Sunday 23 November 2014

The Procrastinator (Some) Times Sunday 23rd November Edition


Morning fellows! Hope your Sunday is going great.

In our News section we have three articles about the Ayotzinapa tragedy in México via Vice, AlJazeera America and Fusion. Oh Mexico, I really feel you, and I'm not the only one as this past week there were protest in several cities across the globe organized mainly via social media by people that want to express their solidarity with the Mexican people and their outrage and disgust to the Mexican government. On the contrary, in Venezuela -and I can't not mention this, I'm sorry- our students were brutally murdered, also by thugs and the police, and jailed in the worst prisons and without due process and nobody but us seemed to care. I guess that human rights violations powered by drug money look a bit worse than the ones powered by oil-money. But believe me, they both hurt the same.

Anyway. We are sharing an AlJazeera America article that summarizes the Ayotzinapa situation in around 3 min, for those of you who have not heard much; the trailer of a Vice soon-to-come documentary, you know these guys are good at their immersive journalism stuff; and a nice op-ed article in English written by Enrique Acevedo titled: What the Ayotzinapa tragedy says about Mexico. If any of my friends that live in México want to share more (I don't necessarily know the best sources), please do.

In our Science & Technology section: Americans seems to be super concerned about privacy, but they act as they don't, and the reason is that often they don’t have real choice, all that and your brain in  magic mushrooms. Are you waiting for a stroke of genius that change your life forever? Good, me too. Just keep calm and get older, read about it in our Design, Business & Innovation section.  In Culture & Entertainment, the relationship between art & anthropology, 10 things we can learn about Bill Murray and the most widely used adjective derived from the name of a modern writer... can you guess which one it is? Finally in Our Weekly Procrastination, some photos from Inside, the wonderful exhibition currently at the Palais de Tokyo.


Protesters at a government building in Chilpancingo, Guerrero. (Photo by Hans-Maximo Musielik) via VICE.

"On September 26, teaching students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School in Mexico were intercepted by police forces en route to a protest in Iguala. In the ensuing clash, six people were killed, and 43 Ayotzinapa students were taken away by the police. Investigations over the following weeks led to the startling allegations that the police had acted at the behest of the local mayor, and had turned over the abducted students to members of the Guerreros Unidos cartel. All 43 students are now feared dead." Check out the trailer, related links and the rest of the article in Vice. E.T.P. 3'

Photo via Huffington Post.

"The Mexican Revolution, which launched on Nov. 20, 1910, was the first major political and social revolution of the 20th century. It brought an end to Porfirio Díaz’s 34-year dictatorship and transformed Mexico through land reform, the implementation of presidential term limits and the nationalization of natural resources. Today, on the 104th anniversary of the revolution, Mexico faces another defining moment. . .Though drug-war-related violence has not let up during the first two years of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s term, he has largely ignored it. What’s more, his administration has changed the narrative to focus on Mexico as an economic success story . . . But now Peña Nieto, as well as the foreign investors he has worked so hard to court, can no longer avoid acknowledging the pervasive violence, corruption and impunity that continue to plague Mexico. The Sept. 26 abduction of 43 students in the southwestern state of Guerrero has eliminated whatever credibility his pivoting to economic issues might have had." Read full article in AlJazeera America. E.T.P. 4'

Photo via Noticieros Televisa.

"Mexico is a nation of stark contrasts. A country where obesity and acute malnutrition coexist;  the home of the world’s richest man and 53 million people living under the poverty line, almost half of the population. Nonetheless, there is a historic gap that explains Mexico better than any other disparity. This is the fracture created by the absence of the rule of law, one that divides those who infringe norms with ease and the victims that suffer from rampant impunity.
In some countries, justice in the court system can be bought, in Mexico it has become a luxury that only a few can afford. Those that don’t have the money or the influence are left defenseless, at the mercy of savage criminals and corrupt government officials, who occasionally act like one and the same, as we’ve seen in Iguala where six students were killed and 43 others went missing.
Our worst nightmares materialized last Friday when Mexico’s Attorney General, Jesus Murillo Karam, detailed the gruesome acts behind the kidnapping and murder of the Ayotzinapa students. We all knew the chances of finding them alive after more than 40 days were slim at best. But no one imagined the brutal way in which their lives allegedly ended – asphyxiation, their bodies burned in a pile, their bones crushed.
The remains have been tampered with to the point where they had to be sent to the Innsbruck Medical University in Austria for DNA identification." Read full article in Fusion. E.T.P. 4'

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