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Should going on vacation be a privilege? What is the value of the free time we have these days? Who benefits from the fact that travel is cheap, whether through an abundance of available accommodation or reduced travel costs? Are sustainable development and respect for the rights of indigenous peoples compatible with tourism megaprojects? The articles we’ve compiled for your summer reading explore all of these questions and more.

Mexico needs (more) vacations

By Gerard Soler


In Mexico, going on vacation is a privilege that remains out of reach for most workers.

According to the country’s federal labor law, which dates back to 1970, Mexican workers are entitled to six vacation days after the first year of service, which are increased by two days for each subsequent year, up to a maximum of 12 .

According to statistics from the World Policy Center, those first six days of paid annual leave make Mexico one of the countries with the lowest paid vacations in the world. But things are starting to change. The rise of teleworking triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of mental health in the workplace and the first steps are being taken to change a work culture characterized by long hours at the office and a low productivity.

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There is no silver bullet to the current crisis in the aviation industry

By Eoin Coates


Photo: Koen van Weel/ANP MAG/ANP via AFP

NOTICE | In the spring of 2020, the world was hit by both the COVID-19 pandemic and an unprecedented wave of economic disruption. All sectors of the economy have been affected, but none more than the aviation industry.

Before COVID, a legacy of glamor still resonated among the traveling public, who had visions of cabin crew and pilots traveling the world in neat uniforms, just as they did in the 1960s. he aviation industry was a good place to work and in some cases it was. Most of the time, however, the “Pan Am effect” of glamorization only served to cover up the deep scars of liberalization that the sector had suffered for decades.

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Time has lost its value, how can we get it back?

By Maria Jose Carmona


Time is like a screw box. Pure commodity. It’s been that way ever since clocks came down from steeples and into factories.

We sell our time to our bosses, we use it to pay the bills, for our food and our little luxuries. We don’t waste time, we waste it or sell it for less than it’s worth. Sometimes in exchange for insufficient wages. To others, in exchange for precarious, irregular working hours that are difficult to reconcile with our personal and family lives.

“Time insecurity is on the rise and manifests itself in the growing inability to plan one’s working hours. People have very little control over their time, they cannot plan their life and this affects their sleep, their eating habits, their health and increases the level of conflict within the family”, explains Tomás Cano, sociologist and researcher at the Goethe University of Frankfurt.

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Civil society is sounding the alarm over Mandalika, Indonesia’s $3 billion tourism project

By Nithin Coke


A tourism development project in Indonesia backed by the Beijing-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is being criticized for enabling human rights abuses against locals and indigenous peoples and for, until ‘now failing to take meaningful action in response to civil society and community concerns.

“It says a lot that AIIB’s first standalone project in Indonesia had to become a public stain for the bank to commit to a substantial – albeit flawed – response,” says Wawa Wang, senior adviser at VedvarendeEnergi, an NGO Danish company focused on development and the environment. problems.

The Mandalika project, located on the island of Lombok, is one of the “10 New Balis” initiatives announced by Indonesian President Joko Widodo in 2017, to build tourist hubs across the country to attract both foreign investment and tourists. The AIIB is one of the major backers of the US$3 billion project.

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This article has been translated from Spanish.