partner – through the enactment of a Femicide Law in 2010 and the launch of nationwide media campaigns against gender violence.
A reclusive media baron, accusations of censorship and a prize-winning documentary that won’t be shown on television: The story of ‘El Diario de Agustín’ resurfaces.
In a triumph of irony “El Diario de Agustín,” a documentary tracing the murky influence of Chile’s historically largest media chain throughout the last half century, has become the center of a censorship battle after the film’s television premier was cancelled.