Culture is an essential part of Canada, and considering the proximity of the United States, supposedly there is a “need” for strong cultural protectionism. Therefore, there are Canadian/French (for Quebec) content requirements for every audio-visual domain, including … adult channels.
Bloomberg reports that global debt has reached US$100 trillion. While seemingly arbitrary, this is not a random number. In 2012, the gross world product (total economic activity worldwide) reached US$85 trillion. Given these figures, governments across the world have managed to amass a debt that is worth 120 percent of all value added globally.
EspañolThe ongoing crisis in Venezuela, the instability of its current regime, and the increasingly volatile situation in Ukraine, has caused some troubling developments to have gone unnoticed. Russia is reportedly in negotiations with Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba to establish military bases in their territories.
On March 5, 2014, several government-owned TV channels across Latin America showed the premiere of Hugo mi Amigo (Hugo my friend) — a documentary film by Oliver Stone, produced in honor of the late totalitarian Venezuelan ruler Hugo Chávez.
The Latin-American network Telesur called Chávez “the great figure of the Great Fatherland,” a vindicator of the “people’s.” Ninety percent of the financial backing of Telesur comes from the government of Venezuela, Cuba, and Argentina.
EspañolI first realized it was time to better understand the reality of Venezuela in 2008, when the Castro-Chavista regime of Hugo Chávez began interfering in Honduras. As a Honduran, something told me that my country could potentially go down the same path.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t wrong. I began to follow current events in the South American country, and given my political naivety at the time, I was reluctant to believe much of what I read. However, I soon discovered the flip side of the coin.
Much is happening in my dear country of Venezuela, as mass protests have converged nationwide to denounce the heavy-handed repression of fellow citizens. With the array of conflicting news stories that lack context and history, it may be complicated for someone without ties to the country to understand the many problems we face.
I will try my best to briefly outline those elements that merit attention and how we can best avoid them in the future. I must also emphasize that I am 20 years old, and the only political reality I have ever known is that of Chavismo. Through this message, I hope to speak for my generation.
EspañolMy conversion from pro-statehood to pro-Puerto Rican independence has been a tough one. I’ve always considered myself more US American than Puerto Rican, always been pro-United States, and always been (and still am) a strong supporter of the idea of a constitutional republic with a bill of rights — and oh yeah, I’m a capitalist. My vision of independence for Puerto Rico is vastly different from the vision promoted by the Puerto Rico Independence Party.
It is not surprising then that I don’t have so many supporters.
EspañolVenezuela “is the beacon of light that illuminates the nations of the continent,” said Salvador Sánchez Cerén, current vice president of El Salvador and FMLN party presidential candidate. In the past, Sánchez Cerén has demonstrated his solidarity with Hugo Chávez and the Venezuelan regime. While at the time (when Chávez was alive) it may have been expressed as genuine admiration for an ideology or political system, this sort of rhetoric in Latin America today speaks volumes, and it could potentially cost him the election.
As Joel Hirst has said, “when the populism runs out, because there’s no more money, that’s when the repression starts.” Venezuela may have the world’s second largest oil and gas reserves, as Steve Hanke of the Cato Institute notes, but wrongheaded policies mean production has fallen considerably in the past 15 years — the Chavista era.
It seems that our members of the US Congress, whether they realize or not, have discovered a be-all, end-all solution to regulations that are unnecessarily burdensome: The Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome Act of 2014.
Introduced to the House subcommittee on regulatory reform by the American Action Forum, this proposal is for an automatic process to negate duplication, a lack of universality, and regulatory inefficiency in federal legislation: in other words, some way to get rid of the mountain of legislation that grows ever higher.