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A TV Channel's Takeover Spells Bad News For Venezuela

With the ownership change of the 24-hour news channel Globovision, the last remaining television source for reporting that challenges the government is gone.

Globovision's new owners aligned with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s government
Globovision's new owners aligned with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s government
Alejandro Alfie

BUENOS AIRES — A statement recently issued by eight well-respected journalists characterizes Globovisión, a 24-hour news network in Venezuela, as “morally, ethically and journalistically inviable.” They stopped working for the channel after its new owners aligned with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s government, which follows a left-leaning political ideology known as Chavista and associated with the late President Hugo Chávez.

The bloodletting started Aug. 16 when the channel announced it would cease broadcasting one of its most popular programs, Radar de los Barrios. The opinion and analysis program focused on current events and was hosted by Jesús Torrealba, who was summarily dismissed. Torrealba’s firing was followed by the resignation of another prestigious journalist, Leopoldo Castillo, who enjoyed high viewer ratings for his program Aló Ciudadano ("Hello Citizen") that was very critical of the Chavista model of government and its “abuses of power.” The show featured analysis and interviews during which Venezuelan citizens would call in to pose questions and offer their opinions. It was broadcast for 12 years.

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Taking A Position: A Call To Regulate Yoga In India

Trained practitioners warn that unregulated yoga can be detrimental to people's health. The government in India, where the ancient practice was invented, knows this very well — yet continues to postpone regulation.

Prime Minister Modi at a mass yoga demonstration in Lucknow, India

Banjot Kaur

NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the observance of the eighth International Yoga Day from Mysuru, in southwestern India, early on the morning of June 21. Together with his colleagues from the Bharatiya Janata Party, he set out to mark the occasion in various parts of the country — reviving an annual ritual that had to take a break for the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yoga is one of the five kinds of alternative Indian medicine listed under India’s AYUSH efforts — standing for "Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and naturopathy, and Homeopathy." Among them, only yoga is yet to be regulated under any Act of Parliament: All other practices are governed by the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM), Act 2020.

Yoga and naturopathy are taught at the undergraduate level in 70 medical colleges across 14 Indian states. The Mangalore University in Karnataka first launched this course in 1989; today, these subjects are also taught at the postgraduate level.

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