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How NXIVM Lured President Vicente Fox’s Daughter Into Its Cult And Plotted To Take Over Mexico

On Monday, actress Allison Mack of “Smallville” fame pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering and racketeering conspiracy for her alleged role in recruiting women as “sex slaves” for the notorious cult, NXIVM. And although you may have already heard of NXIVM due to the headline-making allegations made against it last year, what you may not know is that the NXIVM cult was especially popular within circles of the Mexican elite, including Ana Cristina Fox, daughter of former Mexican president Vicente Fox

NXIVM was founded in 1998 by Keith Raniere, and was initially created as a multi-lateral-marketing scheme that aimed to teach its members self-improvement tools that would help people “experience more joy in their lives.” However, as Raniere amassed an increasingly devoted following, NXIVM’s practices became more unorthodox.

According to former members, NXIVM followers were branded with Raniere’s initials and forced to partake in starvation diets in order to please Raniere.

With the help of female recruiters such as actress Allison Mack and co-founder Nancy Salzman, NXIVM developed a secret sect within the organization called “DOS” that brainwashed its female members and forced them into sex-slave relationships with Raniere.

NXIVM became an especially big hit among the Mexican elite, successfully recruiting four children of former Presidents of Mexico, including Ana Cristina Fox, daughter of former Mexican president Vicente Fox.

According to the explosive book written by Catherine Oxenberg, “Captive: A Mother’s Crusade to Save Her Daughter From a Terrifying Cult”, Raniere targeted wealthy and powerful individuals to join his cult knowing that he could exert more influence through having a roster of rich members.

One of NXIVM’s most devoted members was Emiliano Salinas, the son of former Mexican President Carlos Salinas. Salinas was highly involved in NXIVM’s “Executive Success Programs”, or “ESPs”–which were a series of lectures and conferences aimed at self-improvement. Salinas, became a particular devotee to Raniere, joining the Executive Board of Directors in 2009 and eventually heading up the Mexican branch of the organization. Through Salinas, NXIVM was able to recruit other members of powerful political families, like Ana Cristina Fox, daughter of former Mexican president Vicente Fox and Federico de la Madrid, son of former President Miguel de la Madrid.

Through Salinas, Raniere planned to infiltrate the Mexican government.

According to Oxenberg’s book “Captive”, Raniere was planning on using his power over Salinas to eventually infiltrate the Mexican government from its highest office. The alleged plan was to “get [Salinas] into office in Mexico’s next Presidential election” so that NXIVM would
have power on the world’s political stage”. After Salinas took office, Rainiere would be able to control him like a “puppet” in order to “rule over Mexico”.

In late 2017, former devotees of the DOS sect within NXIVM took their accusations public, prompting an investigation into the organization. In early 2018, Raniere was arrested in Mexico on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and conspiracy to commit forced labor. According to Oxenberg, Raniere was deported instead of extradited because authorities worried that the Salinas family would “use their government ties to block extradition”. Shortly after Raniere’s arrest, Allison Mack was arrested on similar charges. Both are scheduled to be tried in federal court on April 29.

Since then, Emiliano Salinas has reportedly cut all ties with the organization.

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People Are Sharing Tough Pills To Swallow And It’s A Massive Dose Of Abuelo Realness

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People Are Sharing Tough Pills To Swallow And It’s A Massive Dose Of Abuelo Realness

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From “not everyone is going to like you” to “you can’t always get what you want” we’ve all heard some practical pieces of advice that have brought us down to earth. But what about those pills that are tough to swallow and that no one ever talks about? Like… “your parents are dying” and you don’t “deserve” anything?

Users on Reddit recently got together to share some realness that are on one hand kind of a bummer but on the other hand pretty enlightening.

Check out the realness below!

“It may start out as butterflies and they can never do anything wrong, but that period may be short for some couples and that can also be ok. Depending on past relationship experience, it may be important for one or both people to hash out issues with the other early on as a way to determine is this even possibly going to work. If a dealbreaker personality trait presents early and the person doesn’t want to change or feels like they don’t need to change it, it’s important to know that at month 3 rather than year 3. Give them good faith opportunities to work on it (edit: and ask for those opportunities for yourself), but if it doesn’t happen it may never and it’s okay to move on. I feel like people get too caught up in “but this is the beginning it’s supposed to be a honeymoon phase,” when in reality maybe you are both being your realest selves (edit: or slowly revealing this real self) and it’s important to know that before you’ve spent years with someone. Speaking from experience on both ends of this spectrum and definitely both sides of the relationship. I strongly believe people have a great capacity to change, but it takes effort, honest introspection, and self-awareness. Some people can, some people will, some will choose to find someone okay with them as-is or will find out a need to do these self-renovations with someone else.”- bwa236

“You can’t keep everyone you love around you forever.” –SiepieJR

“This one’s for parents: Your children do not owe you because you decided to bring them into this world. They are not your personal slave. Let them live their lives. Don’t have your hand in their pocketbook. They don’t owe you anything. You are supposed to teach them how to be independent and be able to start their life on their own. By making them rely on you and having you rely on them, you’re only making it harder for them to spread their wings. They are your children, not your property. Raise them with the same respect you’d want your own parents to treat you.”- musicallyours01

“You can’t make someone love you.” –Charming_Preference

“A significant subset of the population will behave as shitty as they are allowed to or can get away with.” –StorkSlayer

“Fairness, Justice and Karma are not a given. They happen less than you expect. Be the change you want to see in the world but dont expect a just reward for it.” – Jacksinyourbox

