Mexico conservative party leader Madero stands down temporarily

October 1, 2014

09/30/14 Reuters

panThe leader of Mexico’s biggest opposition party is stepping aside temporarily to seek a congressional seat next year at which time he could resume his post as party leader. Gustavo Madero, head of the center-right National Action Party (PAN), was immediately replaced at the helm by his deputy, the party said in a post on Twitter on Tuesday. Madero has been grappling with an internal power struggle over how far his party should have cooperated with President Enrique Pena Nieto’s centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party on a wide-ranging economic reform agenda. The PAN’s new interim president is 35-year-old Ricardo Anaya, previously the party’s second-ranking official as well as a former federal congressman who served as president of Mexico’s lower chamber of Congress earlier this year.

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México: emboscan vehículo militar y matan a cuatro soldados

May 14, 2014

Latitudes Press.El Comercio, 5/13/14

Un comando integrado por unos 30 hombres armados emboscó un convoy militar en una carretera de Jalisco, oeste de México, causando la muerte de cuatro militares e hiriendo a otros dos, informó a la AFP una fuente castrense.

El grupo de civiles armados se posicionó en la vía que conduce al municipio de Guachinango, en la Región Sierra Occidental de Jalisco, para esperar que pasara el vehículo militar, informó un mando del ejército bajo el anonimato.

“Sabemos que fueron más de 30 hombres armados a bordo de ocho camionetas de lujo, atacaron a los elementos con granadas y se suscita el tiroteo”, precisó la fuente a la AFP, que confirmó el deceso de cuatro soldados y el estado grave de otros dos como consecuencia de sus heridas.

Según algunos testigos, los sicarios chocaron intencionalmente una camioneta contra el vehículo oficial y lanzaron granadas contra ambas unidades, que se calcinaron mientras la balacera se extendía durante algunos minutos.

“Yo estaba en el remolque cuando se estacionaron las camionetas, los esperaron unos cinco minutos y empezó la balacera. Yo me resguardé en el piso de la unidad”, dijo a AFP un empleado de la Secretaría de Agricultura, desplegado en el lugar para realizar revisiones zoosanitarias.

Sobre el camión militar fallecieron dos soldados, el cuerpo de otro quedó bajó el vehículo pesado, y el cuarto en el fondo de un barranco de unos 20 metros, constató la AFP.

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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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Lorenzo Zambrano Funeral: Enrique Peña Nieto To Attend Service For Beloved Cemex CEO

May 14, 2014

lorenzo zambranoLatin Times, 5/13/14

Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña Nieto, will attend the funeral services of Monterrey businessman Lorenzo Zambrano, according to Governor Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz. Peña Nieto arrived at the Monterrey International Airport at 14:00 to meet with relatives of the President of the Board and CEO of Cemex and give his condolences. The President will go to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, where a Mass will be celebrated the live of Zambrano at 16:00.

After learning of the death of Zambrano, politicians, businessmen and the public joined in the grief felt by his family. Nuevo Leon’s governor has not ruled out a state tribute to the CEO, but says he will wait for a decision from the family. “We will be very respectful of what the family wishes. We have been in contact with the capital, and a visit from the President is expected tomorrow. I will be with him to accompany the family and loved ones of Mr. Lorenzo Zambrano, ” he said .

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How Local Governments Are Hacking Immigration Reform

May 14, 2014

Minneapolis Protest Against SB 1070

The Atlantic, 5/13/14

States and cities are taking immigration reform into their own hands. With prospects for comprehensive legislation bleak in Washington, local governments have begun making decisions about who gets deported and who doesn’t by refusing to participate in a system that has come to rely on them. After a few years of slow but steady progress, local reform is now taking off.

In the last three weeks, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Denver, and counties in Oregon, Colorado, Washington, and California have announced they will no longer help federal immigration police carry out deportations. These decisions, spurred by recent federal-court rulings, add to the growing chorus of state and local governments that have recently backed away from the deportation system: dozens of major cities and counties, two states, and counting.

This movement is a big deal, because local jails have become the frontline for immigration enforcement during the Obama Administration. As the wait for administrative action from the White House continues, local resistance is already stopping thousands of deportations every month. Even if Congress is able to pass a comprehensive reform bill, the current wave of local policy changes and judicial decisions will have altered the structure of immigration enforcement by making it much harder for federal officials to rely on local police and sheriffs. National reform is still crucial. But once you understand the depths of federal-local collaboration—and the recent pattern of resistance—it’s clear that the backbone of the immigration-enforcement dragnet is starting to weaken. Pushback is coming from places with some of the largest undocumented populations, and yet many outside the immigration policy world have overlooked it.

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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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Founder of ultra-violent Zetas drug cartel killed in Mexico

May 14, 2014

gun - crime sceneThe Telegraph, 5/13/14

A most-wanted founder of Mexico’s ultra-violent Zetas drug cartel has been killed in a clash with the military that involved grenades and assault rifles, authorities said on Monday. Galdino Mellado Cruz, a military deserter known by the alias Z-9, was killed in one of two gunfights in the northern border city of Reynosa on Friday that also left five civilians and a soldier dead.

The skirmish came amid a surge in violence in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas that has left more than 80 people dead since April 5, including the state police’s chief of investigations. Intelligence work led the troops to a house in Reynosa where Mr Mellado was hiding, said Monte Alejandro Rubido, the national security commissioner. Grenades were lobbed from the house and shots fired at the soldiers. Several carloads of gunmen arrived at the scene with assault rifles, apparently to help Mr Mellado.


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