Author Archives: Brandi A. Townsend

Chilean Presidential Primary Results are In

Chileans voted in the presidential primaries for the November 2013 elections, and the results are in. For the Nueva Mayoría (New Majority, a coalition of left and center-left parties): Michelle Bachelet Jeria (PS – Socialist Party)  73.05% (WINNER) Andrés Velasco … Continue reading

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Chilean Parent’s Letter to a Teacher Shows why a Change in Mentality, not just the System, is Needed

A letter from a parent to a schoolteacher from October 15, 2012, has been making waves in the news and on the internet in Chile. It sounds identical to the ignorant remarks thrown at educators in the U.S. as they … Continue reading

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Are Chileans Happy about Michelle Bachelet’s Return?

Friday evening, Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile and head of UN Women, announced that she would be returning to her home country for “personal reasons” after Holy Week. As Chile’s Presidential elections loom, most speculate she will soon announce … Continue reading

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History vs. Fiction? Gael vs. Chile? Memory Struggles over the Film “No”

As an historian, I’m never all that surprised when fictional films don’t live up to historical reality. So I wasn’t shocked when the film No, which tells a story about the media side of the No campaign in the 1988 … Continue reading

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Two September 11ths

Being in Chile for September 11th, especially this year, is moving. On a personal note, I am conducting research for my dissertation, which investigates how political prisoners and their families rebuilt their lives in the aftermath of the political violence … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Ruling: Mexico’s States Must Recognize Gay Marriage

In a huge step forward for LGBT rights in the Americas, Mexico’s Supreme Court has ordered the country’s 31 states to recognize same-sex marriages. The capital, Mexico City, currently performs marriages for same-sex couples, and as of March, married gay … Continue reading

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Neo-Nazi Training and Destruction of Jewish Tombs Denounced in Chile

Yesterday, Movilh (the Chilean Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation) denounced before the National Intelligence Agency (ANI) that a group of “neo-Nazi sympathizers” in Chile are receiving paramilitary training and attempted to damage some Jewish tombs. Photos of the activities, … Continue reading

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LGBT Domestic Partnerships in Chile: Closer to Equality, or Separate but Equal?

This has been an important year for LGBT rights in Chile, albeit marred by tragedy. The violent murder of 24-year-old Daniel Zamudio catalyzed the passing of the Anti-Discrimination Law, which had been stuck in Congress for eight years. Today, when … Continue reading

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More than Victims on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Today, June 26, is what the UN recognizes as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. If you’ve followed this blog for a while, or even a couple of months, you’ll have noticed that we write a lot … Continue reading

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80,000 March for LGBT Equality in Santiago, Chile

Over 80,000 people took to the streets in Chile’s Marcha por la Igualdad y los Derechos Humanos de la Diversidad Sexual (March for Equality and Human Rights for Sexual Diversity) this past Saturday, June 23. That impressive number ranks between … Continue reading

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