Eight retired military officers, four of whom are graduates of the notorious School of the Americas (renamed Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation), were charged Dec. 27 in Jara's death.
Since Aug. 5, 33 workers in the San José mine in Chile have been trapped several thousand feet below ground following a cave-in. While it was initially assumed that they died in the disaster, a drill discovered the miners alive on Aug.
On Jan. 5, union workers at Chile's Chuquicamata copper mine won a new 38-month wage contract ending a series of strikes and stoppages. In early December, workers walked out and barricaded the mine in protest over likely cuts in wages, benefits and vacation time.