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Chile's indie fishermen say new law favors big business

About 85,000 artisans are grappling with what they see as corporate privatization of one of the world's largest fishing industries.

In this three-part blog series, GlobalPost Special Reports explores what's at stake for Chile's embattled artisan fishermen following the passage of major new federal legislation governing one of the largest fishing industries in the world.

QUEULE, Chile — One beautiful morning in late spring, the ocean’s bounty had been especially plentiful, yet Luis Baez was in a foul mood.


Highway 2012: The end of the road

The campaign — and this blog — come to a successful close.
IOWA CITY — My car has traveled more than 50,000 miles since January, and my psyche has journeyed even farther. But after last Tuesday, I have changed my tune.

US election: The (Grand Old) Party’s over

Analysis: The election gives a resounding ‘no’ to the politics of anger and division.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Barely had the confetti stopped swirling on Election Night when the recriminations began. The howls of anger and pain from the political right almost drowned out the roars of jubilation from relieved and excited liberals. The challenger, Mitt Romney, was not conservative enough, they fumed. No, he was too conservative. It was his constant policy ballet that doomed his candidacy. No, Romney was too entrenched in unpopular positions to appeal to a wide enough swath of the public.

Obama 2013: 'The best is yet to come'

The president handily wins re-election, and sets about healing the country’s deep divisions.
HANOVERTON, Ohio — Slightly hoarse but jubilant, newly re-elected President Barack Obama sounded a message of hope and reconciliation in his victory speech, delivered in what was for most Americans the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Obama made a clean sweep of the table — while Florida is still not completely decided, Obama reached the magic number of 270 Electoral College votes needed to win even without Florida’s 29.

Election Day: smooth sailing in Ohio

No complaints from Columbus voters as the voting proceeds.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Election Day dawned bright and beautiful here — a crisp fall day under a cloudless blue sky. According to poll workers, there were lines in the early morning — before the polls opened at 6:30 a.m. But by noon the business of voting was proceeding smoothly and steadily in this residential neighborhood in northeast Columbus. There were no signs of the long lines reported at Ohio State University and in other areas of the capital.

Campaign 2012: All over but the counting

Election Day dawns, bringing an end to the campaign, but not to the divisions within the country.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — It could have been a sense of irony that prompted Mitt Romney to choose the music for his grand entrance into the Landmark Aviation hangar, where about 10,000 supporters had been waiting for hours. As his plane rolled in, the first stirring strains of Aaron Copeland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” sounded, and the crowd went wild. The anything-but-common candidate and his wife smilingly accepted the deafening accolades of the adoring fans.

Ohio: the campaign endgame

Allegations swirl that Ohio votes will be counted using experimental software, maintained by a firm with ties to Romney.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohioans may be forgiven for thinking that they are the only game in town as Election Day nears. Now, allegations are swirling that Ohio votes will be counted using experimental software, maintained by a firm with ties to Romney.

Election 2012: How is Sandy playing in Iowa?

The swing states and the cleanup are all that matters until Election Day.
BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. — It’s now just a weekend and a wake-up before Election Day, and those living outside the battleground states may be forgiven for thinking that they simply do not exist. Once the Sandy moratorium expired, the candidates launched themselves into frenetic activity, caroming like so many billiard balls between Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Colorado, Wisconsin, Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. It is a sign of just how close this race is that Iowa’s six electoral votes are being courted as assiduously as Ohio’s 18.

Florida in focus as the campaign nears its end

The Sunshine State could once again play kingmaker or spoiler in the presidential election, with Hispanic voters holding the key.
BOCA RATON, Fla. — Once again, it could all come down to Florida. There is, arguably, no greater plum for the candidates at this point than the hotly contested Sunshine State, whose 29 Electoral College votes could put Barack Obama over the top or relieve Mitt Romney of the necessity of sweeping multiple smaller states. Romney resumed his campaign there on Wednesday with three stops in Tampa, Jacksonville and Coral Gables. He talked up his economic expertise and said it was time for a "new course," but refrained from direct attacks upon the president, who was still dealing with the aftermath of Sandy.

International election observers rile Americans

In fact, Texas and Iowa are threatening to arrest them.
BOCA RATON — It is not at all difficult to imagine international observers at US polling places. In fact, they have been here in every election since 2002, which means it was on a Republican president’s watch — George W. Bush, to be exact — that the practice began.