For years, people believed that climate change was to blame for the water shortage. But a recent study published in the Switzerland-based journal Water found that this shortage was not only due to the megadrought, but has also been caused by water misuse and management practices established under the country’s current legislation.
As the UN accuses Chilean security forces of human rights abuses, protesters refuse to back down in their fight against inequality.
Protests are breaking out worldwide — and they share some basic characteristics. Fed up with rising inequality, corruption and slow economic growth, angry citizens worldwide are demanding an end to corruption and the restoration of a democratic rule of law.
Indigenous protesters in Chile took down statues of Spanish colonizers and other heroes during demonstrations last week. Local media called the destruction acts of vandalism, but the Mapuche, the largest Indigenous group in Chile, are demanding more political autonomy and representation.
Forced fiscal loosening in a world already swamped with debt and heading into another downturn may unnerve creditors and bond holders, especially those holding government debt as an insurance against recession and a haven from volatility.
Chileans confronted hours-long lines at grocery stores and gas stations in Santiago after a weekend of chaos in which at least 11 people were killed amid violent clashes, arson attacks and looting through the country.
Chile's private health insurance company, Isapres, doesn't want to insure sick people, says María Pilar Iturrieta, a lawyer in Santiago, who was denied health insurance for her daughter born with a cleft lip.
The Chilean government has invoked a law with roots in the Pinochet regime. And that once again divides a country still healing from its recent past.
The 40-year-old murder of journalist Charles Horman inspired the Oscar-winning film "Missing." Now, a court in Chile has ruled American intelligence services aided in his execution.
In 2010, 33 miners were trapped deep in a copper mine in northern Chile for 69 days. The world watched as international teams arrived to find a way to rescue the men. When the miners were finally pulled out, they became celebrities, for a brief time. Now, they feel forgotten and are hurting.
The town of Iquique in Chile was the epicenter of an 8.2 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday night. But given the magnitude of the quake, the death toll announced so far is minor.