Stories written by Daniela Estrada
Daniela Estrada joined IPS in 2004 and has been the Santiago correspondent since July 2006. Also in 2006, her story titled "Pascua-Lama sí, pero no tocar glaciares" was singled out among 24 others from all over the world to receive the Project Censored Award from Sonoma State University in California. Born in Santiago in 1981, Daniela Estrada has a degree in journalism from the Universidad de Chile and has worked for several media outlets in the field of technology.

Government palace lit up for bicentennial celebrations.  Credit: Alex Ibáñez /Office of the Chilean president

Inequality, Chile’s Bicentennial Challenge

Chile is celebrating 200 years of independence as one of the Latin American countries with the lowest proportion of poor people, but also one of the most unequal.

Michelle Bachelet Credit: Courtesy of Alex Ibáñez/Chilean president's office

Michelle Bachelet’s Appointment to Head UN Women Widely Applauded

A level of enthusiasm seldom expressed at United Nations appointments welcomed the naming of former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet as the first head of UN Women, the new agency created to raise the profile of gender and women's issues.

RIGHTS-CHILE: 14 Military Members Convicted in ‘Historic’ Ruling

Eleven members of the Chilean armed forces and three Uruguayan military officers were found guilty of the kidnap-murder of Chilean biochemist Eugenio Berríos, an intelligence agent of the 1973-1990 regime of Chilean Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

RIGHTS-CHILE: No Dialogue in Mapuche Conflict

The Chilean government is pushing through legal reforms in an attempt to bring to an end a nearly two month hunger strike by 34 Mapuche indigenous prisoners. But it is failing to address two critical aspects of the conflict: the lack of effective dialogue and a failure to recognise it as a political problem.

Gold mining in the Condor mountains Credit: Peruvian government

LATIN AMERICA: Border Mining Projects Before Ethics Tribunal

Latin American activists who want to call attention to mining developments located in border areas will gather in Chile to "pass judgement" on projects they regard as detrimental to local communities, the environment and national security.

LATIN AMERICA: Ties with China Based on Commodity Exports, Manufactured Imports

Exports from Latin America and the Caribbean will grow again this year, driven largely by demand from China. But the high proportion of commodities may increase dependency on China, and Asia as a region, warns a new report by ECLAC, the regional United Nations agency.

MINING-CHILE: Make Good on Concern for Worker Safety, Say Unions

While efforts get underway to try to rescue the 33 miners who are trapped 700 metres underground in a mine in northern Chile, trade unions are calling on the country's political leaders to tackle the underlying problems of worker safety.

CHILE: Coal Plants Under Fire

Controversial plans to build the Barrancones thermoelectric plant near a protected area in the northern Chilean region of Coquimbo were cancelled Friday, but not before reviving the debate on other projects for polluting coal-fired power stations.

Logs ready for the pulp mill Credit: Mauricio Ramos/IPS

CHILE: Forestry Industry Sows Poverty, Study Says

The poverty rate in the districts of southern Chile where the logging industry is the main economic activity is nearly twice the national average, a new study shows.

CHILE: Another Bicentennial – But This One’s for the People

A bicentennial celebration for ordinary people, envisioned as the start of a process of social reflection, is being prepared by over 100 organisations and public personalities in Chile as a response to the official commemoration of the 200th anniversary of independence from Spain.

Workers at a Chilean salmon factory Credit: Courtesy of Fundación Terram

CHILE: Salmon Industry Won’t Give Up

The once booming salmon industry in Chile is trying to get back on its feet after the devastating health crisis that cut production in half. But its long-term viability has been called into question.

CHILE: Mapuche Prisoners on Hunger Strike to Demand Talks

The families of 32 Mapuche prisoners on a hunger strike for a month in different prisons in southern Chile have come to the capital to denounce irregularities in their trials and push for dialogue with the authorities.

Workers at a Chilean salmon company - Courtesy of Fundación Terram

Salmon Industry Won't Give Up

The unregulated farming of exotic salmon species in Chile generated a chain reaction that has cast a cloud over this industry -- but now salmon operations are attempting to turn things around.

HUMAN RIGHTS-CHILE: Unfinished Business

The controversial proposal to pardon some convicts in Chile for humanitarian reasons, which was put forward by the Catholic Church and partially taken up by President Sebastián Piñera, has revived the debate on the country's human rights situation, both past and present.

Afro-Chileans Seek Recognition in Census

Concentrated mainly in the arid northern region of Arica y Parinacota, Chile's small black population is seeking formal recognition as an ethnic group and inclusion on the 2012 census form, to put an end to what they describe as "structural discrimination."

ECONOMY: Latin America Grows Despite Global Uncertainties

More fixed capital investment to improve competition, greater added value to exported goods and services, and tax reforms to finance social policies are some of the challenges Latin America and the Caribbean face in the uncertain global economic panorama.

LATIN AMERICA: Prevention Is Weakest Link in AIDS Fight

Many Latin American countries have made strides in legislation and policies that promote sex education and health services for young people, which are essential for fighting AIDS. But implementation has been slow and often faces opposition, warn experts.

Women's unpaid work remains undervalued in Latin America. Credit: Daniela Estrada/IPS

LATIN AMERICA: Time to Value Women’s Unpaid Work

The time has come for Latin American countries to put an economic value on the work that women do as they take care of households, children and the elderly, says ECLAC, the United Nations regional economic agency.

LATIN AMERICA: Majority Favours Legalising Abortion – But Not for All Cases

The majority of people surveyed in Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Nicaragua are in favour of legalising therapeutic abortion, but not all forms of elective abortion, according to a study by the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO).

At 100 Days, Chilean President Hard to Pin Down Politically

He describes himself as centre-right, but several of his policies have been classified as "progressive". As he completes his first 100 days in office, telegenic Chilean President Sebastián Piñera is surprising both allies and opponents, while social organisations are keeping a careful watch.

Argentine, Chilean and Colombian women in "Common Place" exhibit. Credit: Daniela Estrada/IPS

LATIN AMERICA: Photos a Leveller for Maids and Their Employers

Fifty pairs of women -- maids and their employers -- from Argentina, Chile and Colombia abandoned their daily routines to pose for photographs for a project about the hierarchical relationship that unites them.

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