To better secure US border with Mexico, DHS considers significant restructuring

September 15, 2014

9/13/14 PBS News Hour

border patrolThe Department of Homeland Security is contemplating the most significant restructuring since it was created after the September 11th attacks, in order to better secure the border with Mexico. Devlin Barrett of The Wall Street Journal wrote about it on Thursday, and he join us now from Washington. [Video]

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Mexico President slams Texas governor over border crackdown

September 15, 2014

09/12/14 Reuters

border3(Reuters) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s deployment of National Guard troops on the U.S.-Mexican border is “reprehensible” and puts neighborly relations at risk, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said in an interview published on Friday.  Perry, considered a possible contender for the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential nomination, in July ordered up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the border, citing an influx of child migrants from Central America and drug cartel criminality. Critics have charged him with using the deployment to raise his national profile by latching onto the hot-button political issue.

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Mexico’s educational system faces $3.96 bn funding gap

September 15, 2014

09/14/14 Fox News Latino

education - children poverty - EcuadorMexico’s educational system faces a funding gap of up to $3.96 billion annually due to problems and omissions detected in the sector’s recent census, the report’s author, Marco Fernandez, told Efe. The report, which was released by the Mexico Evalua public policy think tank, found that the educational system’s funding gap ranges from an optimistic estimate of 16 billion pesos ($1.23 billion) to a worst-case scenario of 51.48 billion pesos ($3.96 billion), or the equivalent of 13.6 percent of the national education budget.

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Hurricane Odile in Baja slams Baja California

September 15, 2014

09/15/14 MSN News

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CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Odile raked the Baja California Peninsula with strong winds and heavy rains early Monday as locals and tourists in the resort area of Los Cabos began to emerge from shelters and assess the damage. The extent of Odile’s impact was still not clear before daybreak, but the storm severely damaged hotel lobbies and facades, shattered windows and left streets full of debris. The windows at the area’s Westin Hotel had been blown out.

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Organic Coffee Threatened by Global Warming-Stoked Fungus

September 15, 2014

09/13/14 Bloomberg

Migrant California vineyardGlobal warming has been a friend to the fungus, enabling it to thrive in elevations that used to be inhospitable. The worst worldwide outbreak in 30 years has meant diminished yields, lower income and laid-off workers from Peru to Mexico. Organic growers face additional loss as they look for ways to save their livelihoods while at the same time avoiding chemical solutions.

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Mexican Rights Groups File Suit for ‘Systematic and Widespread’ Abuse by Army and Police

September 15, 2014

09/12/04 The New York Times

justice - gavel and bookSeveral Mexican human rights groups said on Friday that they had filed a complaint with the office of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, asking it to investigate the “systematic and widespread” abuse of thousands of civilians by the army and the police in their fight against organized crime. Their complaint includes charges of torture, capture and disappearances of civilians in the region of Baja California between 2006 and 2012.

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Mexico: Trust to Pay for Spill Damage

September 15, 2014

9/11/14 The New York Times

MiningMexican federal officials say Grupo Mexico, a mining conglomerate, will set up a $151 million trust to pay for damage caused when one of its mines spilled acid-laced copper sulfate and heavy metals into two rivers in northern Mexico on Aug. 7. The company blamed heavy rains for the overflow of containment ponds on Aug. 7. Officials say lax supervision at the mine appeared to have caused the accident.

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