Today, Chileans at home and abroad will be thinking about a date that means something different for them than for their northern neighbors. September 11, 1973 was the day the government of President Salvador Allende was overthrown in a military coup lead by General Augusto Pinochet.
Forty years ago in Santiago, Chile, my dear, smart, Harvard-educated, independent thinking, loving, trying-to-figure-it-all-out-and-do-the-right-thing journalist/documentary filmmaker husband was stolen from my life, from the lives of his loving parents, and all of his friends.
Storytelling is crucial to the fight for justice in every realm, in no way more so than in knocking those of us outside a conflict out of our oblivion and lack of empathy.
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Today, the International Day of the Disappeared focuses attention on victims of enforced disappearance, including the mothers, wives, sisters, family members and communities who are left behind to pick up the pieces after a disappearance.
Unlike traditional higher education institutions which have to focus on rankings and faculty publication rates or start-up incubators which have to focus on exits and financing, Exosphere's only mandate is to focus on the whole student.
While I've traveled abroad before, I have never spent so much time in one place. After two months, one gets a sense of a country's people, culture, and politics and you learn some surprising things about your own.
Over two thousand miles both west of Chile's mainland and east of Tahiti sits one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world. This, is Easter Island -- "Isla de Pascua" in Spanish and by indigenous title, "Rapa Nui."
The older generation of activists would also do well to realize that they no longer struggle just for their own healing.
We dig a hotel with a gorgeous view, so it's no surprise we can't stop staring at the photos of these 14 rooftop bars.
On the way to the headwaters of the Bio-Bio River in Chile, where we hoped to make the first descent, we stopped at a Mapuche Indian farm house and asked if we might camp in an untilled field. Yes, Yaco, the owner, replied, but only if we joined for dinner.
Plus, the only Jalapeño Popper recipe you'll ever need.
Old stereotypes of no longer apply regarding Latin America. What is needed now is a re-perception of Latin America's opportunity horizon.
Thirteen years after I first applied to the Fulbright program, six months after we began the process of preparing to sell our house, and one day after countless trips in and out of the house, we are an hour or so from landing in Santiago, Chile.
Most people hear the phrase "island life" and think of beach lounging, umbrella-drink sipping, and ocean dipping. That's certainly the case on many tropical islands, but not all islands are the same.
It's anyone's guess what the Brazilian military makes of such aggressive Pentagon maneuvering, but at long last the government seems to have woken up to the threat of electronic eavesdropping.