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Socialist Michelle Bachelet, "a woman and an agnostic, a guitar-strumming child of the 1960s," has won the Presidency in Chile:
In barely a decade, she has gone from being a pediatrician at a humble, underfinanced clinic here to the first woman to be her country's chief of state, and one of only a handful of women elected to lead any country in the Americas.

Some of those qualities are personal, while others stem from her real and symbolic connections to Chile's recent history. She is a toughened survivor of the Pinochet dictatorship, which was responsible for her father's death, her imprisonment, torture and exile, and she embodies for many Chile's painful reconciliation with those dark years.

"Violence came into my life and wrecked it," Bachelet said Sunday night, in an impassioned victory speech to a jubilant crowd gathered on the main downtown avenue here. "I was a victim of hatred, and I have dedicated my life to reversing that hatred."
With all the Latin American countries veering to the Left, maybe it's time for a new "Domino Theory." Surely the Bush Administration employs someone who was in Valparaiso in 1972. Maybe it's time they opened another front in the War on Peace. I'm sure Pat Robertson would welcome that sort of decisive action. Once he'd done celebrating the demise of Ariel Sharon, that is.

Mode: lifting
Muse: the absence of coughing!

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From: bobo_amargo Date: January 16th, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

All's Well Allende's Well

Let's hope that Graham Greene killed off the last "quiet" American (in any case, none of the neo-cons has ever been in the trenches).

As with irony after 9/11, so with socialism with the "tear-this-wall-down" rapprochement of '89: both over . . . only to rise anew.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 16th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: All's Well Allende's Well

Someone should give Reagan's speech down here in Nogales. Word for word.
From: bobo_amargo Date: January 17th, 2006 01:04 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Even . . .

. . . the Mr. Gorbachev part? J/k.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 17th, 2006 01:14 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Even . . .

frostedfuckhead From: frostedfuckhead Date: January 17th, 2006 04:27 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
My next stop after China is probably going to be South America. Do you happen to know much about the political climate of specific countries there? I only have very non-specific information that some countries are safe and others are quite dangerous. Also, I hear Columbia is both quite safe and quite dangerous, depending on where you happen to be in the country.

I just know I want to spend some time somewhere on the continent.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 17th, 2006 05:16 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
From what I know of Colombia, it's true that there are safer areas, but not true that it's really safe. Peru and Colombia are the countries I've been told to avoid. Chile, Argentina, and Brazil should be alright so long as you're sensible. Ecuador too. Venezuela is probably safer than Colombia, but still a bit unsteady on its feet. Mind you, I'm channeling the reports of friends who have travelled there and fusing them with my own reading.
frostedfuckhead From: frostedfuckhead Date: January 17th, 2006 06:45 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I guess the best time to look into this will be in a couple years when I'm actually looking to leave -- things seem to change quickly.
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