Some good news, and some not-too-bad news

Chilean novelist Isabel Allende has received Denmark’s Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award for her “magical and spellbinding storytelling.” The 500,000 kroner ($86,000) prize is awarded each year to an author whose work shares the Danish writer’s artistic qualities. Previous winners have been Brazilian author Pablo Coelho and J.K. Rowling.

The U.S. State Department’s annual Country Reports on Terrorism reports that last year approximately 23 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were detonated, deactivated or discovered in Chile, with most located in Santiago. “The typical modus operandi was to place IEDs composed of gunpowder inside of a fire extinguisher in front of businesses; banks were most frequently targeted. The majority of the IEDs were crudely built, characterized as “noise bombs,” were used late at night and did not appear to be designed to kill or injure people. However, they did have the potential to injure passersby in the immediate vicinity. The only casualty in 2011 occurred when one of the anarchists was severely burned and lost his hands when the device he planted detonated prematurely.”

Although some conservative Chilean politicians have accused Mapuche indigenous groups of having links to terrorism, the report merely noted that

“Chilean law enforcement agencies also confronted sporadic low-level violence throughout the year related to indigenous land disputes. The Coordinadora Arauco Malleco, a domestic group primarily operating in the Biobio and Araucana regions of Chile that seeks recovery of former indigenous lands—sometimes through violent means—claimed responsibility for several of the attacks.”

The report praised Chile’s forensic capabilities, mentioning that the Servicio Medico Legal had implemented the latest version of the Combined DNA Indexing System and that the country is “a regional leader in biometrics.”

The full report on Chile can be found here:

One comment on “Some good news, and some not-too-bad news

  1. Love Allende’s stories, both for adults and her trilogy written at the request of her grandchildren.

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