Monday, 10 March 2008
Almost 500 million dollars have been apparently lost from educational funds, 600.000 million dollars misused in public transport and also stolen funds from social programs have shown an ill government.
The executive is according progressively less attention to the poorest. More than half of Chilean citizens said that they were less enthusiastic than usual with the president proposals- also the highest percentage ever. There is no freedom when Chilean people become completely dissatisfied.
The crux of the problem is that the president prefers to hide corruption and continues giving benefits to her coalition allies and left minorities rather than to be right for everyone.
Slowing economy, inflation, rising violence, record levels of delinquency, corruption in government offices, lack of clear public political policies, auditing and public transparency in the use of public funds are the unsolved problems.
Thus, there is no question that Chile has heightened the need for better governance to manage the national problems. Chile needs a better thinker, equipped with a powerful framework to analyze and identify possible solutions to the different challenges instead of a set of adventures and experiments that have to do less with research and its implications. President Bachelet has not been capable to do it.
Sunday, 2 December 2007
Thursday, 4 October 2007
The widow and five children of former President General. Augusto Pinochet were among 23 people indicted Thursday on charges related to U.S. bank accounts , exactly during the worst political moments of the Chilean government.
Those indicted also included at least four retired army generals -- Jorge Ballerino, Guillermo Garin, Juan Romero and Hector Letelier -- as well as lower-ranking officers, Pinochet's longtime secretary Monica Ananias and one of his attorneys, Ambrosio Rodriguez.
Former President Pinochet and his associates steadfastly denied any wrongdoing, insisting the sources of the bank accounts were legitimate savings and investments, plus donations Pinochet received.
President Bachelet said she would await for the court's decision with calm. “No one in Chile is above the law”, but many of her colloborates and people from the government coalition have been involved on charges of corruption in public istitutions with solid indications that they had participated in the misuse of fiscal funds, but they are still working for the government and free.
Many Chileans are bitter that the each time the president has to face with problems the figure of Augusto Pinochet appears, and people’s sufferings continue unsolved.
Tuesday, 25 September 2007
Wouldn't it have been wonderful to have known what everyday people felt when there was no food, no freedom, no education, no press, no rights during the Allende’s government or what the nation was thinking when the words leftists and human rights for delincuents and extremists were first introduced into our nation's psyche or when the former President Pinochet was attacked, and how those views changed as the events afterwards unfolded? It would be a great historical resource. The media records everything, true, but those records get lost and aren't compiled like these fresh ongoing thoughts from people of all backgrounds.
How has your patriotism changed since the last September 11th when a policeman was murdered or when poor people was attacked? What were you doing when you found out? What did you feel at first? How do you feel now? What do you want to see happen? Did you do anything to help?
If you've lost somebody, were you a victim of extremits ,were involved in the troubles, viewed it happening, or were of the many hoping, praying, and crying back to the military government, glued in front of your tv set, frantically trying to call yours, tell us your story, so generations and generations after will remember that it wasn't only a war on our thoughts, our values, but of our hearts and lives and everything that makes us a real chilean.
These are the truly People’s hearts and thoughts.
Friday, 10 August 2007
Only 10% of online poll respondents said they were familiar with Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the second-term president of Brazil, South America’s largest country. And just 20% were familiar with Felipe Calderon, the President of Mexico, who was elected last summer in an extremely close race that captured global headlines.
The Zogby Interactive poll included 7,362 adults nationwide and was conducted July 27–30, 2007. It carries a margin of error of +/– 1.2 percentage points.
Asked which Latin American countries are the biggest allies to the U.S., Mexico is seen as the top ally, while Brazil is seen as a close second. Costa Rica is seen as the third greatest ally of the U.S. Asked which countries in the region are least friendly to the U.S., Venezuela and Cuba predictably topped the list. But Americans listed Colombia—which has been the U.S.’s closest ally in the past decade—as a distant third.
The poll suggests that American adults are badly misinformed about the region. Most Americans believe Brazil and Mexico are the U.S.’s best friends in the region, but the great majority cannot identify the president of either country.US citizens identify two familiar adversaries in Latin America as Cuba and Venezuela.
The Bush Administration considers Colombia one of its staunchest allies in the region, backing Plan Colombia with more than a half-billion dollars per year for its anti-drug, anti-guerrilla campaign. Colombia gets more foreign aid than any other country in the world outside the Middle East/Afghanistan arc.
More than half – 56% – said they believe China’s increased involvement in Latin America represents a serious threat to American influence there. Among those respondents who identify themselves as most politically liberal, 48% said China’s increased involvement in the region represented a serious threat to the U.S., but the most conservative respondents were much more concerned – 76% said China’s activity was a serious threat to America. Just 10% said such involvement by China posed little or no threat at all to the U.S. role there.
They just don't know where Chile is .
Friday, 13 July 2007
To the Chilean government, July 13th will be remembered as an unlucky day. Popular support for President Michelle Bachelet fell a deamatic eleven percent during the past six months. 41% of the nation gave a hand to the president, but only 35 percent of the Santiaguinos believed that her government is good.
Most of the Chilean people felt dissapointment of how the government manage the problems . Seventy-seven percent of those polled gave Transantiago a negative evaluation, while only 5 percent gave a favorable rating to the much maligned mass transit system. The most criticized aspects of Transantiago were the bus frequencies, the length of travel time and the quantity of buses. Sixty-two percent of those questioned said they spent more time commuting as a result of the new mass transit system, and 34 percent said the new system was more costly.
Support for former president Lagos dropped by 12 percent, suggesting that the public also blames him for the troubles of the Transantiago system, which was conceived during his government.
Then the thirteenth will be remembered by the government as a black day.
Thursday, 21 June 2007
It is impossible to believe that the government didn’t notice there was a missing Chilean lake.
Suddenly, a lake just disappeared and nobody knew.. It had a surface area between 10 to 12 acres .
His lake was sitated in the Magallanes Region , Patagonia, and was fed by water , mostly from meeting glaciers.
Nobody believed that the government didn’t know about that. Perhaps it was sold out by some former ministers who used to use public funds for particular purposes.
SANTIAGO - A lake in southern Chile has mysteriously disappeared, prompting speculation the ground has simply opened up and swallowed it whole. The lake was situated in the Magallanes region in Patagonia and was fed by water, mostly from melting glaciers.It had a surface area of between 4 and 5 hectares(10-12 acres) -- about the size of 10 soccer pitches."In March we patrolled the area and everything wasnormal ... we went again in May and to our surprise wefound the lake had completely disappeared," said JuanJose Romero, regional director of Chile's National Forestry Corporation CONAF. "The only things left were chunks of ice on the drylake-bed and an enormous fissure," he told Reuters.CONAF is investigating the disappearance .One theory is that the area was hit by an earth tremor that opened a crack in the ground which acted like a drain. Southern Chile has been shaken by thousands of minorearth tremors this year.