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Mexican Officials Want to Crackdown on TV Shows that Glamorize Drug Cartels

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Nov 1, 2016, 10:15 am
The communication addressed to the Secretariat of Interior points out this series are an apology to drug trafficking (Telemundo)
The Secretariat of Interior said this series is an apologetic portrayal of drug trafficking (Telemundo)

EspañolMexican officials want to take action against “narcoseries” being shown on television, claiming such programming is apologist to violence and drug trafficking.

President of Mexico’s Senate Commission of Radio and Television Zoé Robledo and President of the Chamber of Deputies Lia Limon both asked the Interior Secretariat and the Federal Telecommunications Institute to consider policy changes that would address the issue.

In a joint statement, Robledo and Lemon claimed that narcoseries violated provisions of the Federal Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law, and that the violence in such shows could not be ignored because it could have a real, permanent effect on viewers.

“(Narcoseries are) in contradiction to the struggle that brave men and women, many of them members of our armed forces, carried out throughout the country in order to uphold the rule of law and to inhibit drug trafficking that weakens the social fabric of Mexican families by promoting false values and aggressive social behavior that unfortunately fed back to organized crime”, a statement said.

The committees of Radio and Television in Mexico’s Congress requested the directors of the Secretariat for Media Legislation and the Directorate General of Radio, Television and Cinematography of the Government Secretariat attend a session to explain more on the topic.

Source: Milenio

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Socialism is so Absurd, Some People Don’t Realize It’s the Cause of Their Suffering

By: Guillermo Rodríguez González - Nov 1, 2016, 9:09 am
Young Venezuelans, who have no memory of when foreign exchange control was established, they can not imagine a market with free currency exchange.  (Youtube)

EspañolTalking to the common people in a revolutionary socialist country is like an experience from science fiction — a journey through time or out of this reality. After decades of isolation, how they think about the world and the customs of their daily lives range from laughable to tragic. Most basic ideas and news comes to them incomplete and distorted compared to the rest of the world. They mistakenly assume that their everyday lives must be similar to what we would see in places they know little or nothing about. Read more: Maduro Is against the Wall in Venezuela: What Happens Now? Read more: Empty Venezuelan Streets Send Message to Maduro as Businesses Go on Strike For example, young Venezuelans assume there must be foreign exchange rationing everywhere, along with the rationing of almost everything else. When informed that this is not the case in the rest of the world — or that in the near-past that it wasn't like this in Venezuela — they get angry and refuse to believe it, or listen in wonder. With limited internet access to globalized TV or movies, it's easy to understand how they could assume this. The few who travel are amazed to see shelves filled with the products they have to wait in long lines for, or never get at all. Venezuelans, like Cubans and North Koreans, live in a strange bubble of propaganda, disinformation and isolation. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); In university, I teach kids about the fundamentals of economic theory, but find it hard to get them to imagine a normal economy, a system of free prices, market abundance. They do not believe that prosperity is "given" or that any given product in an economy can prosper independently of institutionalized regulations that make it so. They do not believe that socialism creates wealth, but cannot conceive of anything else because they share the prejudices of almost everyone else that has fallen trap to socialist propaganda. So when those who have known nothing but socialism go out into the real world, they are shocked by any supermarket they come across. It is in this moment that they start to understand why capitalism works and socialism does not. The hard part is adopting the customs and institutional values of those successful societies back home, where socialism thrives. Individuals prefer to flee from misery to prosperity whether they do or do not understand what is creating it. It is logical that most young people want to leave Venezuela, both the few who truly believe in socialism as well as those who hate it. The sad truth is that not all of them can.

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