#201 - El Salvador's crackdown on gangs | Curio

#201 - El Salvador's crackdown on gangs

23 mins | May 3, 2022

Today's episode from 3rd May 2022. First this morning: After 62 people were murdered in a single day in El Salvador, the government has arrested thousands of suspects in an attempt to eradicate gangs in the country. With no idea of where they've been taken, we hear from the families of the suspects who are left searching for them. Then later, sometimes the worst thing you can do is look on the bright side. We hear about a wave of books that critique the toxic positivity mindset. On March 27th 2022, El Salvador entered into a 30-day "Regimén de Excepción" in response to a rampage of gang-related homicides earlier that month, allowing authorities to hold people under "administrative detention" without charges for up to 15 days. After a wave of at least 13,000 arrests, with police rounding up young men without evidence, for The Washington Post, Kevin Sieff brings you the stories of some of the families in line at El Penalito, desperately searching for news of their loved ones. Positive thinking in the face of adversity is heavily pushed in Western culture. However, our attempts to manifest happiness or brush off difficulties with sayings like "everything happens for a reason" and "every cloud has a silver lining" leave us feeling disconnected, emotionally disregarded and ultimately worse. For The Guardian, Jamie Waters brings you a refreshing wave of books that critique the toxic positivity mindset, identifying that the real problem is not our negative emotions but that we haven't learnt how to process them effectively. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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