Saturday, March 11, 2006

Exciting non-poetic news item:
Michelle Bachelet became Chile's first woman president today. She seems great: socialist, feminist, staunch agnostic (a funny term, but perhaps not so contradictory, given that many political figures in the region have been ousted because of their lack of respect for the church). She's already angering the bastards who supported Pinochet. Big things are happening in South America.


  • At March 14, 2006 at 11:55 AM, Blogger Ian Keenan said…

    Andy, I always wait until the 6 month/ one year mark to get excited about a newly elected South American leader. The people now demand populist leadership with new ideas and no BS, unlike the US (don’t get me started). Whether they get it with Wall Street breathing down their necks, trying anything to coerce a betrayal of the polity, is another thing. Two thirds of the time the elected leader stays cool.

    But I get excited about activism now mostly (since 9-11) only South of the border. Outsourcing populist optimism if you like. The Mexican presidential election is also looking good.

  • At March 15, 2006 at 2:35 PM, Blogger andy gricevich said…

    I allow myself the immediate excitement, but with a healthy dose of "potential dread" mixed in, ready for the news of the coup.

    But things seem pretty different this time around, as far as the hope for a progressive government's survival in the region is concerned. It's definitely where the action is, as far as I can tell.

  • At March 23, 2006 at 10:11 AM, Anonymous elizabeth said…

    fix the pinochet mp3!

  • At March 23, 2006 at 10:09 PM, Blogger andy gricevich said…

    Ah, public shame does the trick.
    Should work now, finally.


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