December 11, 2013
President Enrique Pena Nieto may expand the congested Mexico City airport, the busiest in Latin America, on government-owned land east of the capital, his top transportation official said.
Construction could begin as soon as 2014, Communications and Transportation Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza told reporters yesterday in Mexico City. Investment in Benito Juarez International Airport would amount to about $5 billion, according to an estimate by Luis Zarate, head of a trade group for builders.
December 4, 2013
BBC News, 12/4/2013
A truck carrying medical radioactive material has been stolen in Mexico, the UN’s nuclear watchdog says.
Mexico told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that the truck was carrying a “dangerous radioactive source” used for cancer treatments when it was stolen on Monday. Mexico’s Nuclear Security Commission said that at the time of the theft, the cobalt-60 teletherapy source was “properly shielded”. But the commission warned it could be “extremely dangerous to a person if removed from the shielding, or if it was damaged”.
December 2, 2013
Los Angeles Times, 12/1/2013
Since the 1990s, after several decades of relative stasis, Mexico City’s cultural ecology has experienced an efflorescence. A cosmopolitan mix of important Mexican and expatriate artists — Britain’s Melanie Smith, Belgium’s Francis Alÿs, Mexico’s Silvia Gruner, Gabriel Orozco, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Teresa Margolles, Eduardo Abaroa and scores more — has been accompanied by significant growth in art’s essential critical, curatorial and commercial apparatus.
What was missing was a museum. A good museum functions as a permeable membrane between a rigorously involved art world and an otherwise preoccupied public. Its absence here was no small void. Now, with the opening of the Museo Jumex, that gap is poised to close. An international program in contemporary art, including a significant permanent collection and an ambitious exhibition schedule, has made an impressive debut.
November 25, 2013
As Mexico evolves its two disparate halves, its globally connected, educated elite and its marginalized, informal workforce continue to exist side by side in the country’s capital.
November 15, 2013
By Denisse Dresser
Hace casi tres años, el documental Presunto culpable evidenció a un sistema judicial podrido. Expuso a jueces incompetentes. A policías abusivos. A testigos mentirosos. A funcionarios del Ministerio Público que acusan al azar porque “es su chamba”. La película plasmó todo lo que no funciona con la justicia en el país. Alertó, sacudió, evidenció y marcó el mapa de ruta de lo que tendría que hacerse para que no hubiera un inocente más en la cárcel. Para que Toño Zúñiga fuera la excepción y no la regla. Para que ni un sólo mexicano fuera aprehendido arbitrariamente, juzgado discrecionalmente, encarcelado injustamente.
November 15, 2013
Chicago Tribune, 11/15/2013
In his first official international trip, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday is expected to sign an economic partnership agreement with Mexico City, which would supplant a decades-old Sister Cities goodwill arrangement.
The memo of understanding, the first of its kind nationwide, commits the two cities to work together to build up exports, foreign investment, a skilled workforce and research endeavors. Developed with assistance from the Brookings Institution, the agreement also calls for cooperation in tourism, culture and water resources.
November 12, 2013
Al Jazeera, 11/12/2013
A silver sedan sits in front of Bar Heaven in the Zona Rosa here, the nightclub district that serves the rich locals and foreign tourists. Inside is an investigator from the attorney general’s office, asleep with a clipboard on his chest. It’s not clear why he’s there, since the club has long been shuttered with police tape, the walls covered with memorial photos of the 13 young people who were abducted there five months ago, their decapitated remains found later in a grave some 30 miles away.
“Confidential,” the investigator growled when asked why his presence was required at the spot, which now serves as a landmark for the sadism and kidnappings that have long been associated with other areas. Drug-related violence that has claimed perhaps 70,000 lives nationwide over seven years has now arrived 15 minutes from the seat of the federal government.
October 16, 2013
Over much of the past decade, as Mexico has seen a significant spike in violence related to organized crime, Mexico City has remained relatively tranquil. To be sure, the violent crime rate in the capital city has ticked up steadily since 2006, but nothing like what other parts of the country have witnessed.
The reason for the relative calm is a “Pax Mafiosa” that reigned in the city—at least until recently. Many Mexican capos (cartel bosses) own houses in Mexico City, send their children to local schools and use the capital as a place to meet with corrupt officials. A longstanding pact ensured that organized criminal groups would not compete over drug dealing and trafficking operations in the city in return for a tacit agreement from the local security forces that their relatives would be allowed to go about their daily business without being harassed.
That deal now appears defunct.
October 7, 2013
The Atlantic, 10/4/2013
As Mexico evolves its two disparate halves, its globally connected, educated elite and its marginalized, informal workforce continue to exist side by side in the country’s capital. Even as Mexico’s economy continues to transform, many entrepreneurs still prefer to work in the informal sector
October 2, 2013
The Wall Street Journal, 10/1/2013
As Mexico’s upper middle class has grown, Avenida Presidente Masaryk, the main drag in the capital city’s ritzy Polanco district, has transformed from a sleepy street of mom-and-pop shops to Mexico’s version of Rodeo Drive, packed with boutiques including Burberry, Cartier and Bulgari. But over the past two years, Mexico City’s hottest luxury shopping strip has run into growing pains: Rents have fallen and consumers have put the brakes on spending amid a period of economic uncertainty.