Time’s Peña Nieto ‘Saving Mexico’ Cover Sparks Confusion, Outrage
Mexicans respond mockingly to ridiculous Time Magazine cover story
Under the banner of “Saving Mexico,” Time Magazine has put Enrique Peña Nieto on the cover of its February 24 international edition.
Many who first saw the cover this morning responded with, “Is this a joke?” When people realized it wasn’t, it unleashed a backlash in Mexico and from Mexicans throughout the world toward Time and the cover story’s author, Michael Crowley.
“It’s the hot new emerging market. But can President Peña Nieto and his team of reformers really turn their country around?”, asks Time. The answer: not with Peña Nieto. And definitely not by further liberalizing Mexico’s natural resources.
The “Mexico Moment” meme is old and tired. Pushing Mexico as the “hot new emerging market” confirms what many predicted would happen with Peña Nieto’s privatization of PEMEX: The foreign press would shower EPN with accolades, create a bubble, cash in and then wait for the economic crisis to hit in order to buy even more of Mexico at a lower price.
The Mexican people, however, have lived through one too many Mexico Moments are now wise to this game. Here are some of the best “portadas verdaderas” that we’ve seen in response to Time’s cover.
The bottom image of the autodefensa grandmother holding a rifle is, we feel, the most accurate response of them all. Mexico’s people are saving themselves!
Kerry-Clinton-Obama: global imperialist hypocrites
Havana, Cuba: A well-earned hero’s welcome for comrade Fernando González of the Cuban 5 at the University of Havana, March 1, 2014.
Fernando spent more than 15 years in U.S. prisons for his work protecting socialist Cuba from the fascist right-wing in Miami. Three other members of the Cuban 5 remain behind bars in the U.S.
Photos by Calixto N. Llanes and Ismael Francisco Gonzalez
Iranian MPs cancel a visit to LatAm because the US denies its airspace to their plane.
The empire doesn’t want Iran to talk to Cuba or Venezuela.
So apparently we’re being children and making the flight nearly impossible (US airspace is range-necessary)
American television network NBC is cooperating with Israeli authorities and the Keshet Media Group, an Israeli media company, to produce a new action series that will be set and shot in occupied East Jerusalem. The series, DIG, will be aired later this year on the USA cable channel.
(Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
Nir Barkat, the Israeli mayor of Jerusalem, and Keshet had declared last November that most of the filming would take place in the so-called “City of David National Park,” an illegal Israeli settlement located in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan.” Following objections from 20 Palestinian civil society and national institutions, NBC denied any plans to film in Silwan, but the network has since refused to clarify if the show will be shot in other parts of occupied East Jerusalem or if they will be cooperating with Israeli government bodies there on the project, including receiving funding.
As has been made clear again and again by countless UN Security Council resolutions and the International Court of Justice in 2004, East Jerusalem is part of the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel in 1967. Its annexation by Israel is not recognized internationally and has been condemned. Israel commits serious violations of international law and human rights there through forced land acquisition, population transfer, and the building of settlements. Since 1967 more than 9,000 Palestinian homes have been demolished in East Jerusalem and around 15,000 Palestinians have had their residency revoked.
All these policies have served to change the demographic composition of this Palestinian city. Going through with the production of DIG in East Jerusalem would mean NBC is supporting Israel’s grave violations of international law and makes the network complicit in Israeli crimes against Palestinians.
NBC has taken a right step by committing to not filming in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan. Ask the network to now explicitly commit not to film in any part of occupied East Jerusalem, not to cooperate with Israeli government bodies there, and not to support this project that seeks to whitewash Israeli human rights abuses
This is what Imperialism looks like. And, on a somewhat less dramatic scale, it’s what neoimperialism and capitalism do every day.
What Really Happened in the Congo: Belgium’s ‘Heart of Darkness’
Leopold famously said when he was forced to hand over the Congo Free State to the Belgian nation: “I will give them my Congo but they have no right to know what I have done there,” and proceeded to burn archives.
Did y’all know about this?
I hate this man with every fibre of my being.
I CANT DEAL WITH THIS.
Manila, Philippines: Against privatization of education.
Anonymous asked: How do you reply to people who say, "but capitalism fuels innovation, creativity, progress etc"?
I think the correct response to such a question is that capitalism may innovate and develop the economy, but it does it unevenly and only when it is possible to a small minority of people who own production. Under capitalism, the actual worth to society has a whole is barely considered, and it certainly isn’t considered above the corporate vested interests who push the funding.
Capitalism creates all the innovation and progress that it needs to survive and thrive, but not what humanity needs to survive and thrive. In fact, capitalist productive forms limit the expansion of technology (just look at how the oil and mining companies have fought to suppress renewable energies).
This is a great answer
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