October 29, 2014
10/28/14 The Washington Post
Forensic experts combed a gully in southern Mexico on Tuesday for the remains of 43 missing students, as frustration mounted among relatives of both the disappeared and the detained over the lack of answers more than a month into the investigation. Workers in protective gear focused on a 25-by-25 foot-square area below the ridge of the municipal dump in Cocula, a town in Guerrero state where police have been arrested and linked to the Sept. 26 disappearances. But authorities have not said so far how many bodies have been found or in what condition. Parents of the students say they were not even notified of the latest remains, discovered Monday based on the testimony of four new detainees in the case. “We’re angry and very tired,” said Mario Cesar Gonzalez, father of missing Cesar Manuel Gonzalez. “We have an overwhelming sense of helplessness.”
October 28, 2014
Mexico and the United States reached a deal on Monday to avert potentially steep duties on Mexican sugar imports to the United States, defusing a months-long dispute that threatened to escalate into a major trade war. In the deal hammered out hours before U.S. regulators were going to slap penalties on Mexican imports, the U.S. Department of Commerce said that Mexican and U.S. officials and Mexican sugar exporters initialed a draft agreement that would suspend both anti-subsidy and anti-dumping duties on the goods, if adopted in full.
October 22, 2014
Coal exports from the U.S. West Coast rose to the highest in more than a decade amid demand from Mexico and Asia, providing a market for the power-plant fuel amid lower domestic consumption. Shipments from the western U.S. are up 35 percent to about 5 million tons through the first six months of this year, led by an almost six-fold jump in cargoes leaving San Francisco, according to the Energy Information Administration. That comes even as nationwide exports have fallen 15 percent.
October 21, 2014
The horrific rampage of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has captured the world’s attention. Many Western commentators have characterized ISIL’s crimes as unique, no longer practiced anywhere else in the civilized world. They argue that the group’s barbarism is intrinsically Islamic, a product of the aggressive and archaicworldview that dominates the Muslim world. The ignorance of these claims is stunning. While there other organized groups whose depravity and threat to the United States far surpasses that of ISIL, none have engendered the same kind of collective indignation and hysteria. This raises a question: Are Americans primarily concerned with ISIL’s atrocities or with the fact that Muslims are committing these crimes? For example, even as the U.S. media and policymakers radically inflate ISIL’s threat to the Middle East and United States, most Americans appear to be unaware of the scale of the atrocities committed by Mexican drug cartels and the threat they pose to the United States.
October 20, 2014
10/17/14 Wall Street Journal
The Mexican unit of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said on Friday its chief executive planned to step down next year, as Wal-Mart struggles to boost sales and customer traffic in one of its largest international markets. Scot Rank, who has been Wal-Mart de México’s CEO for five years, will assume the role of vice chairman of the board of directors at Walmex, as the company is known. Walmex said it will soon announce his replacement. Mr. Rank’s tenure at the helm was burdened by allegations in 2012 that the retailer had bribed public officials to speed permits for new-store openings in Mexico. The Justice Department investigations into those allegations continue.
October 8, 2014
10/07/14 New York Times
Authorities said Tuesday they busted clandestine AR-15 semi-automatic rifle assembly operations on two farms in western Mexico, believed to be the first known example of such weapons being put together in the country. The investigation found that at least some of the AR-15 parts were being produced on the farms, while other pieces apparently were brought in from the United States.
October 8, 2014
Natural gas production expanding at the fastest pace in three years will spur exports to Mexico, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Marketed production will increase 5.4 percent this year to average 73.98 billion cubic feet a day, representing the biggest volume and percentage gains since 2011, the EIA said in its Short-Term Energy Outlook released today. The forecast was raised from last month’s projection of 73.93 billion. The boom in shale drilling at deposits from the Marcellus in the East to the Eagle Ford in Texas will expand natural gas output for the 10th straight year in 2015. The surge in supply is boosting demand for the fuel from Mexico, the Energy Department’s statistical arm said.