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The Company of the Cartel

Stories and News No. 1302 Yes, I know, the title seems like a parody of the first volume of Tolkien's masterpiece, the Fellowship of the ring, but there's really nothing satirical or funny here. It is a tragic and old story, which repeats itself all over the world, and it is always the same who pay the costs. The bravest, individuals with a clear conscience and an iron will, an adjective that is most fitting in this case. I remember a sentence from a character in a novel I don't remember now, but I recall the words. The guy, a man of the same kind mentioned above, stated that for people like him the most difficult thing is not to understand which is the right and most honest path to take, but not to do it knowing it. In today's story, we fly to Mexico, in the state of Michoacán, in the municipality called Aquila, which bears the name of the homonymous capital. The eagle has always been the central element of the coat of arms of the Mexican nation. The current one, wi

Colonial museums indoors and outdoors

Stories and News No. 1301 There are various types of museums, you can say that for everything, the premise is easy but the consequences are not. Otherwise, everything would be different. Otherwise, I'd be living in a different country. However, for the sake of simplicity, we could say that museums are of only two types, for the use of this short story. First there are those indoors, trivially. And among them, in the colonial – or rather anti – branch, I like to mention the exhibition From Local to Global recently set up at the Scarborough Art Gallery, in the namesake English town in North Yorkshire. In the presentation of the event on the gallery's official website there is a fundamental note, which warns visitors to be aware that the exhibition presents a collection of objects that contain images and descriptions of racial exploitation. In the rest of the message, the organizers explain that they have taken this decision to help the public better understand British racist

Giorgia Meloni is finally dealing with reality

Stories and News No. 1300 Like many others, I focused on the government's failure to cut fuel taxes. Some have underlined Meloni's inconsistency between promises and effective punctuality in keeping them. And despite her justifications, it doesn’t matter if she has made her propaganda shots more or less recently, because consistency does not have an expiration date. It applies after, but also before, otherwise words weigh little or nothing and it isn't like that. It shouldn't be so if the lives of individuals as well as entire populations are at risk. In this regard, therefore, more than coherence, I am more concerned with words. The Italian prime minister, in her usual controversial video on the aforementioned fuel taxation, used an expression that gave me much to think about and which I consider emblematic of modern society: "Now we are dealing with reality." Meloni - like many of her peers here in Italy and in a large part of the western world - is reali