Nicolás Ríos

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Violence Between Landowners and Chile's Indigenous Is Only Getting Worse

The conflict stems from when the Chilean army invaded autonomous Mapuche land in the 19th century. Now the Mapuche are fighting violently to get it back.
Nicolás Ríos
3.30.16
americas

Chile Takes Its First Step Towards Easing Pinochet’s Total Ban on Abortion

Deputies approved a bill allowing abortion in three highly restricted cases amid much heated debate in the chamber and on social media. The reform, celebrated as historic by women’s rights activists, now goes to the senate.
Nicolás Ríos
3.17.16
americas

A US Entrepreneur Who Spent His Fortune Buying Up Land in Patagonia Has Died

When Douglas Tompkins, founder of the North Face, began buying up large expanses of land in the remote and rugged region of Patagonia in the name of conservation he was accused of being a CIA spy.
Nicolás Ríos
12.9.15
VICE News

Was the Pinochet Regime Behind Pablo Neruda's Death?

The Chilean government confirms it sent a document to the judge investigating the poet's death, two weeks after General Pinochet came to power in 1973, stating that "third parties" were probably involved.
Nicolás Ríos
11.10.15
americas

Chile's President Bachelet's New Constitution Plans Face Obstacles

Most Chileans support replacing the old constitution of the Pinochet dictatorship, but Bachelet's proposals are not supported by the political opposition and public trust in all politicians is almost non-existent.
Nicolás Ríos
10.16.15
chile

Pinochet Considered Killing His Own Spy Chief to Cover Up 1976 Washington DC Car-Bombing

Documents released this week described the 1976 bombing that assassinated ex Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier as the 'only clear case of state-supported terrorism' to occur in the US capital.
Nicolás Ríos
10.9.15
americas

Survivors of Chile’s Dictatorship Celebrate Death of ‘Bloodthirsty’ Former Spy Chief

Manuel Contreras "was one of the biggest criminals in history," said one survivor of the Pinochet regime who celebrated with crowds in Santiago upon hearing news of the former spy chief's passing.
Nicolás Ríos
8.11.15
americas

The Soldiers Who Set Two Chilean Protesters on Fire in 1986 Will Finally Face Charges

Twelve former soldiers in Chile's military will face justice after the infamous 1986 immolation case was reopened upon a break in Chilean ex soldiers' "code of silence."
Nicolás Ríos
7.29.15
americas

Intense Smog Blankets Chile's Capital, But Copa America Matches Still Not Affected

Amid winter dryness in Santiago's mountain valley, traffic and wood-burning are causing unusually high levels of pollution for the marquee host city of the America Cup tournament.
Nicolás Ríos
6.23.15
americas

Two Student Demonstrators Shot to Death in Education Protests in Chile

The two young men, ages 24 and 18, were shot by a 22-year-old resident angry at them for allegedly posting propaganda on his property. Chilean officials promised justice for the victims.
Nicolás Ríos
5.14.15
VICE News

Chile's Bachelet 'Redirects Attention' From Corruption Scandals With Call For a New Constitution

A new constitution would do away with the current charter established in 1980 under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. But is Michelle Bachelet just deflecting mounting corruption allegations?
Nicolás Ríos
4.30.15
americas

An Exclusive Look Inside Chile’s First State-Approved Medical Marijuana Harvest

Buoyed by the Uruguay model, a bill in Chile's Congress would legalize marijuana cultivation for up to six plants for personal use. Here's a look at the first state-sponsored medical marijuana grow operation in Latin America.
Nicolás Ríos
4.20.15
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