The military diversifies its portfolio

Desfile Militar 5 Julio 2012-Venezuela defensa
FANB TV: All military parades, all the time! Coming soon to your TV screen, like it or not.

Defense Minister Adm. Carmen Meléndez announced yesterday the creation of new military enterprises, including a bank and companies dedicated to transport and agriculture.

But the biggest news was the launch of a new TV channel for the Armed Forces (to be called TV-FAN), to by carried by DTT and cable TV, because the Minister says so. Communicational hegemony just got that little bit more hegemonic.

There are no details about the programming we can expect from TV-FAN, but if prior history can serve as a guide, this channel will probably end up just like the National Assembly’s all-propaganda-all-the-time channel (ANTV).

With new ventures like these, the military is stretching its mandate for “active participation in the national development” established in the constitution to the breaking point. Because TV-FAN won’t do a damn thing to safeguard our sovereignty or territorial integrity, but it’ll do plenty to continue the militarization of our society.

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  1. There will have to be new ranks – hence new career paths – if these enterprises are not one-offs but to be integrated into Armed Forces permanent configurations; that need opens the way for Tte. Col (irrigación); General de División (Hortalizas y Afines); not to speak of Sgto. Primero (telecajeros).

    • Perhaps this is the way for entrepreneurs to escape labor laws? Join the military and you can literally be the commanding officer of your workers! What a step forward for worker rights: In Venezuela you can soon be court martialed and put in the brig for missing a shift!

    • North Korea, I think. How long do you think until Maduro decides to amend the constitution to make Chavez eternal president? My guess would be early next year. It would be in character.


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