Mexico’s president signs telecoms reform rules into law

July 15, 2014

07/14/14 Reuters

justice - gavelMexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto on Monday signed into law new rules for the telecommunications and broadcasting industries that are designed to curb the power of billionaire Carlos Slim’s America Movil and broadcaster Televisa.

The legislation, approved by Congress last week, fleshes out a constitutional reform that Pena Nieto pushed through Congress last year to spur greater competition in the telecommunications market that is dominated by Slim.

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Petraeus, Brown: Mexico’s miracle: Politicial productivity

July 14, 2014

07/14/14 Houston Chronicle 

voting mexicoImagine a U.S. congressional term during which Democrats and Republicans locked arms to reform taxes, immigration, entitlement spending, social security and the next dozen most significant issues preventing realization of America’s full economic potential.

That type of political miracle has been unfolding in Mexico. With his presidential victory in late 2012, Enrique Peña Nieto forged Pacto por Mexico, a remarkable – and politically unprecedented – agreement by which leaders of the three main parties, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI, by its Spanish acronym), the National Action Party and the Party of the Democratic Revolution, pledged to work together on a vast set of reforms.

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In Mexico, water fight underscores distrust of government

July 8, 2014

7/7/14 LA Times

Protestors and police - Jesus Villaseca Perez (Flickr)The church bells rang out, a normal occurrence in a community where the sound usually beckoned residents to weddings, funerals or religious services. But the clanging on this morning was different: frenetic, insistent, relentless.

The sound signaled an alarm — and a call to arms.

More than 1,000 armored anti-riot police had begun to move into the outlying Mexico City colonia. Residents, meanwhile, prepared to meet them, armed with rocky projectiles they had created by swinging large hammers into the pavement, sidewalks and planters.

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Mexico’s Grand-Bargain Dealmaker Is Back in Action

July 8, 2014

7/7/14 Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Enrique PeñaNieto 2Months behind on a plan to get laws implemented to support last year’s sweeping constitutional reforms in energy and telecommunications, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is back in deal-maker mode.

His administration has reconciled with leaders of the key opposition National Action Party, known as PAN, after bill negotiations fell apart in June, and struck deals to put legislation on the verge of congressional approval.

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Mexican president says new state governor has his full backing

July 2, 2014

7/2/14 Fox News Latino

peña-nietoMexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said he planned to work closely with the new governor of the western state of Michoacan, Salvador Jara, on security, economic and development issues.

The national government does not want to “create competition or establish another level of government” in Michoacan, where federal officials deployed the security forces in January to restore order in the Tierra Caliente, the president said.

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Thousands Protest Mexico City Vehicle Driving Ban

July 2, 2014

7/1/14 ABC News

shutterstock_28447024Thousands of people marched and blocked roads in Mexico’s capital Tuesday to protest a new anti-pollution measure that would ban them from driving on Saturdays.

Mexico City has long banned older cars from operating one weekday every week, but anti-smog rules that took effect Tuesday additionally now prohibit cars and trucks more than 15 years old from also operating on Saturdays.

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Mexico Vigilante Leader Demands Community Rule

July 2, 2014

7/1/14 ABC News

protest -- stroke -- resistanceThe leader of one of the first vigilante movements to spring up in Mexico last year filed a petition Tuesday demanding that the government allow communities in the southern state of Guerrero to elect local officials with open assemblies and show-of-hand votes.

Vigilante leader Bruno Placido said the petition filed with the Federal Electoral Tribunal asks specifically that the collective-vote system be allowed in the town of San Luis Acatlan. But Placido said his People’s Union movement would push for the system to be adopted in all 27 townships where vigilante forces known as “community police” now operate.

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Mexico Senate pushes back talks on key energy reform legislation

June 5, 2014

Reuters, 06/04/14

MEXICO CONGRESSMexico’s upper house on Wednesday pushed back discussions on the final touches to the country’s landmark energy reform, which seeks to lure new investment into the sector and boost growth in Latin America’s second-largest economy.

Congress passed the basic legislation last year to open the oil and gas industry and end the 75-year-old stranglehold that state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has held over the sector.

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Amnesty International Demands Enrique Peña Nieto Guarantee Human Rights In Mexico

May 14, 2014

prison - open doorLatin Times, 5/13/14

Amnesty International (AI)has called on the president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, to address the critical human rights situation in the country through a letter that the agency made ​​public today. The letter, which is copied to the heads of the Interior Ministry, the Attorney General’s Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador of Mexico in United Kingdom, Diego Gomez Pickering, says that Amnesty International has documented repeatedly that Mexico is rooted in impunity due to the lack of government response to allegations of human rights violations.

According to the letter penned to Peña Nieto “A crucial step is the determination of his government to ensure that law enforcement and other public officials implicated in serious human rights violations, including enforced disappearances and torture are promptly brought to justice and that victims receive compensation. As you know, these results are the exception and not the norm, “the letter signed by versa Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.”

Amnesty International released a worldwide report on torture today and described the critical situation in Mexico where, “the government argues that torture is the exception rather than the norm, but in reality abuse by police and security forces is widespread and goes unpunished.

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Obama: 2-3 months for immigration reform

May 14, 2014

440px-Official_portrait_of_Barack_ObamaPOLITICO, 5/13/14

President Barack Obama laid down a deadline for immigration reform on Tuesday, saying House Republicans have two or three months to start acting on an overhaul before midterm election politics take over.

As he met with more than 40 law enforcement officials, Obama pressed the case that Congress has a “very narrow window” to complete immigration reform this year. He accused a “handful” of House GOP lawmakers of stalling reform but added that a number of Republicans are “realizing that blocking immigration reform is not a good idea.”

“The closer we get to the midterm elections, the harder it is to get things done around here … it’s just very hard right before an election,” Obama said Tuesday. “So we’ve got maybe a window of two, three months to get the ball rolling in the House of Representatives.”

His comments reflect a sense on and off Capitol Hill that lawmakers could still act on immigration reform this year, but that it’s dead unless that happens before the August recess. Obama has previously emphasized the truncated timeframe — for instance, at a Cinco de Mayo reception earlier this month, he urged reformers to mobilize “over the next two months” — but Tuesday’s comments appear to be the firmest yet on a deadline.

The Democratic-led Senate passed a comprehensive bill last June, but House Republican leaders have ruled out that legislation in favor of their own approach. Obama stressed Tuesday that he was not “hell-bent” on making sure every word of the Senate bill, written by a bipartisan group of eight senators, reaches his desk.

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