“There are people with fundamentally different world views and you will never be capable of seeing eye to eye with some of them.”-joemamma474

“The world is brutally unfair. Even if you bust your ass working on something, you can still fail and see someone who barely works gets everything you want. Even so, the world does not owe you anything. You can still fail the next time, but you’ll only have a chance on succeeding if you try.”- Pandaonthego

“Life isn’t against you, It’s simply it’s simply ignorant to your existence. People are going to get sick and die, people who don’t deserve shit are going to get ahead of you, greed pays off and you are going to struggle. But the beauty of it all is that you don’t have to let that affect you. If you live your life feeling grateful for the little things like being around people you like, having a roof over your head, good meals and new experiences then you’ll have a better life. Make your own happiness and don’t let the context of other people’s lives effect yours.”- coniferous-1

“It doesn’t matter how compatible you are with someone sexually (or how attractive they might be), that’s not enough to sustain a healthy and happy relationship.”- nuhtty

“People don’t get what they deserve, they get what they get. There is nothing any of us can do about it.”- Witness_me_Karsa

“Marry a stable person you find attractive physically and psychologically, communicate both good and bad, don’t let your sex life slide…. hell, I just got lucky in my choice.” – pope_schist

“Physical changes will happen over time, but you will start paying less attention to those things as your ever-increasing knowledge and love for you partner grows and your perception of them expands beyond what you see. My wife will often lament that she’s not in as good a shape as she used to be or her hair is getting gray or she’s fattened the curve a bit during this quarantine, but I always reply by saying that she wouldn’t feel any of those things if she could see herself how I see her. It’s been 25 years and a lot of joy and pain along the way, but I still want to lovingly fuck the shit out of her every single day. Maintaining the sex life is also important, as is recognizing that there are so many ways to be sexual without good ole PIV. For example, my wife is recovering from a back injury right now, and we haven’t had PIV for a few months, which of course is totally understandable! However, she can still use her hands, and I’ve often requested such attention because I know she likes being seen as a sexual being even if she’s not always feeling sexy. I think she enjoys being able to give me pleasure, and the last time I asked for a vigorous hand-holding, she wanted her vibrator afterwards. It was really nice, and it made us feel more intimate and connected, which is something that we both needed very much. Sex and love will ebb and flow, but if you’re both working on yourselves and each other, the balance will remain strong.” – xenobuzz

“Someone told me once that love isnt a feeling its an action, you love someone, you dont feel love for someone, that implies work, and its hard, and sometimes you wont feel that feeling, but you still gonna love them.” –YouAreNotMeYet

“If you are a smart kid in a small town: You aren’t as smart as you think you are. This will come as a big pill to swallow if you get a scholarship or make it into some sort of academic program where the rest of your classmates are “smart kids” too. Edit: Wow this is starting to gain some traction so I’ll clarify a bit. I was speaking from personal experience when I got out into the real world finally. Based on what I saw, one of two things happen: You either come to terms with it and step up your work ethic, or you fizzle out and accept mediocrity. For reference my program was nuclear engineering. Lots of smart people and it was a tough pill to swallow for a guy fresh from a small town in AL, that never had to try academically before then. If you can come to terms with it though, everything will become way less stressful. Just have to accept that new norm.” –Echo5even

“Being happy long-term isn’t about doing whatever you feel at any given moment, sometimes you have to make a conscious, serious effort over a period of days, weeks, even months or years, to form good habits and increase your quality of life in order to have a positive disposition instead of intermittent periods of joy with a general negative disposition.” – everyischemicals

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Greta Thunberg Is Donating $114,000 To The Brazilian Amazon

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Greta Thunberg Is Donating $114,000 To The Brazilian Amazon

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Greta Thunberg’s activism has mobilized hundreds of thousands of people across the globe to make the world a better place. She first gripped the attention of people the world over when she began holding climate strikes and further captured awareness a year later when she was 16. At the time she condemned political leaders like Donald Trump and Boris Johnson in a speech for their part in the environmental crisis.

Now, even as the world seems to be on pause with the current pandemic, Thunberg is showing no signs of slowing down with her efforts

The teen climate activist announced that she will donate a portion of a $1.14 million prize she received to fighting the ongoing coronavirus crisis in the Brazilian Amazon.

Earlier this week, the teen activist won the very first Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity for her role in environmental activism. The prize was launched by Portugal’s Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

In a video posted to her Twitter account, Thunberg accepted the honor and said the winning prize was “more money than [she] can even begin to imagine.” The large amount inspired Thunberg to give the money away through her foundation. Thunberg says that she will give $114,000 to SOS Amazônia, an environmental organization that CNN says is “working to protect the rainforest that also works to fight the pandemic in indigenous territories of the Amazon through access to basic hygiene, food, and health equipment.”

Thunberg will also donate $114,000 to the Stop Ecocide Foundation.

The foundation works to make environmental destruction (or ecocide) a recognized international crime. Thunberg explained in her Twitter announcement that the rest of the prize money will be given to causes that “help people on the front lines affected by the climate crisis and ecological crisis especially in the global South.”

One hundred and thirty-six nominees from forty-six countries were considered for the prize that Thunberg was ultimately selected for.

The Chair of the Grand Jury Prize, Jorge Sampaio, explained in the announcement for the winner that Thunberg was selected for her effort to “mobilize younger generations for the cause of climate change.”

It’s not the first prize that Thunberg has won in recent months. Earlier in May she was honored with a $100,000 award for her activism and donated all of it to UNICEF “to protect children from the Covid-19 pandemic.” The award was given to her by Denmark’s Human Act foundation.

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