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Student Protests For A New Society In Chile

Al Jazeera's Fault Lines visits Chile to look at the student uprisings that have been going on for months. Students have taken over and occupied schools and universities -- in opposition to the prohibitively expensive, poor-quality education system and politicians who say that their main priority is to provide "certainty for investors". Does Chile's extremely privatized, class-segregated education system provide a warning of where the United States could be headed?
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Man Arrested For Stealing Chile’s Jorge Montt Glacier

a-chunk-of-stolen-glacial-008A fascinating environmental crime. A man stole a five-ton portion of the fast-vanishing glacier, a national monument — the ice was to be used to create the most rarified of illegal cocktails — a drink which will be impossible post climate-change. Via the Guardian:

Police in Chile have arrested a man on suspicion of stealing five tonnes of ice from the Jorge Montt glacier in the Patagonia region to sell as designer ice cubes in bars and restaurants.

Local media reported that last Friday police intercepted a refrigerated truck with an estimated £3,900 worth of illicit ice allegedly bound for whiskies, rums and cocktails in the capital Santiago. Authorities have accused the driver of theft and are considering adding violation of national monuments to the charge sheet.

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Chilean Students Demand Complete Transformation of Education System

Free Education Protests

Photo: Diego Grez (CC)

Who said that massive/social cultural revolutions were a thing of the ’60s? Via the Atlantic:

For the past several months, students, teachers, and their supporters in Chile have been staging chaotic demonstrations against their government.

Their goal is to transform the country’s education system. In particular, they’re seeking a referendum to significantly increase the funding and quality of public schools. Students have engaged in multiple forms of protest, from hunger strikes and sit-ins to marches and pillow fights. Smaller groups of protesters have engaged riot police directly, hurling stones and firebombs.

Chilean authorities have responded by banning demonstrations, pushing protesters back with water cannons, and offering education proposals that have been rejected. Students in the tens of thousands — with popular backing across Chile — continue to march without official permission, and public sentiment against president Sebastian Piñera continues to grow.

Collected here are some scenes from the streets of Chile over the past few months.

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Salfate: Having Fun With Conspiracy Theories

One of the problems with American conspiracy theorists is that they're mostly so damned serious that they're just not as much fun to watch as their establisment counterparts (think Fox News), unless you find humor in an Alex Jones rant. Not so in Chile, where the TV host Salfate brings a smile to some serious questions about what's going on in the world. Last week he covered the recent Bilderberg meeting in Switzerland, giving Jones a major shout out:
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Trapped Chilean Miners Smoked Pot Underground Sent in Family Letters

Chilean MinersGood to have family, but man, it had to come from family letters? Josh Visser writes on CTV Edmonton:

33 Men details the miner’s initial 17 days in excruciating detail — the mold that was growing on their skin in 35 degrees Celsius heat, the 25-calorie spoonfuls of tuna every two days and how close they were to death when the first drill reached them.

But after rescue workers made contact with the miners and were able to send items down the shaft, the miners’ dark thoughts turned to more base desires to help pass the time.

Family members smuggled pot to the miners in their letters, and small groups of the miners would sneak off to smoke it, leaving others out of the loop.

They “never even offered me one,” miner Samuel Avalos is quoted.

The drugs, instead of promoting camaraderie, were divisive to group morale, officials thought, and they considering using drug sniffing dogs to intercept the shipments.

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33 Chilean Women Lock Themselves In 9,000 ft Deep Mine

A group of Chilean men were just recently pulled out of a mine creating quite a media parade. Now a group of Chilean women have willingly entered a mine in protest. If a group of men can gain global attention from being in a mine, so can women. At least, that’s the approach. From BBC News:

Thirty-three women in Chile have shut themselves in a mine after a government jobs programme that helped the victims of last February’s earthquake ended.

The women, in an echo of the story of the 33 trapped and then rescued miners, went into a former coal mine 500km (300 miles) south of Santiago.

“We’ve done many things to be taken into account but the government hasn’t listened to us,” a spokeswoman said.

The rescue of the miners made headlines around the world.

The women were part of an emergency works programme generating jobs at one point for some 12,000 people in regions seriously affected by February’s devastating earthquake.

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Chilean Miners Rescue Saga Exposed as Masonic Mega-Ritual

Vigilant Citizen combs popular culture for hidden esoteric meaning:
The rescue of the 33 unfortunate Chilean miners has definitely turned into an international media event. All aspects of the rescue have been carefully staged to make the entire thing a spectacular show inspiring emotions, admiration and national pride. For those knowledgeable of Masonic and occult symbolism, it is hard not to ponder on the numerological and symbolic facts of the event.
To the initiated, the deep significance of 33 miners being rescued in 33 days could not be more obvious. Can you guess how many characters were used in the first note sent by the miners? Vigilant Citizen has also published dangerous exposés of the Illuminati infiltration of K-Pop, the occult symbolism of Kanye West's Power, and an esoteric interpretation of Pinocchio.
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It’s Dark As A Dungeon Deep Down In The Mine

Report from the Epicenter of Fraudclosures: Can There be A Rescue of US Workers Facing Foreclosure & Unemployment?

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA: In all of the economic issues we are dealing with, there is always a “back story, a deeper context” that is usually missing, “disappeared” like those Allende supporters in Chile in the 1970s who wanted to empower workers, not just rescue them when they get buried in a deep hole.

Most deeper issues go uncovered. Luis Campos, Director of the School of Anthropology at Chile’s Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano, points out, “more buried than the miners themselves, the demands and the rights of the indigenous population continue to be flouted and unrecognized in our country.”

Many unsafe mines worldwide are still at risk from China to Zambia.

Who woulda thunk—certainly not the 1300 “journalists” on the scene–that this mine disaster had its origins in the era when Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger helped snuff out an emerging popular democracy in the name of protecting what West Palm Beach-based writer and former economic “hit man,” John Perkins, calls the corporatocracy.… Read the rest

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The 33 (Formerly) Trapped Chilean Miners Have A Contract to Stop Any Individual From Profiting at the Expense of the Group

ChileMinersInteresting way to deal with a horrible situation that these fellas found themselves into. Glad to see the rescue operation is going well, Godspeed. Fiona Govan writes in the Telegraph:

The 33 trapped Chilean miners have moved to stop any individual from profiting at the expense of the group, drawing up a legal contract to share the proceeds from the story of their ordeal.

The men have called in a lawyer to draw up a contract ensuring they will equally profit from the lucrative media deals they expect to secure for sharing the story of their two month survival in the hope that they never have to work again.

The group have already rejected requests for interviews and have instead made plans to jointly write a book about the days spent trapped below the Atacama Desert following the mine collapse on August 5.

The details of the discussions between the men were disclosed in a letter by one of the miners to his wife.

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