John Pilger in the New Statesmen, Antonio Castillio in New Matilda and Malcolm Coad and Patricio Navia in Open Democracy write about some of the inconvenient truths about Chile that were not heard during media coverage of the rescue of the trapped Chilean miners.
The writers acknowledge that the extraordinary rescue of the miners was filled with pathos and heroism , but told only partial truths about contemporary Chile.
Navia writes that Chile has achieved much since the end of the Pinochet dictatorship in 1990. The credit for these achievements lies with four consecutive centre- left governments which governed Chile from 1990-2010. However, Navia writes that Chile faces major challenges, particularly its high levels of social and economic inequality, poor quality of public education, poor safety and labour market standards and poor working conditions experienced by the great masses of Chileans. Navia, like Pilger and Castillio argues that Chile's treatment of Indigenous people (Mapuche) continues to be a blight on the country.
While the mine rescue has fostered a strong sense of national unity, none of the writers are optimistic about the likelihood of significant renewal and reform to address the long standing and entrenched social, economic and political inequalities in Chile.