Some Argentine dude is still tracking maletagate, and has some Colombo-style comments on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s annual address.
The companies that produce 94% of Chile’s mine output have agreed to a new tax regime that will boost their royalties in return for a guarantee of stable tax rates in the future. This is going to net the government as much as USD$1 billion through 2012 to pay for earthquake fix-up, regional development, and some excellent catered meals at La Moneda.
Venezuela, Chile and Uruguay were the only places in South America where more than half of the workforce worked for an employer in 2009-2010. Of those, only Uruguay had unemployment of less than 10%, according to this now-slightly-dated Gallup poll.