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Follow Friday: @bloggingsbyboz, who has both eyes on Latin America

If you want to understand Latin America, James Bosworth’s Twitter feed is a very good place to start. The strategic analyst is Crikey’s latest Follow Friday story.

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Arriba! Why are we a trendy destination for Latin American students?

Think you’re hearing more Spanish on George Street? You’re not imagining things — the number of Latin American students studying in Australia is soaring. Crikey intern Isabel Filgueiras looks at why.

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Australian caution on oil shale gas justified?

One of the consistent claims of the United States oil shale gas industry and its method of production involving “fracturing” has been “we’ve never had one confirmed case of groundwater contamination.” Well, that is a claim that can be made no longer.

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Santiago, Chile: a city full of buzz and waiters (but no drinks menu)

Santiago, Chile is a bustling capital, where Laura Burgoine worked for a newspaper in a barn, strolled the streets full of buskers and hawkers and waited hours for a Pisco Sour (the nation’s signature cocktail) to be served.

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Chilean students take control of their schools to protest for a better education

Underneath the ashes of the exploding volcano, Chilean students are on strike. Paul Kearney heads to a school in Chile, where students have taken control and are cooking their meals in the canteen, refusing to leave.

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How to survive a Chilean earthquake

It was 3am last year in Santiago, Chile, when Laura Burgoine was awoken by plates and glasses smashing on to the kitchen floor as her apartment walls shook. What does one do in such a situation?

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How to light a gas stove and other Chilean dilemmas

Laura Burgoine left Melbourne bound for Chile with no contacts, zero Spanish skills and no real accommodation at the other end, armed only with a Macbook and the foolish delusion that this might just work.

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Miners reborn as President Piñera inspires national fervor

Mining and Chile. It is more than fair to say that both words are absolutely synonymous. Just like Chile and its lamentable right-wing leaders, writes Leo Codutti from South America.

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LIVE: Trapped Chilean miners get rescued

Watch as the 33 Chilean miners are brought above ground after 68 days of being trapped in a collapsed mine shaft. Chilean president Sebastian Pinera has promised to hug every miner as they are freed and so far, so good.

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The trapped Chilean miners

Thirty-three Chilean miners remain entrapped underground, where they’ve been stuck since a mine collapse on August 5. These stunning photos show their families making contact with them above ground and grainy photos of miners themselves.

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Ecuador survives an all-too-familiar Latin coup

September 30, 2010 will be remembered as a historic day in Latin American and Ecuadorian history. The twice-democratically-elected government has survived a coup d’état, but the pattern of force pervades the continent, writes Leo Codutti from Argentina.

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Episode #7: South American wine tour

Intrepid independent sommeliers Ben and Dan were in South America recently, tasting their way from Argentina to Chile (tough job innit?). What did they learn? Competition with Aussie wines is about to heat up.

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The quake that moved a city

Last week’s Chilean earthquake was so powerful that the city of Concepción moved three metres to the west. This will be one of the most studied and important earthquakes of all time, says scientists.

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Chile is shattered but not broken

The Chile earthquake brings back memories of Augusto Pinochet, with missing people, confusion and curfews on the streets and anxious tales of social upheaval, writes Santiago local Alberto Fuguet.

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The Chile quake: proving the goodness of governments

There’s a very strong man made reason why the Chilean earthquake will not be as destructive as the recent Haitian one. Chile knew its cities were on natural faults and the government had building codes were in place to prevent damage.

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Chile: not another Haiti, but 10 million affected

Why are the newest buildings in Chile the ones that are now lying as rubble? asks Chilean local Margaret Snook, as she explains her own experience of the devastating earthquake.

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PHOTO GALLERY: The earthquake that shook Chile

From bridges snapped in half, to upturned cars and crumbled apartment buildings, a disturbing photo gallery of the after effects of the Chilean earthquake.

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North polls, south polls: how the world votes in 2010

Not all countries shut down for January. Australia’s politicians may be still on holiday, but the world’s 2010 elections are already under way.

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